The unique Margaret River surf has to be Margaret River’s original tourist attraction, as the ocean conditions make it an ideal playground for globe-trekking surfers. Even before the first grapevines were planted, people came here in search of a one-of-a-kind Margaret River surf experience.
Whether you’re a veteran surfer or catching a wave for the first time, there are a wide variety of Margaret River surf breaks and several local surf schools to teach you how it’s done.
What are the best surf beaches?
There are several key Margaret River surf locations that are always reliable in my opinion. Conditions in the water are constantly changing due to wind, weather, and the ocean swell – be sure to discuss with local people to find out where the best breaks can be found during your visit. However that said here is my list:
Injidup: One of the most popular Margaret River surf spots, Injidup offers relatively consistent waves ranging from 2 metres to over 4 metres.
- Margaret River Mouth: A good beach for beginners and first-time surfers – the swells are predictable and not too high.
- Surfers Point at Prevelly: Home to the annual Drug Aware Pro, a professional surfing competition featuring 250 of the world’s best surfers, this spot brings large, powerful waves and is best left to the experts.
- Redgate Beach: This is another site that is good for those who are still learning to surf. Swells are fairly consistent and rarely exceed 3 metres.
Margaret River surf schools
Even if you’ve never set foot on a surfboard or worn a wetsuit, you can enjoy a Margaret River surf experience like nothing else you’ve seen.
- Margaret River Surf School: Hire surf boards and sign up for lessons at the surf shop in Gnarabup, and then drive 15 minutes south to get in the water at Redgate Beach. Group lessons start at $50 each.
- Josh Palmateer’s Surf Academy: Lessons for beginners are held at the Margaret River mouth, with group lessons starting at $45. This Margaret River surf school was founded by former pro sufer Josh Palmateer.
In addition to being a great place for beginners, Margaret River surf breaks provide some serious waves – each year, some of the world’s top professional surfers convene for the Drug Aware Pro and the Margaret River Classic.
- Drug Aware Pro: This is an international surf competition that occurs each year in March-April, when the Margaret River surf conditions are ideal for some of the biggest waves outside of Hawaii.
- Margaret River Classic: A local event, this competition has been going on almost every year since 1976. The 31st Classic was held in late October 2010.
If you happen to be here on holiday during either of these tournaments, it’s an ideal chance to head for the beach to see some spectacular surfing skills on display.
Finding the best Margaret River surf spots
If you’re “amped” to explore and Experience the Best of the region, let us help you navigate the “bumps” and avoid a “wipeout.” (Sorry, it’s a bit of surfer slang.)
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