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Studying abroad, Perth or Wollongong?

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Created by kitenerd 5 months ago, 3 Dec 2018
kitenerd
3 posts
3 Dec 2018 6:54PM
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Hi!
I am a well experienced kitesurfer/instructor and a ok (greenwater waves) surfer whom is trying to figure out which uni I'm going to study at. I have narrowed it down to either Perth or Wollongong (outside of Sydney). Is there anyone here who can give me some pointers which town that is the best for kiting, surfing and maybe teaching(kite)?

cauncy
WA, 7134 posts
3 Dec 2018 7:04PM
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Eneabba

Youngbreezy
WA, 505 posts
3 Dec 2018 7:09PM
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Wollongong is better for surf. Perth is waaaayyy better for kiting though and I imagine it would be better for teaching kiting as well

cauncy
WA, 7134 posts
3 Dec 2018 7:14PM
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Townsville, crap surf crap wind, you'll have fall else to do but study, no distractions

Bara
WA, 480 posts
4 Dec 2018 10:53AM
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having lived in both its pretty simple. if you prefer kiting then its perth. if you prefer surfing its the gong hands down. perth waves are really really bad most of time

kitenerd
3 posts
5 Dec 2018 5:41PM
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Thank you guys for all the answers, I guess I?m going to Perth! Is it even worth bringing my kitesurf-surfboard or is flatwater spots the way to go?

gesper
NSW, 503 posts
5 Dec 2018 8:56PM
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There are some epic wave kiting locations north of Perth and when you see them if you left your kitesurf -surfboard you will regret it . Lancelin is one place, and there are many more up to Exmouth.

theDoctor
NSW, 4731 posts
6 Dec 2018 2:49AM
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Wollongong
As a student
Wollongong, best uni, close to Sydney, not perth, seriously,
South coast is way better than perth, if you've got a car and mates its heaps better
As someone with a job with limited time off, a car and money and only knows perth then.....
Perth
Realistically how often you gonna drive to exmouth to kite..?

shbrown
NSW, 15 posts
6 Dec 2018 10:52AM
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As someone who lives in Wollongong and was considering a move to Perth, I'd vote for Wollongong. Although the wind is less reliable, the wave kitesurfing is way better, we get the occasional good swell during the kite season. Wollongong is an easy trip to Sydney with teaching options, and there are some location teaching options as well. The south coast is awesome and easy to get to. Also, the beaches are less crowded and there is a friendly and tight knit kite community.

Gazuki
WA, 895 posts
6 Dec 2018 11:26AM
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+1 for Wollongong

psychojoe
WA, 453 posts
6 Dec 2018 8:46PM
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This could be any given Sunday here in Perth .
One of my favourite photos
Borrowed the photo from TSP, hope that's ok Gordon


towradgi
NSW, 248 posts
7 Dec 2018 6:23AM
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Yeh, nothside beaches from gong harbour , is such a lonely place to kite. On a weekday during work hours ,you will probably be alone. I always am .

nikmcc
NSW, 244 posts
9 Dec 2018 11:13PM
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towradgi said..
Yeh, nothside beaches from gong harbour , is such a lonely place to kite. On a weekday during work hours ,you will probably be alone. I always am .


I live in Sydney, but have been heading down to East Corrimal a lot lately... Usually weekdays around lunch time. Would be keen to get know a few of the local crew down there if you are bored of kiting solo. Send me a PM if you want

quikdrawMcgraw
1041 posts
10 Dec 2018 12:54PM
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Perth if your into methamphetamine

Bara
WA, 480 posts
10 Dec 2018 1:43PM
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quikdrawMcgraw said..
Perth if your into methamphetamine


lol theres pleeenty of that in the gong too

dusta
WA, 2900 posts
13 Dec 2018 4:13PM
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quikdrawMcgraw said..
Perth if your into methamphetamine



and the Gong is any better ?




and you don't need to come to perth for your uppers "Deaths involving amphetamines (including crystal meth or 'ice') had also grown considerably in the five years to 2016. Amphetamines now surpassed alcohol as the third most common substance detected in accidental drug-related deaths."

Phoney
NSW, 422 posts
13 Dec 2018 9:59PM
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I suppose a big factor to consider is whenis your study period?

Our main kiting season here (both in Perth & NSW) is our summer between October/November and March/April.Outside of that is only occasional fronts coming through and it's also freezing cold for us, although maybe not for you.

Most Uni semesters here run from February / March to June & July to November. So at either location you're going to be outside of the main kite season, but in Wollongong you can surf all year round (with a wetsuit) or in either location, kite occasionally.

Mark _australia
WA, 19085 posts
13 Dec 2018 7:10PM
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Bara said.. if you prefer kiting then its perth. if you prefer surfing its the gong hands down. perth waves are really really bad most of time


Not if you are studying.
You drive to Margs to surf once a week and Gero to kite once a week and fk uni.

kitenerd
3 posts
5 Jan 2019 12:00AM
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Wow since the last time i was here everyone seems to recommend gong. It?s worth noting that i don?t really care about the citylife. I?m going between july-december. Haha about going out when it?s cold, I have been kiting here in Sweden when it?s below zero in the air so that is not a problem. F*ck me ,this turned out to be less off an obvious choice than I thought.

Mark50
NSW, 136 posts
5 Jan 2019 7:09AM
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Had you considered Newcastle? Great Uni, excellent beaches for surfing and kiting!

Peahi
VIC, 1060 posts
5 Jan 2019 8:36AM
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That pic seriously puts me off going to Perth. Although I hear the wind comes ineveryday? Yesterday out at my local at 35-40kn, head high waves I'm the first one out and only a couple more joined. Even in peak of summer 15-20kn max 10 people out, but then I avoid popular touristy spots like Brighton and St Kilda.


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psychojoe said..
This could be any given Sunday here in Perth .


eppo
WA, 6957 posts
5 Jan 2019 8:32AM
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Perth metro is out of control ! Tariffa level crap nearly.



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