You are tired of your own local break but don’t have enough holidays up your sleeves to make it worthwhile going to Bali or any other wave paradise fairly close by? Well, you don’t always to venture that far. In fact, you don’t even have to board a plane (even though I would not say no to a weekend trip to the Gold coast or Bryon). A couple hours either way of Sydney (North or South that is, if you plan on surfing) and chances are that you score fun waves in uncrowded surf.
I’ve been on quite a few surfweekends away and it’s not rocket science to organise one but here are a few tips to avoid the ‘I wish I would have known that before …’ moment…
1. Find some friends. But don’t find too many. More than 8 is a logistical nightmare. Plus, you don’t want to be an instant crowd when you rock up at a new surf spot. You won’t be popular with the locals…
2. Use Stayz.com.au to find a house. Nice houses. Decent price usually.
3. Don’t plan your weekend away over Easter or any other public holiday related long weekends. That’s the only time when you find crowds at your much loved out of town spots and your local city break will be empty.
4. Pack two bags. 1 bag for surf stuff only (wetsuits, bikinis, towel, sunscreen, wax) which you can leave in the leave in car. 1 to bring into the house with stuff you wear if you are not in the water. Bring a beanie – keeps a head full of wet hair warm and saves you from bringing a hairdryer…
5. Generally, there are only two pairs of shoes you’ll need. Flip flops and ugg boots.
6. 3 things to check before you are leaving: Do you know the address of the house? Is your iPhone map working? Do I need to bring my sleeping bed or sheets? (From experience I can tell you it’s not fun to sleep on a bare mattress.)
7. Team up driving. You don’t need a car/person…just take one board less and you fit a mate in. It’s more fun and one car less on the road.
8. If you live in Sydney and you want to leave on Friday, either leave before 3 or after 7. Don’t try to get out of town at rush hour. You’ll be there at the same time like your mates who went home after work to have dinner and left much later.
9. In the hopefully unlikely event of a flatspell or to kill the time between surfs (if you are not napping that is) bring alternative entertainment…books, surf DVDs, guitars and gossip magazines always go a long way.
10. Bring earplugs. Ok I’m a nana but I like to go to bed early so I can get up early for a surf. If you are that way inclined and likely to be the first one to bed, I highly recommend earplug.
11. Respect the locals. You should always respect the surf etiquette but especially be aware when you are at a new spot. Make sure you always have a smile on your face and don’t try to take over the local break. If you are nice enough, you usually get to chat to the locals and get some insider info about local breaks.
12. Last not but least. 3 things you need to eat on every surftrip:
- BBQ steak for dinner
- Pie from the local pie shop
- Chocolate milk (on the way there and back – Banana milk works too)
That’s pretty much it…the recipe for the perfect weekend away! Oh and one more tip: if you can, avoid long weekends and school holidays for a line-up without crowds.
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