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kids wavesailing spot in qld/ northern nsw

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Created by Gestalt 5 months ago, 18 Jan 2019
Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
18 Jan 2019 7:41PM
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i'm looking for suggestions for an entry level location for a couple of kids to head into the surf around SEQ.
somewhere without fast moving sweeps or river mouths.

neil street and mooloolaba were 2 thoughts but not being a wave sailor i was wondering if there is somewhere better.

thx

Alex_sc
WA, 56 posts
18 Jan 2019 7:15PM
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Currumbin on a small day?

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
19 Jan 2019 9:54AM
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thanks alex.

i'm not sure about currumbin. whenever we're there surfing there seems to be a lot of water moving.

maybe flat top on the inside in a South Easter?

tomp
NSW, 636 posts
19 Jan 2019 11:42AM
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North Kirra in NE? Perhaps Byron Bay (Clarke's/Main) in NE and Ballina (river) in decent southerly but some but big .......?? s.

tomp
NSW, 636 posts
19 Jan 2019 11:45AM
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Sorry meant Ballina = sharks.

OceanPitch
QLD, 143 posts
19 Jan 2019 12:51PM
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Hey Justin, I've had my boys out sailing at Neil St in Se'r when it's under 2' around low tide also Castaways and Stumer's in northerlies on the same tide. I was going to try DI with them given the horrible run of easterlies we've had but just too hectic with all the muppets up there this time of year. Hoping to get them out next weekend up that way but the forecast is pretty average at this stage.

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
19 Jan 2019 4:56PM
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thanks tomp. i've been eyeing off byron for a while now. seems the conditions are more bump and jump whenever we're there. i sailed their every now and then.

hi Oceanpitch.

we'll maybe try neill street tomorrow. or mools depending on wind direction and parking.
my sons board has had the footstrap positions modified slightly to suit his age and we pick up the board tomorrow so keen to try it out.

batstonem
QLD, 152 posts
20 Jan 2019 8:13AM
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Hi Justin,
If they are very new to the waves I would try Beachmere on a big SE'er
or
Currumbin alley on a NE'er

Both spots are cross on, very little to no sweep, usually small waves but will give kids the chance to get rolled, catch some backside waves, do some jumps and waterstart in the ocean, all in the knowledge that if it goes wrong both the wind, and the waves will wash you into the beach (or the big sandbar at currumbin).

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
20 Jan 2019 6:21PM
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thanks batstonem, (martin?) sorry i'm not sure of everyones handle on here.

beachmere is a great suggestion. i've not sailed there so will give it a look. pretty keen on currumbin i remember haircut telling me in a ne its good.

we went to neil st today but surfed as the wind just didn't pick up. it kinda died as the day went on.

mahi
QLD, 105 posts
28 Feb 2019 9:08PM
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Gestalt said..
thanks batstonem, (martin?) sorry i'm not sure of everyones handle on here.

beachmere is a great suggestion. i've not sailed there so will give it a look. pretty keen on currumbin i remember haircut telling me in a ne its good.

we went to neil st today but surfed as the wind just didn't pick up. it kinda died as the day went on.







Bit late to this thread sorry...
Yep - Currumbin is good on the right tide, and when can find a gap amongst the swimmers and surfers ( lifeguards hate it when we get too close).
Not sure what level your kids are at/size, however most wind directions work as long as you are prepared to chase them around.

We have been out there most afternoons for the last couple of seasons now. My son is seven now and can almost tall enough to 'see' through the sail window

Anyway, good luck with it and PM me if you want any more local info/conditions report.

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
1 Mar 2019 7:30AM
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Thanks mahi.
we're trying for this Sunday. My son is 10, planing, in the straps and we are starting to talk through carve gybes and water starts.

but he's not been in the surf yet so he has a fear factor. We have tried 2 times but it hasn't happened. I think its time to try again.

how is curumbin after the swell. Is there sand?

thx Justin.

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
1 Mar 2019 12:20PM
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I swung by currumbin today and there is still some size to the swell. No waves on the inside and 1-1.5m faces on the outer bank.

I thought lacies might be more forgiving. Was there around 11am and tide looked low.

which tide do you find best there mahi.

mahi
QLD, 105 posts
1 Mar 2019 6:07PM
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We sailed on inside this arvo & caught the little reforms (top of tide).
Not good for beginners at the moment. Bit too much swell on outer bank and wind not really filling in.
Re tide - don't want a strong run out - can create a rip.

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
2 Mar 2019 5:09PM
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Looks like longboards at jenifer ave tomorrow. I'll pm you next outing in the surf.

thx for the advice.

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
3 May 2019 7:32AM
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we've had some first stage sessions at mooloolaba and the bar. looking at flat rock for winter.

can anyone tell me best tide to allow us to ride the small waves that form on the inside of the reef near where the sand bank heads out to the rocks.

sort of just off the beach on the right of the lookout on the northern side for southerlies

hope that make sense. im thinking mid tide but not been there for a few years.

batstonem
QLD, 152 posts
3 May 2019 3:26PM
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Hi Gestalt,
I was there last weekend on a low tide and it was fine. In fact it always breaks in that spot so the tide is probably not that important.

I am not sure it is great for learning though. Its very offshore in that spot due to the way the wave wraps around and is thus super gusty. More so in winter as it tends to be SSW or S. Its often crowded with surfers, and particularly the learner surf schools use is so there are lots of european kids on giant foam boards and the local kite crew are on it too every time it blows. Up to you of course.

Believe it or not Lennox main beach is sailable in a Southerly or SSW and is probably better for beginners. Still gusty but go up the beach to get away from the headland. Big gutter so time to get sorted. Cross - cross off. No crowds.

Gestalt
QLD, 12081 posts
3 May 2019 4:47PM
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thx,

at lennox do you mean north of the reefs and south of the SLSC. where the kiters go?

batstonem
QLD, 152 posts
4 May 2019 11:20AM
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Gestalt said..
thx,

at lennox do you mean north of the reefs and south of the SLSC. where the kiters go?


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