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GuySmiley started the topic in Tuesday, 7 Apr 2020 at 6:11pm

In semi lockdown I'm finally sorting through a lifetime of photos and inspired by what Craig and Andy recently posted I thought why not.
We travel a fair bit and there has to be some crackers in the vaults.
Good if we follow the Swellnet tradition of not naming or being too obvious.

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Roystein Monday, 4 Oct 2021 at 11:03am

Nice stunet.
Really, really close to getting back into MTB after a 5 year or so hiatus.
10yo son is keen so might be a great adventure together.

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Fliplid Monday, 4 Oct 2021 at 11:14am

must be a buzz seeing everyone using that ramp Stu

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stunet Monday, 4 Oct 2021 at 11:24am

Yeah, though it's more fun riding it. Real easy entry onto it, via a low angle, and then you've gotta tilt the bike as the ramp also increases in angle.

Feels like the old Rotor ride at Luna Park as it picks up pace. The faster you go the better it feels.

@Roystein, I got back into it via my 10-year old son, as did many of the guys I ride with. Seems like half of Sandon Point Boardriders is up the mountain during the surf downtime, and many are with their kids. For my eldest boy, it's the first Big Thing that he's ever latched onto so it's good to be there as he discovers it.

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blindboy Monday, 4 Oct 2021 at 11:47am

Thanks Craig the old b&ws come up pretty well through my (cheap) scanner, the colour is less reliable.

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I focus Monday, 4 Oct 2021 at 2:20pm
blindboy wrote:

Thanks Craig the old b&ws come up pretty well through my (cheap) scanner, the colour is less reliable.

BB have you seen scanning using a 35mm with back light for negatives and slides?

Results look pretty good been meaning do myself.

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blindboy Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 1:37pm

I am pretty sure this was the first photo I everhad published SW 74 or 75. Easy to pick the spot!
First-Water-Photo

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udo Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 1:41pm

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blindboy Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 1:49pm

I focus I am using a Glanz scanner. It is OK for internet use but the colour is not up to scratch for much else. Drum scans are the standard and Andrew at Switchfoot did a couple for me but I'm not really interested in going that far myself.

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groundswell Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 1:50pm

Mountain biking is really good for your surfing if you dont get injured..good for learning about flow state of mind.

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etarip Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 6:18pm

I agree groundie. Ive noticed that in one respect it’s the inverse of surfing for me tho… I find with mountain biking you need to be focused 90% of the time and you can zone out for 5-10%. With surfing, depending on the conditions of course, you spend more time between being relatively unfocused sitting out the back (20-30%); active but not unfocused, paddling out, paddling to the right spot etc (50%); mostly focused but broadly, such as paddling for a wave especially if it’s crowded (10%) and totally focused on a wave (10%)

If I zone out mountain biking I crash or lose flow completely. I can MTB for 30/45min competently. I can surf for 2-2.5hrs. And then reset and do it again.

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groundswell Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 12:23pm

True etarip also another one is driving games or racing cars...rally like simulators and other computer games are designed to target"flow" state of mind.

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wally Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 10:36pm

I don’t tend to take good photos, but I was pretty happy with this one.
From a ground floor beachfront unit at Bilinga.

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stunet Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 7:04am

Love it, Wally.

Coastal noir.

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groundswell Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 9:12am

This day was during a 12 foot ssw swell at one of my fave waves in Indo. I had just hitch hiked to Bali and back again to give my fingerprints to imigrasi, to stay there for another three months.On the way to Bali i noticed Padang Bai point (near where the bali-lombok ferry ports) was 3 foot and pumping. But i didnt have a board or camera..anyway this day i got back to Sumbawa port and had to wait for a bus as everyone i was hitchhiking with were going to sumbawa besar. a man let me sleep in the back of his ute where he had a mattress. I slept for a few hours then he frantically tries to wake me up as the bus was about to leave. I said can you buy me the ticket, he said yep its 150 000 rupiah...i then got on the bus and asked what the price was and he said its 50 000 rupiah to the town i was staying in.

Anyway i got back to this surf spot and the tide was too high for it and there was no surf..but i waited for the tide to drain out a bit and it got to 4-5 foot and as perfect as any good day i saw , actually had a few wide growers like this sequence. I paddled out and had to hassle for waves a little bit but then this wide one came in and i peak chased/scrambled to a good section to takeoff on, looked back hoping no one was snaking me and no one was there... in front of my mates boat full of tourists and locals who were yelling at me to go. I made the drop and pulled into a near double overhead pit and i reached my arms up to slow down and scrape on the top of the barrel but nearly knocked me off the back of my board. Last time i ever tried that trick. anyway it just kept on barrelling but i saw one guy paddling out in the corner of my eye and had to come out of the barrel to go around him, as you often run into people in the barrel out here and if you do that on a sharp nosed surfboard it could kill them. Anyway pulled back in and it went for another 200 meters way past where you usually make it to and started doubling up and reef sticking out etc i nose dived into the reef but that was the longest barrel ive ever had on a shortboard or bodyboard. That night i slept like a baby..heres the sequence of one set.


