Famous Whale Beach Wedge
Whale Beach is near one of Sydney’s most affluent neighbourhoods. The beach is framed on both sides by large rock formations. Local surfers like to come here for the infamous Whale Beach Wedge on the north side of the beach: the wave breaks on the rocks and holds up well, even if it is a short one. Whale Beach owes its name to the whales that can be spotted from the cliffs during their migration (June-July and September-November).
Curling waves at Curl Curl Beach
If none of the beaches offer the kind of surf conditions you are looking for, then head to Curl Curl Beach; this is where you will find the best waves of the northern beaches. The beach lives up to its name: the waves curl as they roll in because of the sandbanks along the shore, creating metres high waves. The 2 saltwater pools at Curl Curl are very safe for swimming and surfers can catch their breath after paddling in the heavy current. Did all the action make you hungry? The local surf club is said to serve the best egg and bacon sandwiches in town.
The surf conditions at Long Reef Beach
Long Reef Beach, an extension of Dee Why Beach, lies along Sydney’s northern beaches. A western wind and a southern 'swell' (gentle rolling waves created by the wind on open water) provide fairly consistent surf conditions. The waves are highest in the middle and at the south end of the Beach Strip. Because of the frequent strong winds, the beach is also popular with kite surfers and hang gliders.
Shark Island: only for daredevils
Real daredevils head to the ultimate surfing spot at Shark Island. The reef is composed of sharp stones and the ocean is only 2 metres deep. The waves are fantastic, but those who miscalculate their take-off may end up with some nasty scrapes and scratches. It seems redundant to say that these waves are only for very experienced surfers and require some practice. It may be reassuring to know that Shark Island got its name from the shape of the island – not because the waters are teeming with sharks.
The options of Newport Beach
Surfers have 2 options at Newport Beach. On the northern side the waves break on the beach, offering beautiful long waves and a laid-back surf experience. The south side requires a bit more effort: here the waves break on a reef in the ocean, creating the famous barrels. The trick is to time your exact entry into the barrel and let the wave carry you back to shore. After a day of surfing, sit back with a refreshing beer in the huge beer garden of the Newport Arms Hotel.