Watch: Palm Beach Artificial Reef

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It's not the sort of surf clip we'd usually run: Just 90 seconds of footage featuring a short crumbling right. Skeleton Bay it ain't. Yet it's not so much the waves that make the video, but what's below them.

You see, this was filmed at Palm Beach Artificial Reef this morning, which, though only 50% complete, is showing a lot of promise. It's breaking on mid-range swells - it was 4-5ft and wobbly on the Goldy this morning - and the reef has multiple takeoff points and a reasonable length of ride.

The reef is designed primarily as a right, though on bigger swells there's likely to be a short, thick left. Also, the swell today was acutely south, but on more easterly swells the takeoff will move about more, making it able to cope with a crowd.

On that score, if you're a Palmy local, no, we're not gonna keep running videos of the reef operating at half-steam, however it's fair to say that right now, many people - and not just surfers - are awaiting the outcome of the reef. A good result is likely to see the Palm Beach reef held up as an example for further projects.

The reef is still on track for an October finish.



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savanova Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:25pm

Very promising but do they all come with a wanker on a jet ski?

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wallpaper Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 10:42am

like some sort of jetski bukake?

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Carl Warburton Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 1:51pm

Yeah mate jet ski bukake, my wave runner looks like a painters radio

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elfelf Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:30pm

Awesome to see a new wave created, I'm sure many will be watching to see how permanent it ends up being.

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Garryh Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 3:45pm

way better way to create waves than a power hungry wave pool. Imagine just how many waves can be created around Australia's coasts for "not much" of an investment.

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bukz Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 6:10pm

Not much?

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Feralkook Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 4:54pm

$18.2m taxpayer dollars is not much, that does not include ongoing sustainment costs I would think.

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Craig Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:32pm

Very promising, you can clearly see it bending and focussing the incoming swell lines!

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Sheepdog Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 5:34pm

"The reef is designed primarily as a right,"....................
Wow, just what the goldy needs.. Another right hander...

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Ben Harding Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:19pm

Unbelievable that they didn't cater to other half on this one..

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stunet Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:22pm

Well it's primary purpose is to halt erosion, surfing amenity is second and hence less time and money was invested on that side of it.

Also, far easier to shape a right when the predominant swell direction is southeast.

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Ben Harding Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:33pm

Fair and fair on all accounts... However, at the end of the day it's rock placement and you would think one could essentially flip the positioning for the next one if council decides there is value
in replicating what they potentially have achieved here elsewhere. There were plenty of lefts on a nice South swell out at palmy this morning so it can't be too difficult?

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Sheepdog Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:02pm

"Also, far easier to shape a right when the predominant swell direction is southeast.'
Hmmm. Maybe.
However SE swells arent the issue if halting erosion is the reefs primary purpose . It's the big cyclone swells from the ene and east. A simple study of caloundra reef would've been handy. Shit hot left that one.
Anyhoooooo Another right hander alongside snapper, rainbow, greenmount, kirra, currumbin and Burliegh... Sweet bahahahaha

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Faunt Leroy Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:36am

Well you know what they say....
"There's rights and there's wrongs"

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frog Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:55pm

Narrow neck never came close to that. May be the proof of concept turning point in coastal erosion control that will spawn many more. Well done.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 2:01pm

frog - Narrowneck Reef was #1 Nth Surfspot rivalling Top end Spit breaks.
2006-2012 Longest n/w winds Hollow Right Lines outside of points (Tickets only)
Surfers travelled from the Border to surf it, only to be locked out by packed Arena.
tbb wished to surf it 2 dozen times/yr (Too Packed) Settle for twice a year! (Normal)

tbb slot in/out 50m Reef runs in house sized shacks, pull out other side of Flags.
Only needed a bottle cap or Pinky...That Good! tbb 'd get exhausted barrel rolling.
Most times never needing to return to reef as you'd turn to scoop up on way out.
Note: It is true on most days it shutdowns on back-break other tides/swell were OK!

Even go fishing for a lone Left that rises as it bucks to shore (Each a mystery ride)
Don't Worry PB Reef (Left) given time won't let you down....Check Narroweck Vidz.
You'd be surprised how similar the two waves are, as that's why i'm replying.
Not many Go/Drones so vidz are low key,showing a fair sample of Reef waves.

Narrowneck Reef -Swellnet commentator's Film Festival (tbb- 24/8/2019)

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JosephStalin Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:05pm

Pretty impressive so far

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bipola Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:17pm

its like watching your new born son arriving, lots of optimism.

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bipola Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:18pm

now we have seen it we all want one

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SurferSam Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 6:53pm

Set up looks almost identical to injidup carparks in WA for anyone who’s surfed it. In fact would have sworn that’s where the footage was from based on vid alone

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Solitude Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 10:39pm

Jeez I’ve only surfed inji carpark once and it must’ve been a bloody good day if that reminds you of the wave

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Sickaz Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:27pm

Not sure I understand but, are you suggesting the waves in the footage are better than inji carpark?

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Solitude Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 7:47am

Nah I saying I thought inji a much better wave than that

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SurferSam Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 6:36pm

Inji hollower on take off then a flattish wall that closes out on shoreline
I reckon if they shallow up the take off it will be pretty much the same
That said I always found inji annoying in that the gold is only on the take off
Maybe they should build a p break right next to it ha ha

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Spuddups Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 12:14pm

I would often go left at Carparks. A fairly average left to be sure, but usually I'd have it to myself.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:17pm

yep Indjy. How cool if it works? Build many of them.

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goofyfoot Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 7:43pm

Looks like a fun wave.

10 of those placed in strategic locations on the MP would be a god-send

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surfstarved Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 8:05pm

Looks like the best day ever at Middleton and then some, without the herds of SUPs.

