Australia’s Gold Coast is particularly well-endowed when it comes to picture-perfect reeling right pointbreaks. Chief among them, Snapper Rocks and Kirra, both known for perfect geological placement, allowing the hallowed spots to receive heaps of tropical cyclone energy and turning it into ruler-straight drainers. It’s no wonder the place breeds world champions – including Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, and Stephanie Gilmore.
At its best, Snapper is one of the most high-performance waves in the world. On most days, there’s nary a retro twinnie or single fin in sight – unlike lineups in Byron Bay and Noosa. Still, at waist high Snapper is incredibly-fun on a log. Allow 19-year-old Ivy Thomas to demonstrate.
When she first started paddling out on a log on smaller days, Thomas says, she’d frequently get burned by people who didn’t take kindly to longboards in the lineup. Now, though, it’s a little different. Locals recognize her grace in the lineup and have started to come around.