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“There is a wave for everyone”
Scotsman Scotty Bailey has called Margaret River home
for 15 years, and knows the surf from Broome to Esperance.
At Saturation Surfaris and Eco Adventures, he creates
bespoke adventures for visitors to the south-west. He shares
his favourite surf breaks between July and December
The winter months of June, July and August see
not only an annual migration of grey nomads
toward the sunny beaches of the north, but also
surfers in search of the warm water swells.
Surf can be found as far north as Broome.
Small waves, ideal for beginners, lap against
the spectacular sand of Cable Beach. More
experienced surfers can find quality reefs
nearer to Exmouth, plus there’s a fun beach
break close to the action for beginners.
Between Exmouth and Carnarvon lie two
of WA’s surfing jewels. Still unnamed, they are
strictly for advanced surfers and it pays to do
your homework before exploring these waves.
Kalbarri is another scenic location offering
waves for the more advanced surfer, with
a couple of good reef breaks and a fun back
beach for the grommets. With good fishing and
swimming, this is a great spot to relax.
Further south in Geraldton, there are a
number of options for all levels of surfer –
from beach breaks to solid reefs.
Spring marks the mellow change in the
weather systems and surfers start to migrate
south towards the world-class waves of the
En route to the predictably good surf of
Margaret River, there are the many surf beaches
and reef breaks of Mandurah, with breaks to
suit all levels of ability. On the south coast,
Walpole, Denmark and Albany are wave-rich,
Red Bluff | A mesmerizing location set among the
rugged landscape of the West Australian desert. The
Bluff is a quality left-hander that peels perfectly up to
2.5m offering tasty barrels for anyone who is willing.
Jakes Point | The sleepy fishing town of Kalbarri
comes alive during the winter months. With huge
swells hitting Jakes Point, this freight train left-hander
dishes out some hefty punishment. Watch the locals
as they make the tricky take-off section look easy.
Ocean Beach | Once a year around July, the Wilson
Inlet is opened up and sand is allowed to flow freely
between the ocean and the inlet. If all the elements
come together, an amazing right-hand point break
lights up and can be great fun.
SPRING AND SUMMER
Surfers Point | Although Surfers Point in Margaret
River is one of the busier breaks on the coast, it is
still a favourite. A solid A-Frame peak, Margs can
certainly test your lung capacity should you wear one
of these rogue waves on the head.
Grunters | A great wave on its day, throwing up some
chunky right-hand barrels for anyone game enough
to try. As they say, ‘Sometimes times you gotta be
prepared to pay if ya wanna play!’
Boranup | All-time beach breaks with some of the
greenest, cleanest, and funnest waves for everyone.
and further east, Esperance has great surf.
Beach breaks are plentiful here, but be aware
that it can be a long drive between spots.
It’s the famous Leeuwin coast, 270km south
from Perth, where diehard surfers flock. It’s
home to over 75 surf breaks from Yallingup in
the north to Augusta in the south. There are too
many spots to mention – it’s truly the ultimate
playground for all surfers.
There’s great surfing in WA... if
you know where to look.
The Ningaloo Wilderness
Area has decent waves.
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