Spring Surf Thread 2016

Discussion in 'Surf & Marine' started by FourSquare04, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Love a good body bash .....
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    Shoreeeeeeee
     
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  4. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nazarre doing a good impersonation of Mooloolabah.
     
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    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Makes a huge difference when there's:

    A - surfable banks rather than just close out after close out

    B - Not 50 people in the water scrambling / dropping in etc.

    Nice one @Ted Harper I'll have to make a trip up to Palmy one day for a session, definitely sometime over the summer Xmas break as I'll be on holidays then woohoo :)

    Definitely looking forward to enjoying some more of that warm water. Can't believe how quickly it's warmed up this year, normally this time of year it's still quite cold and can take up until Xmas / early Jan to properly warm up.
     
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    FourSquare04 A Local

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    I wouldn't say "Excellent" is the operative word @blutek but you're right, they don't break that often as we need E/NE swell for the majority of spots to work and that swell direction isn't the most frequent on our stretch. S swells are the predominant direction and they suck for our stretch of coast.
     
  7. Ted Harper

    Ted Harper One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's as good a beachbreak place on the northern beaches as any (aside from maybe Queenscliff - but that is a zoo in school holidays and I haven't ventured down there for a surf for years). Doubly good at Palm if we can manage to be blessed with a selection of banks up and down the beach (unlike last summer) so what crowds do turn up can spread out along the 3km or so of beach and everyone can get some waves with low stress levels.

    Agreed; last year and particularly this year I reckon are the two I have used a steamer the least. I certainly haven't got any tougher as I have got older and I surf the same places, but we just seem to have had a run of warm currents over that time.

    I am so glad I bought that 1mm long-arm vest late last summer; I have had SO many sessions with it and boardies and basically went from that straight to my 3/2 steamer in what passed for winter then back to the summer vest and boardies again a month or so ago - got very little use out of my spring suit.

    Maybe it will surprise us and we will get a super-cold current around Christmas like we last had maybe 3 or 4 years ago; certainly seems overdue for our part of the coast.
     
  8. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Please don't take this the wrong way.
    ( Especially you guys on the "sushi train " up North.)
    Interesting stats is all.

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    Zimboo A Local

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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Being taken by a shark might be better than the shit you'd cop from ya mates
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL
    Thats what I was thinking...
    Couldn't do it.
     
  12. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    #262 nfip, Nov 17, 2016
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    Zimboo A Local

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    Sharks swam in the opposite direction when Leo Wanker was in the water...............

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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    He was a rare breed of a man , Leo was.
    Safe to say they don't make them like that anymore !
     
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    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Doesn't look like too much on the cards for this weekend along the East Coast just a 'possible' S pulse for Sunday into the 3 foot range but long range maybe some E/NE goodness next week.....hopefully
     
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    Water nice this morning but not much surf. A paddle lap of Bondi and back to get the paddle fitness up.
     
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  17. Ted Harper

    Ted Harper One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Had an early at Kiddies' Corner with one of my friends, and a couple of other friends were in about 100m north (but that bank wasn't doing much but standing up and slamming down into a churning sand shore break, so I went with smaller but makeable down in the corner). It was maybe 2' on the sets, actually nice swell lines just not doing much good on the low tide when I was in the water. Wind couldn't make up its mind what flavor of south it wanted to be - swung SE to almost westerly and back again a couple of times.

    My friend who has had the bad shoulder for the last couple of months (either from over-paddling or getting in/out of her chest zip steamers) had an ultrasound on it and has a torn ligament so no paddling for another 4 weeks. Bummer! She's borrowing a bodyboard and flippers so she can at least get out in the water in the mean time though.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    JJF wins Haliewa.
    Fingers crossed now for Sunset and Pipe.
     
  19. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    I went for a midday high tide bash in the onshore but wasn't actually too bad with a few banks working on the home stretch
     
  20. Ted Harper

    Ted Harper One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Probably a good call, even given the onshore. I can confidently say we have nothing for low tide at Palm Beach at the moment (apart from Kiddies' Corner). Surfed right up at Barrenjoey from about 6:30am this morning and it was more-or-less completely rubbish. Only 1-2' and no wind to speak of, but just hitting a shelf bank and going whammo.

    I copped a few poundings and managed to break the mount for my GPS tracker (i.e. the mount is still on my board, just it is broken) such that it came off. Luckily it was the last wave of the set and I was able to swim around underwater and find it and put in my board shorts pocket. Got to work out how to take the broken mount off my good board now so I can put a new one on - any ideas, it is held on with that waterproof double-sided 3M tape like I guess a GoPro surfboard mount also uses.

    Some of the guys worked their way back down to the carpark in the hope of finding a bank that was less crap at the very bottom of the tide, didn't seem to do any good though. I stuck it out by myself at Barrenjoey for an hour or so before giving up. Not going for another session today (even thought he high tide might give something); it is Avalon Fair today and there are people _everywhere_ - my eldest son and his girlfriend have gone for a wander there but the number of people looked terrifying to me even at 9am this morning (and I reckon they will all want to go to the beach at some point too).

