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Tuesday March 20 2012 01:52:24 AM
Created: Tuesday March 20 2012 01:52:41 AM
Modified: Tuesday March 20 2012 01:52:41 AM
Saturday May 8 2010 01:17:23 PM
Went out on a stunning Sydney Autumn afternoon with another mate, we're both amateurs/ man grommets which is why we chose a small day as our baptism at the bower. There were two paddle surfers, a guy riding a mal, a guy in a kayak and a Brazilian guy on a short board who was also out there for the first time and me and my mate on a fish 6'8"and epoxy 6'8' respectively.
It was just about bang on high tide, but you could tell it wasn't a very high high-tide, as the water mark was visible on the rocks on the point. (I've just checked the tide reading was 1.4m, and it can get up to 1.7m)
For high tide I was surprised how shallow the water was. This is also due to the fact that as it was so small, we just paddled from Shelley beach out through the break. I can't imagine that you would do this with any size about. In any case, we paddled out and I could touch the bottom easily where we were waiting for waves.
Finally a wave came through that hadn't been snaffled by one of the other longer more adapted surf craft to the conditions, and it was good quality. It was small but a clean little face to follow and presumably do something on if I knew how to surf well. We'd surfed North Steyne earlier in the day and the lines were so square with the Easterly swell that it was closing out perfectly, so this was a welcome change.
I caught two other nice mellow waves which were perfectly adapted to my level. The take off was very smooth with a shoulder and plenty of time to get up, relatively speaking. Generally the waves were very mellow as well.
Would be interested to surf again in slightly larger conditions to see where the waves break with a bit more size. Some of the rocks just jut out, 10 cm from the surface. I would probably consider a helmet if it was big next time, just to tick all the boxes of man grommetry....
The spot itself is breathtakingly beautiful and the paddle out past scuba and snorklers, with people walking by on the promenade, gives this spot a really unique feel. Shelley beach has the advantage of catching the very last rays of western sun as well. Manly gets dark about 15 minutes earlier due to the buildings and trees obstructing the light.
The unofficial language of Shelley beach is French by the way. It seemed every time I overheard anyone speak on the walk out there, it was in French. Vive la France!!
Created: Saturday May 8 2010 01:45:09 PM
Modified: Saturday May 8 2010 01:45:09 PM
Friday March 12 2010 06:30:00 PM
Best session at Manly. Wind finally turned off shore and the whole cove glassed off. Best part is no one was out. I guess it was the start of Oz football or something like that.
Created: Tuesday March 23 2010 02:29:45 AM
Modified: Tuesday March 23 2010 02:29:45 AM
Friday March 12 2010 09:00:00 AM
Windy onshore conditions bumped everything up and brought in the purple people eaters. More annoying than anything else. The blue bottles on the other hand left a scar on my wrest for a week.
Created: Tuesday March 23 2010 02:24:50 AM
Modified: Tuesday March 23 2010 02:24:50 AM
Thursday March 11 2010 11:00:00 AM
Bumpy, windy, and a ton of jellies... Nothing special at all.
Created: Tuesday March 23 2010 02:31:48 AM
Modified: Tuesday March 23 2010 02:31:48 AM
Friday May 30 2008 08:45:55 AM
Created: Friday May 30 2008 08:46:06 AM
Modified: Friday May 30 2008 08:46:06 AM
Friday March 14 2008 06:11:58 AM
Smal righthander from just south of the clubhouse which held up enough due to westerly winds to enjoy a 20sec waist high mal ride. THe tide dropped, flags went up and I went home.
Created: Friday March 14 2008 03:15:21 AM
Modified: Friday March 14 2008 03:15:21 AM
Wednesday January 2 2008 04:00:00 PM
Had a pretty good sesh out at N Curly, were a few people out, couldnt be bothered paddling out the back and waiting after a few heavy nights and sore arms from wakeboarding. Went the shorey (which was a bit out, kinda the normal break in 3' surf) and caught some good lefts. A few Close-out rights were there but the lefts went further. Had some sketchy takeoffs and got some nice rides. Problem with the Nrth swell is it drags you so far south you battle it all the time. Had a nice wipeout too, came down the face off a late takeoff, hit a fair bit of backwash and had smashed on the sandbank and rolled a few times. Sorry, no pics
Created: Wednesday January 2 2008 03:27:56 PM
Modified: Wednesday January 2 2008 03:27:56 PM
Sunday November 25 2007 10:00:00 AM
Sunday morning! Nice break, soft waves, totally crowded. No further comments!
