Trigs or Triggs? What's in a name.

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thermalben started the topic in Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 4:32pm


Anyone not from SA, this is gonna bore the crap out of you. Probably most South Oz surfers too.

When we launched the Trigs surfcam on the SA Mid Coast, it was called Triggs - that's just the way I've ever know it to be spelled.

I was then very quickly petitioned by a couple of local surfers, who politely but enthusiastically asked me to change it to 'Trigs' (with one 'G'), supplying me with supporting information (the map below is from John Arnold, in the 1964 Surfabout).

Anyway, I've since been contacted by the Mid Coast Surfing Reserve committee, who have asked me to change it back to two G's, because, well, they have a plaque now that has two G's on it (though the plaque also says "Spelling is recognised as 'Trigs' by members of the surfing community").


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thermalben Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 4:33pm

What to do! It's such a dilemma. 

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thermalben Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 4:36pm

Also, next time I'm in South Oz I'm gonna surf a few new spots: Robinson Point, Rocky Point and The Steps.

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stunet Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 4:40pm

If you think about it, 'Mid' is a derivative of 'Middle' so if you don't mind I'm gonna call it the Midd Coast from now on.

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Blowin Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 5:16pm

Maybe shitt coast ?

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Craig Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 5:22pm

Haha, but look at all those setups Blowin! God's country ;)

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Blowin Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 5:41pm

Just jokes , Craig. I’m pretty sure I’ve never surfed there , if so I can’t remember it.

Surfed robe once , that I know. Even that memory is a little hazy . Does a million duck dives over a very wide shallow sand bank that breaks twenty lines of whitewash out to sea in brown water sound correct for that area ? Slow , shallow incline waves ?

Whoops , just checked. I think that’s on the other side of the peninsula.

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Craig Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 5:50pm

No need to apologise, there's a winki face hidden there.

Ah that sounds either like Browns beach down Port Macdonnell way, Long Beach or Middleton. All very average but on the right board and on their day fun..

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lostdoggy Monday, 14 Jan 2019 at 6:18pm

I'm surprised a group of surfers asked you to change it in the first place.
Guess you'll have to go with trig(g)s now ;)

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019 at 4:09pm

Trigonometric Points are just that. 100's exist over Oz..some still retain Trig name.
Flagstaff Hill is another generic title given to pilot's quarters that rise to Trig points.

Urbanization of Coast saw a need to distinguish "Trig" & "Flagstaff" double-ups
When it mattered (eg: 1970's) to apply a lick of paint to relenting Sign- [Trig'g St].
All too easy as it corresponds with 'Trigg' surname of (Govt/Councilors/reverends)
Councils then have reason to nameTrigg Park/Beach after Pioneering Servants.
This in turn gives a warmer more localized defendable daily spelling of Trigg.

Whereas visiting folk from afar continue to embrace heritage Trig Point/s.

Most Towns have corrupted spelling ours has Bridgman Dr/Stony Creek (no E's)
U.K. [Labour] v OZ / U.S. [Labor] (Read daily posts & most voters use U.K spelling)

(Ever wanted to catch out spellchecker...just once?)

U.K. Travelling Wagons keep left
U.S. Traveling Waggons keep right

Does not compute!

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JJD Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 at 8:11pm

I think one g makes more sense. It's not "Triggonometric".

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019 at 11:03pm

We outsiders stick to the letter of the Law.
I researched further & can establish a set pattern.
Trig as in Trigonometric Name applies to all Coastal Point's/Roads/Tracks.

Trigg is a Governing Family Name [Signposted] out toward to Southern Trig Points
WA Trigg Point named after Henry Trigg Superintendent of Public Works
SA Frank Trigg (news) Son of pioneering Councilor... Govt Printer from 1935

Short of pinpointing a dominant Trigg presence at Trig/g/s we can rule that out.
As I said we outsiders can now re-apply the letter of the Law G or GG.
Answer: There are no village idiots and outta towners need only dig a little deeper.

Trig Point is still there & it's very real indeed.
Triggs Beach lies beneath & is also very real & Yes that's the beach's proper name.
Triggs Surf Break lies off the Shore of Triggs' Beach in the shadow of Trig Point.

Here's how it all comes together! So simple that only surfers could understand.
Trig Point pushes out several breaks called Triggs accessed from Triggs' Beach.

Ben's Map shows Trigs...This is a Zoom of [ Trigs ]
Trigg's Stretch...(Horse Shoes > Southport > Adelaide).
Southport (breaks)
Frenchmans "' L (Big)
Triggs 3 "' R (Big)
Triggs 2 '" R+l
Triggs 1''' R (main)
Hang Tens '''R (long)
U-Turns "' L+r
Horse Shoes """

Photos layout of Triggs breaks...

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JJD Thursday, 17 Jan 2019 at 8:43am

There's a Trigg St in Port Elliot, near Boomer's.

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nick-birdman Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 2:59pm

I don't think it matters... yeah it's from the trigonometric marker but I agree with the Reserve Committee - either is fine. Plus The Molting Vultures recorded the song called Triggs years ago and we can't go back and change it now :)