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Local surfer Josh Palmateer, who runs a surf school, gives his tips on the best
surf breaks for your level and when they work.
For beginners | The mouth of the Margaret River has a beautiful little beach
with the river as background. It’s great for families – there’s a lifeguard
on duty all summer. Redgate Beach and Jays Beach in Augusta also have
small, safe waves. These are all easy to get to. There’s also a gentle wave at
Huzzas in Cowaramup Bay.
In summer | Try Honeycombs, Lefthanders and Boodjidup. They’re all
really good for early morning in the summer.
In Autumn | Grunters, Surfers Point, Indijup and Cowaramup Bay – the
north point is a heavy right-hander best for experienced surfers. If you’ve
really got big cahunas and you’ve got a jet ski, there’s Cow Bombie – about
3km out from Cowaramup Bay. It’s a big heavy wave, not for the faint-
In a howling sou-wester | The south point of Cowaramup Bay can be
protected in the afternoon when everywhere else is blown out with
the sea breeze.
Damon Eastaugh is a winemaker at Flying Fish Cove, the winery where surf
culture also looms large. He shares some surf tips.
Summer spots | There are lots of places that open up in summer that you
wouldn’t surf the rest of year because it’s too big. From north to south,
try Windmills, Three Bears, Honeycombs, and a group of little waves near
Lefthanders at Gracetown. Also Boodjidup, Contos and the long stretch of
beach running north from Hamelin Bay caravan park.
Check the swell | and decide on your destination based on how good a
surfer you are. Some places are really dangerous – like the shallow ledge
wave at Mufflers behind Injidup – whereas on the same swell it can be
more mellow at somewhere like Honeycombs. If it’s six foot at Margaret
River, it’s usually three to four foot at Yallingup.
Be aware of the tides | At reef breaks, if the tide’s too low it might be too
dangerous to surf. A bit of local knowledge is handy. Speak to a local,
although sometimes they keep things close to their chest. Maybe offer
them a bottle of wine!
WHERE TO FIND A WAVE
SURFING SPOTS AND TIPS
Surfers at Conto Springs beach
Summer might be off-season elsewhere, but the surf never sleeps in
Margaret River, where the swell can show up any time. The main break
at Surfers Point has some of the most consistent surf in the world, and in
summer, at beaches between Yallingup and Augusta, surf breaks that are
impossibly big or washed out in winter suddenly emerge.
Autumn sees surf fever hit its stride, not least because the Margaret
River Pro brings international surfers and would-be champions to town.
Celeb-spotting opportunities are further enhanced with the arrival of Sam
Worthington and fellow cast for the filming of feature film Drift, a period
film steeped in Margaret River’s 1970s surf scene.
Indijup Beach towards Cape Clairault.
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