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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 15-05-09

“SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE YESTERDAY”, a quote from the ledgendary surf flick Endless Summer seems appropriate for today’s report. When the travelling Americans arrived at Bells Beach in Victoria to find perfect one foot peelers rolling in the locals came up with the phrase “should’a been here yesterday!” Our scenes today at Park Beach and Gallows in Coffs Harbour, just on high tide show a lackluster half-metre swell struggling to break. At Parky, one surfer is sitting on his board looking patiently seaward while another, standing on his paddle boardoard tries in vain to attract the attention of the small swell. The only guy out at Gallows gave up and paddled to shore. Yesterday it seems was a completely different story, with tales emerging of epic sessions at many of our north coast beaches. With near perfect Autumn weather and …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 08-05-09

SWELL MAGNET, is a term used widely amoung surfers but what does it mean? Some swell magnets are beaches that face the direction of oncoming swells, others can be beaches that have a sand bank that creates surfable waves whatever the swell size. Checking my local this morning I was greeted with a two foot swell struggling to break on the high tide. I know there are good banks there but the swell was missing the mark. With a spectacular sunrise over perfect surf conditions this morning, I decided to check a few other spots and hit the jackpot. This bank in our pictures today was collecting all the swell around and coughing up some cracking shories for the early morning cew on hand. I’m sorry more specific location details cannot be given but maybe if you make the effort …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 18-04-09 What a week of waves we’ve had on the North Coast, when too many waves were barely enough. The swell has been consistently above one metre with light winds creating ideal conditions on most beaches. You only have yourself to blame if you haven’t been getting amongst the juicy morsels on offer. Today’s footage taken at Macauleys Headland Coffs Harbour around 10am is indicitive of the quality of waves over the past two weeks, one to one and a half metres of swell, light SE winds and stacks of ripable left and right handers spred along the beach. The blokes and chicks lucky enough to be on hand were revelling in the bright sunny conditions today, in contrast to rainy weather throughout the past two weeks. My advice is to drop what your doing and …

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NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 16-01-09

Crowds are usually the norm with summer surfing, but today at Diggers beach in Coffs Harbour around half past one we found two surfers enjoying some fun little right handers all to themselves. The swell was half to one metre from the NE, affected only slightly by a 10 knot easterly onshore breeze. All in all a perfect summer scenario for hanging out at the beach. Maybe it was due to the fact that the past week has been the best period of swell on the north coast for some months and surfers are getting choosey already. I think it proves that if you are vigilant about surf checks you will strike it lucky sometime. Conditions are forecast to cool off over the weekend with SE winds increasing in strength and the possibility of more swell on the way. Cheers, …

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NORTH COAST SURF 02-01-09

NORTH COAST SURF REPORT 020109 Rarely a day goes by when you just can’t find a wave on the north coast, today was one of those days. Although a strong southerly kicked in overnight the swell is not expected to increase until tomorrow afternoon. Todays shots were taken at Diggers Beach in Coffs Harbour on the incoming tide, with the micro groms excelling in the less than half metre waves. Great conditions for the learners today, as most surfers past up the chance of scoring any decent rides.Lets hope ’09 brings in better surf than the last couple of months of ’08 or we could all be spending more time with our therapist. The water temp at the moment is a bit fresh due to a couple of days of strong northerly winds creating an upwelling of deep cool waters. …

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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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