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Discussion in 'Surf & Marine' started by Donza, Mar 1, 2016.
Why would you........... worse than sitting in peak hour traffic
at least the water is warm
Nobody even cares
Drop ins must just be par for the course
There is an interesting thread on swellnet forums about the drops ins of the local pros on the GC, and a few angry punters.
Makes for good reading
However its a bit of an eye opener to the pros attitudes towards the general public in the water.
Almost as bad as Thredbo on a good day, .
they're all sharing
Yeah saw this.
Looks unreal but dont know if I could do it.
I struggle down here when GCR is 4 ft and there's 20 or so out there....
Last time I surfed snapper was last year, 4ft awesome wave, super crowded, 3 waves was dropped in on twice the last one I copped a board to the back from an *******, lost my crap and was told that's what happens when you don't stand up because they can't see you.Headed in swore I'd never go back.
I'll take the surf in the Illawarra and south coast in equal size/conditions every time.
can you give me the gist?
Have a read when you get a spare 15-20 mins.
But short story is, the public starting to complain about the lack of respect shown by the pros to the everyday joe punter.
Drop ins and attitudes give you a different perspective on them. Few famous names being thrown around in first hand experiences.
Even an undertone of some vigilante style retribution, boycotts and call-outs.
And some funny local's only style guys saying "if they rocked up to my home break and pulled that shit, I'd give them a good old flogging, i dont care who they are".
How's that a different perspective?
Pro surfers like Mick fanning are pretty well regarded by the general community and media as these layed back good guys.
And whilst mostly they may seam to be, in the water they are totally different people to what you see when a camera is pointing at them.
So you get the different perspective from people who actually surf with/around them, rather than what most of the public see with a 60 minute doco, or quick news grab during the sport section.
Oh I am never under that illusion .
Growing up at Woonona. I've seen nearly every decent pro from the last generation surf there.
Some of them (TC, Dooma) are right f..kwits.
Others are cool.
The problem (as I see it) on the GC is that surfing is such a broad cross generational part of society.
There is so much flotsam in the lineup...as dad surfs..mum surfs...kids surf etc etc..and they just get in the way.
The fact that the waves have little consequence up there contributes.
Yeah there are the good guys. Some.
The guys trying to make it can be total pricks too ime
They are all wankers.
Mick was hardly getting a wave surfing the wreck last year and wasn't dropping in on anyone, these guys pull this shit where they think they can get away with it, there's a few ******** locals burn at lennox but i don't think any of the goldie pros would be down pulling there snapper kirra shit at lennox, pack mentality, safety in numbers.
Guess thats a bit better to hear. I does make me loose a bit of respect for these guys if the stories you read are true, im sure people are adding extra mayo to their stories, but it sounds like a bit of warrant with some guys however, cough* Dean Morrison cough*.
Atleast they are only doing this at their locals.
I'd imagine if they were at a busy pumping day at Bells or Winki and acting like this, the locals wouldnt be putting up with those antics
A bit of bloated ego with a few stickers on their boards
Lower end hasn't been bad at all for me over the last 15 or so years. Grew up surfing the goldie and found it similar but was a grom and stayed outta the way when i could
Some of the best use of a drone for shooting surf footage that I have seen....
Great stuff! Sucks to get caught on the inside out there.
Anyone else think that the drone footage makes the wave look a big nicer, I look at that and think, I could almost surf that.
They you watch it from a boat and not a change in a million years
@Chowder11 it sure does.... the view from above and the wide angle lens certainly flattens the wave. What really brought home how hairy it is out in big surf was a picture from The Eddie (I think) that showed the competitors avoiding a bomb set.... can't find it but this give an idea....
And the answer from me is no way
Northern beaches of Wollongong or Sydney? I'm lower end of SYD northern beaches and it's crowded but not that many wankers IMO. There's wankers everywhere you go these days.....
The babies getting on well, new DP Sequel 5'11 and cheeky seventh month old who does not sleep!
Since I got the board last week its been nothing but crappy NE windswell. Cant wait to get some good waves on it.
