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Sir Surfalot

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I am tentatively lined-up for a lunchtime surf tomorrow with a couple of friends. One of their birthday tomorrow (55th) and she wants to sneak out for a celebratory paddle so we got the band together :) Hope it's ok at the Northern Beaches Secret Spot - she'll likely want to go to the south end (preferring a couple of feet to 4-5', and it's her birthday so she gets to choose) but the banks haven't been great there for the last few weeks on high-ish tides. I hope it's ok because it will mean I have little chance of getting my wetty dry before the regular Saturday morning early and I may be forcing myself to choose between one and the other...
 
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Queen's birthday, start frothing, I think it's looking pretty good for the east coast, in particular Sunday - Wednesday'ish (may arrive just in time for the Fiji men's event also).

Love ya work @Belly

You could safely say that Easter & QBW would be the better bets for waves/surf road trips over the calendar period that fall on Public holidays, with Anzac day a close 3rd
 
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Yeah we've had a good run of public holiday waves this year for sure - no complaints. Still a way off for Queens birthday but there is going to be surfable waves.
 

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Update: An aborted surf mission today. Windy, cloud came over, looked a bit sharky, generally crap. Might have been ok elsewhere but the Northern Beaches Secret Location didn't work out for us today. Of course I am frothing (as always) for the early tomorrow anyway AND I have just officially put my Subaru into winter mode by putting the ski holders onto the racks :)
 

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Update: An aborted surf mission today. Windy, cloud came over, looked a bit sharky, generally crap. Might have been ok elsewhere but the Northern Beaches Secret Location didn't work out for us today. Of course I am frothing (as always) for the early tomorrow anyway AND I have just officially put my Subaru into winter mode by putting the ski holders onto the racks :)
Pretty ordinary down our way also,short period swell lumpy and bumpy.Not looking good for the weekend with more southerlies predicted
 
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Pretty ordinary down our way also,short period swell lumpy and bumpy.Not looking good for the weekend with more southerlies predicted

This morning wasn't great. I surfed at the south end 1/2 way between the coffee shop and Kiddies' Corner. Was only a couple of feet on the sets - short rides ending in shallow-water closeouts.

About 20 were out in front of the toilet block where it was 4-5' and a lot of water moving; order of the day there was take off, pump a couple of quick turns then (very importantly) kick out before the explosive closeout on the ridiculously-shallow shorebreak (which also had a fair suck-out current in it making it even more board-snapping than it would have normally been). I was happy by myself in the relative dribblers further south; the rest of my usual Saturday group went home without getting wet, so I was duty-bound to catch enough for everyone :)

Driving past Newport to take my twins to soccer I saw that Newport Plus had a contest on at the Peak where it looked "challenging", so good luck for anyone involved in that today!
 
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The same down our way.The beach was mostly closeouts and the point very heavily populated.The southerly just keeps on blowing.Getting all the skis out and about to tune and wax,will post pic in ski quiver.
 
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This morning wasn't great. I surfed at the south end 1/2 way between the coffee shop and Kiddies' Corner. Was only a couple of feet on the sets - short rides ending in shallow-water closeouts.

About 20 were out in front of the toilet block where it was 4-5' and a lot of water moving; order of the day there was take off, pump a couple of quick turns then (very importantly) kick out before the explosive closeout on the ridiculously-shallow shorebreak (which also had a fair suck-out current in it making it even more board-snapping than it would have normally been). I was happy by myself in the relative dribblers further south; the rest of my usual Saturday group went home without getting wet, so I was duty-bound to catch enough for everyone :)

Driving past Newport to take my twins to soccer I saw that Newport Plus had a contest on at the Peak where it looked "challenging", so good luck for anyone involved in that today!

Sounds like I didn't miss anything - decided to give it a wide steer when I heard the words "South swell"
 

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Sounds like I didn't miss anything - decided to give it a wide steer when I heard the words "South swell"

Yesterday wasn't great either - about half the size of Saturday but no quality. We all surfed though, unlike Saturday where I was the only one of the usual weekend early crew silly enough to paddle out - however one of my friends who always surfs about when the rest of us finish in the morning said he had a good session a bit later on Saturday.

Anyway yesterday morning we surfed North Palm Beach off the middle of the carpark and it was very straight, crunching down fairly hard and swirly currents. The mal club decided to hold their monthly contest just north of us but the bank they choose didn't look great when we were there either.

