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The Surf Thread

Discussion in 'Weather' started by Belly, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. POW_hungry

    POW_hungry Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    With full length 3/2 steamers and a balmy 22C water temp.:rolleyes:
    Ohh bondeye...
     
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  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was talking to (not so) old mate in Surf Culture about surfing and swimming at Bondage and lamenting that wetties are now a cheap commodity and not a hindrance to paddling ..... means winter still crowded and when warmer, dudes and dudettes only get out of the water when exhausted rather than when suffering hypothermia.

    Also picked up a replacement Billabong 2mm back zip spring suit for Solomons next week...... will spend more time scuba than surfing but also have a couple of days in Papatura, so may get a wave fix.

    Anyone else old enough to remember when Ron Harding American Surfer wetsuits were the duck's nuts?
     
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  3. POW_hungry

    POW_hungry Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Funny thing is; a week ago I was down the gong and every single surfer (at least a doz) were in Boardies.
    It's def a Bondi thing. So many noobs too, which no doubt would be a Surf Shop's key demo.
     
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  4. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    old mate was out in boardies out front of the job here this am.
    air temp was 7 degs, water temp 20 ish…..
    I'd have reached for the 3/2 tbh.

    and yes my first wettie was an American
    long sleeve smoothie vest .
    front zip iirc
    was the Noosa winter with boardies back in the day
     
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  5. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    I swear I can feel the temp change from 24C to 23C i.e. from warm to "I need my wettie".
     
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  6. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Haven't surfed at all this week but now with the wind chill dropping I think my next session will be opting for the long arm / short leg rubber option.....

    If you went out in the middle of the day I reckon you could still do boardies/wettie top at the moment, as long as it's not blowing a gale with a bitterly cold W/SW blowing
     
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  7. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    3-5' here in Bali
    Offshore , warm water , warm breeze !
     
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  8. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

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    Still see the occasional hipster up here using the old beaver tail smoothie. Someone must be still making them?
     
  9. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Zimbooo not even divers are using beaver tails......
     
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  10. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

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    Yeah, they used to be 2 piece didn't they. Sleeveless longjohn with a longsleeve vest with beaver tail over the top.
    I just typed in "beaver tail wetsuits" and found the following............
    Bloody Hipsters....... noseriders, beaver tails, surf'n the points like McTavish!!!! :D
    https://usa.nineplus.com/products/retro-jacket-front-zip-with-beaver-tail
     
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  11. Ted Harper

    Ted Harper One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    FWIW for me in Sydney I’ve still been surfing at the NBSS with my 1.5mm long sleeve top (https://www.ripcurl.com.au/mens/wetsuits/jackets/aggrolite-15mm-lsl-jkt.html?colour=0854) which I use for dawn sessions most of summer, and a couple of sessions the last week or two with 1mm neoprene boardshorts (https://www.ripcurl.com.au/mens/wetsuits/jackets/dpatrol-1mm-neo-shorts.html) or still just normal boardies. Works better for me than a spring suit, and I generally stick with that combination until some time after June long weekend at least, then back to it again as soon as it is warm enough after the coldest water period for the year.

    (Sidenote: So I don’t sound purely like some sort of RipCurl fanboy, or worse some sort of “micro-influencer”, my previous thin RipCurl neoprene top failed on me after only a couple of years - the neoprene particularly around the neck (1) lost its stretchiness, and (2) was leaving black sticky rubbery stains on my neck - which I don’t really think it should have done, especially as I always was my rubber gear out in fresh water after every session... other than admittedly I probably had 150-200 sessions with it).

    Anyway, that gear I’m wearing currently is still plenty warm enough for me at dawn, even on a couple of recent early mornings when the carpark temperature has been <10C and also a fair sort of offshore wind blowing. I’m not super-tough or anything, just the water simply hasn’t been cold enough yet to need any sort of serious rubber.

    I did put my steamer in the car yesterday morning, but only to show our beginner the (nice warm, and super-quick-drying) orange fur in a FlashBomb wetty and why (IMHO) it makes for a much better wetsuit than the construction of her current steamer.
     
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  12. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't McTavish surfboards come with bolts preinstalled for roof-rack mounting?




    (denies owning a McTavish Carver......)
     
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  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Before I could afford my first decent steamer......... used to wear a long sleeve vest under longjohn wetsuit....... would get a bit waterlogged when duck diving (or more likely and eskimo roll back then).
     
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  15. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    fwiw reports filtered thru of 2 to 4 foot...…
    tells me the swell magnet would have been solid 4 plus and cranking...
     
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  16. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I am surfing in a full length chest zip 3/2 steamer with booties, and a hood and gloves on standby. Water temp. here in Vic. is 17 C. with cooler pre winter winds .I use Mrs. Palmer's cold water wax all year round.
     
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  17. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    Well I started out with a footy jumper hahahaha
     
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  18. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    secret spot down near Eden this morning.....
    [​IMG]
     
  19. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    From the bench.......
     
