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Photo: Darryl Khng (DAZ) video Cottlesloe to Sorrento


With a sport oriented culture and a population concentrated on its endless coastlines, Australia is a natural location for a thriving surfski community. And as a country of surf lifesaving programs up and down its coasts, it has been one of the fundamental developers of surfskis and surfski paddling and produces many of the world's top surfski paddlers.

Downwinders & Paddles (East Coast to West Coast)


Queensland Paddle Clubs

Sunshine Coast


  • Moreton Bay
    • Wellington Point to Manly short 5 km for SE wind
    • Redcliffe SLSA - Shorncliffe 10km - 12km (depends on how far you paddle out before turning downwind)
    • Scarborough - Shorncliffe 24 km

Gold Coast Area


New South Wales

Coffs Harbour


  • Sawtell to Coffs Harbour approx. 10 km? video (big swell begins around 50 seconds in)
  • Emerald Beach to Coffs approx. 15 km? video


Forster Tuncurry

  • Tuncurry Beach DAZ surf video
  • Forster Main Beach - Black Head (or reverse depending on wind) 9 miles

Sydney discussion of Sydney downwinders - traffic can be one of the biggest problems for Sydney downwinders, causing even short runs to take up a lot of time with the shuttle.

  • Botany Bay
    • South side to Kingsford-Smith Airport South to North across bay video
    • Georges River Sailing Club to Kyeemagh 8 km
  • Capes Run - Gunnamatta Bay to Kurnell or reverse depending on wind - approx 18 km, technical around the capes (“Great in anything above about 15 knots, absolutely epic above 25 knots because of the rebound around the capes”) video
  • Paul's Famous Hamburgers to Kurnell (the Cheeseburger Run)10 km video
  • Malabar Beach - Coogee Beach 7.5 km trip description
  • Sydney MIller's Run? Think Kayak Australia blog post
    • Little Bay to Bondi 12 km
    • Little Bay to Camp Cove 20 km
  • NE Wind days - Avalon Beach is a good starting spot
  • South Wind runs to Palm Beach
    • Shelly Beach to Palm Beach 24 km (or Freshwater Beach - parking's better at Freshwater than Shelly)
    • Mona Vale to Palm Beach 11 km
    • With NE winds you can reverse the runs to Palm Beach or start at Avalon Beach instead to avoid washing machine at Bangalley Head
  • Pittwater Bay - for some protection and not as crazy water: inside the bay is good on very windy days. Parking - “you're best with 3 council stickers, Pittwater, Warringah and Manly. A bit of an investment but worth the hassle free parking.”
    • On a NE, downwind back into the Bay from Barrenjoey Head
  • Station Beach to Fisherman's Beach (used for 20 Beaches Race Course)


  • Scarborough to Woonona 12 km video


  • Bermagui - Tathra 35 km (S wind)
  • Narooma to Bermagui (NE wind) 23.5 km


Melbourne Area


  • Mentone - Frankston 18 km video
  • Western Port
  • Port Phillip Bay
    • Notto Run - Mornington to Patterson Lakes 19 km
    • Point Henry (Geelong)
    • Clifton Springs/Drysdale - Port Arlington 10-11 km video
    • Indented Head to Queenscliff ~18 km video


Bass Strait 335 km (Port Albert, VIC to Little Mussleroe Bay, TAS) not just a downwinder! video



South Australia

Western Australia


Perth Area

  • Mandurah
    • Dawesville Cut to Secret Harbour (King of the Cut SUP Race Course) 24km
    • Dawesville Cut to Doddies Beach (Mandurah Duel SUP Race Course) 12.5km
  • Dutchies/Cottesloe to Sorrento 20 km DAZ (Darryl Khng) video, another video (with visitors Ana Swetish and Heather Nelson)
    • Trigg to Sorrento 6.5 km DAZ video
  • Sand Tracks to City Beach 15 km
  • The Snapper Run - Point Peron (Rockingham) to South Beach Fremantle - 22km Rob Mousley Report
  • Point Peron to Sorrento Beach 49 km
  • ….

Snapper Run

* The Doctor- Rottnest Island to Sorrento 28 km

From 2018 Doctor Race Week

  • Drummer's Run - Sand Tracks Beach to City Beach, Perth 10 km
    • (or Port Beach, Freemantle to City Beach, Perth)
  • The Gingernut Run - Hillarys to Ocean Reef Marinas 7 km
  • The OC run - Sorrento to Mindarie Marina 17 km


Tidal Races

About Safety

  • King Sound - video
  • Talbot Bay - video
  • Brisbane
    • Moreton Bay
      • South Passage Bar - island channel may be too unpredictable for safety due to it shifting sand bars?
  • Melbourne
    • Port Phillip Bay
      • “The Rip” or Port Phillip Bay Heads - can this one be reasonably “timed” or are there too many potential difficulties including traffic in shipping channels?





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australia.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/15 03:37 by preavley