We saw a couple of whales though before we paddled out (I passed my little telescope I keep in the car for checking Barrenjoey around) breaching and doing other cool whale things. Looked like this (without the whales) before we paddled out and progressively got worse from there:

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Of course it would be (sigh). I woke up this morning around 4am and decided it was going to be a couple of yuck days in Sydney and on the spur of the moment to go skiing today and tomorrow. I am in my caravan in Berridale now after skiing a whole lot of laps of Front Valley from about 11am onwards. Naturally the surf would be awesome when I am 5 hours away (side note: the snow was pretty good today too, had a nice catch up with @Normo and learnt a lot about Nespresso-compatible coffee pods from Bruno at Brunelli's because it was quiet enough that he had plenty of time for a chat). Did you get out there to make up for my absence from the secret spot on what looks like the best conditions for a couple of weeks?

My twins' school has a pupil-free day on Friday so they are coming surfing with me then and with any luck therefore I can get 4 consecutive days surfing.
 

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Got the hustle along from the boys this evening. Gonna hit it (Bondi) before work tomorrow. Here's how she looks on paper...
5ft+, 8 second period, 24kts onshore, 10C minimum (5C w/windchill). Can't wait.:whistle:

Jeez, you'd want to be keen!

At least it will be 'uncrowded'
 

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Just had a look at the Long weekend forecast.

Looking like weak, onshore waves.

At least you would think that it will be uncrowded, hopefully
 

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Golfy is breaking but only just .
3 feet maybe on the low tide too as PPP mentions ^^.
Direction didn't look so good.
Thinking the low was too close to us to get any real biz from it.
May swing as it moves away and NE
haven't looked at a chart just an old skool obs looking out the window driving by .....
 

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Just had a look at the Long weekend forecast.

Looking like weak, onshore waves.

At least you would think that it will be uncrowded, hopefully

I think you're looking right, although the winds are looking a bit friendlier further south. Still there'll be surfable waves, could be worse :)
 
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I think you're looking right, although the winds are looking a bit friendlier further south. Still there'll be surfable waves, could be worse :)

Yeah could be flat. I don't mind surfing when it's onshore as long as it's not just straight handers. If there's workable rip bowls and banks then sweet! Usually means less heads in the water
 

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Coastalwatch are definitely from the glass half full camp reading their weekend outlook, not a bad thing.
Yep, always happy to get a corner, a bottom turn and some sort of intermediate turn in :)
 
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I would be interested in a review of the new board.
It was flat here today , so didn't get to use it . I am around mid north coast for about 5 weeks so it will get a good workout .
A mate of mine has one and rates them . I got a 5'8" 35 litres smallest board I've ever had .
I am trying to work out where to stop on my way down tomorrow (from Gold Coast)
 

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It was flat here today , so didn't get to use it . I am around mid north coast for about 5 weeks so it will get a good workout .
A mate of mine has one and rates them . I got a 5'8" 35 litres smallest board I've ever had .
I am trying to work out where to stop on my way down tomorrow (from Gold Coast)
The "new board curse " strikes again. !
 
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It was flat here today , so didn't get to use it . I am around mid north coast for about 5 weeks so it will get a good workout .
A mate of mine has one and rates them . I got a 5'8" 35 litres smallest board I've ever had .
I am trying to work out where to stop on my way down tomorrow (from Gold Coast)

Tread carefully up there @Nozawaman the noah's are everywhere up there now
 
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Tread carefully up there @Nozawaman the noah's are everywhere up there now

I have the Dorsal app (and the official SharkSmart one too) on my phone and I have been amazed how many shark alerts there have been in recent months for the Port Macquarie to Forster area - possibly even more than for the further-north area which was positively going off with shark sightings on those apps the previous 6 months but seems to have eased back lately. Different currents moving the food sources down the coast maybe?

They were always there (I surfed a lot at Forster when I was a teenager and was in the SLSC at Town Beach then at One Mile after it started, and for the last 20 or so years have surfed at least a couple of weeks at Port every year), and I can't really say how many more there might be around now but there are definitely confirmed sightings every day or so somewhere in that stretch recently.
 

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It was flat here today , so didn't get to use it . I am around mid north coast for about 5 weeks so it will get a good workout .
A mate of mine has one and rates them . I got a 5'8" 35 litres smallest board I've ever had .
I am trying to work out where to stop on my way down tomorrow (from Gold Coast)
You're not missing anything up here NM. Conditions are perfect though.