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truebluebasher Friday, 23 Aug 2019 at 11:25pm

Monday 19th Aug. Dredge packed up for 3rd Time...(possibly for this Swell Spike)
GCCC warn site is out of bounds with or without Dredge- patrolled by Life Guards

Great Clip! Looks like a dawn setting but this sun broke thru from 8:00 am
That explains early Jet Ski Patrol sweep as Beach Life Guard was still setting up.

Drone Pilot had to score sun rays + Time & thread both GCCC Jet Ski & Beach Patrol.
Drone is prohibited to fly over people & on beach & in GCCC exclusion zone...
Pilot would have known how small a window was on offer & risk of fines.
Top shelf contraband for us! Score.

Ben clocked Narrowneck Reef this morning near the Low tide [6:53am] @ 0.3m...
PB Reef resembles a high tide A Frame @ [8:00 am] just one hour on incoming?

Has anyone got an explanation?
Storm bank chink floods the mote surrounding the Sand Tee that Reef sits on...WTF?
Palmy is running on far outer stormbanks with deep middle banks
My guess is a lazy Swell on top of longer lead edge extension work.
tbb is thinking that the bottom of the frame is the middle break & not the shorie.

Back to that Jet ski being the only craft permitted in video..not surfers or Drone!
Note: Jet ski is white with Yellow rescue scoop + GCCC Dark blue Jacket?
Jet ski sits still & wide Patrolling take-offs on exposed reef like Teahupo'o channel.

Coastal sweep Life Guards like Mick, often pit-stop the best banks & chat with crew.
Jet ski Rider is most likely a super cool Life Guard.(Letting the Palmy crew Surf Reef.)
If anything the jet ski presence kept the numbers down.

To be fair,Lifeguards are privy to a lot more info than us & happily share Reef updates.
eg: Life Guards told tbb when PB Reef 1st broke & how much damage it copped.

Thanks for contraband Merch...This comment will self delete in

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Billyw Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 1:31am

This crumbly right excites me so much more than all of the wave pools. The variety of waves breaking on the reef, the way the swells form up as they march towards it - this makes me want to go surf and I am a goofy with a distaste for fat rights

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Justint Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 7:31am

i hope it keeps the crowds away from better waves on offer

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frog Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:20am

Tight take off spot. Won't handle a big crowd. But rock based waves can handle bad winds quite well if you aren't super fussy. So day to day it will not always be packed. Locals will barely notice the crowd impact on other spots but, on the points, sometimes all it takes is for a handful less people to be hanging in your zone at a particular hour of the day to let you grab a swag of good ones. Every new spot or good bank somewhere has a sort of invisible and subtle flow on benefit across multiple line ups.

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freeride76 Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:36am

totally agree Frog.

if they could put 3 or 4 of these things in, or would make a very big impact.

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Garryh Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:00pm

Why stop at 10...why not build 200 new reefs between Sunshine to the north and Warrnambool to the south. C'mon every one of you have looked at a spot somewhere and thought about how much better it could be with a few tweaks. Doing this would be low cost infrastructure (boosting jobs, economy and property prices). Doing this would also reduce carbon (we'll be happier to surf at home and forgo wave pools). Do it for Australia. Do it now. Let us all rally to the cause

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wallpaper Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 10:38am

the music would drive you mad though

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JJD Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 12:01pm

Is the Goldy obsessed with skis?

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Shaun Tomson Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 12:50pm

Hi Stu,
Seems like huge potential.
Let us know on construction details and materials - reef, geotextile bags, costs, construction time, who's paying for it, how far out, life expectancy - what's going on beneath the surface?

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truebluebasher Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 8:01pm

Palm Beach Reef Readers re: next post...tbb apologizes to crew & Stu

Positive Vibes is an open Fan Mail Letter to Shaun Tomson.

tbb is honoured to have the Tube Master surf with swellnet crew.
A welcoming gift of sorts ...results of a Gold Coast Surf Comp.

Sat 11th Nov 1989 XXXX International Classic Surfers Paradise + Womens / Mals
Small surf saw light weight groms knocking down the King Pins...
First Sunny (Get well) & Occy then our fav' Shaun a bit later Pottz & local Kong.
News Article has Shaun's round 2 results, so why not share it around.
Sounds like a lousy gift from a fellow Swellnetonian (Comp results are not on WSL).

Anyhow instead of splitting the scene,Shaun humbly sat with local GC spectators.
tbb's chance to greet surf idol & Shaun was genuinely kind spirited.
[Autograph] To tbb (Surfing Is Living) Shaun Tomson '89...treasure it!

Truth was tbb had given up on Surf Scene & mostly came down to see Shaun surf.
Life changing events & always Shaun's (Surfing is Living) stared back at me.
Many here know Shaun as Ambassador of Youth Mentoring, evident back then.

Never did tbb have the motivation to surf again if not for my Surf idol.
2000 & Life had changed & tbb needed answers hard & fast.(Surfing is Living) Yes!
But this time true to myself kind to the Ocean 100% real natural transformation...

Shaun's power carves & deep Barrel turns are the bare bones of tbb's Bodysurfing.
Shaun's progressive counterweight speed pedal, pivoted surfing in new directions.
Wider stance affords Shaun barrel rotations that we bodysurfers continue on with.
Bodysurfers Pivot speed & adapt shape to suit any wave motion back under over.

Alternatively Kids Doubledecker Bodysurfing on Dad as 100% eco family vehicle.
I read recently that Shaun bodysurfed with son Mathew /(Condolences *
Similar tragedies played out at local kid's schools & still do sadly.

Today tbb too often hobbles into the surf but craves the ocean's healing power.
Surfing is Living now central to wellbeing, feel hopeless without it! (Thanx! Shaun)

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Shaun Tomson Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 1:31am

Thanks for the good vibes!

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stunet Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:11am

Unreal post, TBB. 

You probably already know point #1 in the Surfer's Code that Shaun drafted: Never turn your back on the ocean.

