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Watch: Stab's Guide To The Central Coast

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Watch: Stab's Guide To The Central Coast

Welcome to episode four of About Town, a new series from Stab and Summer Bright in which we explore, with gusto, the most vibrant pockets of Australian surf culture. We’re all fond of a road trip, or a weekend getaway; It’s the Australian surf dream. And if you happen to live in Oz, there needn’t be any reason why you should look beyond its coastlines.

It was Stab and Summer Bright’s wish to unfold the secrets of what makes some of our favourite surf towns great: Where to get coffee, where to surf, where to jump off, who to watch out for in the lineup, where to dine, where to enjoy some post-surf suds, and more. And of course, we tapped some local pros to be our hosts.

Rather than being a single city hub, the Central Coast, NSW exists as a string of smaller towns, each brimming with its own history and unique flavour. The variation in waves is healthy. Everything from punchy exposed beach breaks, to protected nooks and heaving rock shelfs dot the jagged stretch laid out between Newcastle and the mighty Hawkesbury River. 

For this episode Norah Head’s Beau Foster guides us through the coast’s northern territories, thick wave addict slash shaper, Andrew Mooney introduces the Macmasters area, while CT veteran, Ace Buchan shines a light on his Avoca Beach homeland. 

Fun fact: As of 2018, there’ll be three World Tour surfers hailing from the area. Perhaps there’s something in the water? Dive in and find out!

If you're eager for more viewing, watch Stab's guide to the Sunshine Coast here, our tour of Newcastle here, or Kalbarri here.

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