Surf Lakes Take 2!

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Surf Lakes clearly aren't believers in the old adage that you don't get a second chance to make a first impression. After last year's inglorious curtain drop, which included faulty equipment, brittle concrete, and questionable wave quality, the crew have regathered, rebuilt, and rereleased the hounds.

The first sniff was two photos of thee times lid World Champ Ben Player at the wave called 'The Island'.

Player said the wave was as heavy as anything he's ridden in the ocean the same size.

Then, Surf Lakes dropped footage from the next peak over, 'Occy's Peak', which showed a quick drop to barrel to cutty section. The footage has multiple replays of the same wave, which may have some people asking questions, but the quality on that wave is hard to fault.

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peabo commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:14am

Benny's waves got me real excited, until it clicked that the instagram post I was looking at was from Surf Lakes in Yepoon and not UrbnSurf in Melbourne!

Looks pretty good though!!

Occy's wave a bit less so. Fairly small and short. Not something i'd pay the reported $5 per wave for.

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Sprout commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:56am

"thee times lid World Champ" -- "three time bodyboard World Champ"

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stunet commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:15am

Some of my best friends are lidders etc.

Not meant to offend.

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Sprout commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:31am

Me too mate, not offended, I just think Benny deserves better he's insane.

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lost commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:29am

@sprout esky lid world champ, shark biscuit world champ, booger world champ, yet to evolve world champ :)

knB

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Sprout commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:32am

You forgot dick dragger haha.

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lost commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:01am

dick dragger WORLD CHAMP no less :)

knB

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mattlock commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 3:13pm

Speed bump world champ

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lost commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:29am

Occy has found a 80s wetsuit that fits

knB

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fitzroy-21 commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:31am

I've seen in the last 24hrs the claim of 8' being quoted, I can't say that I believe that is what we just saw.

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Craig commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:38am

8' face claimed in Benny's, so 4ft.. which looks about right for that slab, 3/4ft.

I'm wondering over two days why there were only two waves filmed??

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fitzroy-21 commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 9:50am

I dare say there were many more and they are perhaps just drip feeding at the moment. Time will tell.

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lost commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:03am

The whole rusty metal plunger just does not speak of "Reliability". Time will tell I guess. What was that kevin Costa movie flop ? Reminds me of his metal sail boat

knB

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Johnyuleanderson commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:10am

Waterworld.....I don't know....as long as they keep the big metal thing plunging in and out of the water should def. keep making waves! :) But yeh there will probably be some dead time

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JosephStalin commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:13am

How much is occy getting paid, if your a surfer from Rocky/yeppoon you'd prob be interested otherwise to small to travel for that

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saltman commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 11:15am

Occy is always for sale
Pizza
Pepsi
Cars
Realestate
You pay - he will endorse it - wholeheartedly

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sneakerset commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 10:29am

Correct me if I'm wrong by my understanding is that the Rocky/Yepoon pool is a test facility only and unlikely to be open to the public anytime soon. Surf Lakes will then licence out the whole concept (wave technology, wave park plans etc) to interested developers.

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belly commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:12pm

I was in Rockhampton and surrounds for work in March, kept an eye out but couldn't spot the facility. Is the exact location a secret?

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hillsintas commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:38pm

Do they REALLY need legropes?
Nice looking, but a cover up tube is not a real BARREL.

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JosephStalin commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 8:05pm

They were talking it right up

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Garryh commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 4:50pm

I believe the legal term for this is "mere puffery"

WinterSwells

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wax-on-danielson commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:44pm

With all the talk about man made reefs like the one at Palmy and whether it will be shaped well for surf, this is probably evidence that man knows how to shape a reef for good waves - if man wants to.

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stunet commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 1:03pm

Not that easy. In the ocean waves come from various directions, with varying periods, which makes it harder to create a design that copes with all the variables. Then there's the matter of sand build up which is ever changing.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 12:45pm

looks fun...wonder how many you would need to get a buzz worth paying for?

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bipola commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 1:03pm

Its the future and it looks good. I like the design. maybe less crowds.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:27pm

Underwhelming.

Wait till a couple of Crocs take up residence in the pond, might make it a little more exciting.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:24am

A croc in Yepoon? No thanks

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Westofthelake commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:38pm

Can see the 'dole' folk crunchin the numbers. 4 waves at $5 a pop vs. a foilee.

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Feralkook commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 5:05pm

Centrelink can put a "Wave allowance" on the new welfare card.

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simba commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:47pm

looks dam fun...get it...anyway apart from occys hair and wetsuit the wave /s look nice.

simba

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surfstarved commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 2:56pm

What's he need a steamer for in Yepoon?

