Watch: Snapper under Gretel

Stu Nettle
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Ain't no social distancing behind the rock at Snapper. Not on a day like today.

You'd be forgiven for thinking the wind has gone out of the surfing world following the Oz leg being cancelled, but one look at the lineups...one look at Snapper in particular, and you realise nothing will change in the water.

Today's swell was courtesy of the gradient squeeze beneath TC Gretel. She may have rushed headlong across the swell window but she sprinkled enough breadcrumbs along the way.

In the mix is Mikey Wright, Wade Carmichael, Griffin Cola, Matt Aldridge, Big and Little Occ, Jacob Willcox, Malia Manuel, Mick, and the yet-to-be identified recipient of the Cant Look Left Award - see 2:57.

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neville-beats-buddha commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 8:04pm

Sick downcarves but at what point does Mikey drop the Weet Bix kid look and get a proper name like Michael or Mick?

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crg commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 8:50pm

And what does the wozzle do now with their Aus leg surf off with him and Leo?

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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Surfalot67 commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 9:57am

First three events - whenever that might be

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stunet commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 9:15pm

A lot of people have gone right through life hanging onto their kiddy nickname.

Case in point, Michael Mouse.

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Solitude commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 9:12pm

Coupla thoughts:
- liking that little bit of extra length in mikey’s boards (old school)
- don’t like mikey’s low road cutty thing that seems to have no function and completely disrupts flow (also a historical observation)
- griffin’s arc is identical to parko’s
- buggar surfing anywhere as hectic as that looked

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stunet commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 9:17pm

Totally agree about those cutties.

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Spuddups commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 6:13am

I'm farken lovin' them!

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lostdoggy commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 10:18pm

The only low road cutty that looked funny was the one after the barrel at 0.50 and it might have been a bit of a collision avoider with a bit of spray to the face for good measure move from watching it back.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 8:18am

He does two of them in that vid and both times he loses all speed as he turns up into the next section.

If it's the beginning of a tube stall/delayed bottom turn thing, then yeah, go for it, flair it up, but as it is he's laying hard rail in the easiest/least curvy section of the wave and thereby wasting two sections.

Big no from the Thirroul judge.

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nextswell commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 9:44pm

Another snapper vid. Uninspiring. That couple of km stretch is amazing. Surfed it for almost 20 yrs. After moving away 18 months ago, I don’t miss it a bit

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waxyfeet commented Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020 at 10:30pm

I love loud music, but man that tune was bloody awful.

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dimdim commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 8:09pm

sOUNDS LIKE A 2Unlimited Tribal Dance rip off. ooooffff

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Optimist commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 5:24am

Violent music helps breed violent people.

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waxyfeet commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 9:27am

Sure

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mr mick commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 7:14am

Had a surf there Monday, watched Fanning get a great wave, paddled back out , turned on an average wave & dropped in on 2 punters...... really? gets the best waves out there & around the world & has to do that!! Used to have respect for him......used to!

Mr mick

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evosurfer commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 8:10am

Funny that about Fanning. my family and I were huge fans of Fanning until a few
years ago he was getting all the best waves up there and if he saw somebody on
a bomb even if was obvious they would make it he would just without remorse or
hesitation drop in, was very sad to watch. Then burned my son resulting in breaking
his first surf on his new board now that kid is 6ft 4in and still not happy.
Total jerk Fanning.

IF im not surfing im racing

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juegasiempre commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 10:41am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5rAqQb3rBk

Dane Reynolds says as much. Also, Dane Reynolds seems like an awesome guy but I'm partial to surfers that skate.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 6:25pm

6'4"? The apple didn't fall far from the tree.

About a foot away.

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evosurfer commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 12:07am

Yes Stu about 10 inches above you.

IF im not surfing im racing

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juegasiempre commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 10:28am

That's the surfing equivalent of The Human Centipede.

Still, props to the people that are willing to go out in that, I lose it if people are crowding me on your stock standard average beachy peak. I guess that dogged determination of dealing with the sweep, human soup, boards flying, boards damaged, for (ideally) one decent wave is worthy of admiration *shrugs*. But, yeah, not for me.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 1:41pm

A Human Centipede reference immediately pushes a comment into the excellent range ( 8-10 points ).

Well done.

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Ape Anonymous commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 11:34am

Sooo... everyone surfing the superbank now is breaking the law: "no gatherings of more than 100 people"?

