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Winter Surf Thread 2016

Discussion in 'Eastern & Marine' started by POW_hungry, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. POW_hungry

    POW_hungry Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    What better time to kick off a catalogue of winter's fruits over the next 3 months. We've all seen the exceptional weather pattern that produced some of the finest surfing conditions ever seen on Sydney's metro-coast.
    A deepening trough spawned an ECL with a central pressure down to 982hPa, delivering surf in the 10-12 ft range (loosely averaged!).

    Eden buoy reading registered 17.67m (4am on 6th June according to Swellnet).

    Here's Bondi's very own Benny Buckler looking like an easy roll-in by comparison to some of the other beaches that lit up on the 6th June.
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  2. Ted Harper

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    I can offer these photos from various parts of Palm Beach (south to north) yesterday. Swell had dropped a bit from the day before and much longer between the big sets but still plenty of juice in it.







     
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    Will be stories told for a long long time about the one that has been dubbed " The Ali Swell ".
     
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  4. The Plowking

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    Had a quick half hour out in 5-6 ft onshore mess at Smith's, Phillip Island this evening. Invoked my 3 wave rule and farked off out of there! Nightmare.
    2 out of 3 were ok at least!
     
  5. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Smiths??? What ya doing there?
     
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  6. The Plowking

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    SW, on island nowhere to go at last light. Devil wind here. Smith's is the go-to when it's onshore everywhere.
    The more broken the swell the better.
    Hit it up again this am for possibly the worst surf I've had this year. Waves ok, me not....
    Should have surfed the crack at first light. Long weekend crowds though.
    Ah well.
     
  7. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Flynn's? I reckon its a great onshore wave, we took lessons at smiths and ycw apart from that only ever walked straight past it on the way to EP
     
  8. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    I used to live in the house above the pool where the steps are going up, in pic 1 ( well the downstairs part ) in the early 80's .
     
  9. The Plowking

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    EPs a bit beyond me these days.
    Was 2 hrs off low and my only Windows were last night 45mins and this am b4 10.
    Often have a half decent surf at onshore Smith's.
     
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  10. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    Got some inconsistent 2-3 footers on my home stretch yesterday around middle of the day on the incoming. Beach has been seriously rearranged after last weekends big storm and not necessarily for the better, but at least a couple of banks have popped up which is better than straight handers
     
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    Report from Telo, yay a couple of small days to get the confidence back. Got some epic rides in the swell but at times felt a bit like survival, especially with my back flaring. Hopefully a little more size to finish the trip.
    Second right and bottom right photos from the 10 June Telos report are me
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  12. Peli89

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    Surfed bells and fair haven yesterday. Bells was fairly sizey on the sets. Maybe around 5-6'. We got down there at first light and had it with about 10 others. It was a bit beyond me on my board. I managed to score a few waves while I was out. A few sets (including one I copped on the head while paddling out) closed out bells. It was low tide and had a fair bit of punch. The crowd swelled as the day went on so I called it in. In the arvo on the incoming at fair haven I had a better run in the protected corners.

    I surfed bells again this morning and it was a much more fun 3'. The swell died a lot quicker than forecast. Off to check the back beaches now.
     
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  13. The Plowking

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    Jelly of Bells Sunday.
    Very.
     
  14. Ted Harper

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    Had three pretty ok early morning sessions at South Palm Beach over this weekend. Saturday I should have gone to the north end (foot or two bigger would have been good) but my friends split their allegiances three ways (north, south and bend-in-the-road) and I guess I called wrongly who to paddle out with. Sunday morning was really good, foot or two of extra size really helped, and this morning was ok but less consistent and I managed a freak bit of bad luck to break one of my front teeth - then discovered how few "emergency" dentists are actually available in a public holiday. Temporary patch finally got made though.

    Anyway Sunday was one of those "this is why I love surfing" sessions - surfed with almost all the usual crew together, everyone got lots of waves (I got about 20, everyone seemed to get some they were really happy with), good vibe despite the really cold wind, mother and baby dolphins playing really near us, then several of us had coffee, muffins, etc and some good banter at the local coffee shop afterwards.
     