A maxim with layers of meaning, I use it with my son's when scrambling around on the rockshelves near home, and I've even adapted it to use while coaching my eldest boy's soccer team ("Never turn your back on the ball!"), but the most profound is the meaning you've epitomised, even if you can't surf, never forget what the ocean has given you. Even when I'm not near the ocean I think of it and draw energy from it.

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ojackojacko Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 12:33pm

onya tbb - gold as usual

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truebluebasher Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 1:19pm

Predatory Pirate Shark circles Palmy Reef.

tbb tipped you all off about clued up Life Guards (Get the latest ins & outs on Reef)
Hot Mail from Pirate Squad...

Avast Ye! Booty Call.

A Surf Reef between Burleigh -Surfers Paradise...

Mermaid Surf Upzone a 2nd Wall Street Bank @ Millionaires Row?

Well! Blow me down Pirate Squad! A big Yo Ho Ho from ye olde Swellnet Crew.

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wayne reynolds Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 2:36pm

A good idea.. Although it will cause gutters to form in close...and most of that beach will have a channel of deeper. Water in close..

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wayne reynolds Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 2:38pm

I've got a better plan.. It bends the swell.. Wraps around like a reef - point.

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yorkessurfer Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:02pm

Maybe the Chinese owners of the new Jewel development in Surfers could fund such a reef to protect their $1.4 billion dollar investment?

Might even help them sell a few apartments to cashed up wave riders? I’ve heard they’re struggling to find buyers willing to drop $1.5 million plus for a 2 bedroom beachfront apartment.

I’ve got a somewhat more humble unit across the road from Jewel and took this picture of a mate from South Oz who came up to defrost a few weeks ago.
It looks impressive if you’re into that kind of thing?

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adam12 Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:20pm

Wow, the one on the left looks dodgy. Are they supposed to look like they are about to fall over? With all the problems with sub standard apartment builds in Australia that have come to light recently, dunno if I would want to buy one in that development, or any development for that matter. Fuck the Gold Coast is ugly in parts. Waves are good though.

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wax-on-danielson Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:21pm

I lived in Palmy about 5 years ago and GCCC sent out a questionnaire asking what people think they should do to improve the Gold Coast. I filled it in and said, why don’t you build a bunch of reefs for surfing. I guess no one else bothered sending it back so they had no other ideas.
Your welcome.

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yorkessurfer Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 4:27pm

Its one of those IPhone panorama pictures so there might be some distortion involved adam. But I agree about the questionable building standards for a lot of new builds. You’d be crazy-brave to be buying off the plan these days. As for the structural integrity of the Jewel design, time will tell I guess?

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savanova Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 5:48pm

Nearly every town with a school has a flash skate ramp or 3 supplied by rate payers to keep the kids off the streets. The same $ investment by coastal councils in reefs like this would have multiple the benefits, provide another outlet for the kids, help slow coastal erosion, jobs in construction and even create new fish habitats. Forgot the shooters fishers farmers lets start the surfers party and make Australia Great again.

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Feralkook Friday, 30 Aug 2019 at 5:04pm

Oh yea, farmers only feed us, bloody useless spending money on them, we can give them jobs building reefs so we can surf. Priorities right.

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frog Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 6:27pm

If the beach width builds significantly and the beach front is obviously protected in future storms this type of reef would move towards the top of the list for future billions to be spent on coastal erosion control around the world. If not, such reefs will be more of an occasional novelty.

Cyclone season will be watched with interest by surfers, aussie councils and even the almighty U.S. army engineering corps to see which way the dice falls.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 24 Aug 2019 at 10:03pm

Winter 2015 -2019 Jewel Surf Reef is a Sand Bommie.. (No Car Parking cordon)

Jewel development was the largest Sand Contribution in 10 years or this century.
(28T / 5mins) or 336T /hr) enough to fill to goal posts in a stadium.
Crew can help, are we talking... Sand Bommies. (see below amount)

Story goes in 2013 GCCC bulldozed Northcliffe Iconic Dune for Narrowneck erosion.
You can see Northcliffe Dune to right @ ( LG Tower) in beneath photo
Jewel development was asked to resupply Northcliffe & Surfers Paradise Beachfront.
The rest '113,000m3' was pumped as a Sand patched Cape in front of Jewel
From the Surf Cams the Bommie/s stick out like "Dogz Balls".

2017 (winter)Rainbow heaved up either side of Jewel Bombie to dovetail storm bar.
[Jewel represents the white Blocks on Pump Grid] Easy to see it gets ruled out.

The Jewel Cape is still there today in some shape or Surf cams!

We want Waves! Does it Barrel & Do Jewel Tradie Surfers get to Surf it? Read on...,h_449,c_pad,f_auto,q_...

Yes! There is a Good Surf Bank here but there is No Parking...see Northcliffe SLSC [P]
PB Reef equally plans aged care Hi-Rise ...Beachside [P] is closed to all but tradies.
WSL Comp (Beachside/Snapper [P] Closed to all but Site Workers)[P] Not for surfers!

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bukz Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 4:54pm

Banks are all gone after cyclone earlier this year.

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yorkessurfer Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 7:45am

Great info on the Jewel development TBB cheers!

It’s been an interesting 5 years to watch the site evolve, from the demolition of the old Oriana hi-rise and surrounding apartments to a massive hole in the ground, the sand from which formed great banks for quite some time.

Then the towers slowly rose from the space causing traffic chaos and people avoided the area which was ok with me apart from the construction noise and dust.

The fact that 2000 construction workers took every spare car park in the area from 6:30am every morning, six days a week certainly helped keep the crowds down in the water too!

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truebluebasher Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 1:30pm

Thanx Yorkessurfer...(tbb never paddled over to this bank, just mopping up slops).

Aug - Oct 2018 Jewel A Frame Tradies Strike Action (What was that all about?)

