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SURFER SPOTS: SNAPPER ROCK

| posted on July 22, 2010

The Spot
The finish (or start) of the Gold Coast. The waves come out of deep water and jack up onto the steepest takeoffs on the coast, followed by a long righthander into Rainbow and Greenmount. Paddle out between the rocks near the point during the lull between sets. The sand bottom changes constantly in this area so the surf is sometimes unpredictable. Kirra, Rainbow, and Greenmount are sheltered from E winds, but are best on SW and SE winds. Rainbow Bay is good for wave sailing in the winter on W and NW winds.
Parking is usually no problem around the southern end of the coast except in peak holiday season.

The Surf

Queensland includes many of Australia’s best surfers because of its excellent surf and year-round surfing conditions. The largest surf in the country occurs and the S and SE coasts from the powerful wave sources in the Antarctic. Surf tends to get smaller and less powerful as you head north in Australia, with the surf in Queensland relatively small but clean. It would rarely be over 10′, with 6-8′ typical during swells in the cyclone season of mid-December to March or possibly mid-May. This is the time for perfect winds and swells for the points with cyclone swells lasting for 3-7 days every 1-2 weeks. In-between times are flat at the reefs and points, with beach breaks mostly unsurfable because of the winds. Surf tends to diminish in size and shape toward May. Beach breaks should be best June-Sept. The spring months of October and November would be the poorest bets fro surf on the Gold Coast, with March probably the single most consistent month on the points.

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