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Where can I surf without a wetsuit year round in Australia?« on: March 19 2005 06:03:00 »
I can't wear wetsuits because of allergies and since I live in England where you pretty much need one year round I am planning to move somewhere where it is warm enough that I can surf in just a bikini and rashie. I know that at least some of the year it is possible to do this in Australia, but I know the climate varies across the country and seasonally so if anyone can tell me how many months of the year it would be possible to surf without wearing a wetsuit, or if it is possible to do it year round I would really appreciate it. I'm thinking about either the Sydney, Byron Bay or Tweeds Head areas on the east coast. Any views on best location to settle for reliable surf and info about whether jellyfish or crocs stop surfing at certain times of year? Or alternatively the west coast, but I don't know much about surfing on the west coast so any info would be great. Thanks!
RE: Where can I surf without a wetsuit year round in Australia?« Reply #1 on: March 19 2005 19:03:00 »
I surfed the Gold and Sunshine Coasts last Sept-December. I would say you can ride skins 7-8 months out of the year. I would def. wear a suit during winter, but mid spring thru mid fall you will be fine. That is about as far north as you can go and still have good surf, Sydney will be much colder. But Im American, so you might ask an Aussie before you go. No crocs or jellies, just big sharks, but there are so many surfers for them to choose from, I wouldn't worry about it. WA has some good spots, but I dont know about the water temperature. South Queensland is by far the best place to be for good (warm) surf and and lots of night life and Aussie Culter. Good luck down under.
RE: Where can I surf without a wetsuit year round in Australia?« Reply #2 on: March 25 2005 19:03:00 »
Hey I live at Noosa, which is at the Northern tip of the Sunshine Coast, in South East Queensland, and have been surfing up and down the coast for the past ten years.
You can surf here with no rubber for about eight to nine months of the year, and get through winter fine with just a springy, although some people do get out the steamers. Having said that, some people also go through winter in boardies. Any further North wave quality gets poor.
Gold Coast is about two and a half hours South and Byron another hour on top of that, so water is a little cooler, but wave quality better and more consistent than the Sunny Coast. Sydney will probably be a bit cool for most of the year without wetsuit. Don't know much about the West Coast.
RE: Where can I surf without a wetsuit year round in Australia?« Reply #3 on: April 01 2005 01:04:00 »
hey, i live in south australia and I can tell you now that if its surf you want...dont come here. its incredibly fickle and most of the spots near adelaide are pretty weak except for that odd occasion. not to metion the fact that you need rubber anytime after mid autumn and before mid spring. i have surfed in queensland and i think that you can definitely pull off boardies and rashie in winter...you qld cats dont know what cold water is! however, in my opinion the best place in australia to surf is margaret river in WA. some of the most perfect world-class breaks in this area, without a doubt some of the best surf i've ever ridden. qld is prob the way to go for ya i reckon. hope this helps!