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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Fripples - Happy gilmour

Australia, NSW, Newcastle

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walk around the cliffs at south newy for about 25 mins till you reach the second of two coves(next to susan gilmour)or got to susan gilmour and walk around to the next cove

English (Translate this text in English): walk around the cliffs at south newy for about 25 mins till you reach the second of two coves(next to susan gilmour)or got to susan gilmour and walk around to the next cove

English (Translate this text in English): walk around the cliffs at south newy for about 25 mins till you reach the second of two coves(next to susan gilmour)or got to susan gilmour and walk around to the next cove

English (Translate this text in English): walk around the cliffs at south newy for about 25 mins till you reach the second of two coves(next to susan gilmour)or got to susan gilmour and walk around to the next cove

DistanceIn the city

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name fripupia cove, fripples

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Sharks
- Nudist colony (France only!)

 Additional Information

this spot is pretty ordinary most of the time but when u catch it good its heaps fun.Good 4 the lidders, swell comes in slowly and just hits up on the bank into a shore break kinder wave and throws over into a heavy tube. The take off is fast and if u can make it down the lip u can pill into some nice barrels. Just remember to pill of before you get close to the big rocks.

English (Translate this text in English): this spot is pretty ordinary most of the time but when u catch it good its heaps fun.Good 4 the lidders, swell comes in slowly and just hits up on the bank into a shore break kinder wave and throws over into a heavy tube. The take off is fast and if u can make it down the lip u can pill into some nice barrels. Just remember to pill of before you get close to the big rocks.

English (Translate this text in English): this spot is pretty ordinary most of the time but when u catch it good its heaps fun.Good 4 the lidders, swell comes in slowly and just hits up on the bank into a shore break kinder wave and throws over into a heavy tube. The take off is fast and if u can make it down the lip u can pill into some nice barrels. Just remember to pill of before you get close to the big rocks.

English (Translate this text in English): this spot is pretty ordinary most of the time but when u catch it good its heaps fun.Good 4 the lidders, swell comes in slowly and just hits up on the bank into a shore break kinder wave and throws over into a heavy tube. The take off is fast and if u can make it down the lip u can pill into some nice barrels. Just remember to pill of before you get close to the big rocks.

Atmosphere

pretty good atmospher u stare at giant cliff with people watchiong u from the rocks above

English (Translate this text in English): pretty good atmospher u stare at giant cliff with people watchiong u from the rocks above

English (Translate this text in English): pretty good atmospher u stare at giant cliff with people watchiong u from the rocks above

English (Translate this text in English): pretty good atmospher u stare at giant cliff with people watchiong u from the rocks above

General

good fun spot nice wedge that bounces of the wall ans sucks pretty hard making a pretty heavy barrel u can come out of.The cove needs to be bigger because u find yourself near the rock walls pretty often.Dont know if its sharky though because some guy was tellin my mate bull sharks come in there a fair bit.

English (Translate this text in English): good fun spot nice wedge that bounces of the wall ans sucks pretty hard making a pretty heavy barrel u can come out of.The cove needs to be bigger because u find yourself near the rock walls pretty often.Dont know if its sharky though because some guy was tellin my mate bull sharks come in there a fair bit.

English (Translate this text in English): good fun spot nice wedge that bounces of the wall ans sucks pretty hard making a pretty heavy barrel u can come out of.The cove needs to be bigger because u find yourself near the rock walls pretty often.Dont know if its sharky though because some guy was tellin my mate bull sharks come in there a fair bit.

English (Translate this text in English): good fun spot nice wedge that bounces of the wall ans sucks pretty hard making a pretty heavy barrel u can come out of.The cove needs to be bigger because u find yourself near the rock walls pretty often.Dont know if its sharky though because some guy was tellin my mate bull sharks come in there a fair bit.

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By melancholic , 01-05-2006

Real or just legend - The story goes, around 60 years ago? a Killer whale & a white pointer battled for 2 days bellow the old water tower on Cooks Hill(Happy Gilmour). I think it was reported in the Newcastle Herald (do some homework). Imagine that with a few biscuits thrown in?????. Snap crackle pop.

By Man , 14-09-2005

Fripple - Pretty good beach. Not much for wave but has decent rocks to jump off and there is a pretty sic blowhole. Never seen any sharks there but there may be some,. On the whole its a pretty good beach

By anonymous , 23-06-2005

- my mate has the best footage of fripples..it was backwashing like a bitch....yer there are sharks out there...there are bull sharks...the first time i went to fripples i walked past bogie hole and there were 4 bull sharks sittin in there and then afta we hopped out from frips this old bloke told us he saw a bunch of bull sharks sittin just off the rocks where we were surfin

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