Sydney Surf Beaches
Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku popularised surfing on his visit to Sydney in 1914-15, first hitting Australian waves at Freshwater in 1914. His original board is still on display at the Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club. Since then, Australia has produced many World Champion surfers.
Sydney has approximately 70 surf beaches that cater to all levels of surfing skill, from small waves for beginners to big breaks for the more experienced and adventurous. Five Sydney beaches feature on the National Surfing Reserve Register, a list of iconic surfing spots in Australia: Manly, North Narrabeen, Cronulla, Bondi and Maroubra.
One of Australia's most famous surf beaches is Bondi Beach, less than an hour on a bus from Sydney's city centre. You'll find serious surfers at the southern end of the beach, while boogie boards and bodysurfers occupy the northern end. Visitors to the area can all enjoy the myriad bars and cafes by the waterfront.
Further south is Maroubra, a kilometre-long curve of sand that attracts surfers, swimmers and families. The Cronulla area comprises four beaches; Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and Cronulla, and has a lively surf scene with local board-riding communities and lifesaving clubs.
Sydney's Northern Beaches, from Manly to Palm Beach, offer some of the city's prime surfing spots, including Freshwater, Narrabeen and Dee Why and Curl Curl. The Vissla Sydney Surf Pro takes place in Manly in March, with top surfers from around the world competing.