How to Pick the Most Ideal Surf Spot
As one of the most crucial aspects of any surfing holiday, knowing how to pick the best surf spots is a skill all surfers must possess. Regardless of the location of your surfing getaway, having an accurate understanding of where the top surfing hubs are located is both a matter of research and planning. Here are some tips on not only how to select surfing hotspots for your skill level but also the climatic conditions that should inform and influence the selection.
- Stay Close to the Water
Irrespective of the type of water sport you hope to enjoy in the Sunshine Coast or in any beach hub across the globe, securing a rest close to the water can be quite invaluable. Staying in Caloundra hotels by the beach whether it’s the Oaks Oasis Resort or any of the countless accommodation options in the area can not only help surfers engage in their favorite activity whenever the mood strikes, but also enjoy other water bound activities and sports as well. Those who are heading to a specific region in Queensland or any other part of the world for surfing purposes should also attempt to do their research on the best surf spots in the area and secure accommodation within close range of one or two venues if possible.
2. Familiarize yourself with the Basics
When selecting the most conducive and supportive surfing hotspots to show off one’s skills, it is first necessary to familiarize one’s self with the lay of the land, or the water in this case. The contours of the shoreline play a vital role in the types of waves and swells that are prominent in one coastal area over another and paying close attention to the natural attributes of the landscape can go a long way in helping select the ideal spot. Beginners, on the other hand, should be aware than the perfect surf for novices range from 0.3m to 0.75m with soft winds and mid tide conditions also providing the ideal foreground. Low tides and high tides should be avoided at all costs as low tides tend to crash on the not-so-deep sandbanks of the beach. High ride, on the other hand, means shore breaks which are also unsuitable for novices.
3. Realistic Expectations
Those who are in search of the perfect surf spot should also be realistic in terms of what to expect when surfing in particular parts of the coast. Even in the most popular surfing venues in the world, there are both days when all the conditions are conducive to the activity and days when no surfing is possible or the quality of the surf is below par. It is important to mentally prepare to face both good days and bad days whether you are a new surfer or an experienced wave rider while it is equally crucial to realize that conditions that may be suitable for a surfer of a certain skill level may be unsuitable for others. So be prepared to sit it out on occasion.
4. Season Conscious Surfing
The impact the season has on surfing conditions is also significant as swells are highly dependent on weather conditions prevalent during various seasons. In the Sunshine Coast, for example, the summer and the first months of autumn bring cyclones and storms which provide less than ideal conditions for surfing. Winter, on the other hand, is the best time to learn surfing as there aren’t as many surfers in the water. Spring is another challenging time of year for surfing as choppy waters and fewer swells are the prevalent conditions.
5. Wind Condition
The power of the wind as well as its direction are other determining factors when it comes to selecting surfing hubs as they directly influence the height of the swell. On shore wind as well as off shore wind conditions must be gauged before heading out to the water as strong winds can also pose a safety threat for beginners.