Shoreham Beach or “The Pines” as it is more commonly known is situated on Western Port and faces east, looking towards Phillip Island. Sheltered by pine tree covered cliffs – hence the nickname – it is a great location for beginners to take their first stand up paddle adventure.
With views across to Phillip Island, Seal Rock and The Nobbies, its proximity to the Western Port entrance means it receives lots of swell, ideal for those we want to extend their skills into SUP Surfing with several fun, small waves for beginner SUP surfing just a short paddle away.
As a SUP Destination – Shoreham offers something for everyone – depending on the swell and wind conditions. At low tide and when the wind is from the North to West, Shoreham is a beautiful spot for beginners to take their first lesson.
For SUP Surfers – there are several waves in the area which are ideal for learning how to catch and ride waves. The main wave is a right hander which most locals call “The Pines” but when there is a big swell on the ocean beaches from Gunnamatta to Portsea, it becomes very popular with longboard and shortboard surfers and now SUPs – so it’s best to paddle up or down the coast away from the crowds.
Another, smaller right-hander called “Little Noosa” is to the left of the carpark. There are several more waves that are a 10-15 minute paddle from “The Pines” parking area and are better for SUP surfers and they are not crowded with surfers.
If you’re planning on trying your hand in the waves, we suggest a lesson first so you know how to handle yourself in the line-up and get an idea of surfing etiquette – for your safety and for the safety of those around you.
About Western Port*
The Western Port, often incorrectly referred to as Western Port Bay, is a large tidal bay in southern Victoria, Australia opening into Bass Strait. It is the second largest bay in Victoria. Geographically, it is dominated by the two large islands; French Island and Phillip Island. Contrary to its name, it lies to the east of the larger Port Phillip, and is separated from it by the Mornington Peninsula. It is visited by Australian Fur Seals, whales and dolphins, as well as many migratory waders and seabirds.
In 2002, the United Nations proclaimed the Western Port region as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Western Port was chosen because it has outstanding natural values, including a Ramsar wetland of international importance, so close to a continually expanding Melbourne city.
For more information on the unique nature of the area, visit the Western Port Biosphere website.
* source: Wikipedia