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Some amazing surf spots in WA!


Perth Metro Area

The best time of year for surfing in Perth is generally in the Winter. The winds aren’t as strong and the swell is more consistent. When summer hits the winds pick up so it’s better suited for kite surfers and wind surfers.

* Cottesloe Beach- This spot is not necessarily big waves but great for working on your surf technique.
* Scarborough- User-friendly beach breaks through all tides. Waves break close to the beach.
* Trigg- Popular spot offering a few beach breaks and reef breaks, depending where you paddle out to.

Rottnest Island

‘Rotto’- Home to 63 beaches and 20 beautiful bays where surfing spots can be 2-3ft higher than Perth mainland as it blocks the swell a bit for the mainland beaches.

Rotto has some of the best and consistent surf in WA and there are numerous good breaks and point breaks around Rottnest, hence why they hold national surf competitions at Rotto.

* Strickland Bay– Ranked in the top 50 breaks in the world. Relatively heavy A-frame waves breaking over a shallow reef, suited to the more experienced surfer who likes to seek out barrels. great left handers and sometimes right. Best to go in higher tide to avoid ending up on the dry reef.
Other good surf spots on the island-
* The Rotto Box– known for hurting some surfers and breaking boards!
* Salmon Bay (Chicken Reef)
* Stark Bay
* Riceys Beach
* Stark Bay
* The Fruit Bowl
* The Basins Ledge

Margaret River

‘Margs’- Home to around 75 surf breaks and a stop for the World Surf Leagues’ Championship Tour.

Easier surf breaks:
* Redgate Beach: Calgardup Bay (just off of Redgate Road). The summer is the best time for beginners as the water is warm and the swells are calmer.
* Contos Beach/ Conto’s Spring- Boranup: Reef break. Great for beginner surfers.
* Smiths Beach: Left-hander breaks over a sandy reef, so it’s a bit more forgiving on wipe-outs. Best on a low to mid tide.
* Boranup Beach: The surf breaks range in strength and size so suitable for all levels depending on swell.
* Huzzas: has a relatively easy A-frame point break. This spot mainly breaks left, but also has the occasional right. It is ideal for improving your technique- paddling, pop-up and take-off.

Intermediate breaks:
* Gracetown- South Point Beach: The waves are perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers.
* Wilyabrup- Moses Rock Beach: A great surf break suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers.
* Three Bears.  To get there you need a 4WD along Sugar Loaf Road, but aptly names because of its three distinct waves (Mama, Papa and Baby Bear!).  Generally best with a south west swell and east to north-east winds.
* Yallingup Main Break Beach: Generally more suitable for intermediate surfers. Funelling left and right handers breaking close to the beach.

Advanced Surf breaks:
* Prevelly- Surfers Point Beach: This beach is where the world’s best surfers compete in the International Margaret River Drug Aware Pro. The waves here can easily reach 25 feet so recommended for the more experienced surfers.
* The Box:  A heavy reef break for the advanced surfers.
* Gracetown- North Point: A tricky but rewarding point break. The waves are really heavy, with surf breaking over 8ft, which is a drawcard for world class pro surfers.
* Main Break, The Point: Home of the annual Margaret River Pro tournament so definitely a surf break for the experienced surfers. It’s a popular left hander that can hold a solid swell where the waves are high.
* Cowaramup Bombora (Cow Bombie): Hooley dooley! A big wave open-ocean surf break to get towed out about 2km offshore, offering some of the biggest waves in Australia.

Gnaraloo & Ningaloo Reef

These are Advanced Surf spots as the size and power of the waves at Gnaraloo Point are only suitable for experienced surfers.
* Gnaraloo Point- Tombstones: An intense ride. An aggressive-left hander. With the right conditions you could catch a full barrel from take-off to kick-out. Careful during low tide as there is sharp reef underneath so best to go out during mid-to-high tide. Add in south-southeast winds and you’ll be stoked.
* Centre Peak ‘Centres’ (next to Tombstones): Left hander. Suitable for all tide heights and some powerful waves.
* Gnaraloo Bay: Solid left-hand barrel breaking over relatively shallow reef. Best enjoyed with a big swell and southeast wind.
* Fencelines: Sandy bottom beach so easier on the body pummeling. Left and right breaks. Best time is between low to mid tides.


