Gold Coast Surfing Beaches

gold coast surfing beachesIt’s fair to say the Gold Coast surfing beaches has not only some of the best surf in Australia, but also in the world. In addition to the great weather all year round, the Gold Coast surfing beaches cater for all kinds of surfers. Whether you’re an experienced professional, or just beginner trying to learn, there are a number of breaks to choose from.

Here are some recommended Gold Coast Surfing Beaches .

Snapper Rocks – Located just above the New South Wales/Queensland border, this break is home to some of the best surfers in the world. The man made ‘Superbank’ hosts the annual Quicksilver Pro and Roxy Pro every year, and produces some of Australia’s most consistent waves.

Gold Coast Surfing Beaches

Kirra – When this break is working, it’s one of the best places to ride big waves. Not as good as it used to be due to a sand-pumping project, but when the conditions are right, it can’t be missed.

Burleigh Heads – This break has one of the toughest rock jumps in the area, so make sure you’re careful heading in. Other than that, the right hand break is world class with a gorgeous national park backdrop.

The Spit – One of the most consistent surfing spots in the Gold Coast. Located on the north end, it’s easy to get to and has a very reliable swell.

‘The Other Side’ (TOS) – This is the local nickname for the break off the northern side of Southport Seaway. The water drops away quite quickly, producing some good waves and shore-breakers.

Surfers Paradise – It might not produce the best waves all year round, but how many places have a world-class surf spot right next to a city centre? This alone is worth the visit.

Duranbah – When this place is big, it’s BIG! Duranbah is located in the southeast headland of Point Danger.

If you require surfing lessons or advice on the Gold Coast Surfing beaches we recommend the 1st wave Surf School at Main Beach. 1st Wave is the premier surf school on the northern Gold Coast surfing beaches and offer a range or private and group lessons.

Check out our extensive range of surfboards available for hire on the Gold Coast. We cater for all levels of surfer with performance shortboards, fishes, mini mals, longboards, malibus, beginner surfboards, body boards and wetsuits available.  Our unique surfboard hire service will deliver a surfboard to your holiday accommodation anywhere on the Gold Coast including Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Kirra, Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay.  Prices are very reasonable for daily or weekly surfboard hire.

Improving your Core Strength for Surfing

While natural ability plays a huge part in being able to surf, there are many other things that can help you become a better surfer – one of which is core strength.

There is nothing more annoying than going out for your first paddle on your Gold Coast surfing holiday, only to return to the shore a short time later because your fitness isn’t up to scratch. Having solid core strength not only gives you more balance and stability while getting onto your board and riding waves, but it also takes the load off some of your body’s other muscles, allowing you to surf better for longer.

Here are some easy core exercises you can do to get in shape for your surf holiday.

Bicycle crunch

Lying on your back with your hands behind your head and your legs raised and bent at 90 degrees, begin alternating sides by bringing your right elbow towards your left knee and then your left elbow towards your right knee. Do this for 60 seconds and then repeat for three sets.

Plank

With your body in a push-up position, use your forearms to hold and brace your body. With your body off the floor, try to keep your back flat, and in a straight line from head to heels. Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle. Hold for around 60 seconds and repeat three to five times.

Medicine ball rollout

Kneeling on a mat with your hands on a medicine ball, keep your back straight and your abs engaged. Roll the ball as far away from you can, then slowly begin to roll back to starting position. Try to do this for three sets of around eight rollouts.

Medicine ball ab crunch

Lying on a medicine ball with it positioned under your lower back, cross your arms over your chest or place them behind your head. Begin to contract your abs to lift your torso off the ball, pulling the bottom of your ribcage down towards your hips. As you curl up, keep the ball stable so it doesn’t roll. Lower back down, getting a stretch in the abs, and repeat for around three sets of 12 reps.

These are some great exercises to help with core fitness. You can get fit for your GC holiday, and see the benefits in your usual surfing routine at home too.

Hiring a Surfboard

The benefits of hiring a surfboard on the Gold CoastHiring a surfboard is very popular with travelling surfers and holiday makers. Travel is different these days with cheap flights and walk on your luggage and there are many benefits of hiring a surfboard on the Gold Coast rather than dealing with the cost and hassle of bringing your own.

Many surfers can get attached to their ‘favourite’ surfboard, or they might have a board they call their ‘lucky’ one. Often, it’s either because they caught their first wave with it, or they might have won a tournament while riding it, or they might just flat out love the way it performs.

While it’s always great to have these boards with you when you embark on your surf holiday on the Gold Coast, sometimes it can be a downer lugging surfboards on the plane, or squeezing them into a car, bus or even train. That’s why hiring a surfboard when you arrive at your holiday destination is a good idea.

