5 waves in 5 days – TOS
Today we take a look at a spot at the northern end of the Gold Coast, South Stradbroke Island or as it’s more commonly known, TOS (the other side).
TOS (South Straddie)
The wave – TOS is on the northern side of the Gold Coast Seaway. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a boat or a jet ski, it’s a hairy paddle battling strong currents and swell pulses, dodging passing boats and clambering up steep rock walls. Despite this, in the right conditions it’s totally worth the mission.
TOS is a swell magnet and is generally at least 2 foot bigger than anywhere else on the Gold Coast. It works best with an E or SE ground swell and winds W, NW or SW. When the swell is pumping head to TOS to get tubes galore and get shacked deeper than you’ve ever been before. In larger swells expect powerful, fast and hollow waves that take no prisoners. This is not a wave for the feint-hearted and is more suited to intermediate and advanced surfers.
The Surfboard Warehouse weapon of choice
The Gypsea Sled is super manoeuvrable with extra volume for added paddle power. The Dark Horse is a responsive board with a setup that allows for drive and acceleration through bottom turns and rail-to-rail carves. If you prefer a board with low rails and a little more width, the RPM Performance Fish deals out everything you need for a wave like TOS.
TOS frequently hits the headlines due to a proposition by the government to build a cruise ship terminal in the nearby Gold Coast Broadwater. There’s a lot of tension between the surfing community and the government as the terminal will restrict access to the seaway and threatens to destroy this famous wave through dredging of the seaway. Read more at save our Spit Facebook page.
Check out this epic video from TOS...
Tune in tomorrow – Burleigh Point