Despite Chinese Developers changing hands & wives shopping as Project Managers.
Contracts were mostly set in stone under Oz trade laws.

Developer did find one loophole that allowed a shop around for cheaper deals.
Mayor was very supportive of this loophole to allow resort to adapt to market needs.

Once Hi-Rises reached finished height the developer played his underhanded card.
Aug 2019 Developer informs a New Hotel Operator hinges on Fit -out Redesign.
New operator allows Developer to re-quote for cheaper non union labour & goods.

Multiplex checked contract & sure enough such a loophole may exist.
End of Aug : The Sparkies lit the fuse...
Sept : 150 at risk workers walked off site.
Oct : 900 took strike action (crew may recall Anti-Tate Placards at picket)
Strikers maxed out Wharf Rd Tower 31 cul de sac not the narrow thru-esplanade

(Pause) far out tbb...spare a minute for a exclusive local Surfing Session.
1840's 1st Local Raft Surfer Ned's grave haunts @ GC Hwy Park (Yes Haunts)
Wharf Rd was a hang for mid '70's "Up themselves skegz!"
Monaco St Pool Party Chix > swing by Wharf Rd Surfer's hovels
Isle of Capri Pool Party Chix > swing by Enderley Ave Love Ratz Nest.
Chevron Island Skater Chix hooked up with the Chateau Boys
West < > East Road links forged the (Ave' > Hi-Rise Named Surf crews).

Safe to say the 'Locals Only' culture ruled out any Club establishment.
Skatecrews-('75)Kings [P] ('76)Mobil Servo ('79)1st Skatebowl @ Monaco Street.
('79) Local Bands: Ratpack/Strand(Esplanade)/Estates would parody the scene.
Notable mid 1970's Bali surf pioneers spawned from these hangs.

Wharf Rd- Sth Coffee Rock outer right Bommie stokes inside left to the North.
Telltale reminder of the former Nerang River Mouth Entrance.
Northcliffe (Sand Dune re: Above post) being the former "North Head"
Jewel Bommie buries Ghostly Ned for good this time...let's let'em think that!

Back to the picket line...
Matter of interest that Hotel was only one building yet all 3 tower's crews walked out.
Word is, it was less about Hotel redesign more about removing union trades & labour.

Mid Oct : Workers Victory! Keep jobs no matter what ...Strike was over!
tbb is only guessing that extra employment services may be shopped not existing?

All was well until early Dec when tragedy struck.
Super heavy Electrical conduit bulkhead collapsed striking 3 workers.
One worker was pinned underneath fracturing his pelvis,all 3 went to hospital.

Apparently the Bolts were ridgy didge, best to use bluetack to hang your masterpiece.

(Cracking Up!) It's a Hi-Rise thingy... Be cool if you could just lower yer outrage a tad.

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frog Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 11:37am

Should have used thicker bamboo reo from the sound of it

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mlb33surf Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 12:23pm

Good luck getting a park to surf in Palmy the way the corrupt GC council is approving all the high rises in the area.

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wayne reynolds Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 4:41pm

Jet skies should be banned out need for it.

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wayne reynolds Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 at 4:42pm

Jet skies would attract big sharks.

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peabo Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 11:21am

So how much did this thing actually cost?

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stunet Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 11:58am

$18.2 million.

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bukz Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:57pm

That stupid tram line extension to Burleigh with all the problems it will bring and no real world solution for moving people more efficiently, will cost $670M. With that money they could build more than 40 of these reefs from Narrow Neck to Tugun.

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Surffrother Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:04pm

I check out your vids and stuff regularly and you post some good stuff. As someone who has been surfing this exact spot for years, can I ask that you leave it alone? It's not a pumping international break on the world stage. It's just one point on a suburban beach with better banks within a couple of minutes drive in either direction. The idea of having loads of outsiders thinking this is the place to be due to media attention is pretty annoying and potentially mucks with the average but quiet local spot that a few enjoy. Cheers

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boxright Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 9:03am

How have you been surfing it for years when it's only existed for months?

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lilas Monday, 26 Aug 2019 at 9:09pm

I'm in love already : )

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truebluebasher Friday, 31 Jul 2020 at 1:35pm

"Light Rail + Hi-rise bring better facilities!"
"It's gonna upgrade the whole area & bring it into the 20th century"
The complete opposite plays out everyday
State Govt shut down Playroom Venue (No Pokies = No Lease)
Council sold Palm Beach Bowls Club (Senior's Hub)
BHds Catholic Church sold to developers was 3km's now 6km's from Palm Beach
Fed Govt Sold off PB & Burleigh Heads Post Offices (< GC Hwy 10kms >)
State Govt BH Fire Station 3kms > West BH 5kms > (Now Robina) (Bilinga-7kms)
State Govt BH Ambulance 3kms is now > West BH 5kms
Firey agrees that Aged trapped in Hi-Rises farthest from Fire /Ambo invites tragedy.
Palm Beach is least able to support Seniors when essential utilities vanish each upzone.
These Big Banks 'ANZ/Westpac/Suncorp' vacated Tugun/PB/BHds now (<20KMS>)
PB Mechanic once @ (19th Ave) now > West BH 5kms
GCHwy south servos (< 11km's >) Were once 5 'soon' Zero if Tram runs Thru...

(Timeshare Trolley) 8 Trams/hr x 250 (Govt-2031) = 2,000/hr
GCA Train affords 3 x Tram capacity
Double Decker Buses (Built @ West BHds) Capacity (2019) timetables.
Local -16 buses/hr x 116 = 1896 + Skybus-238/hr + Coaches -118/hr
Total 2,212/hr + School Buses/Tour Buses.
Local Jobz- bus betters Tram frequency + greater capacity (Save $b's + no Disruption)
Qld made Trains can deliver 3x more passengers than Tram (Govt's own stats 2031)
Trains or Buses can easily press the case for upzones but Tram cannot.(A Big lie!)
Any official claiming upzones on less transit capacity should be fired for corruption.

