Words by Tom Freed
Whenever someone utters the phrase “from where you’d rather be,” Stab’s collective mind’s eye immediately focuses on a sand-bottomed setup beneath a smiling sun. We’re talking beachbreaks. Trunks. Bath water. All the finer things! And, since we so adore such things, we’ve decided to team up with our like-minded pals at Coronaextra.com.au to deliver you a new series: The World’s Best Beachbreaks.
We’ll be detailing, visually but also through written text, all our favourite sand setups from around the world. The requirements? Nothing but golden grains beneath, nothing but a warm orb above, trunk temperatures only, and a perfect setup to end the day with a Corona and lime.
No. 2: Duranbah, Gold Coast, Australia
While the true meaning of the place known as Duranbah seems lost in eons and hidden in mystery, the ancients say that it’s derived from the indigenous Aboriginal phrase for “Beachie that gives bitchy goofyfooters rare chance to go left.” Fine…no ancients say that, but Duranbah (D-bah) does have a hell of left-ramp at times. In fact, D-bah is possibly our most summery, most versatile, most quintessentially beachbreaky of beachbreaks, yet. And what the hell constitutes a claim like that? D-bah, like anyone’s midsummer night dream of a beachbreak, is an absolute playground. There’s no need for swell charts, extreme tides or long journeys from the nearest airport — there’s always waves and you just park and get to, well, surf. We’re talking playful, random, highly-shred-able peaks, here. No consequence, no constant broken-boards, no stress. Playground, remember? A playground even suitable enough for the bitchy goofyfooter complaining about all those perfect right points around the corner.
Lemme break it down for ya:
Land in: Coolangatta Airport, (aka Gold Coast Airport)
Then: Cab it or drive the whopping 8 minutes from there to Duranbah
Stay: The Komune is pretty much right in the thick of it and beachside and has backpacker dorm-room style options, then there’s Calypso next-doorish and if you got a few mates there’s a ton of apartment holiday rentals
Bring a: Couple standard shortboards that you feel the most comfortable ripping the guts out of a perfect beach break
What’s she like? Can I be Frank? Fun. Real fucking fun. In all senses of that overused, vaguely poignant three-letter word. And while over the course of this 12-week list we’ve given you beach break after beach break,(which for some equates with semi-closeout tube after semi-closeout tube), D-bah ain’t just a pull-in over soft-grains type of wave. It’s rippable peaks with punchy, pealing walls. Gorgeous sections and runway-ramps. An odd barrel or two — or spitting kegs on the on-days. See: fun. Absurdly consistent, D-bah’s always got a wave, best at 3-5 ft out of the east, and can hold up to 8ft on the outer bar before she washes through. Running rights on a southeast swell to epic lefts draining behind the rocks on the rare northerly swells. A lovely half-mile of dog-friendly beach with warm, turquoise water and waves that keep ya busy and guessing and out there all damn day. Wait, Frank’s back: also really fucking crowded. And, like, always. Frank’s kind of a dick.
Other options in the area… Ha. That’s hilarious. Bitch, you on the Gold Coast! Round the cornah from D-bah are a few, shall we say suitable right pointbreaks like: Snapper Rocks, Greenmount, Kirra…you get it. Also, even closer are some fun ones at Fingal Jetty.
At all costs, don’t… Don’t get mouthy with the old local boys out at the bars and clubs. Also, late-night in Coolangatta during the summer, bikeys and some of the youngsters like looking for fights, so have your wits about ya.