Watch: Texas wavepool massacre

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

This clip was sent to me while applying a new wax job to a spanking seven-oh pintail in preparation for a drought-breaking point session. It's been a while, anticipation is running high, so as good as this clip appears I'm not really feeling it, if you know what I mean.

Still, looks good, perhaps the best, the most relatable, wave pool clip yet.

Ahh, I don't even know what that means, or even what the past week of wave pool madness will amount to, but it was gusting 60 knots off Gabo Island early this morning and I've already spent far too long typing this intro.


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simba commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 3:10pm

For some reason this setup looks more fun than Kellys.........maybe its the nuclear green water?


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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 4:37pm

Pool Rules are No Pool Rules (Wild West Texas)
1) Kooks trail your loose board back thru lineup
2) Chix paddle back thru impact zone.(Girl just lost 2 lives after that last ride) Saved by Edit.
Imagine the carnage with bodysurfer coming thru or a mid air smack down on chick's back.

Every aspect of surfing will be amplified good & bad... No escaping that.
I'm guessing 10 x cameramen & selfie stick for each rider as well.
'Waco Hospital Flowrider Wing already constructing Wave Pool triage unit'.Take care dudes!

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John Eyre commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 11:07pm

Hello...Truebluebasher... can i ask you where did you write before you joined up to swellnet? write some fascinating stuff....for real....funny, witty and quirky information to boot....all rhymed and poetry like...

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Älskarhavet commented Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 7:22am

I agree John Eyre, although I don’t understand all he writes!
He must be a fast typer, or have a lot of time on his hands. Either way, interesting comments and knowledgeable it seems. (Unchecked by me).
Yeah...where’d this writing come from? I like it, refreshing!

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Mr Underhill commented Sunday, 14 Oct 2018 at 12:31pm

I agree. I also like Gary G. Haven't heard from him for a while. Hopefully he hasn't quit. Funny bastard.

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daisy duke kaha... commented Saturday, 12 May 2018 at 5:17pm

3:40 - Kelly spying from the shorebreak

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tsunalu commented Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 5:29pm

Over thinking it. Beats a skate park hands down.

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 13 May 2018 at 5:30pm

Happy Mothers day to all Swellnet Mums...

Note: Sorry to Stu/ Texas Tea crew ... Massacre continues beneath..

Reply- Contains selfish list of Truebluebasher Study Papers. (Please ignore or delete)
Thanx guys & John your devotion to history & civics thru storytelling is epic. I am a fan!
Honestly Stu's excellent articles just get better+ All Swellnet writers are equally as good.

Unearthing local anomalies fuels endless compassion to the cause! For me anyway!
1976 Sex Pistols."Your Future Dream is a Shopping Scheme"(Insanely insightful).
1978 Razar: "So I wanna warn ya...Support your Local Band". (Major Songline influence).
1984 Countdown/MTV/Tribute bands had white anted the local scene = One of Us One of us

1981-83 First GC Punk band.(Social Cancer)
1st GC Mowhawk = Public Enemy No.1 resulted in several Murder attempts from evil doers.
Also the Punk DJ/ Walking encyclopedia(Songlist/Charts/etc. Punkzine was in pipeline).
Punk married the Goth Chick so on.
1995- 2000 Co wrote Local Merrimac News letter/Awarded for GC Green Heart Name.
Research Papers: 'Invisible City" earned a Double Page spread in Bully + " Pods In Paradise"
Invisible City echoed demise of Nostalgic Gold Coast Glitter Strip during video age. 1984 on!

Forever since writing to Newspaper Eds/Ministers/Committees.
eg.'Centralization & stalling of Public/Transit in South East Qld Cities'(1980's decline)
GC just added 45 mins to a cross city journey. Plans for 1 hr extra timetable to coastline.
Games fans recall 100,000/day decaying on trams had no time for a pale ale in Ghost Town.
Govt/Council are slowing our Tourist spend/jobs to cocoon upzoned G- Link acquisitions.

Histories in Libraries:
Monumental Idol/Waves of Seafarers - Saltwater Surf Rescues 1820-1900
Brochure + Compendium... (Soon wish to update Brochure with more rescues).