Timetables...(Helensvale 'Nth Tram Hub- Gold Coast Airport 'Sth Tram Hub)
Train = 25 mins (Was '2016' now >2038) Carcassed by Mayor to feed Tram clan.
Note: Train is faster + greater capacity to service Pines < > Palm Beach Buses.
Bus = 53 mins (Cancelled Jan/2018 > QR voiceover > All'board the slow Tram.
Fastest GChwy mass transit was the the '1st' (1939 Mail Bus) Keeps slowing!
Tram = 1hr 41 mins * GC Tram is longest slowest line in Southern Hemisphere.
How Slow? Slower than Ye Olde South Coast Steam Train. 1hr 10 mins.
H'vale-GCA Tram > loses 2.5 hrs City productivity each return loop .
Pedestrian speed city affords more up zones for State Duties /Council Rates
Light Rail is GCCC supa Ticket...Yes! They have shares in it & [+][P] Ask Them!
The loss of City's income, productivity, service is the Feds problem.
All Australian Cbd's offer a free City Loop ...all but Gold Coast > Tram Toll.

GC Seniors lose free 'Bus Travel' to hospital
Senior free rides do not extend to Trams or Trains or Ferries.
Each advancing Tram stop is one less Free Bus Stop for seniors.
eg: Reality of Palm Beach Aged Care Hi-Rise living.
Seniors are stripped of excellent free service for inaccessible slower Tram.
Seniors trek kms to Chemist/Shops dragging Trolley bag in hot sun or rain
Again, Seniors walk to PB Tram Hub for a bus to Pines Library / Medicare .
Aged Care >Walks > PB > Pines Bus > Robina Bus > S'port Bus > [Hospital]
8 buses rtn by 5:30pm. If 1 bus runs 5 mins late then gran is left out in the cold.
(Elder Abuse) by Hospital Tram cost + extra walk & bus swaps impost.
State Govt/Mayor are doing this day by day city wide, elderly are lost in Transit!
Note: Elderly don't touch on ...meaning they leave no trail? (Not smart!)

PS: Any can tour Google Earth behind the Timeshare Trolley...
40 shops for sale + 20 wastelands + 20 Abandoned sites + 5 rundown sites.
Tram eats glitter-shits out Govt vice trail- xxx/TAB/Chem'/Pawn/XXXX.
Light Rail offers less Welcome / Shop / Accom / links & rips up Glitter Strip.

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Erik999 Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 8:59am

It's a good right, bit like Rincon, but as everyone sees, it needs t b or hav a left where there are, already so many rights. Also wuldn't it b beta built at a beach that has swell but no form ? Goofies or die ! Glen Murdoch S.A.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 27 Aug 2019 at 11:39am

tbb confirms that an outer right bank did exist here with the former narrower beach.
On big days it stepped down into the 21st ave Groyne's fast Right hollow faced wall.
Overflow would stoke up wide reverse groyne 'natural Left Bommie' @ 24th Ave.

tbb knows so, as he was inadvertently fed back out into rip roaring right-left combo.
Twin peaks combo trawls 600m ...too exhausting for basherz & most boardriders.
Good sized deep patch dead zone between the two was hard to swim out of.

1980- 21st Ave Groyne.1990's Right Stepdown got as heavy as Little Groyne Kirra.
1970-1990's was the best for natural 24th Ave Left Bommie modern era.
1970's Bommie was an iconic Snorkelers Reef as Surfers hardly knew about it!
'70's PB Bommie-Goofs Guy Ormerod,Blacky,Glen (Rocky)Rawlings,Shaper-Veggie.

Today both the Groyne & Bommie are near smothered over with Currumbin Ck sand.

You could say the Reef right is tracing a similar line of 1995-2005 combo era.
Only difference being the Reef will likely choke the natural Bommie for good this time.

As said, the locals will have to shop a new left off Reef. (re: Narrowneck rogue Left).
It will take a while to come on but Palmy is renowned for stoking freak Left Drainers.
What will a 'Typically accidental' Reef Left look like?
(Note: for study purpose only...not for profit!).
Crew thanx 'Sam Fleming' for quality YouTube Surf flick of Narrowneck Reef Left.

PS: tbb can't recall a PB Groyne Left break as (South) left side always filled in 1st.
Creek/River Training Walls run longest Lefts & occasionally into mouths.
1990's- 2000 Big Kirra Groyne has a slam down Left on South wall Cooly. Anymore?

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ShiftingPeaks Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 at 5:36pm

This is sick!

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Gonesurfing Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019 at 6:24pm

I love that song by Awolnation. The guy in the vid reminds me of myself when I haven't surfed for two days.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 1:07pm

29th July 2019 tbb site update -
GCCC rep...Reef is 80% complete...
(Just the deeper strike plate collar + filling in Top Deck gaps) A couple of weeks tops!

12th Aug 2019 Palm Beach Reef Beachfront Aged Care Tower is approved.(100 >No)
Aged Hi-Rise is most distant to Ambulance [+] Fire services + no beach/path access.
Precedent allows developers to tombstone elderly as Cat 5 barricades...(All say Aye!)

19th Aug 2019 ( Machiavelli ships out of Palmy for the 3rd & final time?)

4th Sept 2019 ...tbb site update thanx to...(Council-crew / Locals / Hi-rise Tradies)

*All confirm that Reef Project finished on 19th August 2019.
*MachiavelIi is now dredging Broadwater pipeline to TOS. ($20m over budget)
*GCCC 19th Ave workers are excavating [Phase 2.5] {The Reef Dedication Stone}
*GCCC 19th Ave 'A-Line worksite' has Limited [P] during week days.
*Work-site Buoys & Perimeter Flags stay to comply with Marine Safety Guidelines
*Buoys & Flags are said to stay for 3 month leeway as a requirement...(Policing?)
*19th Ave Parking has been capped @ [2P] + School NO-[P]...for Workers/Surfers.
*New [P] Signs are not enforced as of update, most believe they soon will be. (Check!)

