Merrick Davis is a two times Australian and World Pro Am Surfing Champion, who was competing on the World Professional Circuit until 1995. Since leaving the surfing circuit, Merrick has been passing his expansive knowledge and love of surfing on to others at his surf school, Learn to Surf in Noosa. He’s now trained up a team of coaches to help get you standing up on a board.
Cloudbreak is a hollow, left hand, reef wave. You can only surf it if you stay on the Tavarua island surf camp. The break is way out in the middle of the ocean, so you need boat to get to it. It's best at eight feet. When the surf is too big at Cloud…"
Steamer Lane is a right hand wave suitable for advanced surfers. Cold water wetsuits are needed all year round. Conveniently it's also the home of O’Neill wetsuits."
This famous and powerful right point break is in the middle of the jungle. It's a short, hollow wave you need a bigger board to surf, best suited to advanced surfers only. You can wear board shorts all year round. It's best at six to ten feet."
Mid west coast California. Rincon is possibly the best right point wave in California, it's good for intermediate to advanced surfers and you can use both a long and short board. This is a fun, ripable wave with potential for long rides. You need to …"
30 minutes from Los Angeles and home to Movie stars, Malibu has a right hand point break which provides fun long and short board waves. Malibu water is cool so wetsuits are needed. Best surfing four to six feet."
Other than pipeline, Teahupoo is the most photographed big wave in the world. It's a left hander on a sharp reef,(surfers need a boat to reach the waves) and is possibly the hollowest wave in the world. When the surf is big you need a jet ski or a big …"
This is a large right hand wave which only really breaks in winter. It can be hollow. The minimum water temperature is 20dgrees so you can wear board shorts, but you'll need to bring a longer board. This wave is for advanced surfer only best surfing u…"
Deserts Point is a left reef break with a strong current side sweep, best surfed with a boat charter or rubber ducky. A longer board is needed - it's a powerful wave. Warm water means you can wear your board shorts all year round. Best at about eigh…"
Pipeline is a famous north shore left reef break. It's a very hollow wave. You can go right (backdoor) when in a smaller swell, but it's very shallow! Advanced surfers only, this is a dangerous reef and can be very crowded. Pipeline can be ridden in …"
40 minutes South of the Queensland, New South Wales border, The Pass has a very strong sweep when over two feet but is good for surfers of all standards. The Pass has a right hand wave, sand bottom and the water temperature is a minimum of 18degrees. …"
This is a powerful beach break best surfed in the summer months between June and September. It can get big, but is still good for short board surfers of all levels. Hossegor has a sandy bottom. You need to wear a wetsuit for most of the year."
J Bay is South Africa's most famous wave, it's a fast right point break which can get hollow down the line and it's best if you have plenty of experience before you surf here. J Bay has cold (and sharky) water all year round so wetsuits are needed. Bes…"
Two hours North of Brisbane. Ti-tree Bay is good for intermediate to advanced surfers, it has a right hand point break. Both long and short board riding is possible and you'll sometimes get rides up to 200 meters. Best at four to six feet and betwe…"
This left reef break has a couple of take off points. Surfers need a bigger board as the waves can get big and powerful - this wave is for advanced surfers only. The fast down the line wave is best at six to ten feet. (The best place to stay is Bobbie…"
The Macaronis powerful left and right reef breaks are best surfed using a boat charter. You also need to use a bigger board. Waves can be hollow and are best up to eight feet. The Macaronis are for advanced surfers only. Make sure you take your fir…"
North Shore. This is a right hand wave with a reef break. A longer board is needed and it's a powerful wave (watch out for west peak) when in large surf. Advanced surfers only! It can get up to15 feet and can have a fun shore break. Positioning is t…"
North Narrabeen is a famous beach for surf contests. It has a powerful beach break and like most beaches north of Sydney it's better surfed left than right. The more advanced surfers you'll find here can get very competitive, so it can be hard to get w…"
On the Gold Coast. Burleigh Heads has a right hand point break with a sand bottom. It's powerful wave best suites to advanced surfers. It can be very hollow at times. Best surfing between November and April from four to six feet."
"20 minutes south of Byron Bay on the New South Wales north coast. This is one of the hardest places in the world to rock hop in or out of the surf. Lennox Heads is for advanced surfers only, it's a powerful right hand wave with a point break and a sand…"
Torquay is the closest town to Bells Beach, home of Rip Curl ,the longest running surf contest in the world. It's a right hand point rock with a sandy bottom. Wetsuits are needed all year as the minimum water temperature is 10degrees. Best surfing b…"
Nicknamed Superbank, this is a point/beach break wave with a sandy bottom. It can link through Greenmount beach, possibly Australia’s best beach break wave (VERY CROWDED), which has a right-hand wave and is strictly for advanced surfers only. Good all y…"
Three and half hour drive south of Perth. Margaret River is a left hander for big wave surfers only with the point/reef break getting to 20 feet high. There is no continental shelf and you can surf a long way out to sea, so surf with a friend. Surfers…"