1791 Discovery of Moreton Bay/Navigation of White Bay (Precedes Flinders 1799)
Presented Study paper/Postcard companion Sketches of same early Qld Surfing Scenes.

GC Skateboarding history + Qld/GC Roller Skating Rink histories

Swellnet lends us to space to inform surfcivic updates eg: South Straddie/Spit Master Plan
Maybe 2019? GC Surfing History... Also as free brochure.
Clever folk can source GC surf history exclusive to Swellnet's Straddie/Breakwater series.

My priority is my own town of Reedy Creek history so far neglected...Should be doin it now!
But i'm Knee deep in First Wave/Wipeout/Bodysurfer or a Burley Barrelometer.

Finish with Big Ticket civic Examples: Compare these 2 NEWS Headlines.
a) Gold Coast is The 6th Biggest City in Australia... GC Mayor loses out again on handouts.

b) OZ Regional Capital Gold Coast Mayor scoops Lion's share of Regional Funding.

Disclaimer: My wife ran for Mayor in 2000. Our Alternative..b) Is never ever considered.

$2b GC Commonwealth Games host wins: (a) Royal Charter(b) Lord Mayor(C) Royal Show.
How about none of the above! ( Make your wish at our ever flowing fountain of fools Gold).
Ugly fairytale ending of pure Social Punk ethos with a twist of Nostalgic bent.

PS: Our history was written by men. Few realize in this century Women are the historians.
Their contribution is awe inspiring & attention to detail is bewildering...delving deeper.
Girly stuff they leave lying about is to die for..."This raft and those waves"...What! & What?
Countless times I stumble upon a Study Paper onto another field & so on...You Go Girls!

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rooftop commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 7:30am

Wavepools will become an unremarkable part of the surfing landscape pretty soon, and haters like me will seem quaint.

But regardless of their relationship to ocean surfing's core culture, I'm confident wavepools will boost both elite and amateur performance through three factors:

1. Immediate feedback and correction. Didn't hold your rail long enough in that turn? Stalled for the tube too late? Watch the replay, rinse, repeat. The only variable is you.

2. Consistent conditions allowing a replicable environment, thus targeting specific skills. If you want to work on your floaters, there may be only one floater opportunity for every three ocean waves. And you may only get 10-20 waves in a session. That's five or six floaters. In a wavepool you can do 50 floaters today, 50 floaters tomorrow, and 50 floaters every day after that until you can do it blindfolded and switchfoot on a board covered in lube.

3. Accurate feedback on equipment. Maybe I'm completely wrong on this one, but I've always mistrusted the supposed ability to judge the physics of a board by its performance underfoot in a complex, shifting ocean where no two waves are the same. I suspect the wavepool has the potential to provide an ideal testing ground which eliminates many of the variables of the ocean by allowing people to perform the same manoeuvres on exactly the same wave on two different boards only minutes apart.

I'd take the ocean over the wavepool any day, but if one opened near me I'd be there for a couple of days each season to focus on my problem areas, bust through some performance barriers and better understand my boards.

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GuySmiley commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 8:59am

Eyes glazed over before too long into that clip. No denying it will catch on. School holiday "training camps" anyone?

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spencie commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 5:09pm

Ah! The sweet small of chlorine!

Still looks fun though.


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dangerouskook2000 commented Monday, 14 May 2018 at 8:53pm

I think it needs more chlorine.

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SoCal Steve commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 4:29am

Both Kelly's wave and this wave look fun. I'm not picky for being deprived.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 2:50pm

rooftop/GuySmiley...Surfing Australia CEO only just quit to join WSL.
Top secret Mission to develop Australia's 1st WSL training centre levering KSWP technology .
You guys are either spies or have applied for [POSITION VACANT] CEO Surfing Australia.

Apologies again for the sidetrack! Big thanx for kicking on... rooftop/GuySmiley & all...

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udo commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 5:20pm

Cool clip on there insta of what a Grommet thinks
Young Fella Cruzdinofa rips.

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shoredump commented Saturday, 2 Jun 2018 at 6:56am

Pool down till June 16. Must be having some issues....

