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Magazines : Breakaway Summer 2010
ACCESSORIES It's easy to look good without breaking a sweat this summer with the right beach accessories. Thongs or sandals are a must to show off this season's sorbet colour nail polishes and tanned summer legs. A good beach bag is also a must-have and are now available in a range of fabrics and styles for a more fashion-forward look. Bags made in supersuede (traditional boardshort material) are perfect for the beach. Quick drying, compact and lightweight, they carry anything from wet swimwear, sunblock and thongs, but scrunch down for space- saving packing when going to and from your holiday destination. Fashion tips FROM ROXY DESIGNER BONNIE DAVIS The Bellarine Peninsula is very popular over the summer holidays with families packing into holiday accommodation along the coast. Thirteenth Beach offers a great variety of waves for the intermediate to advanced surfers willing to navigate the reefs and crowds. Over the Barwon Heads bridge you enter Ocean Grove, with RAAFS beach at the river mouth extending down a long and friendly stretch of beach to the Ocean Grove surf beach. Extremely popular in summer with a large area patrolled in front of the surf club, it is a family favourite. The beach is great for beginners to intermediates and you can even find your own bit of sand if you don't mind a walk. Surf tips FROM COACH SAM EDWARDS Why swim between the flags? Some beaches will have the flags in the same spot most times, others will move them regularly, but either way you can be assured the lifesavers on duty know that beach and have checked the conditions and the forecasts to make sure the flags are in the best location. On top of that, this is the area lifesavers spend most of their time watching and is the quickest for them to get to in the event of an emergency. Safety tips FROM SURF LIFESAVER MARK GRAHAM Map of the region POINT LONSDALE POINT LONSDALE FELLOWS RD OCEAN RD POINT LONSDALE RD SHELL RD BELLARINE HWY LAWRENCE RD JORDAN RD WILLIAMS RD KIRK RD GIANEUSE RD WINTERLEY RD NELSON RD STAMONICA BLVD HOLLYWOOD BLVD Point Lonsdale Golf Course to Queenscliff to Ocean Grove EMILY ST MURRAY RD SILVER RIDGE RD PORTARLINGTON A super safe north-facing skinny stretch of sand on the shore of Corio Bay. On one side of the town's pier there's a beach in front of the caravan park, on the other side of the pier is the main town beach, right outside the fish and chip shop. OCEAN GROVE Generally considered one of safest surf beaches in Victoria, it's a long, popular stretch of sand with plenty of small waves to have fun in. It's patrolled by volunteer lifesavers on weekends and public holidays between December 4 and April 26 and by paid lifeguards all other days between December 13 and February 12. Toilets, car park, cafe. RAFFS BEACH/BARWON HEADS The Barwon River on both the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads sides is very popular with people taking advantage of the shelter. The river poses some quite dangerous conditions often unnoticed by the untrained eye, so take extreme caution. Lifesavers from RAAFS or Ocean Grove will check crowds and conditions at times, but are unable to be there all day. Barwon Heads, with its shops and food outlets, is only a few steps away. Patrolled from December 26 to January 26. Toilets, barbecues, playground. THIRTEENTH BEACH Head over the bluff from the river mouth to Thirteenth Beach to find a long rugged beach with rock pools on low tide. Lifesavers at Clubbies beach in front of the surf club will have the flags up in the best spot for swimming. Car parks and toilets, steep steps down to the beach. BANCOORA A popular beach with people staying at the nearby caravan park and locals looking for a place away from the crowds. It's sheltered and patrolled but there are a few rips that can pop up and lifesavers will move the flags regularly to ensure they are in the safest position, so keep up and be aware. Toilets and car park. Sea spots OTHER BEACHES
Breakaway Autumn 2011