I heart WOTD

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Blowin started the topic in Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 at 8:07am

The wave of the day does it for me big time. Nice work Steen Barnes , Shaun Anderson and Swellnet.
In one photo you've encompassed everything nice about surfing. If I was a wanker I'd say that it was perfect except for the fact he is in a wetsuit. Which it is , it's perfect .....except for the fact he's in a wetsuit.

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Ray Shirlaw Friday, 28 Jan 2022 at 7:56pm

Surfed it in '71. Its the shingle bar at Hakuna Matata

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zenagain Friday, 28 Jan 2022 at 8:58pm

Is it Ray? That's what I thought it was too but others have said it isn't.

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truebluebasher Friday, 28 Jan 2022 at 10:05pm

Hesitant's choice for the 2022 Reverse [+][-] Antibodyboard Award...goes to Craig!
https://www.swellnet.com/sites/default/files/styles/swellnet_large_wm_63...
Covid Safely judged by the Goat with his 40ft Periscope...$1,500 is yours Craig!
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2021/10/20/2021-bodyboar...

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Ray Shirlaw Saturday, 29 Jan 2022 at 9:21am
zenagain wrote:

Is it Ray? That's what I thought it was too but others have said it isn't.

Bro in a place like EnZid its probably easier to work out where it Isn't ;)

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zenagain Saturday, 29 Jan 2022 at 10:09am

True that Cuz.

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Robwilliams Saturday, 29 Jan 2022 at 10:31am

impressive image slats

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Sprout Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 9:06am

Cracking shot, gorgeous light, reminds me of Hardy at Box.

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Craig Tuesday, 1 Feb 2022 at 9:37am

Yeah beautiful eh!

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Blowin Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 8:00am

Looks like one of those turns which would feel amazing but would then cost you an extra thirty minutes of padding.

Assuming one does not have access to a ski.

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lostdoggy Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 8:18am

If it's the first wave of the set you commit to the turn, come in and run a lap.

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etarip Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 9:29am

It’s taken me years to (maybe) develop the surfing maturity to (occasionally) kick off before the end section and save myself the epic paddle / sets on the head / washed down the beach scenario you described Blowin

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zenagain Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 9:39am

All of that but despite that, sometimes that end section is begging to be smashed.

Nothing more satisfying than making that last big blast.

(considering more often than not I don't)

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GuySmiley Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 10:00am

This talk of hitting the end section is bring back memories of being mercilessly dragged down a reef duck diving wave after wave between coral heads with my boardies washed down to my ankles. Not pretty ...

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zenagain Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 10:38am

Ha ha!

Is that how you got the nickname Shiny bum?

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GuySmiley Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 10:55am

I’ve been called many things zen but that’s not one of them :) gawd just remembered getting the wax off the downstairs dept was pretty bad :(

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gsco Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 10:55am

That once happened to me at Lakey Pipe. Got my bum dragged along the reef and pants ripped apart. Had to paddle in and walk back naked…wasn’t embarrassing at all.

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simba Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 11:24am

pays to advertise eh

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etarip Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 11:46am

Hideaways for me. Didn’t lose them completely but totally shredded the arse out of my then favourite boardies being rather ungraciously dragged across the reef.

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zenagain Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 12:16pm

I dropped a car battery by accident at the Mobil at Broadbeach and the acid splashed on my boardies and melted most of them away.

I quickly tipped the water from the window cleaner bucket over me but they were shredded.

Gnarly 'eh!

(true story)

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GuySmiley Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 12:24pm

Puts a new meaning to the term dropping some acid zen ...

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etarip Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 1:13pm

dropping acid at the servo, no less

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zenagain Saturday, 5 Feb 2022 at 2:09pm

Ah boys... those were the days.

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GuySmiley Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 11:44am

Today's looks very very familiar and the only Ryan Trickey I can find is a Melbourne based 20s something director (no less) of an eastern suburbs real estate agency which further confirms my suspicions about this wave. If my hunch is correct the wave is no secret and like every other wave in this area is mostly always well over crowded with the full chocolate box of surf skill and craft.

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lostdoggy Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 1:07pm

Once upon a time it used to be ok mid week.
Circus now.

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udo Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 1:46pm

That board that blokes holding does it look extra wide ..like 24 inches or more ?
or its just the Angle its being held at..

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lostdoggy Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 1:47pm

Standard Melbourne part time surfer design.
Maybe 21 wide.

