Gonna be heading down the east coast from SE Queensland to Sydney this August and I am after some local knowledge on wind and locations.
What are your best flat water, bump and jump and moderate surf spots. What gear is best? I have 85lt and 106lt FSW boards and 4.7 thru 6.5 rig, pack it all? or just pack a surf board....
Appreciate any help
August is not too bad, but bring everything.
first stop WELLO!
good for SW, W, NW, N
speed in westerly at high tide, all other winds are bump and jump which it is very good for.
next stop NORTH KIRRA!
good for NW, N
cross shore waves in NW wind. better earlier in the day. max head high beach break typically smaller.
Thanks for the tip.
I have seen a bit of info on the Windmap webiste for spots around Brisbane including Wello. Are there any other websites or other sources of info?
Oh sh@t as I am writing this my Mrs has just added Australia Zoo to our agenda ....
Australia Zoo is near Caloundra, i'm sure they have some nice water up that way
South West Rocks is meant to be awesome (dunno what winds but) its down near Port Macquarie area
SW Rocks rocks on all wind directions except for southerlies. Strong nor easters are best as the swell wraps around the point and its great for jumping in the bay and gybing on. Westerlies are great and safe too, as long as you don't go past the point.
I guess you have to look for places that will work on westerly winds as thats what you will get around August. You better take some gear because it will be windy every day if you don't.
Here are the spots I would check out all the way down the coast.
the Goldy (Shearwater, Currumbin, North Kirra)
Woolgoolga - Flat top rock
South West Rocks
Old Bar - towards the coast from Taree
Newcastle - there are a few spots around Newy that are worth a look.
Unfortunatly it is the wrong time of year for some of these spots, Woolgoolga usually gets a few good Southerlys this time of year and works well. Birubi works well in the winter wind directions as well. Apart from Birubi there is a decent chance of not sailing alone at many of these spots if there is decent conditions.
As for gear, I used to travel up and down the coast a lot and most of the time only ever took a 85lt board,sails up to 5.5m and a surfboard. Just depends on how picky you want to be on the conditions you go out in.
This list isn't exhaustive and some good spots can be found if you are willing to expolre, these are just the better known places and the ones I would head for.