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  15. FourSquare04

    FourSquare04 A Local

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    I had a freak bit of bad luck in the water on Australia Day a few years back.
    Small, sloppy, summer windswell type day but nonetheless a bit of fun. Managed to get hung up in the lip trying to paddle into a wave and fell awkwardly onto my board. Thought that felt a bit odd. Then I felt my ear and saw blood. Managed to mildly perforate my ear drum which meant several months out of the water.
     
  16. 7wombathead

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    Last week was pretty mind bending. Scored a semi secret point break on the Far South Coast. Snapped the 9ft gun on a 12 ft BOMB and had to swim in. Got back out there and was like scared of the 5 footers for a bit. Anyway got my head back together and got some epic 10 ft sets in the Arvo. Three sessions in one day and only one wipe out.

    Sick beaches too Wednesday/ Thursday.

    Bar was super fun the whole time but a bit busy as nowhere else to surf.
     
  17. Ted Harper

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    Ouch! My 19YO son had a very similar experience surfing with me about 9 months ago. It was always very difficult to get him into the water with me (as long-time readers of these threads may remember) but has become next to impossible since, he's worried to a big degree about messing his ear drum again even after I bought him some pretty expensive surfing earplugs. At least I don't get much of a fight if I decide I want to take his board out now on the small mushy rubbish days it is really well suited for anyway ;)

    BTW my permanent (well, as permanent as I don't manage to whack it on a surfboard) front tooth repair got done today. In hindsight the process today would have been much quicker and nicer if I didn't get the temporary job done yesterday (grinding that off seemed to take longer than making the "real" job and involved rather too much of that drilling sound, etc...). Happily(?) and in a weird bit of symmetry the resin they re-built my tooth with today smelled just like fibreglass resin. Couldn't tell you if they used any matting inside of the patch though or just resin, but definitely not unlike a ding repair!

    Anyway I feel the pressing need to get back out for a surf - getting back on the horse that threw me and all that as necessary mental therapy in my recovery (wink) - but not sure if I'll get an opportunity before the weekend.
     
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  18. The Plowking

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    Cranking at the regular point this morning, 3 to 4 ft, strong long period sw swell at 17 seconds, lining up nicely. Only 6 out, all usual crew so civilised.
    Surfed it Tuesday evening too with only 2 others out. Was OK, 2 ft with 3ft sets but too much west in the swell and a bit weak/ lazy.
    It's all about the period at that size.
     
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  19. Drewboy

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    This past week Cronulla has had a good run of SE ground swell but the banks are in the worst condition for a long time.
     
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    The paddle out for John Murray the Shoes boardriders patron who died after surfing in the Mentawis
     
  21. parkmonkey

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    Hopefully only a bit over a month to go and i'll slowly be rejoining everyone in the water
     
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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I need to go new board shopping too, badly creased the firewire the day before i creased my back, was going to drive up to the firewire showroom in coolie the same morning i got up and my back went
     
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  23. Ted Harper

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    I had a short session at bend-in-the-road at Palm Beach around low tide today. A little messy and wonky, couple of conflicting swells I think, but I got a dozen quite nice and powerful 3'+ waves in an hour or so. Fair bit of seaweed lingering in the shore breaks in places along the beach still and quite a climb between road level and where the sand has been washed away to in that part of the beach. Pretty good banks though!
     
  24. 7wombathead

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    I snapped mine two. Needs a 100 mm Kevlar strip down the guts. Mine is bullet proof now and surfs way better.
     
  25. 7wombathead

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    Water is getting way cool down here (Merimbula).
     
  26. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I got mine fixed but is going to be a rental board, pretty keen for the next size down with a lower volume anyway, probably going to get a vader
     
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    That's when you head to the island, Vooey or Sucky ;)
     
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  28. Ted Harper

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    Had an early in the dark and gloom with the usual suspects this morning at North Palm Beach. Too full, bit inconsistent, and a killer shorebreak, but worth a paddle.
     
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    Any you folk know about Nixon tide watches ?
    Haven't heard of them till now.
    Got one as a pressie as upgrade from my battered old Rip Curl ATS.
    Have option to swap or upgrade to GPS , Nixon or Rip Curl which would be good for my back country wanderings etc.
    Could even go to Suunto ?
     
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    Ask Donza....... hang on o_O
     
  31. parkmonkey

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  32. scalymanfish

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    Still is. ;)
     
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    Yeah sounds good.

