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Discussion in 'Surf & Marine' started by Belly, Jun 1, 2017.
Fickle and a goose chase less ya get a tip off re sand.
SWR zone has potential, can cook in Autumn on cyclone swell there
North of CH definitely has some potential but ideally need 4WD to be able to explore
I’ve booked a week at Coffs mid September. The national park region about an hour north looks very interesting. Always wanted to explore this region and as we might still be restricted to NSW travel then decided to to have a look. Some pretty reasonable flight prices out of Canberra as well. But I could still drive instead.
So a few months ago I took delivery of my first new stick in about 5 or so years - so why can't I stop myself from dreaming about the next new board??
Picked up the last of this good run of swell this morning,great conditions today after yesterday’s strong northerly that came up early for this time of year
@SAsurfa liking the look of the synoptics through to the end of next week for some sizeable Cloudbreak (+ swell travel time).
Was hoping to get a quick paddle this evening to try out the new stick but it pretty rubbish, got a epic barrel this morning, on tippy toes making the drop just got under the lip and slotted
Got a little 10% fin from a quad set I might chuck in instead of the big trailing fin
Ha ha I was seriously considering those fins when I got my Holy Grail. Not necessarily for that board, potentially as a mix up for the Hypto as I already had the HS gen 1's in the quiver. I think you previously suggested trying a 2+1 set-up on the Hypto.
I just picked those fins up today
Dog was happy there were wasn’t much surf around, fin setup I think I’ll try out first
Looks nice @parkmonkey!
My beast arrived today, had a tiny surf and actually went ok. Cant wait for some big lumps
Had a really good sesh today in some pretty epic early winter conditions. Around 2-3ft punchy beachbreak sets, bit inconsistent but oh so nice when the good ones came and would luck have it for this goofy foot, all lefts and only 2 others out. Happy days
So so busy on the northern rivers ‘main break’, surf tv and fanning doesn’t help. 6 cameras ! Crowds probably rona related too. So many punters who have flexible options now. Is this the future? Still the water is warm and clear with magic dolphin surfing displays, really high quality waves when they come, and down the line options. Gotta be patient though.
Until OS travel options re-open for the hotspots IE Bali/Indo, Fiji, Maldives, Mentawais, Hawaii - I reckon this is the new norm for at least another 12 months. With so many more crew in the water it will encourage them to head further off the beaten track in search of solitude. Expect your previous ‘secret spot’ to be not so secret anymore....
Like it, you surfing as a quad or thruster?
Trying a quad to start with. Ridden lots of small quads but never on a bigger board.
I ride mine as a quad .
I was riding my larger, thicker, wider MG as a quad and it flowed nicely from rail to rail, but found it harder to turn and just too thick/wide for my liking so went to back to thruster style setup on the Slater Gamma. I'm liking it better with the thruster style setup.
I had a fun weekend of waves down South at the usual west of victor haunts... Lots of waves, and banks were ok. On Sunday i headed down a bit later and had a bank to myself and 2 other people. Great fun on the right waves. There seem to be lots of seals around at the moment - i suspect chasing all the salmon. But most surfs we have at least 1 seal come through and check the lineup out, surf a wave then go back to fishing..
It looks like the swell is really set to grow out the front today - it already looks 2'ish... A real shame about the winds. I might check it after lunch.
I'm board shopping at the moment. I have a few short boards that i ride as quads / thrusters + a twin fin fish and mal... I think i want a mid length single fin as my next board. That would be perfect for the mellow reefs at home. :| forever shopping.
Why not try some S-Wings? Further outside the square.
Yep, strange looking aren’t they. Shane Horan would have given em a spin, back in the day. There were some videos of Mason Ho and Tom Curran using / testing them at Ulus a year or two back. Those guys would make anything look good. Supposed to keep the speed of a twin fin with more hold due to the extended shape. French design.
Noting those guys could literally surf an Esky lid with a piece of 6x4 as the skeg.
I’ve been a bit recalcitrant...surfs at the Bra Monday, Wednesday, yesterday and today. All of them though except today were peak low tide so not so enjoyable. Today it’s only 1 foot but I took out my 7’4” and loved it!
I raced down for a surf last night at home in between some meetings.
The surf had really kicked during the day and it was probably the biggest (although far from cleanest) i've seen it break at around 4' on the sets. Winds were about 20kms onshore, and there was probably 50 people out.
i caught 3 waves in about 45 minutes and then raced back in. There was some really fun waves coming through and a few burgers thrown in for good measure.
No surf today. Smaller, more onshore.
I’m not a fan of keel style twin fins, i like that they don’t hold
I had a DVS keel style fish I bought in Byron (of course!). I found my existing Brett Munro thruster set up MR twin style template much much faster and better performance (as beautiful as the DVS looked).
