Watch: Summer in Tulla

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No doubt it's just a coincidence that Vicco is having a terrible summer and URBNSURF is launching a new campaign, but here we are: small and bleak on the coast, clear and consistent in Tulla.

If blue water barrels alone don't stir a Pavlovian response, some words from the Tulla Tub management:

We’re working on a new session type called 'Advanced Turns', which will be launching in February. It'll feature two new high performance turns waves, one allowing you to unload on the first section - vertical snap/turn, big carve, full roundhouse, layback - and then gives you another good vertical section followed by a cutback section to finish, the other wave provides an easier takeoff with a good carving section to begin with, then two vertical sections in the middle - which barrel when it’s offshore - and a whitewash section to finish.


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radiationrules Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 11:06am

I think those waves definitely go better with chardonay. They didn't show you what you could buy from the gift shop either?

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Sunnysideup Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 11:52am

Can't help but think next gens of this tech will be pumping out 3-4ft?

BTW what is the tune on this promo?

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Stok Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 12:19pm

It's a little strange to see promo material from the wavepool - as it's a relatively new type of surfing content.

Normally when a surf clip drops, it's flogging a brand, or an individual. Maybe a resort/surf camp. Most wave pool clips to date have been trying to flog the fact the tech is up and running. This is now a new type of content where it's actually trying to get more punters through the door.

Just a little strange to see the surfing experience being packaged and sold in a new and unique way. My natural surfing instincts are being crossed with my rational brain - it looks fun, I want to go there more, but my brain is telling me it's not really surfing true to its form. It's somewhat dissatisfying.

(full disclosure - i go to the pool weekly, and froth over it - just find it a little amusing seeing the advertising).

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anthony.olsen Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 12:32pm

Also - when were the hot tubs open? They have been closed since lock down ended and weren't open before as far as I can recall.

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david 24 Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 1:43pm

the Tulla Tub has been open since November 2020

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anthony.olsen Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 2:08pm

2019 ...

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david 24 Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 2:13pm

Re -opened 2020

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anthony.olsen Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 2:16pm

Yep - just saying that the tubs were getting finished pre both lockdowns and since it's been opened they haven't been opened due to social distancing. Was just trying to be playful and say that the tubs look like a great way to start / end a session but are yet to be available.

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lost Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 6:32pm

Tubs (Hot Tubs) are definitely still closed - bit of advertising license i think. Just like its a no no to jump off the central pier, ride two to a wave or two to a board but all lool cool in clips. PS I'm also a fan and enjoy the tula tub. Has been a really good vide each time I've been. The booking system on the other hand is absolutely hopeless and needs a complete rethink.

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Nick Bone Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 12:39pm

“which barrel when it’s offshore”

Was there for the 7am on Friday and it was
NE - E/NE - offshore on the right. I didn’t notice much difference from past times were we’ve had poor winds. All the waves at the start are clean then get gurgley. Just didn’t seem like wind matters all that much??

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Stok Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 1:00pm

I reckon the wind needs to be at least 15knots to make a difference.

Had a few strong offshore days which have been good.

Had a few strong onshore days which still barrel but a bit crumbly.

It's the rips which make the difference.

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Finnbob the terror Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 5:33pm

where ya been bone,
Haven't caught a glimpse of ya for a while, except in Merah Bencong's car park probably eating a Mini Mac. The Folding Nettles, Me and the H, have been having a few feasts on the captain of the enterprises bangers and mash, been good.

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Nick Bone Wednesday, 3 Feb 2021 at 7:09am

Ive been stuck on a old faithful rock behind those hilly mountain ranges. Mothers milk from the nipple. The teet of life. The slide at playground of the rich and famous is well broken and cant get a hold of anyone to fix it. Needs repairs bad.

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Leebo20 Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 3:23pm

When's Perth going to get a wave pool...

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Goodwolf Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 3:55pm

Developers could have saved themselves a few years and much angst by opting for a logical location. Trying to build on prime (publicly owned) real estate fronting the river in an expensive suburb was... illogical, to put it politely.

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Leebo20 Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 6:27pm

The grass is sacred

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Kellya Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 at 10:28am

NIMBY grass the most sacred blade of grass

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Patrick0710 Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 4:33pm

Can't believe that time I didn't fall off during my Cruiser sesh didn't make the final cut.