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Fatso commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 1:17pm

Two surfers...Mikey (love a kids nickname on an adult Neville...never let that inner child go) and Wade...no arm flapping...its all hips, legs and feet. This is love

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Tim Bonython commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 1:25pm

So who's the surfer who cant look left?? I also recon Mick Fanno should reach out and apologize. Those negative moments last forever.

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thedrip commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 2:36pm

Lol - doubt that will be happening anytime soon. Surfing is progressively losing any form of ettiquette and the tone is set by the pros and elders.

Read the comments about Griffin Cola running a poor Gumby down. Gumby shouldn’t have been there, but people were celebrating his potential injury. Griffin own gram was damning on his values. Fanning with his profile should do better.

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Ape Anonymous commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 3:04pm

Here's the (unspoken) rules at Snapper: Muscle wins. It's a part of the culture, it is what is is -a result of every man and his fetish coming to see the 69th wonder of the world. For those who grew up there in the past 30 years (echem.. self-reflection), we take the good with the bad: yes, drop-ins are frequent, but due to the inherent competition and (generally) good vibes there are also things like: lots of hot chicks in bikinis; and a healthy live music scene. Trick is to: stand your ground; surf at a higher level; surf there consistently for years; get better equipment - be able to shoot sections; and talk to people. Have had plenty of drop ins (and (mostly accidentally) dropped in plenty...) over the years -dealing with guys like Slater & Co., tend to just stand on the wave and stare like I'm disappointed with them (you build dreams and them crush them -really??) and they eventually get the point and remove themselves -waves there go for hundreds of metres, if not a kilometer and barrel consistently the whole way, so 15 seconds of someone else on a wave is actually considered an honor. Surfing is not about self?? Appreciate the opportunity to surf a wave with a master?? Stay long-enough on the Gold Coast and you'll get enough ten second barrels to not really care about the odd drop in anymore.

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ojackojacko commented Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020 at 3:45pm

that's not what i'm interested in but extremely interesting perspective on it - thanks

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Spuddups commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 8:51am

Yeah, I hadn't looked at it that way.

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squire winter commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 9:24am

I was there..early mornings manageable
but after 8 the crew make their way out and the pro-hassle begins..they lack style these days..dogs onto a bone..
everyone for themselves..and fuck everybody else..some great surfing but they have lost the soul.. meanwhile Kirra was good ...no cameras and no crowds

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Ape Anonymous commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 9:57am

OK. so, the past week has apparently been anomaly from the usual 'fight for your right' surfdom -all these dis-engaged (unemployed??) pros scouring the lineup like a pack of hyenas -no competition so they are slaying dragons during the lay-sessions -not so cool. Citing Homer, Plato discussed this exact topic with regard to warriors coming home from battle. Those who are able to leave the battle on the battlefield and return to family as gentle and caring men are considered to have good control over 'muthos' (??) or the internal anger/desire to destroy that is synonymous with masculinity. Those who are unable to control this, in turn, are not good and productive people in society -the true meaning of Achilles' heel -the difference between he and Priam/Hector/the Trojan royalty, that which killed Achilles and lost the Trojan war -the inability to reason and calm internal destructive nature.

Where am I going with this? Pros have the upper hand when it comes to skill, equipment, muscle and competitive nature -to be part of the lineup, they are best to leave their internal destructive fires at home.

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stunet commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 10:07am

Digging this POV, AA.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 10:46am

likewise, AA.

totally agree with that perspective.

My view is that if I drive up to Superbank, especially during pro season and get dropped in on by Fanning et al then it's analogous to me picking up a brown snake and complaining it bit me.
I knew the risk and did it anyway.

If it happens down here, then I'll have no probs having words.

Saint Mick is my least favourite pro to surf with.

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 11:57am

Is he better behaved at your local FR ?

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matthewblackesq commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 12:01pm

Boycott their sponsors

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Ape Anonymous commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 12:20pm

No need -the stock market has crashed

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 12:51pm

"Is he better behaved at your local FR ?"

as much his, as anyone's.

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anthony.olsen commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 1:31pm

Love the super long carve at 1:42 to cut around the pack.

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evosurfer commented Thursday, 19 Mar 2020 at 6:33pm

I found the pros very respectful at my local reefs. They just figure out the line up
and simply out paddle out manoeuvre out surf you. Infact the hard man of surfing
Sunny Garcia a few years ago wouldnt take a wave unless we told him to go. Even
that Fanning character showed restraint and respect.
I guess like any travelling surfing out of their local they know things can go wrong.

