Spooky vision.On a related subject anyone catch this: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-...-gets-close-up-with-great-white-shark/8114036
Have had countless surfs along the Surfcoast, never entertained in my mind the thoughts of sharks in that area.Wow @ Lorne Point, grew-up Portland (brother still there), grandparents had Moggs place for Melbourne escape, only thing I ever considered was stepping on a decent size ray due to a few close calls in my youth
PS: Following you Chowder
Yep, anywhere close to the knobbies would have to be considered reasonably sharky. Vic Hislop did some of his best/worst work out off seals rocks. Bagged a monster out there around the mid to late 80's. We used to dive out there as kids. Not so keen now! Big nasty sharks could be anywhere at any time but to get attacked by one you'd still have to be very unlucky. The media went into full meltdown about the GW down at Lorne yesterday, wonder how many have swum under that pier that have not been seen? Quite a few I'd reckon. Sheez, there was a big one hanging around Altona a few years ago. I remember old mate Vic years ago banging on about how many people have gone missing never to be found in PPB. He reckoned big Whites had eaten them. He could be right.Have had countless surfs along the Surfcoast, never entertained in my mind the thoughts of sharks in that area.
Its a tad more in the back of the mind when your surfing Phillip Island or Flinders/Westernport bay where you can see seal rocks and you know there are a few biteys hanging around that area.
Only ever had one kinda fright surfing down that way.
Was out at flinders one day, surfing the old mans 9'1 as it was 2ft but super clean and fun. Then a bloke paddles and sits right in the middle of everyone and goes "I swear I just saw a huge fin about 50m away".
Bloke paddled straight in, everyone else stayed out, a few of the old timers had a bit of a giggle at him, but that was pretty much it. Stayed out and it was definitely in the back of the mind as something definitely spooked this guy, but after a while it was all forgotten about.
Old mate Harold quite plausible !Yep, anywhere close to the knobbies would have to be considered reasonably sharky. Vic Hislop did some of his best/worst work out off seals rocks. Bagged a monster out there around the mid to late 80's. We used to dive out there as kids. Not so keen now! Big nasty sharks could be anywhere at any time but to get attacked by one you'd still have to be very unlucky. The media went into full meltdown about the GW down at Lorne yesterday, wonder how many have swum under that pier that have not been seen? Quite a few I'd reckon. Sheez, there was a big one hanging around Altona a few years ago. I remember old mate Vic years ago banging on about how many people have gone missing never to be found in PPB. He reckoned big Whites had eaten them. He could be right.
Anyone get out for a session over the past few days, even just to escape the heat?!!
Sad, soggy summer's day in ol' Sydney town today. Not much in the way of 'surf'
I got out for an hour at South Palm Beach just before noon. It was quite a bit better than I expected. My twins came down with me but didn't bother bringing their boards because they assumed it was rubbish and they are not as hard-core (or some other term you might prefer) as me. Ended up having about an hour - bit of backwash but otherwise reasonably smooth and surfable - then bought them lunch (which I suspect is what they actually wanted to come for!) then home.
On the basis of that I am now actually looking forward to tomorrow's early as an actual surf season rather than just the usual social paddle opportunity.
When we hit the water (a bit after 6:15am) the winds were still a bit confused and generally onshore, also a fair bit of (mainly mushed-up0 seaweed down near the south end where we were. One of the normally-keenest guys went home without getting wet and a couple of the others went north and looks like they paddled out there. The low tide wasn't as much of a problem as the onshore and the seaweed. Bank I surfed yesterday near high tide was of course atomic-close-out city, but we had an ok spot.
Offshore wind sorted itself out while we were having apres-surf coffee and it looked pretty good with that and a bit more water on the banks. Bilgola and Newport Peak seemed improved too mid-morning. Wouldn't have minded a second session this afternoon - I think mid-afternoon might have been the pick time today if it wasn't too crowded - but I had a bit too much pre-Christmas running around to do.
Will give it another go tomorrow morning early anyway! I have loaned my friend with the stuffed rotator cuff (which is only healing really slowly and he physio won't let her paddle for still another couple of weeks) one of my kids' bodyboards so she can at last get wet with us, so that will be a bit of added amusement tomorrow morning too
Surfed Sunday morning early at Kiddies' Corner. Tiny and gutless but nothing was even close to working up the beach and some fairly mega closeouts on offer too. Two friends who had surfed the north end on Saturday morning said it was excellent 3-4' so I think I missed any good conditions over the weekend completely.
Had a bonus surf (if you can call it that) this morning (Monday) at south Palm Beach. Direct onshore, messy wind swell, shallow sand and some mushed-up seaweed for good measure. Had an hour, got a dozen hopeless waves, saw the lights come on in the coffee shop then gave it away. NOTE: The coffee shop has made a batch of home made rocky road. Will be testing it tomorrow to see how it compares with Roberta's at Brunelli's in Perisher, so tomorrow will be a good surf day regardless of the surf
Super-early was a successful mission. Surfed just down from Barrenjoey for 90 minutes with the 16yo son of my friend with the bung shoulder (and nobody else nearby). I got 26 fairly ok waves and he would have been about the same. On the global scale not a great surf but definitely the best the two of us have had for the last week or two at least.
SIDENOTE: For anyone idly folllowing this thread around Sydney, the water is just right at the moment - nice and clean, refreshing-to-warmish - to get down for a swim, bodybash, whatever you're into.
My "events co-ordinator" has just given me our somewhat punishing social schedule for the next week or so, but outside of those commitments when I am surfing it will almost certainly be somewhere along Palm Beach (and afterwards at 2108 Espresso at the south end).
The crew I usually surf with seem to have differing commitments and surf-availability over the next couple of weeks so it looks like I will have to try to fit in a surf nearly every day in order to get out with all of them over that time. Tough job, but someone has to do it
Total rubbish at Palm Beach this morning thanks to the all-night Easterly (plus bluebottles). Checked both ends. Decided it wasn't rideable. Did a walking lap of the beach with one of my friends then she and I had a short body bash in Kiddies' Corner to kill time until the coffee shop opened.
This is what it looked like an hour or so ago (and no better now after considering it over a coffee)
Pic 1 - is that 2 dots I see out there having a crack?
Yeah one on a shortboard, one on a lid. Appeared from watching them paddle out they are both beginners. We didn't see them even close to catching anything. Water was a bit sharky too up at Barrenjoey so they were welcome to it!
Yep, looks like the beachies from Tues to Friday morning should have something.Did you manage to score waits or parsons on Saturday Sasurfa? I surfed parsons for about an hour early Sat. Very small and weak.
I'm heading to the MP tomorrow. Looking like there could be some good waves while I'm back. Fingers crossed.