Dedicated to good news ....
Stu wins Covid beard 2020 hands down
How does Mrs Nettle cope with all the shenanigans from all her boys Stu? Haha
Full woolly mammoth!
Guy - Same as any surfer’s partner . She insures the hell out of him and sends him on surf trips to dodgy third world locations.
Boris is a Kunt
That’s a gem udo. Simple and to the point.
Boris delivered Brexit for Christmas. Good news.
Pauline Hanson is Miss January Burka Pinup for Refugee Council of Australia.
How unreal is a nude body bash in bath warm surf ?
All the fizzling whitewash and skin cleansing salty goodness. Catch a couple of waves and feel as natural as a dolphin.
Probably not the go if there’s a heap of tailor around.
Just caught an absolutely humongous land mullet skink smashing the grapes in the bird feeder. Easily the largest I’ve ever seen , got to be 600 mm long. Fckn truck of a thing. Hoping it will hang around the joint. I was going to name it Billy Ray or Joe Dirt but cause it’s pretty obviously a pregnant female it’ll be known as Joan Jett. Apparently they give birth to 4-8 live young at the end of summer who bizarrely hang out with mum till they’re confident to go solo. Not usual behaviour for reptiles I wouldn’t have thought.
With any luck we’ll have a school of land mullets kicking around the place for a bit.
And a great song.
Yeah, great frame Blowin
Great Shot Blowin, I have plenty of king skinks around my house, including one who climbs the limestone wall and gets into the roof cavity
That skink is a total beast Blowin - you are a father to be! Never seen one that big.
Did you ever see Bungarras in the NW? Saw a couple on some WA sites and they were pretty awesome.
Building up a gap that was worn down. Also brought the case pad in a bit so young kids and, ahem, older riders could safely clear it.
Then moving along to a new feature, a jump with a slight hip and a downslope landing. It's also versatile in that good riders can launch and travserse to an existing landing on the side of the track, intermediates can simply jump and come in nose first anywhere on the landing, and it can also be rolled if riders want to keep two wheels on the ground.
Then down the track to the tabletop built late last year, with the ladder drop in the distance.
From top to bottom it's a km and drops just over 100 metres, there's around twenty built features plus a lot of natural rock gardens, flow sections etc. Got a few more things planned for the coming weeks.
Things planned ?
Like setting up an Indo style toll booth at the top ?
Another ladder drop, though rather than a straight landing it'll slope both down and to the side so you'll have to whip it to land flush.
A wooden berm before the very last jump so you can carry all your speed.
A single jump turned into a double.
Plus a few other features cobbled together by teenagers without tools that could do with some heavy lifting.
Few flow sections up near the top that could be smoothed out a bit too.
Chatting on the phone just then, blindly flicking through an old surf mag at the same time, and out falls, not one, but two posters.
Cool Bali poster even with misspelling of names.
Notice no Keramas, still hush hush, if only we could go back
Kuta lines was a cool brand wonder what happened to them.
BTW. I was watching a short surf report by Baliwaves dude (Slim?) the other day.
And i realised myself and most people pronounce Keramas wrong...we say it Ke-Ra-mus (s almost like a Z) but it should be pronounced more Kerraa-mas. (more towards a kirra sound but with an E sound instead of i, and then mas, pronunced like catholic mass thing)
Keramas means washing hair in Bahasa Indonesia, but if seperate words Kera mas it means Golden monkey, thats why i guess when it was still under the radar it was known as golden monkeys.
@Udo cheers https://www.kuta-lines.com
BTW. Feb 8th surf report was the one https://www.baliwaves.com/category/surf-report/
Geez......wow!thnx for clarification,all these years i've been saying kuminurass?
whoops!wrong thread,should've put it in bad jokes forum.
This is epic on so many levels.
Yea I agree Ben, awesome stuff. Tango Delta!
I just happened to tune in around 8am the other morning to catch it live. It was sort of strange though knowing that those last 10 minutes or so we were watching 'live' was actually about 11 and half minutes behind the actual landing, but none of this footage was available then.
This guy worked building the Mars Rover and knows a thing or two...
Weird how NASA, UAE and China all rocked up at Mars within weeks of each other. Wonder if that was planned or just a coincidence. I don't think the UAE are landing but looks like China is. Pressure's on them not to fuck it up I reckon.
@garyg - it's planned. i.e "The elliptical orbit which carries you from Earth to Mars is longer than Earth's orbit, but shorter than Mars' orbit. Practically, this means that you can only begin your trip when Earth and Mars are properly lined up. This only happens every 26 months. That is there is only one launch window every 26 months."
