Summer Surf Thread 2016

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  1. nfip

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    Some interesting banter on SW forum thread about this......some people are saying that the whites are moving south as it warms up which would back up the huge explosion in shark sightings around Newcastle last Summer or the Summer before......the Stockton colony is swelling.....

    Remember last Summer @nfip that explosion in Sharks around Jervis Bay? That was pretty hectic
     
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    It's like Sharknado up the east coast of oz atm.
     
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    I think that was more of tourist hysteria.
    There is a colony of Bronze Whalers and a heap of Grey Nurse live in J Bay, as you'd expect.
    They're there every day only this sighting was a larger school of them in close & in prime time xmas / new year hols.
    Whats made that worse was being at Hyams Beach the sand is whitest in Sth Hemi or something like that so when they wandered past they stood out like dogs balls & the punters shat their pants.
    Was a total pita for Council & Lifeguards.
    We won't be back there this year on just about every level of practicality..
    Having said that nothing to stop a white or several snooping around as it's a big body of water and lotsa marine life in there and few creeks draining in also.
     
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    First surf in a while will be in the Port Stephens area at xmas - gulp ;) pardon the pun ;)
     
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    You're best friend will be Birubi beach/point but it is the northern end of Stockton = GW colony!
     
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    I probably surf there one-in-20, prefer One Mile stretch with morning light winds, northern end can hold a light NE'r but strictly 4WD material or a veeeery long walk ;)
     
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    Think I surfed there many years ago.
    My Auntie ran the PO at Anna Bay , we drove the 4wd down onto the beach and further South a few hunderd metres get away from the punters.
    My cuz was riding Harbour Line boards ? and good mates with Simon Law and part of that crew.
     
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    Been in the water with The Law a few times, can surf.
    Great crew up there. Think they're used to a turnover of faces. Like most places do the right thing and no worries.
    Back in the day the local lidders at Boxy used to get a bit narky but they were all bark ;)
     
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    One Mile great in S winds, when howling NE Birubi is almost offshore so keep that in mind for arvo sessions ;)

    Birubi can have excellent beachies and is a real magnet given its exposure too

    Or if you're willing to risk seeing a few scantily clad bodies, head over to Samurai which has good NE protection ;)
     
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    We used to go to NB every Xmas holidays for a good 10-15 years back over late 80's / early 90's

    I remember when Birubi was just a dirt track rounding the bend, no surf club and very isolated feeling.

    I also remember rounding that bend many a time and seeing perfect A-frames peeling off with very few in the water, gone are those days now given the population explosion of the area!
     
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    @FourSquare04 all good, I was talking about Samarui when I said 'northern', my parents moved up there 25 years ago so I'm a quasi local ;)
     
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    Box has a good wedge in NE swells but the local lids are all over it
     
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    FWIW my best sessions have been scratching around just north of middle rock in a genuine 2ft SE swell and light NW winds - need the right banks of course
     
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    Nice one @Belly won't be long before the men in grey suits take over that joint given the rate that they are moving south, keep your wits about you!
     
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    I used to lid, it was an outside lidder fighting with local lidders, til they realised I wasn't going anywhere
     
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    ever seen the fabled "One Mile Point" working? South corner peeling rights, only seen it a couple of times, needs a big cyclone NE/E swell with good sand so very rare
     
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    Yep, breaks pretty regularly really. Needs close to dead low tide. I don't think NE swell's get into the area that well with the various offshore islands, genuine E-SE swells are the go ;)
     
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    Ever seen it huge? Just keeps breaking further and further out, almost like a Noosa style setup when On!

    Also reminds me a bit of Bulls Paddock where the noah encounter was yest'y
     
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    Nah, like a comfortable 2ft going to 3ft on the bigger sets is all I've seen, but that size happens pretty regularly ;)
     
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    On a more 'on topic' note, looks like a relatively typical Summer style weekend coming up aka 1-2ft if we are lucky of NE windswell slop
     
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    Yep. And maybe some nice easterly dip action later next week going off the forecast.
     