    Two ECL's in southern Tasman this week. I wonder if they will deliver some big NE than South swells with some stiff offshores.
     
  34. Peli89

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    I squeezed in a surf at flinders on Sunday. I was out for around 2 hours on the high, and the surf would have been a funky 3' or so. There were some fun rides coming through but it was hitting the reef not quite right.
     
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    Wow, how underwhelming was that ECL swell over the last 48 hours. Eastern subs didn't even get 3ft windslop... That was the least I was expecting.
     
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  37. Ted Harper

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    Agreed. We all expected better things from Sunday morning at Palm Beach but it was small, slow and ordinary and Saturday ended up the better of the two mornings there. At least it wasn't windy for the early as it looked like it might have been AND the pod of dolphins put on a good entertaining show too!
     
  38. Belly

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    Lots of pics of me surfing in the Telos.
    The good: the waves, 2 significant swells, the weather, surfed 8 different breaks, the company, the staff, the lodge, the locals, the fishing, the local cocktail, no significant reef encounters (just some grazes)
    The bad: tweaked my back early in the trip, sunburn, unseasonably bad weather late in the trip including a close encounter with a rather big tree, away for best part of 2 weeks with my first 4mth old baby, still suffering from a killer cold caught late in trip.
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    We gave our young bloke a Nixon (Ultratide) for xmas. Previously had Rip Curl for years. Rip Curl was good apart from the need to send away for battery replacement regularly. Can't say much about the Nixon as he's only had it 6 months, but all good so far. He likes the features etc.,
     
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  40. FourSquare04

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    Nice pics there Belly, looks very fun and playful.

    Back home here in Sydney and we now have a solid S swell marching up the coast after that beastly low gave us a nice dump of snow.

    Just did a morning drive by Curly & the home stretch and there were solid, long lines of swell marching in. Didn't look huge but in the vicinity of 4ft+ but I'm sure it will build further during the day.....looked VERY cold with a strong offshore blowing.....classic winter's day all round really :)
     
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    Our young bloke sent me this pic of him at Periscopes in Sumbawa this week.

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  42. Belly

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    See that's how you turn :)
    Looked at my pics and I'm like 5m in front of the curl before initiating a turn :)
    Still I'm pretty happy how I went, intermediate on the stick, f'n crook back... I was just like make the drop, bottom turn, trim the sections, check turn, go again ;)
     
  43. Zimboo

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    It's all good Belly.....................as long as your hav'n fun. Our young bloke has youth on his side..............for now. Glad that you enjoyed your Indo trip. Big waves coming in the next couple of days in Indo, young bloke preparing the 6'8.
     
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    Young bloke has moved west from Sumbawa today - looking for big lefts this week with new swell arriving.
    He just told me they he had a radical night last night at Lakey's.
    Couple of Indo doods (from Dompu - closest town centre) decided to raid a Lakey Restaurant (where he was eating) at gun point to make away with the $$$$.
    Shots fired, young bloke said he scrambled into a hut next door, Dompu doods make off with the winnings on scooter, with Lakey doods in hot pursuit with their own guns firing - the Indo grind just went up a level for young bloke.
     
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    A nice one coming through Wanda on sunday
     
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    Awesome pics and report Belly! I'm super jealous of the waves and the warm water.

    I surfed WP on saturday and i can tell you one thing - that water is COLD. i would say the coldest water i've ever surfed in... It burnt my hands as i hopped in.. That's probably the only reportable thing in what was an otherwise average surf.

    Sunday i surfed portsea but that was also a forgettable surf. But, it's always good to be in the water :)
     
  47. Belly

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    When I go back in 10 years with my son :) I'll be taking something like a 6'8" DP mid ranger.
    My 6'4" Sequel (approx 34 litres) was at its limits for the set waves in a few of the sessions, relative to my ability anyway.
    I rode the 6'2" fish (approx 37 litres) when the swell dropped and my back was caning but it was really just to feel that volume and get the wave count up.
    Really you're not going to surf in indo if it's barely waist so id just use the 5'10" Hypto in waist to head high or just over. The 6'4" in shoulder to double, and my gap was a mid-gun for when it was a comfortable double plus on the sets.
     
  48. parkmonkey

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    Well that was dumb
     
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    Saw that this morning ...why why why would you straight line it onto the breakwall.