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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savanova commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 3:06pm

Why is Occy wearing a steamer in Yuppon? I reckon all the the cashed up miners of North Queensland will happily drive for miles in their sooped up storm & ranger utes to pay $5 a wave and take home a mini Occy surf doll souvenir to show off in the crib room in between getting new tatts.

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mattlock commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 3:16pm

Tatts of the plunger me thinks.

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:22am

Re steamer ?
Probably for more buoyancy ..
Remember reading that somewhere on here. Esp boards also . re sharkman

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ShaneAbel commented Thursday, 22 Aug 2019 at 7:15pm

The wave definitely gets smaller over distance which you would expect because unlike ocean swell which is bein driven consistently this is a single plunge hence energy dissipates over distance just like a rock dropped in a pond so what may st art as a four foot wave will turn into a two foot wave over a short distance
I am still waiting to see the finances charge out rates per hour how many in the water on each wave what is the return on the investment
Wales uk 80 pounds for 50 minutes or about $140 Aussie who will pay that and how many waves per hour will one ride and who will manage the potential hassle especially ally if they are Gold Coast surfers where it's a dog fight every day
I like the idea and it's great that someone is having a solid go and I would support anybody who has a go but typically there are plenty of knockers whose contribution is generally zero

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:50am

Questions over the cost are fair enough considering public paid.
Livingstone S.C. / Confidential Ordinary Meeting Minutes (Water Charges) [Page 33]
https://www.livingstone.qld.gov.au/DocumentCenter/View/11600

The tap water alone cost $221,600 or $44,320 per Pro.
Yeppoon Ratepayers kicked in $117,600 to sponsor $23,000 per Pro...(shh!)

Swellnetonians can count the waves surfed or replays
The question is of water quality or filtration in such a mega pool for public use!
[news] Reports of another brain bug death.
http://wavepoolmag.com/bacteria-could-be-to-wave-pools-what-sharks-are-t...

The pool is again only half full the reason being the massive outta frame shorebreak.
Top photo: See The Island's secret left is gonna get trashed by incoming right crest?
https://i.imgur.com/FFl1bUd.jpg
Investors seldom sweat minor inshore Cyclonic reaction.(A carton of cut 'n'paste!)
@ [1:04] See pool edge background Wave slams with more size & power than peak?
That being the smaller lead wave...Love to see shorebreak slam from Occy's Wave.
Surf Lakes can't fill pool any further until rogue waves quit upstaging #1 wave models.
Full pool depth wipes-out investors promo...(Can we back edit Occy's Youtube Barrel?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=OIBxJiQyb08

All agree that sort of force would foul test measures or mutate waves. Oh Yes Please!
tbb wishes for inflated pool surround to reverberate swell double/triple..(No waste)

The wasted energy plays out on surfers...looking bored even half asleep.

tbb can hardly hobble out to that A frame due to myositis add half blind 'n' dizzy.
But easily cruise the subway up thru trapdoor roll 1/2/3 x inside > Air rotate face.
That's just the 1st section...Either slot all the way in or flip flop any combo you like.
Need a shovel to scrape me up & a push back out for another crack, but waves a gem!

Surely a wave tester surfs downunder whole way round off the shoulder back to front
Pros surf OK but clearly the wave is half gone & barely half surfed...(Such a waste!)
tbb reminds when Pool rises the boardriderz & boogerz will come alive in bigger sets.
In it's current form only basherz can stream under/over & lick round the whole barrel.

tbb is jealous that wave farm has bigger better waves than GC last weeks of winter.

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Spuddups commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:43am

Putting the whole wave-pool thing aside, how good is it watching Occy surf? He looks like he's in good shape at the moment. With the blue wettie I could almost imagine it was 1985 all over again. Good times.

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innatube commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:08am

Phase2 marginally better than phase1.

Let us know when they get to phase10.

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 9:52am

Looks fun ! How's the drone view .
5 different waves people.
If you get bored or sick of Henry.
Just paddle around the corner.

Wow would actually really like to surf this . Brain bacteria not included........

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udo commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:41am

Steamer for the dawn surfs Yepoon had a 5 deg night on the 12 th Aug
Whats the decibel out put of that plunger i wonder ..surrounding properties must be spewing with the noise travel across the basin
Who is the female surfer in the vid ?
onepalm media have some diff angle footage of Occs wave

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Lottolonglong commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:48pm

Laura Enever?

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udo commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 12:17pm

Tru Starling ?

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truebluebasher commented Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:27pm

Crew are hinting at questions revolving competing Sponsors.

1986 -2019 : Ye Olde school Tourism Qld {Wave pool Rules}
Resort Style with inflatable Palm Tree,Shark,Croc,Swan & Rainbow Unicorn.

