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zambezi started the topic in Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 at 6:04am

Has the heaving left hander which breaks off the tip of West Island on the Fleurieau Peninsula ever been surfed ? I've heard stories of Wayne Lynch surfing it back in the 70's and Tom Carroll in more recent times. Can anyone confirm this ?

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thermalben commented Sunday, 4 Mar 2012 at 11:11am

Ahh.. I remember this Numbskulls gig well too - one of the first for my band (Rash), which was incidentally the presentation night for South Coast Board Riders ('94-ish?). I don't think The Anchorage has been the same since!

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lpt commented Sunday, 4 Mar 2012 at 11:49am

@ Thermal- the team photo posted is from that day, it was actually Parson's where the shoot was conducted.

Photos from the day would be scattered, but the bloke who would probably have some is Tommy V- reckon they were still on the wall when he took over Big Surf.

And that show at the Anchorage was SCBR end of year preso, and not only has the Achorage not been the same but there's quite a few groms that also haven't been the same since that night.................................

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thermalben commented Sunday, 4 Mar 2012 at 12:13pm

Wasn't that another PP photo shoot, taken a couple of years later? I remember there being pics looking into the inside lefthand barrel at the Bay (which would be impossible to get at Parsons without a water shot). If I recall correctly, I reckon Tommy was in that shoot (can't see him in that pic above?).

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mundies commented Sunday, 4 Mar 2012 at 3:32pm

I have an Advertiser article of the PP team riders at Seaford after one of those industry team challenge days, would be early 90's also. I'll try and dig it up. I know someone posted this before, but how do you attach pics? Gotta do it through an app or something?

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thermalben commented Sunday, 4 Mar 2012 at 4:19pm

Mundies, the image has to be hosted somewhere on the web (ie Facebook, Imageshack etc). Grab the URL of the image. Then click the little square button above the text entry box, and it'll post this:

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Then replace the "http://" in the middle of the tags with the full URL of the image.

The image should then appear in your post.

Don't worry - we know this is a painful system, and we hope to have something more user-friendly ASAP (along with a raft of other improvements!)

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fraser-gordon commented Sunday, 4 Mar 2012 at 9:03pm

@victor I don't think Lovell surfed for P.P although he told me he got one of the first thrusters off Andy because Sid wouldn't make one.Andy's got those photo's of the bay sesh photog's name is Greg Adams a.k.a Lester.Funny thing about the preso is how did Curlos end up winning?Fox's orange pants and someone throwing their second place trophy in the sea at the pines only to be washed up the next day and be handed in.

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thermalben commented Monday, 5 Mar 2012 at 10:51am

That's it! Greg Adams.

How about that perennial bank at Day Street back in the early 90's, FG? Seems every time I popped into the factory you fellas were out there. Never saw it any good meself.

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garry-weed commented Monday, 5 Mar 2012 at 6:32pm

TC or Wayne Lynch were'nt at the Aussie's in '75.
The day it was held at Kings was in stormy junk and I seem to remember Peter McCabe's board getting sucked over in that direction.No leggie's back then.
Peter Winter has super 8's of the contest.
If Wayne(Lynch) surfed it then Wayne Dale would certainly know about it.
BTW that photo of PT is on the smaller day.He's riding a small-wave fish that he mainly rode at Middleton.

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zambezi commented Monday, 5 Mar 2012 at 7:29pm

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old-dog commented Monday, 5 Mar 2012 at 8:15pm

