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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Gold Coast

Australia, QLD

The Gold Coast consists of a bunch of righthand pointbreaks. South-to-North, these are: Snapper/Rainbow, Greenmount (Coolangatta beach), Currumbin (The Alley) and Burleigh. There's also miles of beachbreak, which can be just as enjoyable when the banks are shaped up, the swell's running and the points are busy. Plus the new artificial reef at Narrowneck. Best time of year Jan-July.

Because of the curve of the coast, Burleigh's the most consistent of the points, as Kirra etc.,needs more wrap-around. So far in 2000, Burleigh has had quality surf, on average, about 3 days a week. About 75% of G.C.swell come up from Lows to the S-SE in the Tasman (between NSW & NZ);20% off Cyclonic activity to the E-NE in th Coral Sea;about 5% from this same direction but off long-fetch N-E'ly winds from big Highs (mostly slow sloppy surf - handy if there's no 'proper' swell about tho)

Climate: sub-tropical- usually 20-30C in summer, 8-22C winter temp ranges, with water down
to about 15C mid/late winter; well into the high 20s in summer.

English (Translate this text in English): The Gold Coast consists of a bunch of righthand pointbreaks. South-to-North, these are: Snapper/Rainbow, Greenmount (Coolangatta beach), Currumbin (The Alley) and Burleigh. There's also miles of beachbreak, which can be just as enjoyable when the banks are shaped up, the swell's running and the points are busy. Plus the new artificial reef at Narrowneck. Best time of year Jan-July.<br /><br />Because of the curve of the coast, Burleigh's the most consistent of the points, as Kirra etc.,needs more wrap-around. So far in 2000, Burleigh has had quality surf, on average, about 3 days a week. About 75% of G.C.swell come up from Lows to the S-SE in the Tasman (between NSW & NZ);20% off Cyclonic activity to the E-NE in th Coral Sea;about 5% from this same direction but off long-fetch N-E'ly winds from big Highs (mostly slow sloppy surf - handy if there's no 'proper' swell about tho)<br /><br />Climate: sub-tropical- usually 20-30C in summer, 8-22C winter temp ranges, with water down<br />to about 15C mid/late winter; well into the high 20s in summer.

English (Translate this text in English): The Gold Coast consists of a bunch of righthand pointbreaks. South-to-North, these are: Snapper&#47;Rainbow, Greenmount (Coolangatta beach), Currumbin (The Alley) and Burleigh. There's also miles of beachbreak, which can be just as enjoyable when the banks are shaped up, the swell's running and the points are busy. Plus the new artificial reef at Narrowneck. Best time of year Jan-July.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Because of the curve of the coast, Burleigh's the most consistent of the points, as Kirra etc.,needs more wrap-around. So far in 2000, Burleigh has had quality surf, on average, about 3 days a week. About 75% of G.C.swell come up from Lows to the S-SE in the Tasman (between NSW &amp; NZ);20% off Cyclonic activity to the E-NE in th Coral Sea;about 5% from this same direction but off long-fetch N-E'ly winds from big Highs (mostly slow sloppy surf - handy if there's no 'proper' swell about tho)&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Climate: sub-tropical- usually 20-30C in summer, 8-22C winter temp ranges, with water down&lt;br &#47;&gt;to about 15C mid&#47;late winter; well into the high 20s in summer.

English (Translate this text in English): The Gold Coast consists of a bunch of righthand pointbreaks. South-to-North, these are: Snapper&amp;#47;Rainbow, Greenmount (Coolangatta beach), Currumbin (The Alley) and Burleigh. There's also miles of beachbreak, which can be just as enjoyable when the banks are shaped up, the swell's running and the points are busy. Plus the new artificial reef at Narrowneck. Best time of year Jan-July.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Because of the curve of the coast, Burleigh's the most consistent of the points, as Kirra etc.,needs more wrap-around. So far in 2000, Burleigh has had quality surf, on average, about 3 days a week. About 75% of G.C.swell come up from Lows to the S-SE in the Tasman (between NSW &amp;amp; NZ);20% off Cyclonic activity to the E-NE in th Coral Sea;about 5% from this same direction but off long-fetch N-E'ly winds from big Highs (mostly slow sloppy surf - handy if there's no 'proper' swell about tho)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Climate: sub-tropical- usually 20-30C in summer, 8-22C winter temp ranges, with water down&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;to about 15C mid&amp;#47;late winter; well into the high 20s in summer.

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Seasons
Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct Nov/Dec
Best Surfing Season
Typical Swell Size
Surf Equipment Boardshorts Shorty Shorty Springsuit Boardshorts Shorty
Water temp. 25°C
77°F
23°C
73°F
21°C
70°F
19°C
66°F
20°C
68°F
23°C
73°F
Air temp. 27°C
81°F
23°C
73°F
20°C
68°F
17°C
63°F
20°C
68°F
24°C
75°F
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By dan , 08-02-2010

- GOLDY is the most inconsistant place to surf and skim in australia, u need to pickthe right day and the wind is what makes it depressing, so many days with the onshore hitting it at 9am onwards!

By Anonymous , 26-10-2009

- yea its that bad the best surf in the last 3 weeks was a two foot wind swell! and it turnued howling onshore by 1030

By Leo , 18-11-2008

july to february - it's written that the summertime from july to december is flat. is it really that bad? I gonna study there next year so it would be really important for me that I have a consistant swell...thanks guys

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