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Magazines : Breakaway Summer 2010
COSY CORNER/TORQUAY FRONT BEACH If Torquay's back beach is a bit rough for you, head over the other side of Point Danger to the town's sheltered front beach. It's a safe place for kids, families and inexperienced swimmers. It is patrolled by lifeguards across the busy summer period and is boarded by the Esplanade foreshore that includes barbecues, trees for shade, car parking, a playground and toilets. JAN JUC A long stretch of sand between Torquay and Bells Beach with mostly steep access. It's popular with locals and surfers, and is also patrolled but swimmers should watch out for some rocky sections and the beach narrows considerably on high tide. ANGLESEA Set at the end of the river mouth, it is quite predictable and relatively safe, although the waves can be dumpy on low tide. Don't walk too far east along the beach if you don't know what the tide is doing as you risk being caught at the base of the cliffs. Stick to swimming west of the river mouth, closer to the surf club where the lifesavers' flags will be located. For a safer option for kids and families away from the waves, try Point Roadknight beach up the road. FAIRHAVEN/AIREY'S INLET A long stretch of sand running below the Great Ocean Road, Fairhaven beach picks up a lot of swell that other beaches in the area don't, and hence gets a lot bigger waves. This can be quite good fun at high tide if the surf is not too big, but be aware as the tide goes out the beach changes dramatically and rips will appear with some sandbars and often potholes. LORNE A fantastic holiday and busy spot, with the shops right across from the water and a family-friendly beach. The lifesavers will generally set up the flags to the left of the clubhouse in the front of the grass area, so it's perfect for families to be able to watch the kids enjoy the water. All amenities within walking distance included shops, toilets, barbecues, shelter and car parking. Sea spots OTHER BEACHES Fashion tips FROM ROXY DESIGNER BONNIE DAVIS The Surf Coast is arguably the home of surfing in Australia, with Rip Curl and Quiksilver being founded here in the late '60s and having their headquarters here. It is also the start of the Great Ocean Road taking in some of the most famous and extensive surfing real estate in the world. Torquay and Jan Juc offer patrolled beaches that get very busy over summer. These beach breaks are great for beginners and intermediates with the close-by reef breaks that surround Bells Beach being the domain of the many advanced surfers that frequent the coast. Heading further south through Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven there are a lot of beaches to choose from, with beginners best suited to actively patrolled areas. Intermediate and advanced surfers can find some great waves along the beaches and the reefs depending on the tides. This stretch ends with the iconic Lorne, a beautiful long and protected beach suited to the beginner surfer and relaxing swims. Surf tips FROM COACH SAM EDWARDS Map of the region TORQUAY DRESSES Create some waves with a flirty summer beach dress, an essential wardrobe staple for the warmer months. Choose a style that is versatile enough to dress up or down in crisp white or a print. Breathable lightweight cottons are best to keep the comfort factor high and skinny spaghetti straps help minimize tan lines. For a casual beach look, wear with thongs over swimwear or dress up with some sky-high wedges to go straight from the beach to the bar. Safety tips FROM SURF LIFESAVER MARK GRAHAM What is a rip? Simply put, a rip current is moving water travelling back out to sea. Waves will come into the shore, but then the water has to get back out some how, so often the water will travel to a certain spot and go out from there. This is a rip and is the biggest cause of people requiring rescuing. If you're swimming and find yourself being swept away from the beach and unable to get back, it is more than likely you are caught in a rip current. Ways to survive a rip current: • Avoid rip currents, always swim between the red and yellow flags. • If you need help stay calm, float and raise an arm to attract attention. • To escape a rip, swim parallel to the beach. • Always conserve your energy, the waves can help you get back to the beach. To learn more about rip currents check out ripcurrents.com.au. TORQUAY DARIAN RD SURF COAST HWY FISCHER ST THE ESPLANADE THE ESPLANADE ZEALLY BAY RD BELL ST BOSTON RD PRINCE ST PUEBLA ST BEACH RD COWRIE RD RIVERSIDE DR GROSSMANS RD BAINES CRES ANDERSON ST to Geelong to Lorne GEELONG ADVERTISER I 7
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