PS: Incoming Tide 1m @ 1m Sth-swell & not one set looked like capping Reef.
Life Guard Patrol never bothered the 3 surfers 'breaching' the site on the shorie.
Note: Please feel free to correct any of tbb's 'unofficial onsite updates'...

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17th September 2019 (tbb site update)

[ Palm Beach Reef remains closed until Harbours Marine approval ]

*Top boulders were removed to sit reef .5m under the low tide mark (see vid)
* Locals are still waiting to see if Jump offs are an ongoing option
* All in all the Reef has only shaped up half a dozen times.
*Left hander has shaped up although rare.
*Few hours either side of low tide is still the best

tbb & swellnet thank Palmy Surfers for sharing info!

Large commemorative cairn was recently cemented into place

Wednesday 2:00 pm 18th September 2019 (dedication) postponed.
Monday 23rd Sept 2019 opening date was reset.
Saturday 21st Sept 2019 Mayor laid (His) Dedication Plaque.
Local Cr Daphne McDonald was advised 1hr prior so missed opening
Plaque has No Cr McDonald or 'Date' (Only Mayor's name & 'month' of Sept.)

Mayor officially opened Palm Beach Reef' (Bne 9 news)
Whales did however attend the Reef opening.
Locals say Mayor tried to confuse community with trick dates.

Locals protested Reef & Tram scams for rampant over-development.
Neither have to prove effective, just epitaph more seachange tombstones.

What our Mayor was trying to say, before protesters cut short his speech:
"Local's Town Plan submissions will only part delay illegal fast track upzones.'
"It's a stain on our City that Whiteshoe Brigade must bribe our Dumb Waiters!"

Monday 23rd September 2019 (Local Community opening day).

Due to threats of Plaque destruction, Mayor has ordered in security.
Monday 23rd September 2019 (Commemorative Facial Recognition / CCTV Cams) Installed.

Tuesday 24th Sept (Facial Recognition Plaque Cam Christening Ceremony)
PB Reef Plaque urine & faeces tested positive for traces of Mayoral interference.
Please Avoid the Mayor's plaque like the plague

Re: PB Reef Safety next post.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 25 Sep 2019 at 12:35pm

GCCC >> [ Reef Construction is officially complete]

GCCC >> (Temporary Exclusion zone is no longer in place)

[WARNING] Sign + Symbols

[Palm Beach 'Artificial' Reef Rules]
*Familiarise yourself with Signs
*Observe Surf & Wave conditions
*Water is Shallow above Reef (Exercise Caution)
*Conditions may present danger & change unexpectedly
*Strong Currents & Hazardous Waves around Reef at Times
*Submerged uneven Rocks may present an Entanglement risk!
*Similar safety considerations exist when swimming/surfing near submerged rocks.
*Area may not be patrolled by "Lifeguard Services" (No mention of SLSA)
Note: Today's Flags were set inside the Reef (re: Reef Cam)

Full link

No news of Phase 3 (11th Ave Sand Point) + Phase 4 (4th Ave Sand Bommie)

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calk Sunday, 20 Oct 2019 at 9:53am

Good morning,

I don't know the best place to ask this (or even how to word the question really, so please excuse terminology) but due to geographical location I'm hoping this thread might find some of the right sets of eyes.

I started surfing 2 years ago, with the majority of time spent from Palm Beach to Tugun. It feels like The Alley isn't producing the same quality of wave on an 'average' day as it has done previously? I seem to recall that quite frequently a couple of years ago that the waves would break continuously from the rock through to almost (or if not, further than) the line of the breakwall. At the moment on an 'average' day the swell seems to start breaking at the rock but then stops breaking earlier, running through a deep section across the Currumbin Creek mouth before reforming in front of Laceys.

I have a very basic understand that this would be due to sand movement, and swell size/direction, but can anyone shed some light as to why Currumbin Alley looks like this at the moment? Am I off the mark completely and just had the rose coloured glasses in my early days, recalling things better than they were?

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truebluebasher Thursday, 12 Dec 2019 at 12:20am

Welcome aboard calk and yes you picked a good question to ask.
Why! Because if you go fetch a calendar you can master it yourself
Not only that, you can actually timetable your own custom ride...(Score)

tbb never needs an excuse to time travel but we need to rewind to 1970's.
The Alley to which you refer to was not so long ago an actual Alley.
In that era the waves swept across then out to sea with Northerly winds as offshore.
Immediately after this image in 1973 the South Wall was built & 1981 the North Wall.
During the late 1990's dredging commenced to clear the creek mouth.
This soon became an annual event where Dredging starts mid Oct (Now) thru to Dec.

calk can highlight the season to what's on offer...(We can start right now with...Oct)
Oct - Nov-(Silted creek) Fills in the line for a longer wide small superbank ride.
Dec-Jan-(North wall Cut Channel) Breaks said line from north wall tip thru-the break
Feb- Point sand fills over said mid break line to force open the shorebreak channel.
Point is now short of sand inviting south bank channel to open & fade North channel.
Note: Now tides & upper creek dominate the shape as wave faces collect chatter.
Feb -April -All north channel is filling in refuelling South channel to light up the point.
Cyclone season & the sand packs tight on Head & river powers up heaviest slab rides
Calk best not toy with Gold Coast's heaviest slabs...steer well clear this time of year.
Flooded river fuels up the Cyclonic swell to conjure up Monsters. (Really!)
May-July -Creek mouth is shallower but at widest and floods the line breaking it up.
But this is best time to surf as waves re-power on inside @ Laceys to spread crowd.
ECL cross swells & tides push in & rebound inside wall fuelling good size Tee-Pees.
Aug-Sept -The Creek mouth is silting fast & wide point lines up as inside break fades.
Oct - The dredge restarts the clock by chipping away to free North Channel.

