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The Surf Thread

Discussion in 'Eastern & Marine' started by Belly, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. faceshotss

    faceshotss Hard Yards

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    Think I have surfed the least I have ever done before during winter - we had a good run of easterly swell on the northern beaches early on, but other than that its been pretty straight and with average banks.
    Manly small and straight, curly wobbly and wonky as all hell.

    Anyone else have similar experiences?
     
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  2. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Northern Beaches is generally terrible in winter during the dominant and prolonged S swells, needs E/NE swells and tends to be at its best during Autumn
     
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  3. SAsurfa

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    Yeah banks are terrible, but been finding corners..
     
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  4. Ted Harper

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    I’ve surfed about the usual amount (3-4 earlies/week); I just set my expectations fairly low for winter at the Northern Beaches Secret Spot then I am rarely disappointed and hardly ever go home without paddling out.

    We could definitely do with some banks on the northern 3/4 or so of the beach - maybe the incoming big swell will give us (and the other northern beaches that are largely bank-less currently) a necessary “reboot”...
     
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  5. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fairy Bower and associated breaks
    Dee Why Point
    South Avalon
    Just off the top of my head
     
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  6. faceshotss

    faceshotss Hard Yards

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    Yeah I know. Who says winter is the surf season...pfff. Just surprises me how prolonged the straight south swells can be over winter!
    Give me light onshore summer NE Swell any day. Shame we don’t have more friendly sth swell spots north side.
     
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  7. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Yep and that’s about it, throw in Longy and Sth Curly with a few hundred keen surfers to concentrate the crowds!
    However if you get an E or NE swell, almost every beach lights up on the peninsula and provides a lot more options to spread the numbers out
     
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  8. Zimbooo

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    We had a plenty of goodies over the early weekend.
    Banks between Sunshine & Coolum.
    Young bloke reports Sumba is the go...........news breakfast. LOL
     
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  9. Peli89

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    Surfed Coolum twice on Saturday - heaps of fun peaks, but a bit sloppy. Also surfed sunshine

    Sunday morning surfed sunshine. awesome fun. why do i have to come back to adelaide. haha
     
  10. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Enjoy the warmer water while you can!
     
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  11. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    And as well, as soon as the wave period gets over 10 seconds on the beachies (which is often the case during the winter groundswell events) it creates long, straight lines of close outs and then that further limits the options to the reefs / points which we all know are scarce at best on the NB's.....

    Do what @SAsurfa does and get outta town as much as possible during Winter, it's the only way to survive if you're a surfer on the NB's!!
     
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  12. faceshotss

    faceshotss Hard Yards

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    This is true.
     
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  13. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Lunchtime check in the 'Gong.

    3ft S Windswell sets with a cold S wind blowing, one guy out at Corri corner which was more like 1-2ft and whilst clean, looked straight and pretty average. Gee that big swell has brought sand all the way up to the road there @W0nkey D0nkey that's the first time I've seen that happen since I've been down here....!
     
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  14. W0nkey D0nkey

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    Few years ago marine parade was 5cm buried in sand.
    Got good ones out corri on saturday
     
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    W0nkey D0nkey One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I’ve seen Towradgi pool completely filled with sand
     
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  16. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    I've seen the pool partially filled!
     
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  17. Belly

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    Bloody hell, last Thursday the family booked a 4 day mini-break for this coming weekend. Surf prospects looked ok'ish. Offline til yesterday due to Splitfest and come back to a Tasman dip forecast - happy days!!
     
  18. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    How was split fest mate? Which areas did you ride? Link to the report if it's easier
     
  19. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Very icey Friday from the midweek rain, abandoned Gills Knob for a quick Trig play as left crampons in car.
    @PiniPowPow and I went out with some newer splitters on Saturday for same same. The freeze wasn't too severe Friday night so snow was much better Saturday.
     
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  20. Zimbooo

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    Received a couple of pics from young bloke in Western Sumbawa (before he headed to Sumba)......nothin from Sumba yet.
    Looks like he's getting a few. He said it was perfect as it gets......




     
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    Get back to the sunny coast and there’s a dearth of waves.
     
  22. Zimbooo

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    Bad time of year for waves here, however last Friday/weekend was pretty good.
    Not Indo thats for sure.
     
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  23. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Yes I wouldn't exactly call winter the swell season for Sunny coast, more like late Summer through Autumn seems to be the best time up there (more likelihood of trade and cyclone swells).
     
  24. FourSquare04

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    Your young bloke sure must be clocking up some tube time over these past few months!
     
  25. FourSquare04

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    Back on the surf front, interesting period coming up. Be keen to see what @SAsurfa thinks of the little low depression that's forecast to spin up, showing on the 4 day:
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  26. SAsurfa

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    Mental!!!

    And swell looks fun as early next week, looks around the 4ft+ range Tuesday after the weekend's more localised swell.
     
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  27. FourSquare04

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    Looking at the positioning of the low to form up (I know it's early days) but would give me an indication we would see a more E/NE fetch and swell develop which would make for a nice change from these S swells!
     
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  28. Paperboy

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    Looks promising for an E/NE groundswell to hit the south coast. Go surfing or snowboarding???
     
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  29. SAsurfa

    SAsurfa One of Us

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    Oh yeah I didn't mention direction, yes E/NE, and weekend will be weaker E swell. Go boarding weekend and surfing early next week!
     
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  30. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Maybe a winter Rd 2 e/ne swell might knock my sth coast point break back into shape. But in truth I waited 3 or 4 years for a couple of months of goodness and I think it will be a similar cycle again.
     
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  31. Zimbooo

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    Sometimes we do OK in winter, I was more thinking about now until December. Spring is always terrible for waves here.
     
