5 waves in 5 days – Snapper Rocks
Yesterday we looked at The Alley, today we check out another one of our favourites, Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta.
Snapper Rocks (Coolangatta)
The wave – In 1995 the groin at Kirra was reduced and sand was pumped from the Tweed River. After this the coastline dramatically changed and a large sand bank formed from Rainbow Bay through to Greenmount. This bank, known as the ‘Super Bank’, became a major drawcard for surfers all over the world.
With a sometimes sketchy take off behind a cluster of rocks, Snapper Rocks sits at the beginning of the Super Bank. With a good E to SE swell Snapper transforms from a crystal-clear lap pool to a frothing, mighty wall of water with some of the best barrels in Australia. With a half-decent swell, Snapper is a super fun wave, the ultimate canvas for you to carve out turn after turn right through to Greenmount until your legs go to jelly. Check out the surf cam here.
It’s definitely one of the most famous waves in Australia, but also the most crowded. In March every year the world’s best surfers come here to compete in the Quiksilver Pro, the first world championship event on the tour.
Snapper is the playground for many of Australia’s best surfers such as World Champions Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew and Stephanie Gilmore.
The Surfboard Warehouse weapon of choice
Most of the boards at The Surfboard Warehouse can be surfed at Snapper, however, a couple stand out from the rest.
When the surf is small, pull out a Performance Log, which allows for nose riding as well as carving top to bottom turns. Want to stand out from the crowd? Grab a limited edition Saltwater Kiss – Captain Frankie, it’s sure to turn heads.
Now if it’s performance you are looking for, grab a Vessel Gypsea Sled, an awesome shortboard with refined rails and a deep double concave that allows lift and drive inside the tube.
Overall, Snapper Rocks throws out a hectic mix of surf conditions that suit surfers across the spectrum.