Geez,my memory must be more rooted than I thought, Surely I wasn't a total kook in 75 cause only 3 years later I was in the Aussie titles myself at 10'+ Margaret river and then South Point and didn't completely disgrace myself.
garry weed,if you are actually Gerry Wedd then I must believe everything you say,if not then perhaps your memory is also sus.So what year do you reckon we all started drilling holes in our fins and tying cords to our ankles,I may be way out but I would have said 72 or 73 but perhaps they weren't allowed in contests for a few more years..Were you at the 75 titles and have you seen gudges super 8 footage? Don't just tease us,give us the lowdown.This thread has really got me thinking about the good old days but the old filing system aint what it used to be.
With Wayne Lynch I may have been thinking of the first 4 Point Pro in 76 when he beat Gerry Wedd in a close final? Also what are your memories of the Dump on the big day?
I remember TF doing a lot of arm waving and body torqueing at Dribs and it seemed to help him get speed on the flat walls. I also remember crew riding all the way from out the back to the beach in the white water doing body spasms for turns.Strong NW winds and long lefts coming towards the point for days on end and nancy boy PT on pink board dancing all over the place.

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thermalben commented Monday, 5 Mar 2012 at 8:20pm

hey old-dog: "I remember TF doing a lot of arm waving and body torqueing at Dribs and it seemed to help him get speed on the flat walls."

Actually, I've seen hundreds of guys do lots of arm waving and body torqueing at Middleton, and they were still as shithouse as ever.

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fraser-gordon commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 9:42am

Thermal still happens from time to time still under the radar for the most part.Hows all the flooding in the murray darling basin over the past [email protected] old dog Lovell's been telling me about the Margs Aussie titles reckons he was shitting [email protected] hey got any memories about a contest held at Ysteps 5ka?Zoe reckons he stitched one Gerry Wedd up on his home turf.Great photos zambezi keep them coming.

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victor commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 10:56am

y-steps------HANG FOUL PRO AM......? weasel has footage of margs....kym 'fucus' buckby on a absolute bomb.... his wave looked 15ft back then........what happened to harley major the dudrager.......?

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garry-weed commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 2:50pm

Definitely no leggies in '75 contest and never a contest at Y steps. Had there been, Squizzy or Wart would have won it.It was big at the Dump.I've never seen it surfed bigger. Ron Ford should have won the thing.It was the contest most famous for MP catching cabs both ways from the airport to Middleton and back when he was deemed too late to enter.

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fraser-gordon commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 3:23pm

Snailo won seniors yeah? I reckon Hughie would of given wart or squiz a run out at y steps.4ft waves at the pines was the call at 75 titles thats a fair solid swell.

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mundies commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 8:33pm

Not really sure if this is going to work but here goes... If it doesnt then I wont be able to post for 24 hours anyway, annoying little glitch that one...

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mundies commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 8:54pm

why is the image so small?!?

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 9:32pm

Not sure Mundies.. that's just the size they appear to be saved at.

Classic pics though - I remember them all really well (I'm in the second shot, middle row far right).

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 9:44pm

Looks like you linked to the small images. Here's the bigger sizes:

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 9:47pm

And.. that's Lee Stacey! (second image, middle row, fourth from left). Couldn't have been much more than 14 or 15 years old. If I recall correctly I actually picked him up from Middleton that day and ferried him back to the Mid for the comp.

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 at 9:49pm

Is that you Mundies up next to Murf?

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mundies commented Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 at 8:00am

Thanks for that Ben. Yes thats me in the hoodie to the left of Murf. Classic day, I only found this article after 20 years over last Xmas when my parents were cleaning out their attic... I've got a couple of fleurieu surf shots from back then but the quality is terrible..

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 at 4:09pm

Yeah, I'm gonna have to go digging through the archives soon too!

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old-dog commented Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 at 5:39pm

Sorry to interupt the power slug appreciation society but those shots of shark alley were epic, I only ever surfed the end section a few times and was floating like a lost turd,each set broke somewhere different and it was hard to line up,we would look across at those barrels and wonder.Jet skis sure make it easy and open more options.surely that crew must have popped around to West Island and whipped into a few.It almost looks like a poor mans indicators. Keep the crew shots coming they are classic.

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lpt commented Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 at 8:55pm

What about the bottom photo of the finalists of the clearwater classic? Second from right being the 'the Hog' Luke H-S

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fraser-gordon commented Friday, 9 Mar 2012 at 9:20am

@lpt yeah what about the cat to the right of Horlo ?

