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The capital of South Australia, the city of Adelaide is located by the sea and there is certainly no shortage of good surf spots in the vicinity. Boasting 30km of beaches, some of which are only a 15-minute drive from central hostels in Adelaide, the city is a haven for surfers from across the world.
The coasts of the Fleurieu Peninsula, especially the middle and south parts, are a good place for novice surfers to get on their boards and paddle away, although there are a number of swells in the summer and storms in the winter.
As a result, the beaches here have a variety of different surf conditions, meaning more experienced surfers can also spend a day on their boards maneuvering themselves carefully over the waves.
Rips are common on the beaches so surfers are advised to be cautious at all times. Some parts of the coast are particularly dangerous and should not be attempted by anyone except the most experienced.
Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia's best kept surf secrets. Located 110km southwest of Adelaide, keen surfers can still head out here from their Adelaide hostels to catch some waves if they wake up early!
The island is not usually crowded and relatively free of both tourists and locals; great for visitors to enjoy a morning of surfing in peace. Beginners can head to Stokes Bay, Vivonne Bay and Pennington Bay, while advanced surfers should check out beach breaks for more difficult waves.
Meanwhile, Yorke Peninsula is becoming increasingly popular with surfers and a number of major competitions are held here. There are several spots on the peninsula for amateur surfers and beginners, as well as the more advanced.
Innes National Park
Surfing at Chinaman's in Innes National Park is one truly hair-raising experience. This break is for expert surfers only, and is best in low to medium tide when there is a north or north-westerly wind blowing.
For safety reasons, surfers are advised to hit the waves here only when there is a lifeguard or lifesaver present, although if you're ever unsure about surf conditions, it is best to speak to lifeguards.
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Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers.com Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Australia, he checked out a variety of Australia hostels, including a number of Adelaide hostels.
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