Northern Territory pumping

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stunet started the topic in Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 2:46pm

Not long after Swellnet switched over to our new wave model we copped a bit of shit for having data points in the Northern Territory. Can't remember who it was that stuck it to us but in hindsight it was the kinda thing Blowin would say, so, short of a positive recollection I'll just blame him.

Anyway, 18 months later and what do we have? A cyclone at the top of the gulf, whirling like a dervish and getting all those NT surfers primed. 

"Usually we don't get in the water here, but when it's like this you've got to make the most of it," local Gove Peninsula surfer Kevin Vernacombe told SBS News yesterday. And although SBS didn't mention Swellnet's handy NT forecast I've no doubt that's what Kev was checking before hitting the croc-infested waters.

"It's really very dangerous," bastard killjoy ranger Paul Augustin said. Along with the crocs, "there could be flying debris and all sorts. We strongly advise people to stay at home."

For those curious TC Lam is now Cat 3 and forecast to deliver 6-8 foot surf to Elcho Island this afternoon, and clearly that's the sort of shit that gets Big Kev excited.

You can check all the Territory data points here.

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grug commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 3:32pm

and strong offshores for the south side of elcho?! Nhulunbuy would be blown to helll... would love to see photo's of good surf in that area. I surfed a cyclone swell in Darwin years ago... windy rubbishy three foot in warm soupy water with crocs, box jellies, tigers and bulls. Bout 20 guys out from memory. fun stuff, worth the novelty.

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stunet commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 4:34pm

I've sent a message to Big Kev via FB. Hopefully he snaps a few photos of jumpy, short range NT cyclone swell.

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wellymon commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 5:51pm

Amazing part of Australia.
Viewed a few good set ups around Nhulunbuy , which apparently get good on East swells from the Gulf.
There are probably hundreds, if your that keen!
Hope you get some Big Kev;)

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .

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wellymon commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 5:54pm

It wasn't Blowin.
It wasn't me either.
Udo will investigate that!
Udo.

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .

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udo commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 6:38pm

Welly it was you !

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stunet commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 6:23pm

Welly you bastard!

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udo commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 6:37pm

@ Wellymonster put 'the new website ' into the search function .

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indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 7:05pm

Not a place your going to go on a surfing holiday, but a guy i know lives up there and where he lives (super remote) there is a stretch that gets quite regular surf produced from trade winds, you would expect it to be pretty much slop, but some of pics he has the waves are a good size look pretty fun even semi hollow reefs set ups.

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barley commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 8:29pm

Just saw footage on the news of Gove going off!! pumping beachies as far as the camera could see! looked about 4/5ft A frames!!even me missus went fark its pumpin!!

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mothart commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 9:13pm

Geez, sounds like I might have to go check out the homeland.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 at 10:07pm

Nice to know that I'm thought of as the kind of guy that could be responsible for the levels of bastardry that only someone like Welly is capable of.

So now my eyes are all red and puffy and I'm out of tissues. I hope you're happy.

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wellymon commented Friday, 20 Feb 2015 at 12:54am

stunet wrote:

we copped a bit of shit for having data points in the Northern Territory. Can't remember who it was that stuck it to us

Haha hang on fellas!
Quote Wellymon from "The new website" - "Pretty funny with the surf forecast up in Nulunbuy, Gove, worked up there and went looking for waves once. Pretty full on place to surf, crocs, box jellies etc, but does get waves."
Thats not copped a bit of shit.....?

I actually remember someone going off about it on another thread, but I can't find it.
I'll take it on the chin then, at least I stuck up for ya Blowin;)
Udo your investigation was inconclusive. I really had faith in you!

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .

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Blowin commented Friday, 20 Feb 2015 at 1:15am

Cheers Welly. My kiwi mate taking one in the neck for his Aussie cobber. The ANZAC legend lives on.

Not that it was me Stu. But it easily could have been.

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stunet commented Friday, 20 Feb 2015 at 7:55am

Yeah, it was a bit worse than Welly's comment.

The status quo stands.

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Blowin commented Friday, 20 Feb 2015 at 8:14am

Any chance you could email me a link so I can cringe at past indiscretions privately Stu ?

