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Magazines : Breakaway Summer 2010
Surf tips FROM COACH SAM EDWARDS Map of the region APOLLO BAY centre, a skate park, a playground, free undercover barbecues, picnic tables, toilet blocks, the surf life saving club and golf club. The town's shops, cafes and restaurants are just over the road from the foreshore. OTHER BEACHES WYE RIVER -- Patrolled, sheltered family beach. Toilets, car parking. Cafe and hotel serving food just over the road from the beach. KENNETT RIVER -- Between Wye River and Apollo Bay. Patrolled, sheltered family beach. Toilets, car parking, cafe. JOHANNA -- Passed Cape Otway, a long sandy beach open to the surf. Rough waves, strong currents. Toilets, carparking. Uncrowded. TOWARDS PORT CAMPBELL -- Wild and untamed beaches are dotted along this stretch that faces the Great Australian Bight. Visit these beaches to be inspired and invigorated, but be careful and respectful of the ocean's force in these parts. Vist Gibsons Steps to be dwarfed by the cliffs, head to Peterbough to see where the meandering course of the Gellibrand River finds the sea and don't miss Loch Ard Gorge and the Twelve Apostles to experience iconic rock formations. Swimming is not recommended at any of the open ocean beaches. Port Campbell bay provides the safest local option as it is a popular, sheltered, patrolled beach with all amenities and shops very close to the sand. A great one for families. The Otway National Park is the backdrop as you meander down the Great Ocean Road taking in awesome ocean views. This area tends to pick up more swell but is lined with reefs that are only suited to advanced surfers with good rock- hopping skills. Beginner and intermediate surfers are better suited to the protected beaches at Wye River, Kennett River and Apollo Bay. Heading south passed Apollo Bay and Cape Otway, the forest, animals and waves all get a bit more wild. You will see the surfers piling out of their cars checking the surf in the few select spots suited only for advanced surfers. There are only a few patrolled beaches along this stretch suited to beginner and intermediate surfers or swimming, such as at Port Campbell. Fashion tips FROM ROXY DESIGNER BONNIE DAVIS SWIMWEAR Wetsuit-inspired fabrics such as neoprene are making a big splash in swimwear this summer, offering fantastic support and a sleek athletic silhouette. Look for bandeaus, racer back silhouettes and one pieces in bold colours such as grapefruit pinks, watermints and ocean teal as well as classic black and white. for guys, if you are after a boardshort that's primarily for cruising the sand, opt for elastic waists and shorter leg lengths in cotton and nylon fabrics for a cool vintage surf look. For surfing, fixed- waist boardshorts in performance fabrics help you perform in the water and keep you rash free on land. Look for styles in primary brights like orange or lime. General safety tips for the beach. Take your rubbish home, don't be a pig and leave it for the wildlife to suffocate on. Don't bring glass to the beach, as it could be your foot the lifesavers are pulling it out of later. Lifesavers are not baby-sitters. They provide a safe area to swim and will monitor the swimmers to ensure no one drowns. It is not their job to know exactly where your child is -- that is your job! Look after others and respect everyone, both in the water and on the sand. Safety tips FROM SURF LIFESAVER MARK GRAHAM APOLLO BAY GREAT OCEANRD GAMBIER ST FORESTAPOLLOBAYRD NELSON ST MONTROSE AVE PENGILLEY AVE THOMSON ST CARWOOD ST PARK AVE MARINERS LOOKOUT RD CASINO AVE COSTIN ST to Lorne GEELONG ADVERTISER I 9
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