Spring Surf Thread 2016

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

  1. Belly

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    Needs a fish split though rather than carting around the solid ;)
     
  2. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    S swell tends to push past and not hit it properly, prefers E/NE to hit the sweet spot ;)

    If big and period long enough it does get into the more heavier, shallower inside spot if you know what I mean ;)

    We all know very well the best spot on the South Coast in S swell / N wind combo but so does every other man and his dog especially the Donza type that prefer to lie down ;)
     
  3. nfip

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    The big slabbing left , and also another left thats bit more like a drainer , are the ones you seeing more of now in the vids.
    Breaking nearly onto dry rock.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah suprised he's not boarding on a fish tho I haven't ridden with him since I saw you and PPP out on Tate a year or two back.
    I know he loves the Winterstick , there's pic of one on his Insta page .
    He seems to like the snow shoes as does another mate of mine.
    They both find it easier in the climb & transition than fugging around with skins and the bindings change-over.
     
  5. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sorry probably wasn't clear (as usual :) ), he was on a fish solid (with snowshoes), hence needs a fish split :)
     
  6. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Yep the big slabbing left breaking onto the shelf is the one getting a lot of attention these days but as you well know it doesn't break very often, as it needs E/NE swell and swells from that direction are pretty rare
     
  7. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep.
    It's been getting a lot of love this year with all the ECL's .
    My preference is a few of the gentler ( yes softer ! ) lefts on offer further North.
     
  8. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    In the ordinary course of business I don't go past Ulladulla, too many Wollongong and Sydney folk.
    I think of it in pretty rudimental terms, Ulladulla is probably the cut-off for the weekend warrior, but if they're on a 3-day+ break then they might push a bit further south.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice waves at Granite this morning.
    Looking forward to tomorrow morning.
    Wind goes round to NW tonight so Sunshine beachies should be on.
     
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  11. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    & Gerriback Lane. My old stomp.
    Wurtulla was another coffee rock fave back in the day.
     
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  12. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Got up on my 5'10" fish today, felt very weird under foot but getting into and up ok, hell sweeps and lots of hard work out there today
     
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    Pita St is my first call for coffee rock peaks.........just cause it's closest to home.
     
  14. Zimboo

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    At the Pass? What size down there?
     
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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, went and checked broken but not happening, pass had some fairly over head waves breaking out off the rock but size dropping quickly down the point, sweep was up there with as bad as i've ever had out there this afternoon, i just did one lap on the fish this morning and one on the longboard this arvo, got a sweet one on the longboard this arvo after being washed 500m down trying to get out i got about a 500m walling ride and called it a day
     
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    Sounds about the same as up here *size wise" on the outer points. Those E / ENE swells...............sweep hell along our sand groomed points.
    Plenty of wide ones today due to direction. Still lotsa fun.
     
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    nice peaky ( 4 feet) uncrowded clean at the point this morning .. the low crowd window 7 to 8 now?
     
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  18. Belly

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    I'm so hating today's report from the mid-north!!
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not too shabby down here either !
    Probs 4 ft ( plus on more exposed as can see outer Bommies breaking).
    Off shore earlier and empty line-ups on my drive past.
    Back to work tho :-(
     
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    Nice - I like that it doesn't give anything away regarding locations in this vid. Some good surfing too.
     
  21. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Mid North NSW Coast?

    Would be so fun up there today with E/NE swell and S wind combo and likely very uncrowded, maybe the odd schoolies crowd here and there but would be easily manageable at most spots no doubt :D
     
  22. Belly

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    Port Macquarie swellnet daily report ;)
     
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  23. Zimboo

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    Sunshine was perfect offshore and about 4ft on the better sets this morning at dawn. First hour or so was great, but was dropping and waits between sets where getting longer.
     
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    It turned on for a short period on the beachies yesterday morning then went to shite. This morning it was still holding a bit of size but was all over the shop at dawn. I imagine it got a lot better when the southerly came through but I'm trapped in an office.
     
  25. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    @Zimboo I have an old film pic of coming up over the hill at Sunshine back in late 80's / early '90s when we stayed at the Sunshine Caravan Park. This A frame offshore peak in the distance breaking, would have been a good 4ft or so, looked so perfect.
     
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    Like so many..............the Caravan Park at Sunrise beach (just down from the Beach Chalet, where bands used to play) no longer exists. :(
    Luxury beachfront houses now.
     
  27. Zimboo

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    Our young fella on a Sunshine drainer this last winter.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Yeh, he loves the juice. Oh, to be young again..............was that memorable swell in June this year.
     
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  31. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Looks like backdoor
     
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    For the record...........he got really shacked, was in the barrel for about 15-20 metres but end section pinched and he didn't come out. So it didn't count. LOL
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  33. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Is it still on the cook this morning up there @Zimboo ?

    Solid S swell pushing through in Sydney this morning but as usual, crap for the Northern Beaches

    Looks like a good weekend to head South to the S swell / N wind combo spots, or north depending on where you are located :D
     
  34. Ted Harper

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    I had a short lunchtime surf yesterday at Palm Beach (south end, straight in front of 2108 Espresso). Was only a foot or two at the time but good energy in it. Hopeless banks though - shelf banks everywhere (going from too deep to stand up straight to knee deep and hitting HARD) but just straight-handers everywhere. Got a dozen or so - take off, pull in, get killed - in about 45 minutes then I had a good hard look at myself and the risk of breaking my neck vs the payoff in terms of wave quality and fun and went in, had a quick coffee and went home.