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Roker Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 5:33pm

Great clip. Up there with Free Scrubber for mine.

Could’ve benefited from some quick cuts of the spectacular sight of a board slamming into the wall tho. Maybe kill the music and incorporate the impressive sound this makes. Booom! Boooom! Boooom! And then some ultra slo mo.

And a sequence of the guy who fluffs the take off. Tight on his terrified face as he comes up and sees the next guy going over the falls and bearing down. Wide on the crew in line who look away in horror as one. A montage for sure. To emphasise frequency.

Dig The Tulla Tub but.

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anthony.olsen Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 6:40pm

Yeah - I'd watch that

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indo-dreaming Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 6:29pm

Found the clip very boring typical promo stuff.

I would much rather see an unridden wave of each of the new settings and then a few ridden waves with a decent surfer and them reviewing each new setting.

BTW. I still havent done the pool was locked in for i think April then it closed with Covid, expect i have credit might have to lock a Feb session in.

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spencie Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 7:00pm

With all the quick editing it's very hard to get a proper perspective on what the waves are really like (take-off, first and subsequent sections, etc). Looks fun but if there are a couple of aborted take-offs looks like it could get congested.

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Patrick Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 8:48pm

That advertisement has put me off going there, it looks so gimmicky/touristy... like a gold coast in tulla.... bleeurgh...

Saying that, people keep posting that it's fun.

Looks like they're priming the next gen of kooks to flood the ocean, people who think they can surf but don't have ocean awareness or know surf etiquette.

Still, people keep saying it's fun.

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Stok Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 8:55pm

Gotta agree it's a bit tacky. I'm kind of ashamed to say I recognised a few social media stars in that vid too.

As for the generation of wave pool surfers...well I would agree in some ways they will be kooks. But - etiquette won't be the issue, in fact, the pool is pretty much the politest, most organised place to surf. It's just wait your turn.

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anthony.olsen Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021 at 9:50am

I view it more as a training facility.

Would never replace the experience of the ocean and the environment (concrete and take off area) takes some getting use to - although the facilities are well done without being over the top.

I never think about or relive the waves I've caught there, but like most of us can fondly recall highlight waves from decades ago. For me it's a "yes and" but if I had to choose to surf in either it would be the ocean any day.

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goofyfoot Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 9:02pm

Embrace the tack!
What did you expect, it’s an amusement park.
That clip made it look awesome

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oxrox Monday, 1 Feb 2021 at 9:06pm

My son, who lives in Melbourne, recently went there and absolutely loved it. Said the food was fantastic too. He loves the ocean but his current profession requires him to live in Melbourne so he` s going to get his surfing fix there. Couldn`t stop raving about it. That was after 3 months of being home in WA living on the ocean. Not going to replace that obviously but it`s waves and convenient.

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.cylinders Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021 at 5:39am

Was supposed to head over in May for a bodysurfing thing where we were going to try to tune the slab thing to accept a decent whomping. Was bummed when it got canned. Video reminds me I've still got that jetstar voucher somewhere, not much use now that Perth has been locked up!

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freeride76 Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021 at 10:53am

it's fun when the sun is out and the water blue.

probably a one and done for most people, unless you live in Melbs.

fukn good workout though.

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Dx3 Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021 at 12:08pm

Yep, bloody good fun, I normally come out of it thinking 'gee that was hectic, I'm buggered'.

Take-off zone is full-on and as unnatural as surfing gets, and like a poster above said, I use it purely to work on turns for when I'm back in the ocean. After such a lean run in Vicco, last weekend with swell and clean waves rammed home just how good an ocean surf is vs the pool. Not even in the same league.

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tango Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021 at 2:32pm

Almost 24hrs later, I'm still trying to process what happened yesterday when a couple of good mates and I drove away from the ocean to go for a paddle and cash in the birthday/xmas vouchers. The whole shebang is like walking into a Dali painting, but despite the concrete and the planes you still can't help but froth when you see the first set roll out. Thankfully, it doesn't look real, cos that would really fark with your head.

We started on Intermediate to get the hang of it, and glad we did because the takeoff is pretty intense on your first crack - the wave appears predictably but still out of nowhere 5 yards behind you and pulls you back a bit like a slab does, and you don't want to bounce off the wall or suffer the ignominy of kooking it. It's pretty gutless, though, and a lot of waves in the set get messed up by the movement of water. The most frustrating thing is the inevitable numpties who've overestimated their ability and either miss (waste) waves or fall on take-off and stay in the way rather than going with the current. We had three of them, and it's pretty frustrating being behind them in the line. I found sooling them in was the best thing to do to make em go the extra 10% and at least catch it.

