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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Newcastle - The Groper

Australia, NSW, Newcastle

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 Access

well you go to nobby's beach (if you don't know how to get there you are a idiot) and it is straight out to your right.

English (Translate this text in English): well you go to nobby's beach (if you don't know how to get there you are a idiot) and it is straight out to your right.

English (Translate this text in English): well you go to nobby's beach (if you don't know how to get there you are a idiot) and it is straight out to your right.

English (Translate this text in English): well you go to nobby's beach (if you don't know how to get there you are a idiot) and it is straight out to your right.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name groper

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

well when you jump of the rocks raedy to paddle out watch for sea urchins as i've steeped ona few myself. just leave your car at nobb's it is pretty safe there.how to surf is pretty easy when you get to become familiar with it it starts off with a surge and you go forward for about 10 metres then it sucks up into a hollowist wave it is quite good.

English (Translate this text in English): well when you jump of the rocks raedy to paddle out watch for sea urchins as i've steeped ona few myself. just leave your car at nobb's it is pretty safe there.how to surf is pretty easy when you get to become familiar with it it starts off with a surge and you go forward for about 10 metres then it sucks up into a hollowist wave it is quite good.

English (Translate this text in English): well when you jump of the rocks raedy to paddle out watch for sea urchins as i've steeped ona few myself. just leave your car at nobb's it is pretty safe there.how to surf is pretty easy when you get to become familiar with it it starts off with a surge and you go forward for about 10 metres then it sucks up into a hollowist wave it is quite good.

English (Translate this text in English): well when you jump of the rocks raedy to paddle out watch for sea urchins as i've steeped ona few myself. just leave your car at nobb's it is pretty safe there.how to surf is pretty easy when you get to become familiar with it it starts off with a surge and you go forward for about 10 metres then it sucks up into a hollowist wave it is quite good.

Atmosphere

groper is hell as i said the surge to the wave is amazing it produces the biggest air bowl at end of wave the atmosphere is great everybody on the beach just watches you unleash on the wave it rocks on.

English (Translate this text in English): groper is hell as i said the surge to the wave is amazing it produces the biggest air bowl at end of wave the atmosphere is great everybody on the beach just watches you unleash on the wave it rocks on.

English (Translate this text in English): groper is hell as i said the surge to the wave is amazing it produces the biggest air bowl at end of wave the atmosphere is great everybody on the beach just watches you unleash on the wave it rocks on.

English (Translate this text in English): groper is hell as i said the surge to the wave is amazing it produces the biggest air bowl at end of wave the atmosphere is great everybody on the beach just watches you unleash on the wave it rocks on.

General

personally i think it is the best spot in newy (even better than Harbour,pilo's,moon island) it is a great surfing spot.

English (Translate this text in English): personally i think it is the best spot in newy (even better than Harbour,pilo's,moon island) it is a great surfing spot.

English (Translate this text in English): personally i think it is the best spot in newy (even better than Harbour,pilo's,moon island) it is a great surfing spot.

English (Translate this text in English): personally i think it is the best spot in newy (even better than Harbour,pilo's,moon island) it is a great surfing spot.

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By Tate , 05-03-2009

New vs old - 25 years ago things were alot different. Yes things have changed at the groper. It doesn't have the ability to hold BIG stuff any more. I've surfed it over 300-500 times between 1975 and 1988 and had some awesome sessions there. Surge rock used to handle up to 8ft, with 30mtrs of barrel section after an elevator shaft take-off. Me and a couple of mates had the place sussed to the point where no waves went unridden and if you were not in our crew... forget about it. It was definately newys answer to shark Island. Now the place is crawling with lids.. so I've fucked off to Tassie. Adios old friend, you young dudes commenting now have got no idea. This place was epic.

By Anonymous , 24-06-2006

idiot - yo habib that pic is of shark island not groper and that is my mate NOT YOU YA TERRIST

By Elf , 06-06-2006

What happened to it? - The Groper used to be a great wave when it was on, depending on swell direction and tide, it could break well from 3 to 8ft+. On a big southerly swell, The Groper and Merewether were often the only two waves in the city holding it and it could also hold up nicely in a moderate to large north swell. But somethings happened out there, it always breaks shit on a big swell now and only ever seems to hold a short 2ft suck on the reef.

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