Wave Pool Attire..Strictly No Admittance. (Dogs 'may' surf a/h in rare Wave pools)
No Adani Protesters looping Tubes to Wave-Train trax...
No Fibreglass/Plastic Toboggans or Surfboards (Soft-Surfboards/Boogerz a/h only)

New Rules differ for each wavepark! Following is a changing guide only.

2018 -(New Wave) Wave Pool Rules...
Wave Pool may be opening next year or next century or whenever...don't ask!
[Wave Pool closed] You really missed it...Should've been here yesterday
Town may or may not run out of water + Rivers may run dry + Dam may evaporate.

Surf Brand digs a Quarry & whips up rad dust devils to fire up Nimby neighbours.
3 piece $2,000 Hazmat thermal suits life-lined to $2,000 "Custom" Waveboardz
[Disclaimer] $200 anchor rope is compulsory for Wave Pool Designer Hire Boards.

The Wavepool Bullies ..(Compulsory hire- Team Wave Pool Jock Rash Vests)
Surf Kayaks/Skis+oars, Snow Tow/Ramp skiers+poles, Short boarderz, knee boarderz, boogerz+fins, Skaffolderz, Caged GoGo Bikini Dancers, Leggies, Drones, Go Pros, Flipperz, Goggles, Spirits/Beer Cans, Cask Wine.

[Not on New Wave Pool Party invite list] Lifetime Ban.
(These losers failed the Olympic Pool Jock length swim as min requirement)
Brain Bugz,Preggo Mums,Toddlerz, bodybasherz,Skimmerz,Mals,Sups,Sunnies,Spex,

Legrope Rules (detail)

No 40 or more past + present Oz wave pools permit Legropes in wave pools but here.
Roo in headlights log jams the Wave Carousel & shuts down Wave pool.(That Simple)

Surf Ranch
Kelly's dudes rustle up & drill thru Skimmerz & Logz. One of Us One of Us One of Us
[11:09] Keen free spirited skimboarder gets tasered then ankle chained. (No Tricks!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR55Jch3Ec0

Loggerz are also made to tow the line. [No Old school Surfing at the Ranch]
https://www.surfer.com/features/logs-in-the-pool/

Waco Pilots mile high club fly topless with both Legs in the air.
Surfboard is now deemed as carry on luggage stuffed into overhead compartment.
WSL Pro goes off grid with leggy boycott & unleashes new move at Waco.
https://stabmag.com/stabcinema/seth-moniz-lands-first-ever-flip-in-a-wav...
Stab High: *Legrope optional WSL Pro Surfer Event.(Back to the Future!)
https://stabmag.com/news/stab-high-whos-judging-whos-surfing-and-how-thi...
*WSL Pro at it again, caught out Acid Droppin' with No straight jacket.
https://stabmag.com/stabcinema/mason-hos-love-letter-to-waco-and-thought...

NLand bans Bodybasherz & S.U.P's + Finned Boogerz must be kept on a Leash
Oddly only Boardriders are exempted from 'fins' Policy.
https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/things-you-didnt-know-about-nland-su...

New Wave Pool Rules or lack of them change with each new Govt.
Tourism & Mayors rush to give hand outs & over ride Council/Planners.(You name it!)
https://www.squirepattonboggs.com/en/news/2018/07/court-finds-city-of-me...

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Sprout commented Thursday, 29 Aug 2019 at 4:37pm
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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 2:20pm

[ Feeding the Chooks ]
Punk & Surf fought off Joh's media bans to tell it how it is & stood the test of time.

Qldurrz warmly welcome swellnet to kickstart WSL season each year.
Noosa Surf Festival director Ben also Films/Webcasts/Reports on Qld Triple Crown.
Swellnet are #1 reporters for Qld surfing News such as Surf Lakes...also cool.

1st swellnet article is/was part way included on Surf Lakes Media... (Qld says thanx)
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2017/05/31/surf-lakes-ar...

These swellnet articles are absent from Surf Lakes Media Timeline Top 100 ?
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2017/11/15/surf-lakes-op...
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2018/10/27/first-look-su...
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2018/10/27/second-look-s...
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2019/08/22/surf-lakes-ta...

Swellnet ticks every box +(Occ-casts) but can't crack 'Surf Lakes Media' Top 100 ?
https://www.surf-lakes.com.au/media-coverage/

swellnet Qldurr tbb apologizes & motions for Occ-Cast with Aaron @ Surf Lakes.
Qldurr also motions for swellnet Archives (Above) for inclusion into Surf Lakes Media.
Qld surfers won't accept Joh style censorship of their fav' #1 surf media swellnet.
Qldurrz nominate swellnet as our voice...Surf Lakes won't find a more honest partner.
Qld Surfers stand strong & proud with both Surf Lakes & swellnet.

tbb Salutes Aaron for thinking outside the square & making his dream come true!
World can't deny the poetry of the wave motion.