Apart from reducing your baggage size while travelling, hiring a surfboard on location can also make your holidays more enjoyable for a number of reasons. Here are just a couple of them:

The ability to test out new boards

Sometimes, as surfers, we can get set in our ways and stick to riding surfboards we feel are more suited to us, or that we know best. As a result, we often fail to experiment with other boards that might be better suited to a particular break, or that might be more fun to ride!

Hiring a surfboard while on your GC holiday allows you to try different styles of boards, different brands, and have fun riding something you might not have ridden any other time.

There are many benefits of hiring a surfboard

Locals know best

While the boards you use to surf your local breaks will generally serve you well, it doesn’t mean it will be best suited to all breaks. Hiring a surfboard will give you the chance to chat with some locals who have surfed all of the Gold Coast’s top breaks and know the conditions better than anyone. Ask them what board (and what break) will be the best for you!

Makes travelling lighter

As mentioned before, hiring a surfboard while on holidays means you have less stuff to carry around with you. You can simply pick up the board in the morning, drop it off when you’re done surfing, and not have to worry about things like rinsing it off, packing it away and trying to keep your room and car clean and sand-free!

If you haven’t considered the convenience of hiring a surfboard, why not try it out on your next Gold Coast surf holiday? We don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

To enquire about hiring a surfboard or having a surfing lesson on the Gold Coast contact Reagan today.

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Improving your Lung Capacity for Surfing

Regardless of whether you are a beginner surfer, or an experienced professional who has been surfing for decades, there is no doubt you can benefit from learning how to increase your lung capacity.

Surfing is a water sport, and like most water sports, there are moments where you will be forced to hold your breath while underwater.The better your lung capacity is, the more relaxed you will feel in the water, and the safer you will be in dangerous surf conditions.

The Gold Coast is home to a number of professional surfing events held each year, and if you watch closely, you’ll probably find that there are any number of world-class surfers who can hold their breath for minutes underwater.

While not everyone will be able to hold on for that long, there are many ways you can work to improve your lung capacity to give you more time underwater without the need to surface and take a breath. Good news for the next time you get dumped and it takes a while for you to find the right way up!

Stretching

Stretching is a great way to open up your lungs and allow you to get long, deep breaths, more regularly. Things like stretching out your ribs and chest are great ways to help increase your lung capacity before surfing.

Stop smoking and drinking

It’s a logical one, but smoking and drinking actually decrease your body’s lung capacity!

Breathing exercises

There are a number of exercises that are designed to increase your lung capacity. Some include breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, or filling your lungs with oxygen and then holding for 20 seconds. With regular training, these exercises should help you increase your ability to hold your breath.

Yoga and meditation

Both yoga and meditation are great ways to relax your body and focus on controlled breathing. After a few sessions, people can often start to experience increased respiration.

Improving your lung capacity can not only help make surfing safer, but it can also give you more confidence and allow you to have more fun while surfing on your Gold Coast holiday. The good news is you can also do a lot of these exercises from the comfort of your own living room, or wherever you’re staying while on your surf holidays.

Overcoming a Fear of the Ocean and Learning to Surf

While many experienced surfers show no signs of fear when in the water, the reality is, there are lots of people who do have some anxiety about being in the ocean. But a slight fear of the water doesn’t have to stop you from learning to surf. The Gold Coast is a great place for a beginner surfer, and there are lots of ways of overcoming a lack of confidence in the water. It doesn’t matter whether it’s caused by worrying about how you will cope if conditions turn rough, or a fear of getting caught in a rip.

The bottom line is, the more confident you are in the ocean, the more fun you will have while surfing on your Gold Coast holiday. While these fears might not all disappear overnight, most of them can be conquered quite easily, and turned into a level of ‘respect’ for ocean and Mother Nature.Here is a look at some simple ways to overcome general fears of being in the water, so you can relax and enjoy your surf holidays:

Improve your swimming

The better you are at swimming, the more confident you should feel in the water. Knowing you have the ability to swim out of strong currents and rips will give you great confidence while in the ocean.

Learn about currents, tides, and waves

Being able to identify rips and strong currents in the ocean is a good way to increase your safety. If you’re keen on finding out more info about specific beaches and/or breaks, walk into any Gold Coast surf store and there will be plenty of people willing to help you out with valuable and useful information.

Start surfing in small breaks with safer conditions

Like any sport, beginners should begin surfing on smaller waves at safer beaches before moving on to more advanced breaks. It is always better to build up your confidence on calmer beaches, before having your ego damaged in advanced conditions.

Go surfing with friends

Surfing in numbers is great way to reduce your fear, and it is always fun being able to share surfing experiences with your mates while in the water.

If you start to get scared while in the ocean, try not to panic, and remember that surf holidays are meant to be fun. Always be safe, and head to shore if you feel you’re in danger, or if the surf is simply getting a bit bigger than you’re comfortable with.

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