Packing your bags and heading out on a surf trip is what we're all trying to do, right? Not sure where to start? No worries, Jason Rhodes from Corona Del Mar knows how it's done — and he's broken it down for you right here! So if you've ever dreamt of clear blue barrels in West Australia (and who hasn't?), then you've come to the right post. Click 'Full Story,' read, then proceed to look for flights.
JASON: I went to West Australia back in 2006, ever since my first surf there I knew this was my setting.
My last trip there was this last September 2012 for three months. I saved up a couple grand before I left. It's easy to make it last if you're camping and sleeping in the car. I also sold a couple boards out there in the end, they're worth about double what you'd get for them here. There's a lot of work over there and minimum wage is $18.50, plus their dollar's stronger than ours in the U.S. But I'd rather spend my time surfing than working.
Having a car is key out there, I bought a car in Perth, W.A.'s main city, for a $1,000 when I arrived. Get a car in a main city, they're a lot cheaper there than cars in little towns that you usually end up in if you're looking for waves.
Wagons and SUV's are the best, I slept in the car most of the trip, I don't mind it at all. People always tell me how horrible that must be, but I love it. Just staying by the beach, It's quiet, stars out, and waking up to surf right in front of you, I might start doing that here in Newport... Camping was good too, you can pretty much post up and camp anywhere you want, odds that you'll run into a ranger are slim, and there's plenty of campgrounds too.
The water is one of my favorite things about it there, it's so clean and crystal clear, white sand beaches, and really warm compared to Southern California. I just wear a 3'2' there in winter, because those Indian ocean currents are warm, but the stiff off-shores are a bit chilly.
The standard quiver in Newport is a lot different than W.A. I brought 8 boards, 6'0"/2x6'1", 6'2"/6'3"/6'4"/6'10" and 7'0" pin. Boards and wetsuits are so expensive there, so I try and bring as much as I'd need for the whole time. It's really good getting bigger boards in Newport because no body uses them here, they're worthless, but over there you need them quite often. Breaking boards is inevitable there, I broke a lot of my boards but there's some really good local repair guys that do a great job, so they can salvage a few for you. I barely take care of my boards, I expect them to snap pretty much every other session.
Box and Northpole are my favorite waves out there, they offer the meanest pits, but I generally love all of Western Australia, It's so big, there's so much coastline it seems impossible to see all of it. It's so remote and untouched. Huge cliffs, rugged coastline and an endless amount of waves to search for. I hope it stays that way.
One bad thing about W.A. is the food. I miss Mexican food every day over there, but the worst thing though about W.A. is the sharks. Everyone who surfs in W.A. has sharks on their mind — you cant ignore the thought of them with the recent tragedies that have happened. It''s now home to the deadliest waters in the world in terms of shark attack fatalities. Ive never seen one, and I don't want to, but it all became very real when my close friend that I had been living with was fatally attacked in Spring 2011, it was the most shocking news I've ever heard, it made me sick.
Other than that, I love everything about the place, it's home away from home.