While Two Rocks is home to many calm, protected, family-friendly bays, you’ll find some gnarlier waves just up the road. And with the onset of winter stirring up some of the best surfing conditions of the year, now’s the perfect time to scope out the swell on your doorstep.
Two Rocks locals love ‘The Spot’. This surfing hotspot features slightly higher waves than other beaches - just over a metre on average. It’s usually a low tide terrace with a left hand break along the southern calcarenite reef, making it ideal for entry riders and those looking for some local fun.
Take the easy dirt road access off Two Rocks Road.
Car park with toilets.
Rips often cut across the bar during periods of higher waves.
DURRS SURF SPOT
Durrs is an exposed reef break that is said to have more dependable surf compared to Perth’s city beaches, picking up more swell and working more often. Offshore winds blow from the east-northeast, with an ideal southwest swell angle holding up to six-foot. Local surfers recommend riding this break during a falling mid-tide.
Accessible via a 4WD track, which runs off Sovereign Drive.
Despite being a little out of the way, it can get crowded at Durrs when the surf is good.
Winter surf safety checklist
Ready to hit the winter waves? While surfing in Two Rocks is usually beginner-friendly, it’s still very demanding with unpredictable winter conditions often catching surfers off-guard. Being fully prepared will help ensure your surfing experience is as safe and enjoyable as possible.
Here are our top tips:
- Get a feel for conditions before heading in. Apps like WillyWeather and Surf Finder will give you and idea of surf conditions before you decide to head out.
- Purchase a quality wetsuit that will protect you from the cold conditions and potential reef abrasions.
- Surf in an area that’s appropriate for your skill level.
- Get advice from experienced surfers before entering the water – lessons are a must for beginners.
- A surfboard isn’t a personal flotation device - it’s a piece of sporting equipment. Ensure you’re able to swim at least fifty metres in open water before tackling the surf.
- Know what different waves are (e.g. ‘crumbling waves’ are slower, weaker waves formed when the ocean floor has a gradual slope, while rapid transition from shallow to deep forms ‘hollow waves’ , which are a lot more dangerous and powerful).
- Understand how dangerous rip currents work and how to spot them - find out here.
- Never surf alone – always head out with a buddy and be sure to tell someone where you’re heading.
- Beware of any restrictions on the beach.
- Familiarise yourself with the risk of marine life (e.g. jellyfish, stingrays, sharks).
- If UV levels are high, protect your skin with waterproof sunscreen (use a zinc oxide for extra protection on your lips and nose).