Note: Dredge can't operate further than wall into the surf zone, so each year is similar.
Exception to the rule is that water finds it's own low mark .
Meaning often enough all 3 said channels can work together to destroy the line.
This scenario is obviously more likely to playout in less defined silted season.

calk seems to describe that anomaly is in play during current silted season.
Could be that mountains got more rain than coast forging a new mouth thru shallow line

calk's calendar can date 2000's Currumbin Postcards by month/season but not year!
tbb will request the crew or Frog to pen in the best lines, tides & days for SUP Rock.

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calk Monday, 21 Oct 2019 at 9:38pm

That's a superb level of detail and great lesson in how the channels move around. Thank you for putting so much effort into your reply truebluebasher. The links to pictures really help explain the scenario too!

Funnily enough, I started surfing around May/June and those early memories are of a wave almost exactly like those in the image you've linked for the May-July period. Fair to say I spent a fair amount of time during those early months jumping in at the rocks, getting swept to Lacey's (unfortunately without a wave) and spending time at the beach break because my paddle fitness couldn't get me out the back when the better swells arrived.

Thanks again truebluebasher.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019 at 12:37pm

All credit is yours Calk...tbb wasn't 100% sure either until you raised the question.
It was your true blue question that gradually unravelled the Calendar cycle. Cheers!

18th Oct 2019 (Palm Beach Reef Sand Banks) Update (Review)
Images >18/10/2019 GCB article: Gold Coast Beaches:Latest data on sand levels.

Note: local knowledge is applied to photo such is assumed to be correct.
Any readers who have a GCB copy...feel free to advise & inform otherwise. Thanx!

Phase 2 [Aerial Photos of PB Artificial Reef -small swell @ Low Tide] GCCC standard.

[Sat' Imaging + Measurements]

2017 Phase 1 Rainbow dredge (Central / South Palm Beach sand drop loads)

2019 Phase 2 Sand total from 2017 > construction > finished Reef > (18/10/2019)
Q: Groyne bank +North bank =Long inside left break bridging south to reverse left Reef Point?

Just to confirm that these levels shown correlate with above photos.(All say Aye!)
GCCC will be concerned that Deep patch + '2m deep hole' is dominating the beach.
The sand is only adding to sand rich groyne & north banks. (GCCC: before photo)

The Reef was to widen the narrow beach further to the south, not to create a hole.
Pacific Beach SLSC will note the ever deepening Patrol Area places lives at risk.
We already see SLSC Flags set up north inside the Reef to lock out boardriders.

Reef was designed equally for Surfers + to build up Central Southern Palmy beaches.
It's all looking as if it's back to front (A lemon)..a bigger vast hole for our rates to fill?

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truebluebasher Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 8:12pm

Palm Beach Reef GCB Craig Mann (Pure Goldie-Qldurr Cartoon)
Each new beach bum's reef comes with free block-out Sun-Screen.

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truebluebasher Friday, 29 Nov 2019 at 11:05pm

GCCC - Avoid North Palm Beach Beachfront from Talle SLSC to 25th Ave.

[WARNING] Asbestos construction rubble tip uncovered. (Avoid downwind of Site)

Road access & Surf Patrols are unaffected...(No time frame is given for reopening!)

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 at 2:30pm

DHI Danish Hydraulic Institute (2015 Designers of PB Artificial Reef)
29th Nov 2019 DHI Uploaded this same contraband Drone Vid as 'Surf Reef Promo'

Bonus freeze frame of Reef...tbb never said that lightly...frozen in time!
Danish POV Ice Crystal Cavern..."That's not Glassy! This is Glassy!"
DHI...'Please entomb tbb inside your glass citadel.'

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stunet Tuesday, 3 Dec 2019 at 2:39pm

Sharp eyes, TBB.

More to come from Swellnet's plant inside the Danish Hydraulic Institute once the reef gets some swell.

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truebluebasher Friday, 13 Dec 2019 at 10:27pm

tbb's 4GG Skywatch of Palm Beach Artificial Reef

12 Nov 2015 Palm Beach Flyover
It's 8:30 am with a high tide of [1.53m]
Best beach all Century (note) 21st groyne is near covered over with sand.
At low tide one could walk to the head of each groyne in shoes.

30 Nov 2016 Palm Beach Flyover
It's 9:00 am with a high tide of [1.57m]
Winter ECL savaged whole EC (Beach is recovering well)

Sept 2017 GCCC '(un)Successful Rainbow 470,000M3 Nourishment of Palm Beach'
It actually erodes the beach big time, as you will all soon see...(Just a Glitch!)

9 Nov 2017 Palm Beach Flyover
It's 10:30am with a high tide of [ 1:56m ]
Outer Rainbow Sand Bank is starving whole beach of sand as it slowly erodes.
21st Ave Groyne is losing it's collar of sand.

10 Nov 2018 Palm Beach Flyover
It's 10:00 am with a high tide of [1:57m]
GCCC 'Successful' Rainbow Bank is fast eroding 11th Ave Groyne.
PBSLSC now has precious little room for Beach for Patrol.
The whole of Palm Beach is quickly disappearing.

22/23 Feb Cyclone Oma (Big) Premier-'Don't go Surfing!'

April-Sept 2019 Palm Beach Artificial Reef...
June/July Double Bunger touched up lead edge of reef during construction)
($18.2m) + (More money for Facial Recognition Cam for desecrated Mayor's Plaque).