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lpt commented Friday, 9 Mar 2012 at 10:21am

@ fraser gordon- to the right looking at the photo? That would be son of Lumpy

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dylan commented Friday, 9 Mar 2012 at 10:22am

Leif Foster, lumpy's son as lpt said

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thermalben commented Friday, 9 Mar 2012 at 10:27am

I think FG was referring to the fella on Horlo's right :) haha

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lpt commented Friday, 9 Mar 2012 at 11:45am

that peanut, that guys a crab!

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dylan commented Friday, 9 Mar 2012 at 12:36pm

yeah Ben wondered about that. Lee would have been only 13-14 in 92 he is the same age as me and we were all in micro groms together

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angrybrigade commented Friday, 9 Mar 2012 at 4:28pm

a wave to add to the south coast pantheon: DSL! Discuss...

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fraser-gordon commented Saturday, 10 Mar 2012 at 10:07am

Complete myth

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jeff-schmucker commented Monday, 12 Mar 2012 at 7:21pm

hey you fellas...after reading this and lookn at the pics i can understand how come you all never moved to the westcoast and why we got a type of crew from adl that have similar feelings about crowd paranoia over the years(i think they ran and are still running? somewhat from society?maccas?KFC?big brother?sth road traffic lights?...dunno juz a theory)they should chill and get pitted at their nirvana!....well as you guys have had the odd dream about a trip west, i and josiah have had the odd sleepless night about goin east, after all we are all surfers inspired by the search one way or the other. Now i might add that thru some help from some good friends in adl these trips havnt been fruitless and have supplied barrels and flawlesness that we all dream about.... Which brings me to the fluerieu...hmmmm....I will surf before i die a flawless wave which breaks down there very occasionally and i know that you dont know about it because the last time it broke there were 3 guys out and it was smokn for 2 days...which means i know of a wave in your backyard that is sik and worth drivn from streaky to surf....these are the waves that i have been chasing around the planet and some of them you wont see any photos cos them 3 or 5 guys are pretty damm cool when you get there....moral of the surf story is to "do ya homework"....our parents always told us it'd pay off!!....i believed em anyways!!

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lpt commented Monday, 12 Mar 2012 at 7:59pm

@ J-S, you have a big kink in your alter ego armour. The moment you said Schmucker & implied undocumented the gig was up.

Don't have sleepless nights about coming east to surf the flawless perfection, we would be more than happy to share a tow session with you at flawless lefthander known as 'The Bay'

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jeff-schmucker commented Monday, 12 Mar 2012 at 8:31pm

one thing is for sure you werent one of the guys out there....this is one of the longest forums on swellnet and before you came on here there was no aggro?? hows that? i'm cumn and i dont have alter-post-present-or past ego syndromes....no time for that....i think its unfair if i cant comment on here according to meatheads like you as i have accomadated all you fellas comn over west over the years and have enjoyed the brand of surfing you brought...josh lock...tuggy...mark foster...maggots....AB...dion....clayton-jarrod...brucey martin...you know what?? we have had it comn from lincoln for years too...imagine or you have already heard about mini lincoln at cactus....gv me a break or talk some truth otherwise you will get laughed at bruz!!......if you out the same camp as HRH BIG WAYNE book a ticket, glad to accomadate ya there too...schmuk and undocumented do exist....i'm saving that for the retirment book when you and your kids(if they are smart) dont give a hoot.

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lpt commented Monday, 12 Mar 2012 at 10:27pm

@ JS- Sorry it lapsed that this isn't real life and stuff, and I now know where i went wrong- I'll re edit for you

'Don't have sleepless nights about coming east to surf the flawless perfection, we would be more than happy to share a tow session with you at flawless lefthander known as 'The Bay':)

Do you see the subtle difference?