Nice board. They go alright. I'm too poor to own one though. Well perhaps too tight might be a better turn of phrase. Enjoy.
 

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I have the Dorsal app (and the official SharkSmart one too) on my phone and I have been amazed how many shark alerts there have been in recent months for the Port Macquarie to Forster area - possibly even more than for the further-north area which was positively going off with shark sightings on those apps the previous 6 months but seems to have eased back lately. Different currents moving the food sources down the coast maybe?

They were always there (I surfed a lot at Forster when I was a teenager and was in the SLSC at Town Beach then at One Mile after it started, and for the last 20 or so years have surfed at least a couple of weeks at Port every year), and I can't really say how many more there might be around now but there are definitely confirmed sightings every day or so somewhere in that stretch recently.

Not sure if I've mentioned this to you before @Ted Harper but one of my best mates has had a family holiday house in Forster for a good 30 years now.

Spent many a long weekend & school holiday period up there scouring the nearby coastal region for the perfect wave :D

To be honest, we never ever considered (nor sighted) the thought of noah's up around there, sure, they could strike at any time anywhere but back then, we were all young dumb full of.... teenagers on eski lids looking for tube time and trying el rolo's.

But now, given the spate of recent incidents and frequent sightings in this area, it certainly plays more in the back of my mind, not that I've been up there for a while and surfed that area. That incident at 7 Mile last year really hit home, given I'd surfed that epic stretch of sand probably close to 100 times and never ever seen anything other than dolphins or bird life.

The northern corner of that spectacular stretch is one that we would often go to when everywhere else was close to flat as it typically sucked in the swell and had a good left hand wedge when conditions were right. After meeting a crew up the coast one easter and talking about waves, they had described that spot as being referred to as "Sharkies" which I'd never heard of before and had always referred to it as "Janey's"

Having spoken to one of the family related crew with the house up there, he has been surfing up there over the last 12 months on a number of occasions and when we talked about the 7 mile incident that occurred last November, he had surfed Boomerang the same day and had spoken to a few of the locals up there. They had mentioned that there were frequent sightings and that the water quality was significantly murkier than the spectacular clear type you have come to expect especially around the Pacific Palms area.

It's all very interesting that's for sure....and If I was to go back to Forster I would certainly be on the cautious side and surfing the spots with more heads in the water, rather than seeking out the more uncrowded options that we used to!
 
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Since I've spent more time heading north I've generally bypassed the area, but had a super fun session at Tuncurry a couple of years back (with a follow-up at Salty in the arvo :) ). Would like to explore there more in the future but it's almost too close to my second home and the lure of the long points lie not that much further north. I reckon crowds are about par too, every time I check Boomerang it's a zoo, at least when the mid-north points are pumping things space out a little.
 
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Since I've spent more time heading north I've generally bypassed the area, but had a super fun session at Tuncurry a couple of years back (with a follow-up at Salty in the arvo :) ). Would like to explore there more in the future but it's almost too close to my second home and the lure of the long points lie not that much further north. I reckon crowds are about par too, every time I check Boomerang it's a zoo, at least when the mid-north points are pumping things space out a little.

You're right @Belly the PP region has become a very popular area and Boomers is easily the most populated of that little cluster and rightfully so, it tends to have pretty consistent banks, but also a few options with the South corner a nice rocky right hander, beachies galore along the stretch and a nice protected NE corner at the north end. Had some good sessions there.

Never ever scored Bluey's good eh, very fickle.

The sharkiest feeling experience I've ever had was at Saltwater / Wallabi Pt when it was solid and we were on the outside section, and rightfully so, it's been the location of a few recent encounters!
 

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I'd like to check the one just south of Blueys (or so), PPP has spoken of some good sessions there.
 

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Yep, have had some great surfs up there. Feels like crowds have increased? dont know.

Werri was cooking this morning :)

Agreed - they have increased. More people surfing these days and more and more people moving away from the big smoke I reckon, seeking quiter, more uncrowded times (and more affordable given the ridiculous house prices).

In other news, looks like it's pumping in Sydney today with 3ft+ E swell and earlier there was a light W/SW wind

Images courtesy of @Sprout_daily with @SAsurfa likely to be somewhere in amongst this mob:

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