The Best Surf Spots Along The Surf Coast
No matter the season or the weather forecast, the waves of the surf coast call surfers from all over the world and for good reason. Home to the world-famous waves of Bells Beach and the birthplace of iconic surf brands, it’s no wonder Torquay is branded as the surfing capital of Australia.
A heaven for surfers, Bells Beach promises quality surfing spots.
Home to the world’s longest-running surf contest in the world which started back in 1961, The Rip Curl Pro (formally the Bells Beach Surf Classic) is an annual competition held at Easter. The world’s best male and female surfers compete for professional surfing’s most treasure trophy – the Rip Curl Pro Bell. Located at Bell’s Beach, back-up venues include Winki Pop (immediately adjacent to Bell’s) and Johanna (160km from Bell’s Beach along the Great Ocean Road) in case surf conditions are not favourable at Bells.
1: The giant waves at Bell’s Beach. Source: ESPN
Just next door to Bell’s Beach, you’ll find its little brother, Winkipop, a long, fast and hollow reef break that can handle solid swells over the shallow reef. A popular spot with locals, so get out there mid-morning on a weekday and you might be lucky enough to have the break all to yourself!
2: Sunrise at Winkipop. Source: Mevans Photography
More affectionately known by locals as Jucawahtu, this popular spot offers fast-breaking, snappy little waves more suited to small boards. Juc is a popular spot for locals and can get crowded at the car park end of the beach, so venture down to where the surf club is, and it will be less crowded.
3: Coastal views at Jan Juc. Source: PlanBookTravel.
Perhaps one of the most picture-perfect surf spots on the Great Ocean Road – Point Addis is sheltered from large swells and strong winds, giving the beginner or more advanced surfer the chance to perfect their skills in safe conditions. Addis will break on all tides, but you get the best waves around mid-tide. It can be a right or a left – therefore you can practise going both ways. Just remember this beach isn’t patrolled by lifesavers, so it’s best to take on the waves with a fellow surfer, just to be on the safe side.
4: Afternoon light at Point Addis. Source: Trip Advisor.
Shop The Local Surf Spots
Fancy a new board or maybe your wetsuit is due for an upgrade? Stroll along Torquay’s famous surf store strip and you’ll find iconic surf brands like Quicksilver, Roxy & Rip Curl, all founded in this very town.
If you’re after a bargain, sneak around the corner from the main stores and you’ll find a range of direct factory outlets overflowing with amazing deals. The outlets are open all year, Monday – Friday 9am-5:30pm and weekends 10am-5pm.
5: Shopper’s haven for all Source: Torquay Caravan Park