Surfing on the Central Coast of Australia is less a pastime than it is a lifestyle. And with 31 official
beaches, it’s no wonder!
The Haven, Buggeries, Half-tide Rocks, The Box, North Avoca, Catho, Ghosties, Moonie, Frazer,
Gravelies, Macs, Copa, Sharktower, the Pines, Avoca Point, Bushpig, The Bend, Littles, Pellos, Wambie, Shelly, North Shelly, Shelly Point, Forries, Norah Head, Bateau… the list goes on! And let’s not forget the infamous
Crackneck… I'm sure you can guess the origin of that name!
The Australian Central Coast lifestyle revolves around its beaches, and it’s a sad (and
quite unusual) day that you won't be able to find a wave.
As local champions Ross Clarke-Jones and Shane Powell would no doubt agree, there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the steep drop of a
wonderful clean wave. Giving yourself up to a big wave can be a very scary commitment, but the pay-off
makes it well worthwhile. Long board, short board, or body board – when you take the drop, you really know you’re living.
To some its a religion, to some, meditation. Some even say it’s better than
eating! But regardless of what they say, they get out there!
Australian Central Coast surfers are a dedicated bunch! For those unfortunate enough to have a
regular job, dawn patrol is a daily ritual. And forget about shark feeding times, there’s enough light to catch a wave well after sundown! Kids can’t get enough.
Surfing is an official school sport. Kids spend every afternoon, weekend, and their entire holidays in the surf. Even
the local business owners work around the tides and the swell. And one thing’s for sure – if the surf’s up, you wouldn’t be the only one chuckin’ a sicky! cough…
A quick scan of the local Yellow Pages will reveal plenty of local surf shops, surf schools, surf
clubs and boardriding clubs. You might also want to check out the Surfing Australia
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Glenn Murray heads advertising copywriting studio Divine
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