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shoredump commented Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 at 1:06pm

I surfed here today, and it’s really fun. Felt just like surfing a really good 2-3ft wave off a breakwall. Definitely feels like surfing. Had a couple beers afterwards served to me by a bikini clad girl at the bar overlooking the right. Great day out. I’m the sort of guy that loves a dawn patrol in a national park, and gets stoked on a pod of dolphins too, I’m no stickered up show pony. Can’t wait till they can make them bigger. Occys footage is dropping any day now isn’t it. Interesting times

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stunet commented Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 at 1:39pm

Nice one, Shoredump. Any word on why the water is the colour of Coola cordial?

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shoredump commented Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 at 1:47pm

Nah, didn’t ask, maybe it’s best I don’t know...

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crg commented Thursday, 6 Sep 2018 at 2:36pm

I think the reservoir they get their water from is clay based and stains the water so they colour it to make it look better. I can vaguely recall reading that somewhere but open to be corrected.

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shoredump commented Monday, 1 Oct 2018 at 3:12pm

Pool closed till March. No word yet on the Centre of Disease Control results. Could be precautionary, or not. Yikes.
Naegleria fowleri, a brain eating bacteria, killed Fabrizio Stabile this week after surfing there. RIP

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GreenCT commented Monday, 1 Oct 2018 at 3:53pm

wow how sad RIP
If it is linked to the wave pool then a bunch of people will be getting tested from the recent comp held there

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 at 4:58pm

crg is right with clay being under examination. Microbial clay that allows transference.
The fact that the man was from out of town may be a contributing factor. How said it is!
Fortunate to have shoredump to live & tell...Lotto Ticket!

The Colonel's Special Brew of 11 secret Potions & Dyes remains a secret.
1st main ingredient being Spring Water
2nd being stinky alkaline Grey Clay...mix already gives us that loamy texture
Local rednecks love their brew so it's no good turning your nose up.
Natural state acts as a mudbath with a grey cappuccino colour...(Wavepool has liner)
3rd ingredient is Chlorine...lots of we're getting that mutant Green feeling.
4th ingredient being urine now we're officially ...Fluro (Aint no filters operating round here!)
5th ingredient all can see... Floating Tinnies (see byproduct #4 urine)
6th ingredient being selfie sticks + I-pods built up at the base of Royal Flush.(#1 Selfie Slide)
No-one can see an inch into the water. (Check!) All lost property remains lost ...forever.

Royal Flush + Cable Park are on natural clay with tree roots turtles and snakes...
This springbreakwater then feeds the Wave Pool...

But we all know that the Wave Pool has and needs a liner...Yes! (shoredump may describe!)
Fact remains that park flows and empties as natural spring lakes- any filters would clog up.
Meaning the Wave Pool is slowly choking in clay...Surfers quite literally Potter about.
This explains why the wave looks more skank each day with seemingly no resolution.

Without doubt costing BSR more to run each day...
Park is a Hybrid/Moonshine Wave-drain a bit like Kelly's Skid Pan. One pool flushes the next!

Depending on findings...BSR say they're quite willing to go full filtration = less clay/chlorine.
Possibly up costs but prolong Wave Pool also Wave may actually break differently.
Lakes are pretty big to swap over!

Back to the beginning I mentioned outta towner. Could be that Texas kids grew up in clay!
Possibly their clay based dam water is in their blood...along came a stranger at wrong time.

This be Redneck Breeding Swamps and they be proud of their 24/7 spring break.
A hangout of pissed teens going louder/faster/higher for longer.
Stinky water + slides slicing open old wounds are a badge of honour.
Visiting families can't flee fast enough vowing never to return. (100's of reviews reflect this!)

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018 at 10:18pm

Texarse is relatively dry although Wacko gets a bit more water than most (nearly a metre annually - Melbourne by comparison gets only 650mm on average). Big problem seems to be over development and over drawing of the Trinity aquifer which has been going on for years. Seems this aquifer replenishes very slowly so what has taken millions of years to fill may be gone in the hundreds, and this year they have had less than 50% of their annual rainfall. They may be getting to the bottom and the dregs so who knows what is coming up from the bottom. Black Lagoon?

