Watch: Texas wavepool massacre

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

This clip was sent to me while applying a new wax job to a spanking seven-oh pintail in preparation for a drought-breaking point session. It's been a while, anticipation is running high, so as good as this clip appears I'm not really feeling it, if you know what I mean.

Still, looks good, perhaps the best, the most relatable, wave pool clip yet.

Ahh, I don't even know what that means, or even what the past week of wave pool madness will amount to, but it was gusting 60 knots off Gabo Island early this morning and I've already spent far too long typing this intro.


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simba commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 3:10pm

For some reason this setup looks more fun than Kellys.........maybe its the nuclear green water?


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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 4:37pm

Pool Rules are No Pool Rules (Wild West Texas)
1) Kooks trail your loose board back thru lineup
2) Chix paddle back thru impact zone.(Girl just lost 2 lives after that last ride) Saved by Edit.
Imagine the carnage with bodysurfer coming thru or a mid air smack down on chick's back.

Every aspect of surfing will be amplified good & bad... No escaping that.
I'm guessing 10 x cameramen & selfie stick for each rider as well.
'Waco Hospital Flowrider Wing already constructing Wave Pool triage unit'.Take care dudes!

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John Eyre commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 11:07pm

Hello...Truebluebasher... can i ask you where did you write before you joined up to swellnet? write some fascinating stuff....for real....funny, witty and quirky information to boot....all rhymed and poetry like...

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Älskarhavet commented Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 7:22am

I agree John Eyre, although I don’t understand all he writes!
He must be a fast typer, or have a lot of time on his hands. Either way, interesting comments and knowledgeable it seems. (Unchecked by me).
Yeah...where’d this writing come from? I like it, refreshing!

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daisy duke kaha... commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 5:17pm

3:40 - Kelly spying from the shorebreak

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tsunalu commented Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 5:29pm

Over thinking it. Beats a skate park hands down.

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 5:30pm

Happy Mothers day to all Swellnet Mums...

Note: Sorry to Stu/ Texas Tea crew ... Massacre continues beneath..

Reply- Contains selfish list of Truebluebasher Study Papers. (Please ignore or delete)
Thanx guys & John your devotion to history & civics thru storytelling is epic. I am a fan!
Honestly Stu's excellent articles just get better+ All Swellnet writers are equally as good.

Unearthing local anomalies fuels endless compassion to the cause! For me anyway!
1976 Sex Pistols."Your Future Dream is a Shopping Scheme"(Insanely insightful).
1978 Razar: "So I wanna warn ya...Support your Local Band". (Major Songline influence).
1984 Countdown/MTV/Tribute bands had white anted the local scene = One of Us One of us

1981-83 First GC Punk band.(Social Cancer)
1st GC Mowhawk = Public Enemy No.1 resulted in several Murder attempts from evil doers.
Also the Punk DJ/ Walking encyclopedia(Songlist/Charts/etc. Punkzine was in pipeline).
Punk married the Goth Chick so on.
1995- 2000 Co wrote Local Merrimac News letter/Awarded for GC Green Heart Name.
Research Papers: 'Invisible City" earned a Double Page spread in Bully + " Pods In Paradise"
Invisible City echoed demise of Nostalgic Gold Coast Glitter Strip during video age. 1984 on!

Forever since writing to Newspaper Eds/Ministers/Committees.
eg.'Centralization & stalling of Public/Transit in South East Qld Cities'(1980's decline)
GC just added 45 mins to a cross city journey. Plans for 1 hr extra timetable to coastline.
Games fans recall 100,000/day decaying on trams had no time for a pale ale in Ghost Town.
Govt/Council are slowing our Tourist spend/jobs to cocoon upzoned G- Link acquisitions.

Histories in Libraries:
Monumental Idol/Waves of Seafarers - Saltwater Surf Rescues 1820-1900
Brochure + Compendium... (Soon wish to update Brochure with more rescues).