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lostdoggy commented Friday, 20 Feb 2015 at 9:21am

This wasn't the thread was it Stu?
Didn't cop much shit, just a cpl of inquiries.
http://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2013/10/21/outstanding-we...

Would love to see some pics of some of these waves.
I remember years ago (maybe 15 odd), Tracks ran a picture of a pumping A frame somewhere near Darwin. Not sure I'd be keen with the big Salties out there.

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stunet commented Friday, 20 Feb 2015 at 1:40pm

Nah, that wasn't it LD. But anyway, it wasn't particularly spiteful, it's just that faux-indignation is my thing.

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groundswell commented Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 at 1:19pm

Yeah i remember that. Might have been barley?.

Riptide ran a section most issues of surf spots around oz, details about a differentspot each month. One was ran on a darwin reef called marcupials (spelling?). Looked fun like little av style.

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Blowin commented Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 at 7:08pm

Don't go stealing my thunder Groundswell. I pride myself on my petty spitefulness.

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gromfull commented Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 at 9:42pm

Watched a clip getting apround years ago of Steve Erwin surfing up that way in city Brown water wearing his signature clothes, good looking waves, and he could surf

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 at 12:57pm

Yirrkala Saltwater - Yolngu People
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cJiDC1h83U

http://livingknowledge.anu.edu.au/learningsites/seacountry/11_gapu.htm

https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nt/unincorporated-nt/nhulunbuy/gadalatham...
https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nt/unincorporated-nt/nhulunbuy/town-beach...

https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/wild-weather-has-terri...

Swellnetonians never let the crew down as requested ...Cyclone Lam (Surf Flick + Surf Snaps)

https://www.facebook.com/SevereWeatherAustralia/videos/tropical-cyclone-...

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-21/big-waves-at-nhulunbuy-from-cyclo...
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/787896b43fe6c3d114ddc1fa845cd031?wid...
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/2ec507f82efc6940f7bad7b6d9ffca65?wid...
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/f3da32fbd2868c013ddf340538a44d40?wid...
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a58c94205ff4e623a498c50353c422f8?wid...
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/feedac79676a2111e32d09f436c69c0a?wid...
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a1083066874ce4f3407d71066157bc90?wid...

https://twitter.com/byrnibowl/status/567918062021709826

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/nation/cyclone-lam-hits-remote-n...

2018 Talk of Shark Frenzy + Crocs (Rugged surf Spot)
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-18/teenager-attacked-by-shark-off-nh...

2019 Gove - Gulf of Carpentaria (Cyclone Trevor) Check out this Left *Great Sound
https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/surfers-in-gove-take-a...

Gulf Mangrove Dieback was caused by sea surge waves pushing further inland.
Qld Govt Paper records notable recent Gulf wave buoy height rises.(Page 48)
https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/mangrove-dieback-gulf-of-car...

Jan 2008 Weipa recorded a 7.1m wave XTC Helen

Timor Sea ...
Darwin- (Night Cliff / Dripstone / Casuarina/Rapid Creek) (Also ramping Up)

Surf Flix...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1yp-dcHi1w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeuJueFvTBk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_yf0nBMATA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFDxQWpNhVE

https://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/1432mm-of-rain-recorded-at-darwin-ai...

https://www.facebook.com/ozcyclonechasers/videos/darwinthe-surf-capital-...

https://www.facebook.com/ABCDarwin/videos/only-a-few-things-can-stop-dar...

https://www.facebook.com/TheNTNews/videos/10155131511615598/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN5JI_73iy0

https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/cheeky-croc-spotted-su...

Surf Snaps (Album)
Jan 2018 Nightcliff Beach (Photo) Solid Wave & Surfing action.
https://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Rapid-Creek-Beach/photos

https://dittogirljaggard.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/monsoon-surfing-darwin...

https://lyttlestreet.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/arnhem-land-northern-terri...

https://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/darwin-the-bondi-of-the-north/news-s...

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gunther commented Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 at 3:37pm

Thanks. That's certainly a lot of evidence...none of which makes me want to pull a strike mission. Not least the surfing croc