March 16, 2016

Travel Log: Kilian Garland’s Australia Surf Trip

KILGAR IN OZ FOR A FEW CONTESTS AND CHECK SOME GOLD COAST SPOTS.

Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
 
Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

 

Recently Sundance Beach pioneer Kilian Garland set off for an Australia Surf Trip for a few weeks to compete in 3 different WSL contests and enjoy some of the amazing surf that El Niño has recently brought.  He was signed up for 3 different contests to gain some QS points including the WSL 1000 Kommunity Great Lakes Pro, Newcastle Surfest Pro, Australian Open of Surfing at Manly.  In his downtime Kilgar and friends were able to cruise to the Gold Coast and score the Cyclone Winston swell which is up for an El Niño award and being dubbed the “Swell of the Season”.  Kilian sent us a quick travel log of his recent excursion down under.  Check it out!

Airshow over Newcastle
My first stop was Stockton Beach near Newcastle. I watched a surf club team challenge and a really cool airshow. Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

Checking Boomerang
Here I am checking Boomerang Beach, the site for the WSL 1000 Kommunity Great Lakes Pro. This beach offers a ton of fun peaks and a slingshot right hander on one end. Kilian at Boomerang Beach

Exploring
One day while the comp was off Johnny Norris, Skip Mccullough, Leandro Usuna, Manuel Selman Nico Vargas and I all ventutred off into the bush. We hiked down a trail for about a quarter mile on what seemed like a Disney land themed Boardwalk.  We found a cool beach called Cellito.  It was a little maxed out but we still had fun. We switched off taking photos with the camera. Thanks Johnny Norris for the pics!kilian garland in australia

Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

During the Newcastle Surfest Pro a swell from Cyclone Winston showed up on the maps. We all lost in the comp so we made a call to drive to the Goldy.  We woke up at 3:30 am and drove straight there. The car we were in got a little over heated. As we got to Coolangatta the ride started smoking and barely coasted in.

Greenmount
This is halfway down the Superbank. It is hard to see the whole lineup from most places but right here at Greenmount you get a good view. It is a mind bender how far the wave breaksKilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

Kirra 
It has got to be one of the fastest waves around and sometimes you can still get a window with a mellow crowd. The current is so strong it sometimes washes everyone past the take off spot. The beach is really nice and at the top it has a nice grassy field. Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip
Rainbow BayKilian Garland Australia Surf Trip Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

Sunset at Snapper
One last wave from Snapper as the sun was setting. This was a clean face snapper wall before hitting the inside. This day the swell pumped all day from Cyclone Winston and by the late evening the crowd had diminished to just a few. Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

Narrabeen
During the Australian Open I stayed with a friend Cristo Hall right on the beach in Narrabeen. The wave here is really fun. The area has some incredible surfers. Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

Australian Open of Surfing – Manly
Photos by Owen Photo.
Kilian Garland Contest 1 Kilian Garland Contest 2 Kilian Garland Contest 3

All together my trip to Aus was awesome. I got to meet some rad people and made some great memories. I went there to get contest results but unfortunately they never really came through. I hope to make it back again soon though.  I’d like to do better in the events and wouldn’t mind getting some more great waves!

Big THANKS to Sundance Beach for helping out with everything as well as the rest of my sponsors.

Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip

 


Kilian Garland Australia Surf Trip.

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