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    Balmy 35 degs here atm.
    2 foot or so and farcall wind.
    Nice arvo to go get wet.
    Might just wander down the road with the SUP , cbf driving too far .
    See what happens when the Boss gets home from school and comes down to the Office ;)
    She will check it in the bus on the way past so no-where to hide.
    Might try sell the " it'll be good on my Mal ! " LOL
     
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    @nfip Molly looked a treat this morning. Southerly hit while we were having lunch in Merrimbula. Now kicking back in Eden
     
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    Aaaaah soooo !
    Just hit here as we go to press.
     
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    After a failure-to-surf yesterday due to the rubbish SE wind + low tide conditions, i got my summer surf season started this morning (had an hour in the water up at Barrenjoey early with the usual crew - I caught 18 ok waves and everyone else seemed to be getting a good haul too). Was nice and glassy, couple of feet on the sets, only our group in the water - the 1km walk from the carpark usually keeps the numbers down.

    There are some quite good looking banks up there now, which have just shaped up in the last week or so, and I would say should make for some good surfing around mid to high tide; not really enough water over them this morning around dead low tide when I was surfing, but they are attractively triangular.
     
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    This northerly wind ain't giving up, 43km/h this arvo was 50 yesterday, i got a new catamaran last weekend and got the trailer through rego a couple days back and its just been to strong to get it out for its first run, will try a morning next week but the wind is up right through to next weekend
     
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    What did you get ?
    I keep dreaming od getting a Hobie 16.
    Had a 14 & a Maricat years ago .......
     
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    I splashed out a little and got a hobie getaway same as these pics below, love the wing seats, 460kg capacity means 5-6 of us can get out on it but can be sailed single handed, has little esky style hatches built into each of the rotomolded hulls, i had a hobie 20 but it was such a light weight high powered boat and was on a crazy trailer that made it so hard to use (to much boat for my current inexperience and anything more than a slight breeze would have the hull flying) and it sat and did nothing for 18months so i sold it about a year ago and have been looking at smaller cats since
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    Once i get sailing a bit i'm keen to chuck boards and snorkle gear on that front tramp and sail out north/south straddie and moreton island
     
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    FARK ...that's ambitious from Byron !!!!!
     
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    Maybe not that ambitious (these guys did cape horn and the east coast of south america on hobie 21s, really cool vid), pretty keen to sail Byron to the goldie one day in the right conditions
     
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    I surfed over at Yorkes on the weekend. Surf was a really fun 3'. Maybe 4' on the sets through low tide. Very fun left and some fun rights. Summer 'crowds' are out in full force. I counted 28 people on this peak. Which is insane for this neck of the woods. Haha.
     
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    That is insane, last September had the place basically to myself!
     
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    Needs a few close encounters to thin out the warrior crowds
     
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    Start a rumour Peli .......;)

    I was asked on Saturday when was the last shark sighting , which I answered honestly "Wednesday ".
    The look of disbelief was / is always priceless , then it's the question "are you serious ? ".
    Yes mate , up the middle of the Beach......
     
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    The local board riders up here pushing shark tourniquet to be at every beach and for people to have the knowledge and skills to use them, the thing is i won't put experienced surfers off surfing just the white water warriors
     
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    Bummer, E/NE swell source not looking likely to influence mid to south NSW coasts @Belly

    Looks like we are in for another round of dreaded S swells this weekend, swell is good at this time of the year just not from the south!
     
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    Looks like summer has sprung, haven't surfed since Friday and that was tiny longboard stuff at Freshy.
     
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    No harness :eek:
     
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    I went for an attempted early yesterday to make up for turning my nose up at the rubbish on offer on Saturday early and after Sunday was moderately ok. Spent 15 minutes looking at North Palm Beach (even up to Barrenjoey with the handy dandy telescope I keep in the car for just this purpose), friend who had suggested the surf arrived and we both decided it simply wasn't surfable. So I only managed 1 surf from 3 attempts on the weekend and yesterday. Couldn't bring myself to go for a look this morning, which probably means it is great (sigh).
     
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    Yep, blocked ;) but good south swell for this weekend, head up to the lower mid-North ;)
    PS been busy :)