1791 Discovery of Moreton Bay/Navigation of White Bay (Precedes Flinders 1799)
Presented Study paper/Postcard companion Sketches of same early Qld Surfing Scenes.

GC Skateboarding history + Qld/GC Roller Skating Rink histories

Swellnet lends us to space to inform surfcivic updates eg: South Straddie/Spit Master Plan
Maybe 2019? GC Surfing History... Also as free brochure.
Clever folk can source GC surf history exclusive to Swellnet's Straddie/Breakwater series.

My priority is my own town of Reedy Creek history so far neglected...Should be doin it now!
But i'm Knee deep in First Wave/Wipeout/Bodysurfer or a Burley Barrelometer.

Finish with Big Ticket civic Examples: Compare these 2 NEWS Headlines.
a) Gold Coast is The 6th Biggest City in Australia... GC Mayor loses out again on handouts.

b) OZ Regional Capital Gold Coast Mayor scoops Lion's share of Regional Funding.

Disclaimer: My wife ran for Mayor in 2000. Our Alternative..b) Is never ever considered.

$2b GC Commonwealth Games host wins: (a) Royal Charter(b) Lord Mayor(C) Royal Show.
How about none of the above! ( Make your wish at our ever flowing fountain of fools Gold).
Ugly fairytale ending of pure Social Punk ethos with a twist of Nostalgic bent.

PS: Our history was written by men. Few realize in this century Women are the historians.
Their contribution is awe inspiring & attention to detail is bewildering...delving deeper.
Girly stuff they leave lying about is to die for..."This raft and those waves"...What! & What?
Countless times I stumble upon a Study Paper onto another field & so on...You Go Girls!

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rooftop commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 7:30am

Wavepools will become an unremarkable part of the surfing landscape pretty soon, and haters like me will seem quaint.

But regardless of their relationship to ocean surfing's core culture, I'm confident wavepools will boost both elite and amateur performance through three factors:

1. Immediate feedback and correction. Didn't hold your rail long enough in that turn? Stalled for the tube too late? Watch the replay, rinse, repeat. The only variable is you.

2. Consistent conditions allowing a replicable environment, thus targeting specific skills. If you want to work on your floaters, there may be only one floater opportunity for every three ocean waves. And you may only get 10-20 waves in a session. That's five or six floaters. In a wavepool you can do 50 floaters today, 50 floaters tomorrow, and 50 floaters every day after that until you can do it blindfolded and switchfoot on a board covered in lube.

3. Accurate feedback on equipment. Maybe I'm completely wrong on this one, but I've always mistrusted the supposed ability to judge the physics of a board by its performance underfoot in a complex, shifting ocean where no two waves are the same. I suspect the wavepool has the potential to provide an ideal testing ground which eliminates many of the variables of the ocean by allowing people to perform the same manoeuvres on exactly the same wave on two different boards only minutes apart.

I'd take the ocean over the wavepool any day, but if one opened near me I'd be there for a couple of days each season to focus on my problem areas, bust through some performance barriers and better understand my boards.

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 8:59am

Eyes glazed over before too long into that clip. No denying it will catch on. School holiday "training camps" anyone?

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spencie commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 5:09pm

Ah! The sweet small of chlorine!

Still looks fun though.


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dangerouskook2000 commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 8:53pm

I think it needs more chlorine.

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SoCal Steve commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 4:29am

Both Kelly's wave and this wave look fun. I'm not picky for being deprived.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 2:50pm

rooftop/GuySmiley...Surfing Australia CEO only just quit to join WSL.
Top secret Mission to develop Australia's 1st WSL training centre levering KSWP technology .
You guys are either spies or have applied for [POSITION VACANT] CEO Surfing Australia.

Apologies again for the sidetrack! Big thanx for kicking on... rooftop/GuySmiley & all...

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udo commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 5:20pm

Cool clip on there insta of what a Grommet thinks
Young Fella Cruzdinofa rips.

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shoredump commented Saturday, 2 Jun 2018 at 6:56am

Pool down till June 16. Must be having some issues....

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