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GuySmiley Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 2:16pm
lostdoggy wrote:

Standard Melbourne part time surfer design.
Maybe 21 wide.

Perhaps more so one of a number of board models shaped by a local shaper designed for those reefs and yes the angle makes it look extra wide ...

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blackers Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 2:44pm

To be fair, it also has a fair bit of surfer to keep afloat. Not a very flattering angle.

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udo Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 2:48pm

Thats a nice way of putting it..the distance from armpit to centre thigh caught my eye.

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GuySmiley Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 3:05pm

... haha, and here I was thinking Ryan had done the usual RE agency trick of making a shit sandwich look like a gourmet lunch, focusing solely on the wave and looking straight the surfer!!

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blackers Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 5:00pm

If it's where I think it is Guy, near where our mate Gilligan hangs out, he has made a pretty good wave look like an SEC house in Moe.

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 5:20pm

I rarely bother with this wave as so busy, but i actually had quite a good surf there before Xmas low tide wind a bit side shore but was overhead about 15 seconds period and only a few guys out.

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GuySmiley Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 6:23pm

Bloody hell blackers you’re right, I was way off, only about 2hr drive apart, agree can be excellent but now always crowded.

Low tide info??

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thermalben Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 6:45pm

GS, ironically the two waves (the one it is, and the one I think you thought it was) are (almost) in the same line of view to the photog's angle. Hence both waves requiring opposite winds to each other. Thus, the giveaway here is the short arm steamer in the photo, suggesting a location more likely to be surfed in summer than winter (which favours the one you were thinking of).

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GuySmiley Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 7:25pm

You’re onto it Ben, both waves also share the background headlands depending on where a photographer was standing where I thought the waves was.

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indo-dreaming Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 7:29pm
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Bloody hell blackers you’re right, I was way off, only about 2hr drive apart, agree can be excellent but now always crowded.

Low tide info??

Yeah I prefer it low tide incoming on a decent swell, has a bit more bite which keeps the City crowd down a bit, but best tide really is about half tide.

Its always been crowded though even in late 80s but sometime you luck out on a weekday often with no logic or reason to why.

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Cockee Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 7:37pm

Stop beating around the bush boys and tell the world it's (drum roll) Mentone beach.

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GuySmiley Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 8:13pm

totally agree info, just this one time ok, normal communication resumes tomorrow :)

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lostdoggy Sunday, 6 Feb 2022 at 8:31pm

Don't tell me it's true, I don't wanna hear about it.

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GuySmiley Monday, 7 Feb 2022 at 4:59pm

Mmmm, let me guess now Steve does live on the SurfCoast and there only a few places with steps and slightly fewer with sand at the bottom nah too many for an educated guess :)

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mattlock Tuesday, 8 Feb 2022 at 11:59am

Looks like Southern Ocean to me.

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SA Wetdog Tuesday, 8 Feb 2022 at 12:11pm

Definitely looks like a shot of w cape for sure mattlock but must be straddie

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Blowin Tuesday, 8 Feb 2022 at 12:32pm

That’s an old shot of straddie.

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Blowin Friday, 11 Feb 2022 at 5:55am

On a foamy no less.

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Robwilliams Saturday, 12 Feb 2022 at 1:23pm

wotd Jamie Mitchell. Speaking about the psychology of fear is on a different planet. In a vid some where he said he is quite comfortable with death from his passion when pushing it, As have other nutters. Really puts those crew out in another zone be it paddling, towing, slabs, big wave or whatever. The bar is high currently, and only rising. Guru's of performance that make it look easy. It has some what become normal to a number of crew to chase conditions you could easily die in. And the numbers of committed participants taking it on will only see levels rise higher. Impressive to see and how far it's is going to go and has come. As it seems like every year is another step up, in equipment and skill. Crazy times.

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Roadkill Sunday, 13 Feb 2022 at 10:03am

wotd looks pretty much perfect to me. Most wotd is out of my skill level, but today I would go.

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Island Bay Sunday, 13 Feb 2022 at 2:54pm

Looks like home.

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groundswell Monday, 14 Feb 2022 at 4:00pm

I don't know if todays is even makeable or ridable.

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blackers Monday, 21 Feb 2022 at 10:34am

Great WOTD, you can feel the speed. Nice colour palette too.

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Sprout Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 10:41am

Today's is a bit oil painting, a bit tilt-shift, full of feel and a whole lot of incredible, but mostly just makes me want to be out there!