The advanced setting was surprisingly fun, plus we had 10 in the water so everyone got a wave each set. There's a bit of push to it, and the first half hour was a fun sucky takeoff with a wall with some juice in the top of it. The last 30min were on barrel mode, with an easy takeoff and the thick middle section. The bottom drops right out of it, but is pretty hard to read with clear water and no natural marks, a bit like surfing in glass on dusk. A few blokes got well and truly decapitated by that section, and if you drag your hand in the wall you can feel the push. There's heaps more water moving everywhere, too, and its a good workout.

If they can divvy up the advanced setting into a wall and a barrel I think that would suit a lot of people, but the risk is you'd risk getting the same intermediate issue for the wally setting where there are people who can't handle it wasting waves. If they kept the takeoff how it was at the start, that might weed a few out.

All up, nothing like the ocean, but still like being a kid in a lolly shop.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021 at 5:49pm

Urbnsurf: "In Summer, our water Temps are expected to hit the low-to-mid 20's on Hot Days, perfect for boardies, T-Shirt, Rashie, Vest, Springsuit, Bikini or One Piece."

Explain a Steamer Lane Mid Winter Vid in a Heat Wave? (Climate sure changed a lot!)
Neck 2 Knee rubber costumes with safety strapped Pool Toyz concreted to yer feet.
Look Mum...No Hands...I'm surfing! (Honestly! How could you tell?)

If this is in fact Australia's Endless Summer, then where are the Bikinis & Boardies?
No life giving Sunbaking yer bones or sensuous rapture of freely surfing a wave?

Does Barechested tbb need to don a Mask to Manhandle Rory's Pet Beast?

Sure tbb had a laugh at the crash up crab pot blooper reels but this vid is plain sterile.
It's the most anti fun loving summer Promo that a Goldie lad has ever seen...(Boo!)
A crying' shame as this wave pool deserves better promo than wotz been served up!
tbb has not an issue with Wave Pools or Boardriderz but this is more fake than Trump
It's actually an insult to surfers and surfing...(Huey said you just made Ma Nature cry).

Are we to believe that Surfers detest Endless Summer more than the world combined

Flip the seasons & see for yourselves...come Mid Winter Viccos strip off as Sun Godz.
Urbnsurf Mid Winter looking way more sparkly than the Fake Endless Summer Vid.
Bikinis (Check) Boardies (Check) LifeGuard in Tower (Check)

Dodgy Russian Wave Pool looks more like summer than Victorian era Ice Block Fridge
Sure! Ok! Maybe that's way way too wild for summer...this one has Lazy summer vibe.

Aussies don't wear Steamerz in a Mid Summer has gone mad!

Surf Aid Cup
19th Feb 2021 (& / or) 16th April 2021
The Point @ Urbnsurf

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Hiccups Tuesday, 2 Feb 2021 at 6:02pm

Having surfed there on days pushing 40 degrees, I can attest to the fact that there were still people out there in steamers when this ex-tasmanian was close to heatstroke in a pair of boardies. Some people really love their rubber.

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Dx3 Wednesday, 3 Feb 2021 at 10:22am

From my experience surfing it in boardies, it's not the water temp that will make you feel the pinch, it's the wind if there's a bit about. That said, any day high 20's+ and you'll be fine in boardies, maybe a 1.5mm vest to take the edge off. You are nearly always on the go so for an hour it's worth a crack. Surfing in boardies in Vic very rare, take it when you can!

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freeride76 Wednesday, 3 Feb 2021 at 8:41am

I'm the biggest cold water sook on earth and I surfed in boardies.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 16 Mar 2021 at 1:55pm

Urbnsurf Summer Sessions Corrections...
Thursday 18th Feb Surf Park reopens

Friday 19th Feb Surf Aid Cup ?
Weekend Notices (Covid cancelled Sessions & Postponed several Gigs)
Lockdown Cancellations Feb 13 - Feb 17 (Credits)
(If you wanna Summer session or booked March Weekend)
Be quick - Check Summer weekends for Loose Bookings (Gig Postponements)

This Weekend ( For the Love ) [ $160 Ticket / SOLD OUT ]
Feb dates: [POSTPONED] Fisher / Ocean Alley / Hayden James

March ( For the Love ) New Gig Dates Wrap ( Just updated ) Thanx!