Cheers Westofthelake - good thing about Swellnet is you learn something new everyday!!!
Too true garyg.
Mars or bust.
SN10 is ready to make history.
"At 1,079,000,000 km/hour, light is pretty quick; you could get from here to the Moon in a little over a second! But that just underlines how far away Mars is.
All light (or electromagnetic radiation, which includes radio signals) travels up to this speed, and radio waves from Earth to Mars Express and back are no exception.”
The time from Earth to Mars varies between 4 and 24 minutes because earth (and mars) are both orbiting the sun, not each other. The distance between them therefore can change quite dramatically depending on where we are in our respective orbits.
When Mars is directly behind Earth at the closest possible point, it is only four minutes away. When it is at the farthes point opposite us behind the Sun, it is 24 minutes away. The Sun meanwhile, which we orbit, remains at roughly 8 minutes away since our orbit around the Sun is very nearly circular.'
Not my find but a mate's. It's a Chris Brock-shaped Sky from the late-70s in tip top condition. Four channel, rounded pin single.
Nice board Stu. Have been wondering how that Mackie mid-length went for you over the summer.
TBH I didn't like it. Too much foam up front and not enough in the tail made it hard to lay over. Figured if I can't turn hard I may as well be on a longboard-style shape and get max paddle power.
Ended up riding an 8'0" mini mal on the days I'd planned to be on a mid length.
Fair nuf, horses for courses. That shape looked more designed for weight forward down the line speed rather than hard off the tail/rail work. Keep looking for that double-ender egg perhaps.
Yep and yep. My approach was completely wrong - as I was often informed - and a double-ender would be more suited. However, I couldn't find a good shape at a reasonable price.
It's like CI entering the mid length market floated every boat.
This morning's commute.
Sick trail Stu, nicely ridden too. Was that a bit of a case on the last jump?
Saw this last night and thought of you Stu.
Absolute insanity, surely there'd be quite a few people carted off to hospital.
And I'd love to know how fast they max out at.
Also the mid-race merchandise pitch is hilarious.
Very last jump? Not a case but came in nose heavy. That's cool, it's a flat landing pad, if it was a normal jump - i.e with a down slope - then coming in nose first means both wheels are touching down at the same time, and that's what you aim for. Rather keep that technique than mess it up.
Thought that was gonna be the Megavalanche. Not sure about racing on a glacier, lot of luck involved, few crew out of control, but the course below that looked unreal. Quick Google shows they descend 8,530 feet and cover 25 miles.
Meanwhile, preview of the downhill track for the upcoming nationals at Maydena, Tasmania.
Maydena has a drop of approx. 800m.
Stick it out for the two jumps near the end.
Sick morning ride Stu, really get that flow on through the second half. Full send, no holding back, great stuff!
I think I remember you in bike shorts one night on a boat trip in the Ments! Is that where it all started?
If you're having either, a) long sessions, or doing b) backside barrel riding, then cycling knicks are the most sensible option going.
No chaff on your nuts even after all day in the water, and while the leading leg of your boardies may ride up after a crouching pigdog, you're not exposing your pasty white upper thigh to suprised punters.
In the Ments you're doing both, long sessions of backside barrels, therefore it only makes sense to rock cycling knicks the whole time, off the boat and on.
Can't believe more people don't do it.
I used to wear knee length skins under my boardies to reduce the chafe factor until recent years (haven't had any chafe problems with the last few pairs of O&Es I've had), did the job.
Ran into a Brazillian fella in the maldives who surfed in full length skins & nothing else... good for sun protection I guess?
Don't be such a Debbie Downer, what could possibly go wrong with a massed start of 1000 people at the top of a glacier, reaching speeds of 100km/h+?
yeah what could go wrong........hahaaaaa ......ferk me carnage
As if a picture perfect autumn day isn’t enough. Then throw in some epic little wedging peaks fanned by a warm offshore in some nice warm, clear water whilst that mellow sun kisses the whole scene and life can’t get much better.
But wait.....when you’re christening a new board you shaped yourself and the crowd tops out at 5 friendly people it’s some kind of next level nirvana as far as East coast chilled April goodness goes.
Thanks for that Huey you absolute legend. And while I’m at it, thanks for the long tail you sent my way yesterday too. It was the perfect post session feed.
Autumn hey....wouldn’t be dead for quids.
hey Westofthelake, you might enjoy this vid:
"Why No One Has Measured The Speed Of Light"