(Part 2) Don't come the Raw Prawn

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 31 Aug 2019 at 6:19pm

Don't come the Raw Prawn. (More observation than criticism!)

First up! Qldurrz thanks Surf Lakes for sharing info freely.

Surf Lakes was not Livingstone Mayor's 1st choice Wave Pool nor location.
27th July 2015 Mayor shopped $5m Wet'n'Wild Wave Pool by Yeppoon Foreshore.
https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/coast-in-for-wave-of-fun/2715...
You could say that the Mayor still sees Surf Lake as his bit on the side - pet Project.

Surf Lakes caused a shit-stir backdropping GC Spit CST/Casino Designer Wave Site.
https://edge.alluremedia.com.au/uploads/businessinsider/2017/05/surf-lak...
First Promo never went down well with GC surfers fighting to save their Spit.

Ok! So no secret that Councils do deals on Water/Planing on this or any project.

Surf Lakes advise an area of 6-8H but work site alone occupies 12H
Google Earth [click Clock > Wavepool OK! ] > [Click Ruler] > [ Click Polygon = Sqm ]

Allow Pool wash +Pumps + Perimeter Road + Seating + 4 sided strip stalls+ Car [P]
Basically 12H wouldn't build & /or fit a Surf Lakes resort ...(There for World to see!)
That limits site options to outside CBD or Council / crown land deals.

Pool Bathymetry- Lining: Google Earth [click Clock for Image OK ] Choose 3 Timelines
Pan slight 3d + sequence the Pool lining (note): Plunger + Diagonal access roads.
Notice the Heavier wave strike pad lining (darker) is wearing down after 2~ sessions?
Strike plates are going to need replacing often for largest water loss & cost.
Dive teams may provide an alternative to draining the pool.(Costly- see next)

Water volume & cost...60-80ML Mayor overruled council for cut price water deals.
*Over 150 KL= $2.77 / Commercial-$2.03 / Surf Lakes (half price) $1.30 KL x (80ML)
Full Pool price = $221,600 or Cut Price = $104,000

10 Aug 2018 1st Fill
14 June 2019 2nd Fill
Each Bathymetry or lining redo will cost $100-$200 k + wrath of Qld Drought towns.
Surf Lakes envisage water returning to centre by channels as a hydro power source.
Larger Pools cost effective cleaning towards centre, plunger makes all that difficult.

Note: 2nd Waves are smashing over pool edge yet more waves & height is the goal.
Speaking of Wave height growing taller... 1 ft >2ft > 3ft > 8ft (You decide)

Are Surf Lakes Pro Surfers over selling small waves by "Ultra-heavy late take offs!"
[2:30] Occy goes over the falls at construction site spilling way too many beans!
Sinister Plot or Hoodoo! ...(Occy as his own Judge Jury Executioner)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTL07Ub_ZFs

Whenever!
Phase 1 Opening end of 2017....(Oct 2018)
Phase 2 Opening end of 2018 ....(Aug 2019)

Rashie Code
Level 1 Beginner-Bodysurfers slot deepest take offs & barrel roll (White) Break 5
Level 2 Intermediate-surfers who manage to stay on their feet(Yellow) Break 4
Level 3 Advanced-who can't slot the barrel (Green) Break 3
Level 4 Experts-who ride slow-mo' barrels over & over again (Red) Break 2
Level 5 Pros-who are yet to land a single take off (Black) Break 1

Pool Parties
Water Skiing Ramps into Return Channel-Diving-Swimming -Snorkelling
Night Surfing - Steam Plunger doubles as Mother in Law or Alarm Clock.
Underwater Gents xxx/x Club (no peepshows during Pro Chix Events)

Outside of Surf Lakes tbb reckons this Old school Oz Wave Pool puts out! Shh!
Outback Bay Left Lineup
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g528970-d1551445-...
Outback Bay Inside the Right.
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/98/db/7d/98db7d47900c2d03586944fe07edfa3a...

Qldurrz are happy with & Surf Lakes waves just the way they are!
Thanx to #1 swellnet for epic Qld surf coverage...Win! Win!

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 at 7:33pm

Phase 2 ...dated September / new footage (Thanks 7 news / Surf Lakes)
Some of these slabs stack up nicely...grab a slice of that!
https://www.surf-lakes.com.au/uncategorized/channel-7-story-australias-b...

Some new sweet Surf Lakes photos for desert...
http://wavepoolmag.com/photo-essay-surf-lakes-2-0-testing-hits-the-zen-b...

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 9:59pm

Surf Lakes extras...nice waves...tbb is still hungry for a slice of that slab.
Oct 18 / Aug 19 Combo thang!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=TA_Qnn5vVBc