Beginners in the Mist (Northern Beaches Secret Spot, a bit after 6am this morning): Our beginner (rapidly ceasing to be a beginner) and I pulled up at the NBSS carpark at 6am this morning to be greeted by a flotilla of mals already in the water, of whom I only knew 3 of the dozen people. This was unusual both in terms of the number of people sillier than me and already in the water and that for an early on Friday morning it is usually usual suspects only. We could only guess that literally nowhere else was working and/or they just couldn’t see if it was due to the fog, and hence just kept driving to the NBSS until the road ran out. Anyway we surfed. It was full, a bit bumpy and slow and definitely overcrowded for what was on offer (similarly to yesterday in all respects actually). Cold green water, lots of fog, bit of a sharky, mushed-up-fish kind of smell, and only slow 1-2’ waves on offer, which got even less exciting as the tide filled.