And can you pin point the aggro? Was it the lack of smiley faces, that you took as an affront to your masculinity :)

Or will you now find the number of question marks presented in this post offensive?

Maybe I'll need to sub question marks for smiley faces, to stop a full blown intercoast forum battle from exploding? shit sorry that should've been:)

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jeff-schmucker commented Monday, 12 Mar 2012 at 10:36pm

ur forgiven....wheres the bay?? or you payn me out?

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fraser-gordon commented Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 at 1:47pm

@jeff hey I was fucked at homework more info on this wave down here left?right? both?I'm frothing heard someword of a bommie a while ago facing west

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hoppy commented Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 at 1:57pm

back to the 75 comp. I seem to have a vague recollection [i was only 15] of a story or poem ran in tracks about the dribbleton balls up [this was the title] I reckon it mentioned the m.p. incident and crew wanting it shifted to kings and i think there was mention of reno abbilera and maybe lopez surfing the west island left, don't know if tracks has an archive site but that may be helpful if so.

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amb commented Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 at 2:28pm

@hoppy.."the middleton balls up must go on ...doo dah doo dah"..sung to the "Camp town races 5 miles long" tune.

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jeff-schmucker commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 7:21am

haha frazer you new gen of kids have no sense of adventure....i aint givn up no more on this one until i had my fill of pits out there!!! haha yeeeeow might be gd this week

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Craig commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 7:35am

Wouldn't be off the Pages or there abouts Jeff? Heard there's a bit of a white colony out there but.

Interesting to hear there's a wave you'll drive east for to surf around the Fleurieu but!

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 8:02am

An epic, unknown wave on the Fleurieu, worthy of an eight hour drive?

Methinks Jeff's having a lend of everyone.

We all know he's really talking about the secret spot 'Rafters' on the Nullabor that someone published on WannaSurf around ten years ago. That's the spot where you surf into the caves beneath the cliff.

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jeff-schmucker commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 9:17am

bermalthen??? that was the lamest attempt to divert the attention from the topic at hand!!!....maybe there would have been 4 guys out if you were in the state coz i juz checked your diary and i see that you were in sydney on the said date of the last pumping session and i mean PUMPING and i'm beginning to think you know that i know that i know!! ps. eight hr?? try 11 by the time ya get the ski in the water....oh and craig i think you missed it?? "A wave" that jeff will drive to?? i been drivn east thru port agutta with the ski a few times now for the last 3-1/2 years. drivn back thru pt agutta with a smile and a lil piece of the holy grail on the dash each time too i mite add!!

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 9:42am

Jeff, I think ya got the wrong peninsula. I reckon I know the wave you're talking about (you've told me before), and it's nowhere near the Fleurieu Peninsula.

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jeff-schmucker commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 12:01pm

now i know u dnt know brother!! yeeeeow....u gotta pay more than $40 for the WOTD shot of this one tho??!!

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barley commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 1:17pm

can the real jeff shmux please put this douche out of his misery. He obviously has an infatuation obsession.careful swellnet and thermalben you are next!!!

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old-dog commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 5:37pm

Im not naming any names but there is one reef break on the South coast that on it day can hold stand up barrels and do a fair impression of Backdoor pipe,there was a spread of it on swellnet or coast watch a while back on a semi day,surely Schmucker isnt referring to this place .On a big clean swell when all the planets align etc etc it can hold some serious size and not many crew are too keen to get the living daylights flogged out of them ,not to mention the walk and hill.With a ski it could be an option on big swells.
Either that or hes having a lend of us.

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 at 5:47pm

I know where you're talking of old-dog, and whilst it's a pretty insane wave - when it breaks, that is - there are many equivalents over west (not sure where you'd launch a ski from though..).

Jeff's surfed every west coast break in its prime a thousand times over. I just can't imagine anywhere between the cape and the mouth that would even be half as good as what he's got at his doorstep.

So I'm with ya on the lend.