The Mid Coast

The Mid Coast relies on a south west swell that finds its way through a narrow passage between Kangaroo Island and Yorke Peninsula. When this swell meets the Mid Coast, it produces quality surf.

Surf breaks work on a range of tides and offshore winds are generally easterly (SE – NE). Its proximity to one of the state’s biggest population growth areas means breaks can become crowded, but nothing when compared to eastern states breaks.

Surfing Australia claims there are 2.7 million recreational surfers in Australia based on the Australian Sports Commission GEMBA study 2010. It is estimated the figure is probably past 3 million by now.

SA’s share is estimated at approx 10 % which provides 270 000 recreational surfers in this state.  This figure includes anyone who has made a trip to the beach in any year and engaged in some form of surfing, ie, body surfing, paddle boarding, board riding, boogie boarding, kite surfing etc. Numerous of these surfers use the Mid Coast region as their place of recreational surfing.

The Mid Coast is one of Adelaide’s fastest-growing urban areas with an additional 30 000 residents expected in the next 5 years. (Source: City of Onkaparinga)

As Surfing Reserves are ‘iconic’ places of recreational, environmental, historic, sporting and cultural value to the region, the proposed Mid Coast Surfing Reserve aims at protecting surf breaks, reef areas, cliff faces, etc as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle and contributing to positive economic benefits for local businesses – a sustainable Mid Coast.

Mid Coast surf breaks have significant cultural links with the local Indigenous Kaurna community as well as the surfing community back to the mid 50’s.

The proposed Mid Coast Surfing Reserve aims to assist with managing and protecting the environmental, cultural, economic and social characteristics of an area from Christie Creek in the north to Pedler Creek, Moana in the south. The area lies within the City of Onkaparinga’s Mid Coast Ward and follows the Kaurna community’s creek to creek boundaries.

Image from Jan Stankiewicz Photography