South Straddie Super Session

Adam Bennett. His poor girlfriend fainted on the beach he was ripping so hard... true story. Photo: Nelly

Adam Bennett. He was ripping so hard his girlfriend fainted on the beach ... true story. Photo: Nelly/SPL

South Straddie Super Session

It’s a wave I’ve always wanted to surf. Peakier than Puerto Escondido, five times more punch than the Outer Banks, bigger and more spread out than Duranbah, and way easier to get set waves than at Pipeline—welcome to Stradbroke Island on the Gold Coast of Australia.

All 6'2" of Jordy Smith stands up straight. Photo: Dorsey

All 6'2" of Jordy Smith stands up straight. Photo: Dorsey

Leaving the small and blown out surf behind in Coolangatta, we caravanned up there from Coolangatta with the Gudauskas bros, Dylan Graves, and our mate Tony from Komune. A broken board in the car park was a good sign—there was definitely surf—yet also foreshadowed a future event, namely my week-old Dylan Longbottom 6’0” dying a vicious death at the hands of Straddie. A $400 closeout barrel if you were to put a price tag on it.

South Stradbroke Island firing on all cylinders... actually local Bede called it only 6 out of 10. Photo: Checky

South Stradbroke Island firing on all cylinders... actually local Bede called it only 6 out of 10. Photo: Checky

None of us in the caravan had surfed there before and at first sight, it was one of those, “Holy shit did you see that one!” moments followed up by a mad scramble to get out there. Although it was packed to the gills with Top 45’ers, local legends, aspiring groms, and a ton of dickdraggers, there were so many waves coming though that you could actually sit in a pack of pros and get sets. The Gudangs were typically frothing and ripping, while Jordy Smith and Bobby Martinez traded off big, long barrels. Local islander Bede Durbidge was also a standout, while Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, and Taj Burrow dominated a peak further down the beach from us.

Bobby Martinez was on fire throughout the session. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Bobby Martinez was on fire throughout the session. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Aside from breaking my precious new stick, it was the best session I’ve ever had in three trips to Australia and one that won’t be forgotten soon, so good that even a barn Online Editor was getting shacked. Spear into the photos and start saving your pennies—South Stradbroke Island is one wave you have to surf before pulling into that big barrel in the sky.—Justin Cote

Craig Anderson perfectly negotiates the bowl section. Photo: Checky

Craig Anderson perfectly negotiates the bowl section. Photo: Checky

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Pat Gudauskas winds up for the section... Photo: Nelly/SPL

Pat Gudauskas winds up for the section... Photo: Nelly/SPL

Quiky Pro standout Dane Reynolds. Photo: Checky

Quiky Pro standout Dane Reynolds. Photo: Checky

Former Quiksilver Pro Trails winner Dale Richards. Photo: Checky

Former Quiksilver Pro Trails winner Dale Richards. Photo: Checky

Jumpin'  Jack Freestone with a nice bash off the top. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Jumpin' Jack Freestone with a nice bash off the top. Photo: Nelly/SPL

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