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  20. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Surfing tomorrow arvo :) Got absolutely skunked on the south that weekend following Anzac day. Looking forward to (hopefully) some chunky corners tomorrow arvo.
     
  21. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah another short sharp blast from the Tasman L.
     
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  22. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Looks like another good weekend for GCR comin up
     
  23. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    I'll head out for either a lunch or arvo check this arvo and try and grab a few pics of the local, gonna get nice and chilly today with this cold front coming through
     
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  24. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    we have new group of IRB crew starting training at Molly on Sunday morning !!!
    Mmmmmaybe !
    if it's too sketchy we won't put them in the water.
     
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  25. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We have got swells from the bass Strait events previously but more often than not it's flat due to the swell travel path so I was expecting the post Anzac outcome. This is a fast moving system but it's proximity and it's got a bit of a 'tail whip' that should mean we get some swell in the south - fingers crossed anyway.
     
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  26. Ted Harper

    Ted Harper One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    (Cue “Four Yorkshiremen” sketch: )
    When I was a lad...

    The Northern Beaches Secret Spot wasn’t doing it this morning - small and right on low tide when our beginner and I checked it about 6:15. Texted a friend that she should go back to bed, then we decided that we would do a beach-check tour - in case of a rideable wave somewhere else - on the way down for an early coffee at Zubi at Bilgola.

    Lucked into a wave at Avalon around the middle of the beach. Only a foot or so with occasional larger sets, but really nice. Very warm water, no wind, generally extremely comfortable conditions for surfing. We surfed for about 90 minutes. Photo between sets after we finished but indicative of the nice conditions:



    I managed to pull into a couple of cute little cover-ups and between those good waves generally kept myself busy catching small fun short ones that mostly ended in closeouts, and our beginner practiced getting onto the waves earlier and standing up more quickly and positively - she’s doing well but a bit more size would give her a bit more time.

    Hopeful of more/better waves tomorrow and Sunday.
     
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  27. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    3-4' here in Bali
    Offshore , warm water , warm breeze !
     
  28. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    About to go for an arvo check to see what it's like....sun is back out down here in the 'Gong
     
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  29. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    is phlat af
     
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  30. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Like, as in funny. I'm taking Monday off so we can have the full mothers day, I'm hoping that will not be the case on Monday. Will try and get my fill on the sat late / early Sunday regardless.
     
  31. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    ;)M
    Yep not a lot doing. The calm before the storm hitting tomorrow....

    @W0nkey D0nkey is out there somewhere in the distance ;)
     
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  32. W0nkey D0nkey

    W0nkey D0nkey One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I really was.
    Went for a swim around that time.
     
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  33. Drewboy

    Drewboy One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Still searching in southern Wales for a wave,air temp 10c and the water is freezing.
     
  34. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Giddy up.
    glad it's not moi !
     
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  35. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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  36. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    She’s pumping this morning....for ants

    @Donzah spotted in the car park suiting up ;)
     
  37. Fozzie Bear

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    FMD.... that last monster...... :eek:
     
  38. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cape Fear Event is on Monday.

    might be an "office day" !
     
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  39. Ted Harper

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    We “attended” the NBSS as always but the swell failed to show up.



    My most regular surfing friend, our beginner and I walked almost 2 laps of the beach to await the coffee shop opening and one of our other friends ran a lap of the beach. Seemed a reasonable alternative to just giving up and going home straight away.

    However one of our friends DID actually paddle out and against all probability caught a couple of truly tiny waves (here he is recuperating between the epic waves):



    We checked Avalon after I collected pies for my starving kids and it was pretty much just as flat.
     
  40. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    2-4' here in Bali
    Offshore , warm water , warm breeze !
    Anyone notice a pattern hahahaha
     
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  41. Donzah

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    Feels like swell is coming though
    Its the vibe
     
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  42. Chowder11

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    looks a bit more cross than off.




    Just jealous
     
  43. Chowder11

    Chowder11 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Will be an ok wave on the incoming tide, nice period but not enough size to be really good. needs a bit more S in the swell to really get into Westernport to be epic. If Tassie wasn't there Westernport would pump on the back end of swells much more frequently.

    All in favour of moving Tassie 1000km E say I.
    How about we just attach the joint to the bottom of NZ.
     
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  44. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    3 foot on the sets down here now.
    and building.
    blowey af tho.
     
  45. nfip

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  47. Ted Harper

    Ted Harper One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Update, there are now waves (“It’s the vibe” triumphs again - don’t you love saying that and every Australian smiles knowingly and everyone from anywhere else just gives a blank look)...

    One of my operatives just sent this from Mona Vale:

     
  48. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not the best photo's but a very satisfying surf.

     
  49. nfip

    nfip Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    better and cleaner than what was on offer up this way.
    edit was that this morning looks before the wind came up.
     
  50. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    True , but close enough to off hahaha