You gotta love the names of surf breaks. Surfers are a creative bunch judging by the naming of their breaks. Well, ok not always…There are some of the straight forward sorts. You kind of could get the idea when we are talking about breaks like ‘Big Left’ or ‘Big Rock’ …or ‘Flat Rock’ makes sense. Many spots are named after headlands and the ‘look’ of it like ‘Baldy Rock’ I would assume.
A lot of surf breaks in Australia are simply named after the suburb they happen to be in. The ‘South Corner’ in Bondi or North or South something something. Fairly boring. In true Aussie style though they are still abbreviated. Curl Curl becomes Curly. Maroubra is the Bra. And no one really says Tamarama Beach. Tama will do. I have to admit not so creative after all. Really a bit disappointing considering half of the Eastern Suburbs work in advertising…
Looking through the index of the wave-finder you do find quite some entertaining names though.
It seems like naming breaks after animals is a popular thing to do. I can imagine how anyone comes up with ‘Dolphin point’. In fact I’m sure there are quite a few Dolphin points around. Seems like the obvious choice. ‘Baby Bear’, ‘Beagle Bay’, ‘Cat Bay’ not so much….’Ducks’ I find kind of cute. Not sure if they are, but at least they all sound like fairly mellow breaks.
I’m personally more inclined to surf the ones with the nice names. I can see myself surfing ‘Peaceful Bay’. I actually have surfed ‘Dreamland’ before. It literally used to be dreamland. It was so beautiful. Unfortunately, ‘Concrete Bay’ would be more appropriate after the developments. I could see a surf school at ‘Hope Beach’ flourish or how about a surf at ‘Friendly Beaches’?
Whereas breaks like ‘Boneyards’ or ‘Scar reef’ don’t sound that enticing to my gidget ears. I’m not so sure if I’ll ever be surfing ‘Massacres’ or ‘Guillotines’. ‘Coffin Bay’, ‘Explosives’, ‘Gas Chambers’, ‘Supersucks’, ‘Spookies’ do sound like no-go’s to me. ‘Shark Bay’ anyone? Having said that, I wonder if they are really as bad as their name or if the locals just gave them scary names so tourists, beginners and dare I say it…even gidgets ..stay away?
If I had a say in it, I would name all surf breaks after food…. ‘Butterbox’, ‘Honeycombs’, ‘Potato Bay’ already exist. One day I’ll surf ‘Burgerworld’ for sure…apparently an amazing break in Indo. You can take a wild guess what the name would be if I ever was to name a surf break…I reckon ‘Schnitzelworld’ has quite a good sound to it….
What would you call your surf break? Any funny names you’ve come across?