Mon 15th March - RipCurl GromSearch National Final
Sat 20th March - ( For The Love ) Fisher
Sunday 21st March - ( For The Love ) Ocean Alley
Sat 27th March ( For The Love )Hayden James
Tues 30th March Victorian Open

Fri 16th April Surf Aid

That's a lot of changes goin' down in Feb / March
Salute to Urbnsurf...that can't be Easy...deserve a break!
(Recall last Jan: mud bath / March : Stab High Cancels)
swellnet crew's Event Timeline should assist with re/bookings...good Luck.

Wave Pool Surfing as Art? (Sports / Transit / Hard Labour?)

Notice Fed Govt - [ Rise Fund ] $658,026 Perth /GC/Melbournre (Urbnsurf 3/6 Gigs)
Funds per Venue / Gig?
Australian Music & Lifestyle Campaign (Digitally Focused Event)

Urbnsurf (Event/s) : "No Shuttle > Transit / Parking advice".
Bus / Taxi / RideShare + $25/day Melrose Parking + $22/day United Parking

WSL Drop festival shares Oz Leg Venues/Gigs

Surfing / ART / Grants / Just Chill Dude.

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dandob Sunday, 21 Feb 2021 at 8:51am

Shiny happy people laughing....

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truebluebasher Monday, 8 Mar 2021 at 10:17pm

Here's a ripper Urbnsurf photo for dandob to unravel....
March/2021 [f] photo [ (c) Urbnsurf ]
Feb/2020 original photo dates back to Release the Beast Booger brigade.

Bubble Bath Time...splits the Micro Grom Pack.
6 year old's Pool Party goes off the rails...

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udo Sunday, 16 May 2021 at 7:54pm
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truebluebasher Friday, 27 Jan 2023 at 2:56am

Visit Melbourne ~ Tourism~ Summer in Melbourne.
tbb had seen this ad just the once...on the Telly about a week or two back...
Couldn't track it down online...until today!
Official Australia Day Launch!
Wotz cool about this Ad is that it features Urbnsurf Wavepool
So! Tulla Tub is now officially a Thing...A tourist attraction? (8 views)
Crew salute Vic & Urbnsurf for getting their wavepool on the to do list!

Must be a catch...surely!
Continues on from 2nd Feb 2021 (Above) recapping tbb > Steamers in Summer?
[0:05] Vic's Endless Summer is, as guessed...modelled by Surfers in Steamers...(Wot! Again!)

Cold Hard Vic Tourism welcome freezes joke...
Think the Urbnsurf Steamers are just a prop to ward off "Coastals" (More on that Below!)

Holiday to a Melbourne Pool (This week!)
Mum : "It's so fuckin' cold here...only have my legs in!" (6 views)

Urbnsurf Glossary
Dirty Dozen : Oz has room for about a dozen wavepools
Roary : Keeper of the Beast [ Do not Feed the Beast]
Roary's Beast : Backwash from the Rainbow Unicorn
Surf Park Fever...(Cure!) Bums on Boards
Crab Pots...Geez! Not another Kook tangled up in me leggie.
Coastals : Blowins 'up' from Bells & Torquay
Urbnsurf : Soulful [ Locals Only] Break.

Excellent round the board Wave Pool wrap...with trade secrets from Urbnsurf Andy! Cheers!
Yes! Andy describes the emergence of the 'Coastals'...weird reverse Surf Cultcha...Go Roary!

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suchas Friday, 27 Jan 2023 at 7:26am

Last article is a goodn TBB, insights into mindsets from the top down instead of the punters view.Build a commercial development, put in a wavepool, then what happens when the business model of the pool goes under? You are left with a big fish pond or a dolphin park?

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frog Friday, 27 Jan 2023 at 8:44am

Attempted world record editing job for number of clips squeezed into 3.23.

I think I spotted a pulled back line up shot in there at 1.01 that gave an impression of the whole wave but at 0.5 seconds or so I think they lingered too long on that one and I got bored. Note to editor - need to re-edit that back to 0.2 seconds.