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seaslug Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 11:15am

Classic GS

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Blowin Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 11:29am

I always thought I’d met you at that joint, Groundswell. But you’re not a fill in teacher are you? The bloke I met was a lid-cum-surfer from Cronulla who used to be good mates with that lid rider who had the house on the hill but used to stay for fuck all up at Scars.

We used to surf together a bit from June- October in 2012. It was still pretty epic and uncrowded back then as it was the tail end of the Mentawai! Mentawai! Mentawai! Era.

Not you?

I agree that joint is particularly dangerous for running over / getting run over by crew in the tube as the wave pins you in the impact zone on the reef during a set and there ain’t much water to duck dive in!

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groundswell Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 11:51am

Not me Blowin that's Rory from cronulla, we call him chachi after the guy from happy days. ill find a pic of him.He charges on both standup and lid but gets a bit loose sometimes.

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groundswell Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 11:58am

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Craig Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 12:09pm

What a wave, love a grower!

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dawnperiscope Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 12:38pm
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dawnperiscope Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 12:42pm

storm that rolled thru last friday

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Craig Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 12:42pm

Yeah nice Wally, very abstract and minimalist.

Dawn, looks like some mammatus brewing.

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dawnperiscope Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 1:09pm

mammatus brewing - sounds like i'm making some fancy milk!

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Craig Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 2:04pm

Haha.

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dawnperiscope Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 3:43pm

Mammatus - you learn something every day. Also a very cool google search, some unbelievable images

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Craig Friday, 8 Oct 2021 at 3:45pm

Yeah one of my favourite clouds, insane for sunsets if you get that light on them!

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blackers Sunday, 10 Oct 2021 at 9:16pm

Spring can be nice sometimes. Dont mind being locked down so much when the surf is shit. From our garden today.

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GuySmiley Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 9:02am

Two excellent photos blackers, the one with the bee is special

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Craig Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 9:37am

Yeah, wow stunning!

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blackers Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 9:38am

Thanks Guy.

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blindboy Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 9:44am

Very nice blackers. No surf today, onshore and windy so I took a walk around the headland. We had a crazy strong southerly not so long ago that took out a lot of mature coastal Banksias, as in the first shot. The second is a fair warning to keep your eyes on what is around you. It's always a nice walk, stays close to the coast all the way. Some pristine sections.

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stunet Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 10:17am

Same about no surf up here on the weekend, so I got stuck into some long overdue renovations.

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blindboy Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 10:24am

Never knew you were a chippy Stu.

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shoredump Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 10:24am

It’s frigging awesome

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stunet Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 10:29am

I'm a frustrated tradie yearning to build.

It's funny, the main trail builder on the other side of the creek is a real estate agent.

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blindboy Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 10:57am

Never had the urge Stu, I inherited my wood working skills from my father. All his brothers were carpenters. He wasn't. But it jumped a generation sideways and my son does all the fine interior work for a builder on the NB. Big money builds and renos.

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Blowin Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 11:00am

There’s something about creating something with your own hands that is extremely satisfying.

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garyg1412 Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 11:42am

One for the petrol heads

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Johknee Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 11:44am

Is there a wood working gene to inherit?

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blindboy Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 11:53am

Complex characteristics are usually influenced by multiple genes Johknee. In this case they would probably be related to fine motor skills, rather than wood working specifically, and so be associated with other skills such as drawing, surgery etc.

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GuySmiley Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 1:05pm

Great work stu, I’ve given up riding the single tracks behind me for the season given two recent close encounters with tiger snakes: came within a few inches of riding over a head of one sunning itself and other was blocking the full width of the path and refused to move!! Riding more open paths atm :)

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Blowin Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 1:35pm
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Complex characteristics are usually influenced by multiple genes Johknee. In this case they would probably be related to fine motor skills, rather than wood working specifically, and so be associated with other skills such as drawing, surgery etc.

I reckon it’s less to do with fine motor skills and more to do with how you interpret the world around you. Some people are able to comprehend the mechanics behind physical structure or maybe the moving parts and inter workings of machinations. Some are able to easily conceptualise music or science. Other people struggle to do any of the above despite having equivalent levels of intelligence.

I don’t think that Stu’s untrained success at building bike ramps has much to do with motor skills. He just seems to intuitively know what’s required. The physical graft isn’t the impressive part of the outcome. Though it sure makes you feel good so it might be part of the drive and attraction.

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stunet Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 2:08pm

Hey, I'm quite enjoying my bush carpentry being equated to the skills of a surgeon so enough with your rebuttals.

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blindboy Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 2:08pm

I think you are right. In that case it's probably largely being motivated. All I know is that you should never trust me with a chisel unless we are working with centimetre margins for error.

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shoredump Monday, 11 Oct 2021 at 2:13pm

It’s all passion

Well 80% anyway

You do what you love and then practice makes perfect

Anyone can do pretty much anything, once you figure that out the world is your oyster

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blindboy Tuesday, 12 Oct 2021 at 11:05am

Probably looks a bit different now.
Nice-Sunset-Line-Up

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Craig Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 7:40pm

My first Waratah in the wild, and on finding this, there were hundreds in the surrounding valleys.

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Craig Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 7:42pm

And Sunset yeah BB?

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blindboy Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 7:57pm

It's the view from the hill behind Kammies in the winter of 77-78. So Sunset in the foreground Velzyland (I think) in the distance.