- 27 January 2011 | Travel
The sub-continent of India has 7,000 kilometers (4,349 miles) of coastline. The greater portion of that is still unexplored, in terms of locating surf spots. There are waves in India all year round, averaging 3 to 5 feet, but the season for big waves is May through September.
This is the pre-monsoon and monsoon season. At this time, the surf will range from 8 to 15 feet and bigger — often blown out and messy but sometimes the conditions are fantastic — super glassy and offshore winds world class waves.
On the westcoast, the swell direction is usually best when coming from the south or west, although an occasional north swell does get good. On the east coast the swell is almost always from the south or slight southeast direction.
Along the 7000 kilometers of coastline in India there are at least 200 surfable river mouths. River mouths usually have distinct and consistent sand bar formations created by the river flow and these make for very good breaks — like beach breaks, but with a lot less close outs.
- 21 January 2011 | Travel
Australia has a solid reputation as a fabulous holiday destination for surf addicts, and its biggest city - Sydney - is certainly no exception to the trend.
There are thousands of incredible surf spots in Australia. Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South and West Australia and Tasmania have several different types of places: reef, point and beach breaks. Surfing in the Northern Territory will not be a good option.
Manly beach is one of the best loved of Sydney’s northern beaches and just so happens to be an excellent surfing spot. Many of the old tourist pamphlets liked to pitch it as being 'Seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care', and the old-school slogan doesn’t stray far from the truth. There are many surf schools in the area as this patch is excellent for beginners.
For the experienced surfer, however, the real surf action is to be found at North Narrabeen. This spot is famous for its breathtaking beach breaks and this is where the cream of the local surfer crowd is to be found in Sydney. Beginners should check it out too. This is a great place to get tips from the pros and to marvel at the masters in action.