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shoredump commented Thursday, 4 Oct 2018 at 9:31am

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shoredump commented Thursday, 4 Oct 2018 at 11:13am

That’s meant to be an image of the liner I took TBB. It’s a thick white synthetic material that is sturdy but slippery to walk on. I guess because of the clay. There’s a rise, or bank, between the wave and the shore, that I had to slide down it was too difficult to walk. It’s concrete under the wave, and they have a sandy beach with sun chairs and umbrellas lining it.
Lots of out of towners the day I was there, me, Sunny Garcia, a guy from Florida who was there for 15 X 1 hour sessions over 3 days. Others no doubt. Happy to have not heard anymore bad news, I guess it’s likely that it came from somewhere else anyway. It’s a bit gross though. I was sick for a week after it but I doubt it’s related. I passed it onto my wife. I had a headcold & cough. Regardless of the results, filtration systems will be part of their game now I bet.

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memlasurf commented Thursday, 4 Oct 2018 at 1:55pm

Off topic but related to water quality, a Chinese delegation visited the power generator at Lake Pedder in Tassie to find out why it has lasted so long. It was built around 50 years ago and has little replaced since (still almost analog and a quality German product). Some relatively minor maintenance however still going like a train. It ended up being the quality of the water; crystal clear vs mud in China. They burn their generators on a regular basis.

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 4 Oct 2018 at 4:33pm

Very thoughtful reply shoredump considering your freakout of last week.
Bikini Girls serve you drinks & you gave the wife your zombie flu.

Something tells me shoredump is gonna need more than just flowers.
Speedy recovery to yourself/Wife Family...Zombie Flu is best treated like yesterday even.
I've been spinning out with Labyrinthitis but not to ill to care a little extra of late...
Earthquakes/Tsunami/Volcano... that be one town's weekly dose...Is there a God?

Get your Pen Handy, now that sounds serious for a start....
Naegleria fowleri
Infection: amebic meningoencephalitis
(Does not spread person to person)

Symptoms show One to Nine Days after nasal streaming of warm/spring water
*Severe headaches (Last Day long + get worse)
*Slurred Speech
*Severe Tiredness ( Inability to rise out of bed)
Death is from One to 18 days

Anti parasitic drug called"miltefosine" (Sold as Impavido)
Said drug successfully treated 2 cases in 2013 but only if treatment starts early.

Sincere thoughts go out to all fellow sufferers of late...Get well one & all.

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shoredump commented Saturday, 13 Oct 2018 at 9:09am

Pool is fine, as expected. The results have come back clear. Bees and coconuts remain a far greater threat. The new filtration system will be finished in February. I hope they keep that funky space green colour. I’ll go back for another go

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 14 Oct 2018 at 11:26am

Love to give you a clean bill of health shoredump but road to recovery looks a bit chunky.
Media & commentators aren't buying the spin.

Report says Mr Stabile did indeed get his Zombie virus from BSR Park waters.
Read between the lines shoredump...
Water source is the Cable Park that flows thru Royal Flush/Lazy River/Wavepool .
No virus/ No Nothin' can technically come from the Wave Pool...(Technically True!)

Cable park has the virus ...massive chlorine dumps kill it until it wears off (repeat)
Mr Stabile most likely got struck down during low chlorine dose.(Low chlorine = amoeba)
Cable Park is a natural water body for the virus as such high levels are still natural.(Correct)

Note: Technically the virus is/was present. BSR natural water source saved any wrong doing.

They did find fecal matter!(Technically natural if floating at water level shuts pool quicker)
BSR were recommended to keep the chlorine consistent (No dumps < > Zero)

Park was butt end of jokes so was already whipping up a new Fluro McFlurry (No flake).
New crystal clear- wavepool will be lined/painted white to match the wave zone.
$1/2 m spend by February is new opening date...Will waves break less heavy/ more hollow?

Demi Zombie shoredump gets fed a Swillnut diet of Corona + Off green rare rib eye steaks.
Also our Pool Boy gets to surf Fluro McFlurry forever...One of us! One of us! One of us!

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shoredump commented Sunday, 14 Oct 2018 at 12:20pm

Yeah I read that media also. I drive on roads to surf in the ocean too. You should see those stats. I’m a daredevil like that. Poor Mr Stabile was extremely unlucky

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