When an opportunity knocks, you take it, right? So when we (Korduroy) were approached by Tourism and Events Queensland to head to Australia and experience all that Queensland and in particular, the Gold Coast, has to offer, I manipulated my schedule, ditched previous commitments and begged for hall passes from loved ones to ensure that I could be the one to represent KTV. After studying abroad at Bond University more than 10 years ago, I was curious to see how things had changed in the region as well as where Australia surf culture was headed.
Starting on the Sunshine Coast, accompanied by the fine folks from BoardCave.com, filmmaker Mick Soiza and Australian professional surfer/artist, Otis Carey, we intently explored Noosa and the nearby beaches in hopes of finding any glimmer of overhead surf. From “The Points” to A-Bay (Alexandria Bay) and even out to the breathtaking Double Island Point, wind and minimal swell dominated the conditions. But with the Noosa Longboard Festival beginning, the town was buzzing including a great kick off party at Thomas Bexon’s shop which featured a sneak peek of Deus’ new film, “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night.” So all was not lost.
From Noosa, we headed south to the Gold Coast. As Australia’s most populated non-capital city and one of the fastest growing in the country, the Goldie is a stop that any traveling surfer should make. With world-class point breaks, warm water and a flourishing, youthful vibe, it’s got a bit of something for everyone. But keep in mind, it is no secret. With the Quiksilver Pro in full swing and the swell pulsing, Snapper and the “Super Bank” were buzzing. Take your most crowded local surf break and multiple that time five. Then add 100 and subtract zero. That’s about the minimum number of people in the water at any given time. Not to mention, most of the “locals” know how to lock into the turquoise tubes with the best of ‘em. But regardless of the crowds, seeing a wave that long and that perfect spin down the point is worth it alone. It’s no wonder that Snapper is the first stop on the ASP World Tour. It’s got it all.
You’ve heard the stories, watched the webcast, seen the films (including Cy’s Under The Sun), so what are you waiting for? Grab some buddies, book a flight, rent a van and find your adventure. In the meantime, enjoy these pictures I snapped on the trip.
– Reis Paluso
This post was made possible by Tourism and Events Queensland – http://www.destinationqueensland.com/