Is anyone heading away to score some long weekend waves this coming weekend?
I'm probably just going to scout locally. It's not looking amazing. But it will do.
I surfed MP Saturday and Sunday morning and had managed to score decent waves in the 3-4' and 2' range on both days before the breeze got into it.
The water at the moment is so warm. I was hot in my 2/2 short arm. I almost purchased a 1.5mm jacket to wear with board shorts. After walking to the counter common sense prevailed and I realised I was in Victoria.
Heading down to Portarlington for the Gatorade Triathlon Sunday, gonna take the board and springy just in case, but Im not liking my chances.
SE's and SSW's forecast for the weekend, not friendly 13th beach winds at all.
Growing up on Sydney's Northern Beaches in the 80's was the same. Pros generaly = f'wits in the water.
The thing is..guys like TC and Dooma etc paved the way for Northern Beaches "pros".. I found then the average surfer from say.. North of Dee Why was just a tool... The fact the whole surf industry was based around there didn't help.
It was an agressive place to surf.
TC's saving grace was his capacity to actually take off far and deep.
But to be surrounded by pro's and comps all the time gets old, real quick.
Yeah and his ability to snake.
Yeah its the same as woonona to a degreee.
Looking sooooo forward to getting wet this weekend!!!
No more waves likely for me this year, arrival of 2nd Bub a month ago has put an end to my waves for this year i reckon, *maybe* get a sneaky day in around easter, but i usually call it quits after that due to it being too cold
Yessss bring on the cold.
No offense but I love how it thins the crowds out and the warm water punters stay at home.
Guess that's Newport Peak to a T.
Hardly at all these days in Vic I reckon.
I find it much much easier to find a wave to myself during winter.
I'm the bloke that tends to sacrifice wave quality for a bit of seclusion.
None of that in westernport
I use to always be surfing honeysuckles with a couple others when sw back in the 90s.
Now is people regardless.
Westernport is unfortunately a write off anytime of the year, even mid-week. To many old retiree's down that way these days, long board and SUP's everywhere.
I was talking more along the surf coast, especially once you get past Fairhaven.
I'm definitely one to sacrifice some quality in order to have a quieter bank. It's definitely easier to find quieter banks during winter. But I find at that time of year the quality of surfer is a lot higher.
Having said that, I surfed the back beaches Saturday morning with 4 others out and had a peak to myself Saturday arvo. It wasn't flash Saturday arvo but it was surreal being the only one out.
I also found some quality waves way east on Sunday which were small but fun in the 2' range.
A looooong way out but early forecast for bells is looking like a bit of swell.
Yes, early models hinting at a strong cold front around Easter time, which could mean some solid bells.
Ill be down the East coast for the Easter Weekend, so hopefully will get a wave on the egde of the cold front.
camera is mounted on the side of the board and is underwater the whole time
Been a while between posts.
After our late season heatwave here in SYD it's finally cooled down a touch and will cool down even further with the first real cold front penetrating this weekend - woohoo.
How was that sudden drop in water temp around SYD? The VIC surfers will laugh but it literally went from a ridiculously warm 25 in back down to 20 very suddenly after several weeks of Nor Easters up welled that cold water. Now back up a bit again and should go up further after this weekend.
Wave wise it hasn't been 'pumping' around the traps but there's certainly been waves to surf. I've been fighting off the bugs so haven't been in the water much apart from an average 2 foot session last Saturday.
Nothing huge on the horizon but still plenty of fun surf able waves. Here's hoping Easter delivers as it tends to do most years
Was freezing (relatively speaking) in the water on Saturday morning early, definitely down several degrees all of a sudden and my 1mm top wasn't quite enough. Got a few waves too. Also Sunday morning. Not great either day, plenty of traditional Palm Beach straight-handers, more than a few of the regulars looking but not paddling out both days. I made appropriate comments about their lack of dedication and those of us who did have a surf asserted our moral superiority.
Just checked the cameras; doesn't look to be the predicted 3'+ just yet; hopefully a kick coming when the wind gets around later in the afternoon then offshore tomorrow morning.