Celebrating 10 Years of Standup Journaling
Issue: Standup Journal Winter 2008-2009
Australia is renown for sun, surf and sand as well as hosting some of the best surf setups on the planet. But it’s the state of Queensland that’s Point Break Central. Everyone’s heard of Snapper and the Superbank on the Gold Coast but a couple of hours north is the Sunshine Coast and the small holiday town of Noosa. A lot less crowded and commercialized, it provides one of the best series of point breaks in the country.
But before I start ranting about how great the place is, I should really fess up and be honest here. If you’re looking for powerful waves and dodging coral reef closeouts Noosa ain’t the place. However, if you’re looking for some fun, non-life threatening world-class point waves with lips you can slap with impunity, there’s bound to be a swell here with your name on it. Prime time for swell is between February and June—if the points are flat the more exposed beaches will be working, and if the beaches are closing out the points will be firing! With 80 kilometers of open beaches stretching to the south from Noosa, the rivermouth and five (yes five!) sand-bottomed point breaks lying next to each, you’ll find the wave you’re looking for.
The open beaches hold up to six feet of solid swell before they start closing out. And the points will hold whatever’s thrown at them— usually best at two to five feet—but rarely get big. The water is always warm—boardshorts in summer and a 3/2 short arm/short leg wetsuit for winter—and crystal clear. Water pollution is unheard of. The bay is a haven for dolphins as well as bikini clad tourists. It’s worth noting how fast the waves break even if the points are only waist high—a section may be collapsing in front of you, but it’s pretty easy to use your paddle and turning speed and just rocket around it. Another of the wonders of Noosa is flatwater standup paddling the vast network of canals and rivers winding around town, providing a peaceful and beautiful place for some sunset cruising. –Neil “Moonwalker” Armstrong