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Mark Lane, CEO of Surfing
Western Australia, shares his
pick of Perth’s best breaks for
1. Trigg and Scarborough Beaches
would be your best bet at this time of
year, but conditions vary. Low-swell months are ideal
for beginners, but if the swells do come it can be really
dangerous, with big waves breaking onto shallow sand.
2. Leighton and Cottesloe would be your next pick,
but both are swell-dependent. If you push yourself
a little further south you’ll find yourself at Secret Harbour,
which is also ideal.
3. Heading north, Mullaloo can be a great beginner’s
location, but can be a little small at this time of year, or
you could take a chance at Mindarie. If you push a little
further north you’ll find yourself at Lancelin Backbeach
which is another great beginner’s location.
There’s a handful of surfing schools
in Perth and more down south.
Boards are supplied, and most
people manage to stand and catch
a wave by the end of the day. Anyone
can do it, including kids aged five
and older, and lessons range from
a few hours to a week-long safari.
Keen to take a lesson before
braving the waves?
■ Big Wave Surfing School Secret Harbour
■ Gone Surfin Secret Harbour 9537 3709
■ Josh Palmateer’s Surf Academy Margaret River
■ Margaret River Surf School Gnarabup
■ One Surf School Mullaloo 0403 206 651
■ Perth Go Surf Scarborough 9245 1684
■ Scarborough Beach Surf School Scarborough
■ School of Surfing WA Trigg, Mullaloo, Leighton
and Rottnest Island 9448 0004
GREAT IDEA #1
If you’ve been waiting for the right
push (ahem) to try out skydiving,
you’re in luck – here’s a list of local
operators who will guide you through
the basics before you make the leap.
GREAT IDEA #2
Australia’s largest skydiving
centre offers jumps from
Perth, Rockingham, and
York (the York base was
formerly known as Skydive
Express). Winter’s the best
time for a York jump – the
views of the lush Avon
Valley are incredible.
WA Skydiving Academy
Feeling charitable? You can jump here for free by registering your fundraising campaign, and raising a minimum of $500.
Up the stakes with a 450m jump – the highest drop in WA. Hangar 1, 2 Mustang Road, Jandakot.
Southern Skydivers finish their jumps on Busselton Beach,
so this is your best chance for a soft landing. Even better, to
help you find your feet once you’re back on flat earth, they’ll
shout you a drink at beachside cafe The Goose. Hangar 6,
Airport Drive, Busselton.
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