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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 19-12-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 19-12-08 What does a Formula 1 driver do on holidays? Go home and do a few quick laps around the backyard. How about an Olympic sprinter? Do they go home and run a few quick 100’s in the back yard? A professional longboarder? What does he do? Goes home and goes surfing that’s what. Our vision today shows local surfer Paul Schoulten, a top ten rated longboarder catching a few fun little righthanders at Macauleys Beach, one of his home breaks, with only a couple of other blokes out. Tough life for some. Today turned into an absolutely cracker of a summer day for the beach. A light five to 10 knot SE breeze, a half metre clean swell and temperatures in the thirties. Now this is beginning to feel like Christmas to me. Hope everyone …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 28-11-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 28-11-08 Today’s shots were taken at Gallows in Coffs Harbour around 9:30am. The swell has dropped overnight to one metre with the occasional bigger set wave, a 10 knot NNW wind fanned across the northern corner keeping wave faces pretty clean. With a couple of peaks to choose from the surfers in the water were enjoying some good left and right handers. Typical of this kind of setup, the wedgey left in the corner proves irresitable to most riders, even though more waves seem to be breaking a hundred metres down the beach. The usually compact take-off area in the corner creates a competive element to catching waves that the most experienced locals manage to take advantage of. You would think visiting and inexperienced surfers might find it less frustating, and improve their wave count paddling …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 14-11-08

ALL SURFERS HAVE STYLE, their own distinct style when riding a wave that is. Because surfing is a reaction to a moving mound of water, each of us adapts our body shape and movement in a individual way. Just like dancers on the dance floor, each reacting a little different to the beat of a song, a surfer can be clearly identifyied amongst a group in the water simply by style alone. Style, is defined by how you stand on the board, what position you hold hold your arms and whether you cruise or power into turns. What influences a surfer’s style is open to debate. I like to think that surfing is a style of dance, performed by subtle body movements and changes in weight ditribution. While surfing in Bali I witnessed a local surfer carve a truely magestic …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 31-10-08

NORT COAST SURF REPORT 31-10-08 “Should’a been here yesterday…” “It was go’n off its nut earlier….” “Just me and a mate out.” “Best its ever been….” These are some quotes surfers use when they know you missed it, and they scored fantastic uncrowded waves. It’s cruel behaviour, especially to other surfers, who likley share the same passion of turning up to find good surf happening and only a mate or two to share it with. I’m sure, some of these tales are a bit like the fishing stories of the big one that got away, some elements of truth to it, spread with liberal amounts of fantasy. Surfers are always on the search for that ellusive classic day, and sure enough if you fail to check the surf early ( ie: big night out), or have commitments you simply cannot …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 10-10-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 10-10-08 Rule of surfing 7C, Always have a back-up plan. As surfing relies heavily on conditions such as wind and swell, some days are just not worth the effort. Early today on the North Coast we had little or no wind and a messy one metre SE swell. Most beaches failed to produce any real surfable waves and when the wind increased from the north the situation looked dire indeed. Hence, the back-up plan. You may choose to work or play in an endeavour to make sense of the world without surfing, and if you have a good back-up it helps stop depression taking hold. Rule of surfing 2B, Always check conditions regulary. After a couple of hours of that north wind this morning, northern corners had a miraculous turn-a-round. By lunch time things had improved …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 03-10-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 3-10-08 Surf comps are fun, just ask all the groms and their families who travel around the country competing and learning what it might be like if you were world champ Kelly Slater. As Kelly is moving closer to his ninth world crown in Spain this week, around 150 young guns and their support crews have decended on Coffs Harbour’s Macauleys Beach for the Rip Curl grom search. Even though the northerly wind is strong enough to blow the proverbial dog of its chain, and the swell is as pint sized as some of the competitors, everyone on the beach sure looked pleased to be there. Today the young boys and girls attacked the small swell with gusto, ripping into copious slashing turns all the way to shore while mum, dad and crew hung out in …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 26-09-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 26-09-08 Size does matter, as well as the shape. As we charge head-long into our summer surf conditions, with ever changing wave types, the design of the surfboard you are riding will determine how much fun each session will be. We are now seeing much more variety in board design and size than ever before. Just take a look around you when next in the surf, you are likely to see young groms riding speedy competition models and the reborn mal riders on modern sleek designed nine footers. Also, the retro four finned fish design, based on the 70’s twin fins has huge popularity with the soul surfers, there everywhere. It’s not uncommon to see young chargers riding dads old single fin they found under the house, and of course the backpackers in surf school on …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 19-09-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 19-09-08 Surfing’s image has come a long way since the first boardriders broke away from the surf life saving clubs in the 1960’s. Then, they were looked upon as rebels and stigmatised as lazy freeloaders, enjoying their life riding waves at the beach as the rest of the nation worked to support their lifestyles. Today, surfing is mainstream, from the multi-national surfing companies supplying products to surfers and non-surfers around the globe, to pro-surfers competing on a world tour, through to the regular mums, dads and kids who gear their lifestyles around the surf. Society has embraced the surfing lifestyle with open arms. Over the past month the north coast has hosted a week long surfing festival and a grom cup competition, both attracting people from across the country, and overseas. A few years ago a …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 12-09-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 12-09-08 Practice makes perfect. When someone remarked to champion golfer, Gary Player that he was a good sand bunker shot-maker his reply was,” the funny thing is, the more I practice them the better I get”. Unlike golf, the surf conditions on any given day can be like chalk and cheese. So for surfers to fully enjoy the experience, like many other sports or past times, this requires practice even when the effort to fun ratio may be non-existent. Today’s surf footage taken at Gallows in Coffs Harbour at lunchtime today, shows a young surfer emerging from winter hibernation, catching a few lefthanders all on his own. With a strong noreaster blowing and a messy 1.5 metre swell not many thought it worth while. As the warm summer weather approaches, it will be the surfers who …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 15-08-08

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 15-08-08 It has been said that only a surfer knows the feeling. Anybody who has taken the plunge into the ocean knows otherwise, as that euphoric reaction envelopes your mind each time you submerge and resurface from the water. Admittedly, surfing on a board sure takes the participant to a higher level of that experince. When you think about it, waves are the result of wind blowing at strength, for a length time across the ocean’s surface. That energy then travels vast distances to the shorelines, where surfers jump aboard for the ride, sapping the energy from the wave as it rises up and charges landward to its journey’s end. You gotta feel sorry for those who have not shared in that experience. Todays pics, taken at Diggers beach around 10am shows a classic northcoast winter …

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