* Jakes Point: A National Surfing Reserve- Jake’s Point is an iconic left-hander best tackled by the experienced surfers as it breaks from 2ft and up.
* Jakes Bay: A better option for the novice surfer.

Port Denison/ Dongara

* Granny’s Beach: Best place in the area to catch a wave.


Want to Learn How To Surf?

There are so many surf schools that can help you get up on that board, understand the surf and take on the waves confidently.

* Surf School (Scarborough Beach)
* Surfing WA Surf School (Trigg Beach)
* Go Surf Perth
* Academy of Surfing (Leighton Beach & Scarborough)

* Gone Surfin Surf School 0419 341 196
* Mandurah Surf Lessons 9535 4500
* Salt & Mantra Surf & Yoga Lessons (Secret Harbour) 0419 958 813

* Josh Palmateers Surf Academy Margaret River
* Margaret River Surf School
* Surf N Dirt Adventure Tours

* Exmouth Surf Centre

* Surf Nation (various locations around WA)

* Rottnest

* West End Charters takes takes intermediate to serious surfers out to the best breaks around Rottnest.

Midwest Surf School3A Lunt Ct, Geraldton    0419 988 756

Surf Therapy

Ocean Heroes A wonderful WA group teaching kids on the Spectrum how to surf
Waves of Wellness (WOW) Foundation is a mental health surf therapy charity- Leighton Beach

Surf Stores

Perth Metro

Wetsuit Warehouse, O’Connor   6424 8482
SOS Surf Co, South Fremantle   9430 7050
Powerhouse Surf, Palmyra    0416 519 519
Murray Smith Surf Warehouse, Osborne Park   9244 8188
Rip Curl, (Watertown) West Perth   9486 9033
Rusty (Watertown) West Perth   9481 0749
SDS Surf Dive n Ski (DFO)   6155 9126
Soulkite F-One, Melville   0413 275 058
City Beach (various locations)
Harbour Surf, Fremantle   0415 619 630
Vidlers, Cottesloe   9384 2416
YOB Australia SUP’s, Palmyra   9339 8293
Cordingley’s Surf   9341 5688
Bohdi Tree Surfboards   6180 1421
Coastal Life warehouse, North Fremantle   0419 994 100
Hollow Surf Shop, Hillarys   9243 4648
Surf Sail Australia, Leederville   9381 1888
Outlaw surfboards & repairs, Bibra Lake   0410 342 180
Quiksilver, Claremont   9284 2489
The Surf Boardroom, Scarborough   9341 6843
Ozmosis- Cockburn, Innaloo, Belmont
Surfboard Warehouse, Osborne Park   9244 1275
Surfland Warehouse, Scarborough   9245 1845


Totally Sports and Surf196 Albany Hwy, Centennial Park 08 9842 5455
Albany Surf & Skate278B York Street, Albany  08 9841 5544
Hilzeez Down South Surf- 183 York Street, Albany  08 9841 4477

Coastal Life Surf Supply
44 Prince St, Busselton  61897521475
Murray Smith Surf CentreBusselton Boulevard Shopping Centre  08 9754 4384
Beecheys Surf Gear: 19 Queen Street, Busselton 0428 717 185

Broome Barrels Surf CompanyPaspale Plaza, Broome  08 9192 7222
Sportspower2 Short Street Chinatown, Broome  08 9193 6370

Willocks Surf
125 – 127 Marine Terrace, Geraldton  08 9921 8623
Sportspower65 Marine Terrace, Geraldton  08 9921 1779

Beach Life Surf Shop:
3-121 BUSSELL Highway, Margaret River  08 9757 2888
Sessions Surf Shop: 105 Bussell Hwy, Margaret River 08 9757 9080
Hilzeez Down South Surf Shop: 107B Bussell Highway, Margaret River



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