Surfing Woonona, South Coast NSW

From the Surfing in Australia Series by Garry Birdsall

Surfing Woonona Sth Coast NSW

For more than a century Woonona has been a popular swimming and wave-riding mecca. It is home to one of NSW’s most respected and decorated Surf Lifesaving Clubs which holds an outstanding record for over one hundred years of no lives lost while patrolling Woonona Beach.

It was the first attempted landing site in Australia by Captain James Cook on 28 April 1770. His party, desperately short of drinking water, saw the estuary of Collins Creek as a suitable place in which to replenish their diminished stocks. However it was Woonona’s famous breaking surf that prevented their landing party from getting ashore. A small plaque, erected at Collins Rocks Headland commemorates this historic event.

Thousands of surfers, including myself, have spent endless hours enjoying the amazing waves that form along this shoreline. Woonona has 3 distinct surf breaks that work regularly, the northern side of the rocks, the southern side and the famous "Dorrigo Ave" break. The ideal swell is from the northeast when you get waves breaking left and right, and being a goofy footer myself, it is a surfer’s paradise to me.

The pool is a magnet to local families and visitors. There’s a great sense of community where regulars greet and meet. The remains of the original rock pool, built in the 1920s can still be seen. It is said that The Woonona Royal Hotel (which stood on the site where MacDonalds is today) donated beer to the volunteers who built it. After many years of beer drinking it finally opened in 1928.

The medium is acrylic on canvas
Size is 130cm x 90cm

Price: AU$4,000.00 (or nearest offer)

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and freight in Australia.
For overseas prices please email:  Garry and Maria

© Garry Birdsall

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