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  32. Zimbooo

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    Yep, "best waves in my life" has been a regular and repeated quote. LOL
     
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  33. Zimbooo

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    Yep, looks good for a few more for those lucky b@stards over there.
    All good things must come to a end as they say. Young bloke will be returning home in a couple of weeks.
     
  34. FourSquare04

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    Downgrade on latest 4 dayer run that just came out, but the fetch should still give us something and appears to be located further away, so may mean longer period as a result
     
  35. The Plowking

    The Plowking Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Had a good one at the regular winter spot down the peninsula. 3 ft, but inconsistent but 3 good ones at least.
    Meanwhile, can't wait for this to open.
    My surfing time will likely double....
    Getting close!
    https://urbnsurf.com/
     
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  36. FourSquare04

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    Managed to get out for an arvo surf at Easty this arvo @W0nkey D0nkey was pretty fun too. About 2ft or so and really clean & peaky. Surfed just down from the check out spot. So rusty and lacking surfing fitness that's for sure but managed to paddle into a few. Big school of fish came through at one point too.
     
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  37. FourSquare04

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    Woohoo Owen won Chopes!!
     
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  38. Ted Harper

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    Truly awful this morning at the Northern Beaches Secret Spot. I reckon you would get a wave at Kiddies from about 1/2 tide and lower (so maybe from about 10:30 this morning). Right now there is a foot or two of swell getting in there and it is relatively sheltered from the rain and not too manky from the rainfall runoff.

    Appalling everywhere else - a million feet of crumbly onshore mess being powered by gale force SE winds and significant rain. I am cowering behind a plastic curtain at Zubi at Bilgola enjoying an unexpectedly early coffee and watching large and shapeless waves slamming in while my car gets a nice free wash.
     
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  39. FourSquare04

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    Weekend forecast looks fun with some 8 second period swell which should suit the beachies and transpire into workable peaks, hopefully.

    I'm planning on going for an early tomorrow morning, fingers crossed for some peaky goodness :)

    @Ted Harper I think the NBSS will be good tomorrow morning based off the current forecast. It should be nice and offshore down the south end, with hopefully a bit of swell getting in there as well :thumbs:
    However if I was going to pick a day I would say Sunday looks the pick with better, lighter winds
     
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  40. Belly

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    Just pulled up at secret point break, the sand is back, woohoo!!
     
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  41. Ted Harper

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    You know what, to avoid the risk, I’ll just surf both days ;)
     
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  42. Belly

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    Happy birthday to me
     
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  43. Ted Harper

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    It was pretty favourable at the NBSS for my early - just me and two friends, I paddled out at about 6:15 and got some good 1-2’ ones. Got a bit full by the time I finished about 7:30, but might be worth a bonus session on a lower tide later today...

    Before I paddled out (between sets, but you can see it was nice and clean):



    Because I surfed early and my regular coffee shop wasn’t open yet, I got a coffee afterwards from the Kombi at the South Av carpark and took this photo back up the beach. NASA is on this morning, and it looked pretty meaty:

     
  44. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Very poor phone photo by me ^^. There is a LOT of water moving down here. Very consistent 3ft with the odd 4 pushing 5 footer. I think the latter might be a long range groundswell.
    Anyway I paddled out at the point first thing and literally got 1 wave in after I scratched over 2 aforementioned 5 footers. But I had a good recovery surf at a nearby kiddies corner.
    Another photo but doesn't do justice to true size. At least I had a crack, many have come and checked and driven away!
     
  45. Ted Harper

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    My afternoon bonus surf at the NBSS was really good. Had another 90 minutes or so and am fairly paddled-out now. Size and power had increased since this morning and it was 3’+ on the sets and plenty of energy. Pretty smooth too.

    Here’s what my watch said I did (you can see the times I paddled around to the rip next to the pool for the easy way back out):



    Also afterwards (in search of a hot drink) I randomly chanced on a brand new Peruvian takeaway in North Av shops (near Beach Without Sand) that literally just opened for business this afternoon. I just had a hot chocolate but their food look great and i’ll have to give it a try soon.



    I then went for a quick look at North Av, which had picked up quite a lot since this morning (NASA was cancelled late morning because of it getting too big). There were a dozen or so out and it was onshore and messy but some rideable and nicely workable lefts. Even a handful out at LA but it didn’t look so good in the few minutes I watched for.
     
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    Fun 2 1/2 hour sesh just now .
    North end was very busy so the gurl and I paddled across the river mouth and went for bit of a walk in the sunshine.
    3 foot peaks both ways, the odd bigger one before the wind came up.
    Just her and I for an hour or so before good mate wandered up and shared the stoke.
    nothing epic. just the 3 of sharing waves.
    good water , good peeps, good vibes.
    what it's all about.
     
  47. Belly

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    Yep everything was much more mellow this morning and that brought out a few more peeps as well. Few fun ones had with a slightly tired head from bday drinks last night :)
     
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    Surfed Saturday morning at Bellambi but was pretty ordinary, big rip in the corner causing havoc, more paddling than surfing was had :confused:

    Yesterday for Fathers day looked really good but of course, could not get out for a session :cry:
     
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  49. Ted Harper

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    It had dropped back off a fair bit at the NBSS yesterday morning. I was in the water at the south end about 6:15 and until about 7am it was pretty good (if small) then it got progressively slower and a longer wait between fuller and fuller sets. I gave it away about 7:45 but really I could have gone in 1/2 hour earlier and not missed much. There were a few people out up the beach a bit getting some short sharp ones - bit more size, bit more energy - but I didn’t see any quality waves while I was getting dressed afterwards or having my coffee. Was ok in the water though.
     
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    there were good waves along the DY - Longy stretch around 2pm would have been a good 3ft+ on sets and some nice Ls & Rs on offer
     
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