    Also this morning: Bluebottles the size of a fist (not that many in the water but a lot on the beach) and some guys flying tiny little quadacopters that made really piercing buzzing screeching noises, just what I dont't walk all the way up to Barrenjoey at 6:30am for (sigh).
     
  21. derwent

    derwent One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some veeery nice beachies east of Melb early this morning :emoji_surfer:

    #suchalameassemoji
     
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    Flexi time folk seem to have been better off lately - this weekend is showing some promise though.
     
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    Overall, on the east coast IMO it has been an above average Spring when normally this time of year can produce endless days of flatness and is traditionally our worst time of year for surf. Guess the negative IOD has helped with the fronts progressing and providing us with regular S swells, but the odd E/NE day thrown in for good measure.
     
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    I went over to Yorkes on the weekend to make the most of the dreaded summer SEerly winds around home.

    Arrive at Pondi around 11 and scored some ok waves for a few hours. Offshore and maybe 2' - 3' on the sets. Was fairly crowded for the size. Called it in and surfed over towards Daly in the arvo. Walked down, suited up and as I paddles out the sea breeze hit, trashing what was left of the small swell. Called it a day after about 30 minutes. Had a very spooky vibe to it and didn't feel safe. Hahaha. I'm sure I was fine but I couldn't shake the vibe.

    Sunday morning surfed a fun left with only 2 others out for about 2 hours before the crowds hit. Lots of fun rides and we were taking it wave for wave. Stoked on that. Then another bloke came out and started paddling for everything and that completely turned the vibe upside down. Then about 10 others came out as the seek dropped so called it before my session was soured. Good weekend over all
     
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  25. Belly

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    Oversized southerly ground swell for NSW early next week...
     
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    Perfect set-up for some late season Fiji next week ;)
     
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    Heading to Tavarua @Belly ? ;)
     
  28. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    With a 9 month old? :) - No but maybe in two years+ another less known resort where I can surf in the morning, the +1 can dive in the arvo and we fish on the way home ;) . Based on my recent experience indo is less +1 friendly and the remote land camps are very expensive.
     
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  29. DPS Driver

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    Hallelujah, we have swell.
     
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    Early season trade swell for you guys.

    Noosa looked good earlier this morning
     
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    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Yeah. The longer outlook looks really promising for us. I'm on the Gold Coast so we tend to pick up more swell than the Sunny Coast but happy for all as it's been an unbelievable flat spell.
    I was telling a story to a guy in the surf yesterday how on the previous Thursday morning having a body bash because it wasn't big enough to surf, I actually had to walk out of the water because there wasn't enough swell to catch a body wave. It's been that bad.
     
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    Google maps tells me that Gold Coast to Suffolk Park is only 98km to get some south swell love.
     
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    D'bah to K'cliffe stretch seems to pick up those long range S groundswells but that's about it really. Another good chunk of east coast that really does not like that direction and relies heavily on the trade / coral sea activity - sigh
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    North Straddie & Moreton blocks the Sth swell from getting into the Sunny Coast.
    Only really gets back in up at DI and that other spot they reckon is better than Kirra....;)
    was some vid on one of the fb pages a while back I couldn't tell if was there (maybe was because of the car on the beach) or cylinders (personal fave) see if I can find it later will share.
    No probs with that down here, next week Sth swell North wind means you know where :eek:
    out of my league these days but local crew just love it
     
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    No probs up here today............swell from the East.
    Been getting better all day. 3 hours at Tea Tree this morning. ;)
     
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    UB?
     
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    Every man and his dog come out of the woodwork and chuck a sickie today for a classic Noosa sesh?! :D
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mad Wax territory also , for us olde skoolers who remeber RCJ as a grommie LOL
     
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    Just a warm up for tomorrow. ;)
     
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    Southerly Buster just hit .
     
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    A real one..... not a wimpy change in wind direction.
     
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    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Could be some classic Pipe sessions going down next week @nfip
     
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    Yeah we all know @nfip or clock up some k's and head to the bar, been getting some web coverage lately :) Better positioned this forthcoming low for the far south.
     
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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Took the longboard out at broken today, some fun waves, went back for a look this arvo and a bit to onshore but saw Occy in the park, not sure if he'd been surfing or was looking to head out
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's hardly a secret spot at all I know.
    Hasn't been for decades.
    Couple of the boys from here sweat on them bars and will travel.
    Check out some of his work here.
    Crossing over his designs with the Gentem crew and lusty dose of retro as well.

    handshape ply fins/keels


    fantastic plastic machines


    8 , 9 , and 10'-0 , singles (for the Bommie)
     
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  48. Belly

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    MM? met him walking up from the dam last year, had a good chat, lovely guy ;)
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah the lines he rides on the hill with same style he has on the water.