IF im not surfing im racing

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 22 Mar 2020 at 12:43am

Gretel's Back Wash!
(Mystery or Serial Pest) goes a round with the Champ.
Goof tries to take out Mick...(No Vid!) Only these snaps! Ok!

Photo sequence...
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/26caaa9ee65b763adce4767d1563eb01?wid...

https://media.apnarm.net.au/media/images/2020/03/20/v3imagesbin7db7f83ce...

https://media.apnarm.net.au/media/images/2020/03/20/v3imagesbinc0b1938c3...

TC Gretel GC WSR surflix (Thanx to MySurf)

*Snapper Gretel (Surflick 2)
https://mysurf.tv/video/6141888439001

*The Point
https://mysurf.tv/video/6142150846001

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zenagain commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 9:55am

More info TB?

Maybe old mate goof engaging in a bit of payback?

Cheers for the vids. Burleigh singing- so miss that spot sometimes, many a memory.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Nigeisblessed commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 12:14pm

Great waves but with a crowd like that....you can have it.

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 12:43pm

Nah! Paywall Story released today not in (o/n print ed')
Sorry No Vid! Bully made out there was but -Yes Series of Images as shown!(Above)

Special request by Zenagain for his lock downed isolated crewmates.
Qldurrz are suss on sordid detail...but with some stinky mud army muckracking.
...Won't be pretty mind....

*The 'Mystery Goof' did Drop in!
*There was Shouting, Shoving, Headbutting & wrestling (Nothing Polite!)
*Mick is a wounded Honeymooning Dad to be!

Bully Photographer : Scott Powick (tbb checked & no giveaways there!)

re: zenagain called payback ? (That drew a few responses!)

GCB: [f] Comments

DD: "Just balancing the ledger"
RC: "1.5 metres"
JR: "King has Priority!"
MKS: "Put one on his chin, Mick!" (Possible serial pest reference!)
AB: "This You Yuuki Ura?" (Japanese Olympic Year- Tag team Curtain Raiser?)
GC Yuuki Ura--- https://www.facebook.com/yuuki.ura1 (GC Link only & nothing more)

All vidz point to Pack Ratz bookending as the joint was jumpin'
Gretel was not too big or too small...but bang on the money! All Aboard.

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calk commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 2:31pm

It would be really disappointing to hear if Mick did resort to confrontation/violence. Not only because someone of his profile should be above it, but also given he and his close mates are the worst offenders.

I may be reading tbb’s summary of events wrong though....

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 10:01pm

calk! You'd be 100% right...(Due to Pay Wall!)
tbb compiled several News Titles to nut out events!

Do Swear that some restraint was shown!
eg: "Snapped in Heated Exchange"
"Fiery Exchange!"
Was never gonna buy into Bully wank fest!
Also added & pointed out newlywed Dad to be Mick is injured...
tbb's way of playing it down to balance sensational text!

AndyM would know but can't take his work home!
Often a week on, the story goes around!...
Above photo may well have been the only contact!
(Grasp & head touch more to balance one another)
Bully Story was most likely the only beat up here!

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Shaun Hanson commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 3:34pm

Recently surfed a point break 4 or 5 out one bloke jumping of the rocks paddle to the inside just in time to take a set wave at least a dozen times ..it was slow and only 1 or 2 in the sets nobody called him out on it so i dropped in on him and he got pissed had no idea why i did it ...just thinks taking every wave is acceptable behaviour even in a small crowd ...im guessin with the way the pros behave we are going to see more of this ..not cool

Pastmypeak

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evosurfer commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 5:30pm

Looks like payback to me the guy seemed very determined and good on him.

IF im not surfing im racing

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simba commented Friday, 20 Mar 2020 at 6:44pm

karmas a bitch eh

simba

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 22 Mar 2020 at 1:21am

tbb agrees with crew..the 1st Photo does scream FU...by both Parties.
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/26caaa9ee65b763adce4767d1563eb01?wid...
Ain't no accident, Goof is in complete control...
Has miles of time & can see whole barrel & world beyond but aims to double park.
Occy's drop is blatant & couldn't give a fuck if you die but this one screams payback!
You can see the intent was to cock-block! (A bit rude! Maybe, but call it for what it is!)

Snapper Gretel (Surflick 3)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=TviW-yXtkVU&feature=emb...

Snapper Gretel (Surflick 4)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlvgz_M5T6o

Snapper Gretel (Surflick 5)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh0XEAL5vmc