Created: Tuesday November 25 2008 01:13:40 PM
Modified: Tuesday November 25 2008 01:13:40 PM
Friday November 23 2007 02:00:00 PM
We left Shelly Beach in the morning and made our way through masses of villages surrounding Sydney. Our decision was to go to Manly. Ken gave me that great hint to stay there with the camper van and explore Sydney by ferry. After 3-4 days next to flatness the promised swell hit the coast so I decided to catch some waves before going to the city - but prior to this there was another challange: Parking at the beach is a hassle. First there is no free lot and second You have a limited time to stay. As I wanted to surf for more than 30 minutes I left the car far away from the beach and took a walk down. The session was okay but the break was crowded. Friday afternoon was the wrong time to take a lonesome ride.
Created: Monday November 24 2008 01:08:45 PM
Modified: Monday November 24 2008 04:23:47 PM
Sunday June 10 2007 03:30:00 PM
The surf was going off when i was here on Saturday avo. It was a solid 4-6' with nice peeling waves coming through.
I stood on the beach (next to the showers) and looked at it for a while. It didnt look too good as it was in a bit of a lull, but as soon as i saw Tom Carroll (yes...the Tom Carroll! - he has his own quiksilver store about 5 mins away) take a great right hander smacking the lip the whole way, i knew it'd be good. Shame that was his last wave, he's a great surfer to watch!!
It was cranking!!
I took a couple out the back, which came all the way through to the shorey. Just as i was paddling out this massive set came through!! It was a solid 8'+!!! and just came thorugh and smashed most of the guys out the back...including some poor cunt losing his board when his leggie snapped!
I was a bit sick of paddling so i sat with one of the locals near the shorey, and took some more rights - just the 2 of us.
The sun slowly came down, and was time to head in. Was soooo bloody cold out of the water, had the heater on the whole way home to warm up my feet!!
Time for a new wetsuit!!
Created: Wednesday June 13 2007 07:20:33 AM
Modified: Wednesday June 13 2007 07:20:33 AM
Friday May 18 2007 04:00:00 PM
Went out around 4pm, was crowded as shit but i paddled down from North Curly down into Mid and found a nice bank with only a few guys around. Caught some great lefts, nearly got barrelled, but some prick on a bodyboard pushed the lip down on me!! Doesnt matter coz i picked up a nice little tube on a right hander the next morning! (South Curly for that one)
Created: Sunday May 20 2007 10:18:51 AM
Modified: Sunday May 20 2007 10:22:45 AM
Tuesday April 3 2007 07:44:42 AM
nog te doen
Created: Tuesday April 3 2007 07:45:49 AM
Modified: Tuesday April 3 2007 07:45:49 AM
Monday February 5 2007 06:39:15 AM
Created: Monday February 5 2007 06:39:52 AM
Modified: Monday February 5 2007 06:39:52 AM
Wednesday January 10 2007 10:30:00 AM
just afta a big southerly wind makin big swell. the strong southerly was making huge wedges starting wiv a huge ledge and very powerfull. wen the wind changed 2 offshore the bigger shore brakers started making it awsome
Created: Monday January 15 2007 08:31:29 AM
Modified: Monday January 15 2007 08:31:29 AM
Wednesday December 27 2006 09:20:00 AM
Had a great sesh out of Nrth Steyne and Queensie. Started with my cousin (whos a kook) and then paddle up to queensie to a nice left.
A nice alley oop was thrown after a massive snap on a great left which everyone let go at the end, which made me a happy camper!!
Pretty crowded, was gonna go to Dee why, but theres was a contest and more crowds there!!
Created: Wednesday December 27 2006 02:03:43 PM
Modified: Wednesday December 27 2006 03:24:08 PM
Thursday December 21 2006 05:00:00 PM
Had a great sesh out at curly, was 3-4' and pretty perfect!! Had about 3 good rides, 2 rights and a left, pulling a few airs and snaps and the odd reo.
Ended the sesh badly, going right on a shorey, and just after i got to the bottom of the wave, i hit this massive (2-3') backwash wave, pulled a 180 with a grab on my heel rail nearly perfecty. Just twisted my knee on landing and lay in the water laughing at myself until the pain kicked in.
A limp back to the car and the out to the Cross to see my borthers gig and cruise a couple bars with my mates.
Created: Friday December 22 2006 01:48:54 AM
Modified: Wednesday December 27 2006 01:40:33 PM
Wednesday December 13 2006 08:15:00 AM
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Created: Wednesday December 13 2006 09:19:54 AM
Modified: Wednesday December 13 2006 09:19:54 AM
Friday December 1 2006 06:41:26 PM
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Created: Friday December 15 2006 04:43:24 AM
Modified: Friday December 15 2006 04:43:24 AM