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Snapper Rocks

Corey Wilson


Behind the Shot

The sand at Snapper Rocks helps make this Australian surf spot one of the top surfing locations along the Gold Coast area known as the Superbank. Along with the natural point break setup, Snapper Rock’s conditions are created in part by a steady supply of sand artificially pumped from the river mouth to the southeast. The continually restored sand generates a shallow, flat bottom allowing the waves to develop perfect shapes that break close to the shore. Unless you have the misfortune of landing on the namesake Snapper Rocks, there’s no dangerous reef or sharp rocks to fear. The worst thing you’ll likely encounter is a big crowd. Surf tourism is big here. The waves can become very crowded, with more than 500 surfers packing the mile-long beach here on an average day.

Corey visited this location to photograph a surf contest. “There were thousands of people packed on the shore watching from this great location. The waves break right behind those rocks, and the beach has the best barrels you’ll see. From this location you can get great shots from the shore. It’s an amazing location to watch surfing. You can have a beer and sit on a patio and watch surfing. What could be better?”