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.
Haha, 200m drop off the side of that, it was the only flat ground.. and with another mate in there, going nowhere fast. Well that's how I justified. Here's the drop..
cheers Craig, thought it was a type of lily.
I get vertigo just looking at that pic.
Still sparse after the fires eh?
Yeah that's the Grose Valley, got badly burnt but the recovery on this side and down below is very healthy. Lots of green and sprouting and much better than I thought. The hotter fires over towards Bells Line of Rd and Mt Wilson may not be as healthy, will have to revisit them soon.
Lockleys pylon side?
@Andy, not only the sandflies on Hinchinbrook, but the bush rats were straight out of ninja school. I had my food bag suspended from wire hanging off a piece of rope between two branches with pieces of beach wash debris stuck on the rope either side of the bag.... didn’t help. spent the first night under ninja rat assault and at one point had to grab the rat off the bag and throw it away.
I think it was five nights walk from north to south, so good.
Walking the Thorsborne Trail would be awesome.
I boat camped instead.
It's a beautiful part of the world hey Andy & Distracted :)
Magic place alright Andy, and awesome pics as always Craig.
Years ago I got to go on a 5 day rafting adventure down the North Johnstone river. The only way in was by helicopter, and everything (including human waste) was transported out on the rafts. Incredible scenery. Now where did I put those (pre-digital) photos?
Wowza, what an area!!
Ha! Think I’ve got almost the same pictures Andy! Great memories.
The original Infinity Pool that last shot Andy - what a country!!
Crikey......I feel a severe bout of homesickness coming on...
Great piccies lads.....
Here ya go Guy, Merry Christmas :)
Looks like pre-op Stu throwing the devil’s horns.
If I was a grommet in your neighbourhood I’d lose my mind at the sight of that. Nicely.
Best thread on swellnet.
Nearly all my pics these days are of clouds, with a few beach spots. Have always been keen on them but now I’m just engrossed. Took me 58 year or so to realise that the most interesting things I would ever see were always around me. Textures, layers, light, storm cells etc.
Will post a few when I get around to it. Great stuff everyone.
Not sure how to load photos
I use imgbb.com supafreak.
https://ibb.co/YXvTtFh Thanks goofy foot , this is lembongan late 70s photos by Dave Kelly
Summer loving and opportunities missed...
Come on Craig ,, where’s the big belt money shot ?
The high line is sweet as a nut but all that accumulated speed leads to.....?
He should have pulled in that first bowly section, so he faded that only to pull in at the end which was haf the size. Photo ends up just him, gone inside the seaweed barrel ha.
Correct me if I’m wrong but it looks like his board doesn’t have the length or drive to maintain speed around that section to destroy the lip anyway ?
Yeah, does, he was flying. But the section kept barrelling and bowling out so not the most ideal section to hit after that. I deleted the following photos as they were meh.
Fully appreciate the D’oh ( !! ) moment though.
Here’s an old photo that still gives me the shits . Taken one time when I was first trying to surf goofy ( switch ) in decent waves at X XXXX. Blew the takeoff by not angling straight into the barrel. Even from this distance you can see me looking up at this epic wave about to steam away without me and thinking...” You fucken idiot ! “
Farkkk, jeez insane wave to paddle in switch on though!
No consolation prizes for fckn up a wave like that unfortunately.
Fuck blowin I’d pay good money for that wave right about now. And probably still end up in your position!
Yew ! Hell switch effort !!
Here’s an photo I stumbled over the other day . I know it’s Australia Day but I’m not sure which year . Maybe 1990 judging by the wettie shorts ?
East coast Down South grovel action . Myself going right and a fella who’s now the go to builder somewhere on the Eyre peninsula ( and a lover of barrels ). No Australian flags , no one gave a fck beyond time off and an opportunity to consume piss and mull.
Happy Australia Day !
grovelling in style there blowin, nice to see. is that south coast nsw?
Yep. Six deep channels made for grovelling ! Back in the day when a one board quiver wasn’t a lifestyle option but a fact of life.
i was around a bit in those days too, can't say i ever wore those shorts though. will dig up a shot.
Let’s see them.
here's one of me and my mate at bendalong or somewhere around there with my boardies i think indicating the year ('88 maybe?)
Great shot Al.
Great, genuine smiles.
thanks lostdoggy, great feeling remembering days like that. wish we could go back! i've just texted and asked my old man to have a rummage in the boxes in the garage for more shots from my grom days. haha, he'll get around to it eventually.
Nice one, Al.
This one's from around about the same time - '88 - but Cronulla Point not south coast.
For those so concerned, the photo can be forensically dated by the wetsuit, a Rip Curl steamer, red with yellow and blue panels, the most distinguishing feature being the inbuilt thermometer on the left sleeve - remember them?
Kinda useless, in that if it told you the water was cold you were already in a steamer, but offered mindless between-sets entertainment trying to gauge the temperature of your piss.
Shit mate that wettie looks like a fkn Avengers costume.
Though I’ve had worse. Easily.
Nice pic .
Hey Al , I swear that photo could be of a couple of my mates ( brothers ) from back then. So much so that I had to look closely to make sure it wasn’t them. Good times alright. How’s the old Skipp !
i remember those rip curl wetsuits with inbuilt thermometer stu, just don't remember that particular colour scheme. haha, you sure that wasn't a diving suit and you weren't just dreaming about a rip curl wetty?
here's me in 1984 in my first wetty (don't remember the brand, just remember it was a couple of sizes too big and had holes in the armpits) and with first-ever proper board i didn't have to share with my brother! this board we found in skipp's secondhand room and dad bought for $60 or $70 - 5'7", four shallow channels, two fins and a box - i remember feeling so stoked i had a byrne board so i could surf like tom carroll! but this board had already changed hands a few times and one day i was out at bellambi and this local hot rat who was never friendly to us because we were from up the road paddles up to me and goes, "nice board! it used to be mine." and paddled away! think that might have taken a bit of the wind out of my sails. stupid bellambi grommets!
i wish i could like comments on here.
Great photos and stories! Love em.
And thermometer, haha! Gold.
Angourie 1987 and 2020 , in the 87 shot me and 2 mates paddled out at sun up and Nat and Baddie were already out , 6-8 with 8 wave sets absolutely pumping, Nat told us to F off lol we had a ball surfing most of the day crowd peaked at about 20 guys , the 2020 shot was a dawn patrol I did last year no one out yet took a few photos then mad scramble to get the wettie on and out there , not the best angourie but good size and not too many punters. https://ibb.co/6RxGvyM
Lacerations before the pontoons Xmas day 2012 fed a few families with fish head soup Shipwreck doing its thing. My beloved supafreak gone but not forgotten Muntigs https://ibb.co/sKCB5QS
Blowin I have one of those taking the wrong line (cause I was being chicken) and assuming the brace position instead of staying high as you have to to make the wave (south of your wave I think). The lump pushed over by old mate took me out.
On the fashion side I am wearing a shade of emission brown rashie that had bright green under the arms 1981.
Some nice solid waves there supafreak.
Blowin, that blown wave is both beautiful and heart breaking. So close.
Also very nice I focus. No shame for a young fella.