    Haven't been near it today, but I will almost certainly go for the usual weekend earlies and hoping that some more size and more water on the banks will change it up enough that something will be working in a sort of a way.
     
  35. Zimboo

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    SE er came through yesterday afternoon, swell gone. Rubbish today.
    For your patch, the first thing I think of for South swell / North winds is "Butterbox".
     
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    Might have been just OK this morning on the High but S swells & Palm Beach combo not so good unless well established outer banks from large swell as you well know @Ted Harper ;)
     
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    Yeah the good ol' DY-Longy stretch is the savior for the Northern Beaches in these dreaded S swells - without it there would very very few surfable spots for a lot of the time
     
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  38. blutek

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    north point, mid tide this morning:

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  39. FourSquare04

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    Nice one @blutek looks a good double overhead, this on the Central Coast?
     
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    yes and always seems a bit bigger than on the beach break.
     
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  41. blutek

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    From what I could see, one boat and a few still out at the Box this morning.
    Only 20 minutes by Cat then a 40 min paddle @TedHarper.
     
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  42. Ted Harper

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    In hindsight that might have been a good call for a lot of us! Had an early at Palm Beach (same bank as I surfed mid-week, just around the high tide this morning - didn't really help as it turned out). It might have been the best of a bad lot though; not nearly enough swell for Kiddies' Corner, and banging down hard and shapelessly further north up the beach and with unhelpful winds. Some of my friends were a couple of banks further north but I didn't see them getting anything that made me want to paddle up. I got 19 short, bumpy waves that were affected by backwash and outwards current in about an hour, saw the lights go on in the coffee shop so decided that was as good a signal to go in as any. I had a quick look at Newport about 9am - a couple of people on the Peak, a couple at Crosswaves, but I didn't see anything that tempted me to get wet again in the couple of minutes I looked.

    The swell had some reasonable push to it, so hopefully there were waves to be found to make use of it. Fingers crossed for tomorrow morning.
     
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    Did you get out yesterday @Ted Harper ?

    Checked it in the arvo but the onshore was looking pretty brutal, definitely some good size on the sets on the home stretch easy 4ft+ but not the best shape.

    I dare say our unusual period of favorable spring offshores is over, welcome to the usual summer onshore period
     
  44. Ted Harper

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    Yes, had an early (6:30-7:30) at the south end of Palm Beach. Wasn't great, maybe a bit more size than Saturday and the swell may have a bit more east and less south in it. Got a few sort-of ok ones, but battled a sudden suck-up on takeoff and the same outwards current up the wave faces as in Saturday.

    This is how it looked yesterday after my session and subsequent coffee-and-cake, so maybe 8:30am. The photo makes it look better than it was because you don't see the dynamics of the backwash or current running up the face.



    One of my friends managed to hurt his back getting worked on a takeoff that sucked almost dry on him and some of the others struggled to make the best of the conditions. Bit meh overall on the weekend, waste of what seemed some nice swell energy. Increases my resolve for a mid-week session anyway, just I am not sure what it will take to turn what we have now into some sort of fun conditions, short of some sort of storm giving the banks some rearrangement or a nice NE swell popping up to at least run across the banks we have now and give some makeable lefts rather than the beach full of straight-handlers we have now.
     
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    That left looks like a bit of fun there @Ted Harper

    I take it that right being surfed ended in a nasty close out?
     
  46. Ted Harper

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    Definitely was worth a surf. I got 15 waves in an hour or so. http://surf.traceup.com/stats/u?uId=557376&vId=53302

    Pretty-much everything was closing out (hard) plus what the photo shows badly is that with the current running up the ace of the wave it was hard to keep any speed down the wave or down the line. So a lot of times when you thought you would make a section it was like the handbrake was on and you got hooked up on the lip or beaten by a section.
     
  47. nfip

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    Waves around all weekend.
    Bit messed up tho with wind on it and swell bit confused.
    Had couple hours 3 - 4 ft at my local rivermouth yesterday morning
    Good fun with D15 and 3 or 4 others .
    Heard it was 6-8 on the Sth side of town.
    Bit bigger today , and more organised.
    Plenty of Blueys around too.
    Got me.
     
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  48. Ted Harper

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    Glad you got waves! I wish I could fire my teenagers up to get out with me more often (sigh).

    Were the bluebottles really big (size of your fist)? If so we had super-giant ones like that at Palm Beach (and my son said at Avalon too) a week or so ago.
     
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    She had ridden down the end of the street and around the headland to check out the rivermouth , came back and got my lazy sunday morning arse out of bed !
    Had to respect that.
    She surfing nearly every day after school.
    At school today even , lessons with Pam !
    Not sure where they ended up prolly the Golfy .
    The blueys are pretty healthy but not quite fist size , just heaps of them and plenty of colour to them.
    The sting really goes on with it for an hour or two.
    I need some harden up maybe !
     
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    Big ones up here too the last couple of days. Clusters of them this morning on the high tide. Really blue and long bloody stingers.
    Wasnt' surfing...........just walking the dog.
     
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