Surfs Up on Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island is most known for its rich history, picturesque landscape and stunning sapphire coloured ocean. A subtropical Island, with a tapestry of forests, gardens and rolling pine-dotted meadows, Norfolk Island is surrounded by some of the deepest and most beautiful waters in the Pacific Ocean. With its rugged coastline pounded by heavy swells, this sub-tropical island has had its own Board riders club for some time, keeping the reef breaks all to themselves (no crowds here) The secret is now out and the island is becoming increasingly popular with overseas surfers.
Norfolk is open to swell from all angles with the predominant being from the south. The west, east and southern sides all have good breaks, with swells rolling in over the island’s volcanic rock and coral reefs. Slaughter Bay located in Kingston, the World Heritage site has the most consistent reef break offering up barrelling lefts and peaks. This reef is where the Flagship of the First Fleet, HMS Sirius was wrecked in 1790. Other reef breaks worth checking out are Cemetery Beach and Ball Bay or walk the winding track down the hill to Anson Bay for a beach break.
There are also secluded spots around the island, which can offer big waves and reef bombies, these areas are quite difficult to get to, quite often scrabbling down a cliff and it is highly recommended you go with a local surf guide.
One of the charms about the island is that surfers can leave their boards and wetsuits on the grassed areas and it will still be there the next day!
If the surf is not pumping on the day, there really is more to Norfolk Island. Visit the Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama mural depicting the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, a round of golf on a seaside course, bushwalking in National Parks and Reserves, ocean trips to Phillip Island, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, bird watching, bike riding to name a few. There are more than 30 restaurants and eateries on the Island using locally grown fruit, vegetables and fish, the real ‘paddock to plate’ approach to Norfolk Island dining means food tastes just as it should, full of flavour, grown in its natural season and rich with all the right nutrients.
Quote from Jack Entwistle, Professional Long boarder ( Norfolk Island is one of the most remote and unspoiled surf destinations around the World. The quality and variety of waves for such a small island like Norfolk is incredible, not to mention the amazing landscapes, large cliff faces, big pine trees that surround you while you surf. With the rite conditions Norfolk has some world class waves.
See yourley morla (Norfolk language “see you tomorrow”)