Having the DVS did allow a nice chat to Rusty Miller though which was pretty cool
Good waves at Sunshine mid/late morning. Offfshore, 3ft with the sets producing the occasional bigger one or two. StrongIsh south to north sweep. Was all about the fast rights across the banks. Plenty of banks and waves for all. Lots of smiling faces.
Yeah pretty nice at the Bra today and yesterday - 1-2’ yesterday and 1-3’ today. Pretty crowded though. Quite frustrating the lack of etiquette too.
The joys of living near the beach. Yesterday was flat, 1ft mal waves at Sunshine. No forecast suggested new swell till later today into tomorrow.........then waves! Sunshine magnet delivers.
Nice waves on the south coast also, found a good rip bank away from the school holiday crowd. New board went amazing, so much speed and so stable on the bigger sets.
Bit undersized further south but a bit of a kick after noon. It was only 2ft but had a great session.
I had a conversation with a bloke as I headed to the surf with my Miller Sub X today - he yelled out and came jogging over to have a chat - he has one too. After the chat finished and I made my way to the waters edge I cogitated this was definitely one of my favourite boards of all time. Then after I finished the surf another bloke - this one a shaper - came over and I had another chat about it. In the course of that I said it was definitely a top 5 board. Which it is. But it just left me contemplating the other 4 so after thinking about it a bit - here’s my list.
McCoy Laser Zap. I’m guessing around 5’10” but it was a long time ago - circa 1981. I think it was a prototype as it had a narrower tail than the boards Cheyne Horan and Kingsley Looker were surfing. I loved that board even though it was heresy to ride one in those days.
In the 90’s as a more solid bloke I found it hard to get a board I enjoyed. So when McCoy did his nugget I was stoked. In those days this was the only alternative to a wafer thin super narrow board. This one was a 6’4” “interchange nugget” by Darren Handley so was considerably narrower and thinner than what Geoff was doing. It kept me surfing. I’m guessing it was about 1995 I got this.
Mitchell Rae 6’6” swallow tail thruster. Not a flex tail but a super drivey, manoeverable and beautifully constructed.
FireWire/Mayhem 6’4” MiniDriver. Great on an average to good day with a touch of the extra width I typically enjoy. Also indestructible.
Miller Sub X. I actually want a small medium not overly hollow day so I can surf this board. 6’4”, wide, very flat and very fast.
Apropos of not much!
After my first few boards i always have ordered customs...........they never had names.
Most of my boards are customs too, but they are a variation on a type of board by the shaper...which has a name.
The boards selected themselves though. To make my all time favourite list that is. Only the last is a custom.
Probs why you don’t have Fischer Rangers.......
D’bah not too bad today
Snapper pretty flat but still crowded
beautiful winter day anyway
I think VIC. is heading for another total lockdown very soon. Therefore tomorrow is a surf day no matter what !!.
How did it surf?
I'd only used Future P8's on my Holy Grail for my first 6 or so sessions. Swapped them for my older HS Gen 1 fins on the weekend. Seemed to have a smidge more drive but maybe just getting more used to the board.
Also I was very happy with my new Rip Curl Dawn Patrol 4/3 chesty. Quite the oven, and I was almost panting after a few rides, but wasn't too warm overall, water quite chilly on the south coast now.
Surf was to small to tell, more of a paddle but managed a couple turns on knee high shorie so happy with that
Well it looks pretty slick anyway
I think the 3mm booties may be inadequate tomorrow.
No BIG Lockdown announced today for VIC ., yet . The wind at Westernport today is ONSHORE :-(.
Tomorrow must be the day for a paddle with better winds, sunnier but smaller surf in the forecast. The Swell net forecast for the Mornington Peninsula backs this option. The new SW ground swell will keep working until about noon or one pm tomorrow, which is nearing the high tide point any way.
A bit of a sneaker swell at home last night.... I had been looking at it all day - there'd been no wind with some teaser waves rolling in all day, you could see the 'lines' making their way up the gulf but the tides weren't cooperating. After a couple of hours of umming and ahhhing, the swell finally pulsed at around 3 - 330.. only to a foot - maybe a few sneaky 2' sets.
After wondering down for a look - there were 3 guys out with and it looked fairly consistent. I raced home, grabbed my 9' long board and headed back out for a surf for an hour and a half.
It was one of the best long board sessions ive had in ages. I even had half an hour to myself on dark. We all went wave for wave and barely stopped paddling. Almost unbelievable as there's usually about 25 blokes on each wave.
You better surf tomorrow morning cause you’re locked down from 2359hrs tomorrow. Time to start picking on lonely individuals in the outdoors by themselves again, while they completely ignore the elephant in the room in front of them.
Don't get me started . I often surf solo, XC ski tour solo, Bushwalk solo, cycle solo, ocean/pool swim solo. I am not a transmitter of anything harmful. I do my activity , keep fit and healthy and go home.
Surfing is permitted during this lockdown. Hastings ,Westernport and surrounds are counted as part of greater Melb.. or so it would seem. I will wait a week or two after today's session to see how this plays out.