Bring on Autumn

Summer on the Gold Coast is often plagued by onshore winds – the swell picks up after the flatness of spring, but good waves can be hard to find. Autumn is when things usually start to change: cooler nights give those calm, crisp mornings every beachgoer learns to love. And waves.

I'll take these any day... May, 2009.

Today, there was an afternoon glass-off, with pumping 2-3ft waves up and down the coast. I managed to get a few good ones, though I couldn’t get into the right position for some of the better ones – they were unforgiving and pretty heavy! I finally snagged a good one near the end of the session but wasn’t able to make it out, and my leash promptly snapped, so I had to chase my board in to the beach.

While the waves here aren’t normally as epic as the more remote Australian locations, there’s nothing quite like finishing work early and ducking down for a cheeky couple of hours of fun waves. Autumn’s typically the best time of year for that – fingers crossed it’s a good season this year!

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