12 Nov 2019 Palm Beach Flyover-
It's 10:00am with a high tide of [1.54m]
Reef fails to replenish 2017 GCCC Rainbow Bank inshore Erosion.
North PB is now being eroded faster than ever...groyne's north sides are now bays
Small sand pad off 21st Ave Groyne South wall is only a marginal gain at best.
This inside sand bank only recovers 2016 marker the rest of the beach is a concern.
GCCC experts say we need Groynes or Rainbow Dredge or Reef or something...

tbb footnote: GCCC have nothing to report but failure on Rainbow Dredge & Reef...
GCCC waste $20m of our rate money to lose half of our beaches in just 4 years.
Doubt if your council could do worse....

Clear to see a perfectly good beach is now under threat.
Can't wait to hear the spin on this pile of shit!
GCCC: There's more grains of sand they're just finer, so it just looks like less beach!

All PB Timeshare Trolley Tombstone upzones must be cancelled as of now!
Putting more bedridden elderly in harms way is not in any Town Plan
Rubbery Stamp set please...[ Fail ] Where to we get our money back Mr Mayor!

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truebluebasher Thursday, 5 Dec 2019 at 1:39pm

5th Dec 2019 Palm Beach is now a giant Bowl of Cornflakes
see last photo above as Cornfakes fill the line up.

There's plenty enough to build your Christmas Cornflakeman.
tbb's Cornflakeman has a wave moat for Huey...should bring in some Xmas swell.

Better be quick...Yesterday GCCC said they were gonna let it be.
Today (Thursday) They're down @ Laceys...chowing it down...

Notice Erosion Sites of Burleigh/Palm Beach/Byron all getting the Cornflakes.
Meaning you can marry the erosion back to the cold upwelling spawning grounds.
Beach erosion cycle linked with extreme Northerly wind heat Cornflakes release.

#1 Stock feed is a precious commodity in the middle of a Drought?
Qld govt are calling the shots so could be some farmers wanna kick up a stink.
Give it to me...Give it to me! Cornflakes are maybe now too good to waste!

Palmy Army line in the sand is lost as they put up a brave fight for their beaches

Byron Bay Cereal Bowl also filling up over the last month.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 5 Dec 2019 at 3:20pm

GCB 5/12/2019 - Recent GCCC Town Plan (Palm Beach Submissions)
Light Rail (97.3% oppose) or (2.7% approve)
Extra Height - Hi-Rises (Most oppose)
Palm Beach (Fed/State/Local Reps all Oppose B'Hds - GC Airport Light Rail).

All want 2016 #1 (5x faster) Airport Train back on does whole planet.
Mayor/Govt have forbidden Qld #1 intercity Train progress from (2016 end) > 2038.
Mayor & Qld Govt feast off Train carcass to milk 1880 Timeshare Trolley Timetable.

GCCC + State Govt do not care to listen to Absolute majority or 3 hr City penalty.
GCCC staff/families own shares in Timeshare Trolley. (Conflict of interest-No vote!)
Timeshare Trolley soon slows GC to 1880 timetable & moats access to surf breaks

Rates & Stamp duty grab for cementing bedridden into wave lapping tombstones
PB lots are zero beach front balcony access + farthest from Ambulance/Fire Brigade.
All GCCC works eroded Palm beach (See Aerials) can't support more development.
No Support for Light Rail or High Rise + less beach! (Govt / GCCC more, more, more!)

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truebluebasher Thursday, 12 Dec 2019 at 2:03am

Dec... Palm Beach early Xmas flyover is by Santa of course!
Santa: "Sorry Gromz! Palm Beach erosion is too risky for Santa's Sup!"

12th Nov 2019 (10:00 am) tide-[1.54m]

1st Dec 2019 (11:30 am) tide- [1.55m]

(In just the last 18 days) ....
21st Ave Groyne has lost 15m sand + 11th Ave Groyne has lost 5m sand
GCCC boasted a little pad inside the reef...sad to report it too has lost ground.
The whole Beach is narrowing due to the $20m Phase 1 & 2 PB nourishment.
GCCC have been quiet on pushing on with Phases 3 & 4...
Click & zoom photos against groyne marker rocks to reveal worsening erosion.

Council will be most concerned that by their own hand they are eroding Palm Beach.
Same thing happened at Narrowneck (Still considered) Qld's erosion hot spot.

Note: All can plainly see why council are keeping quiet! (How to fix this major stuff up?)
(2017 Rainbow Dredge - 2019 Artificial Reef) Lost 10 yrs worth of sand & counting.
GC Ratepayer's Money flushing down the drain...begging the crew for a dodgy fix!

Both GC Reefs have not only failed, they are hastening erosion in calm conditions.
Seems likely, Beaches may also suffer more & take longer to repair after a Cyclone.
(See above for similar time & tides from 2016-2019)

PB Boardriders must be stoked...
The rate of erosion may see 24th Ave Left Bommie return by this time next year.
11th Ave Groyne reverse Corkscrew Left should start spinnin' into the corner.
The 21st Ave step down Right Pit to return the year after.
Dutto's 7th Ave work for the dole camp site Tee Pees before next election!
Who said GC Mayor never puts out...Karma! Don't mess with The Huey!

Xmas bonus (New Surf Reef/Wave Pool Mag) looks familiar somehow!
9th Dec 2019 Interview with Palm Beach Surf Reef designer

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truebluebasher Friday, 13 Dec 2019 at 11:03pm

Fri / 13th Dec 2019 (Breaking News) Palm Beach ocean side.
Gold Coast City Council downgrade ocean side Palm Beach Hi-rise zoning.
Medium Density down to Low medium density from 17th ave to Laceys Lane
16m on east side of Jefferson Lane & 17m on West side.

GCCC never listened to 97.3% on Light Rail & plan to ram the Tram thru...
Hi-Rise opposition wasn't as forthright so the major flip is for a bigger reason.
tbb assumes Palm Beach Reef erosion is an overarching concern.
The erosion kicks in from 17th Ave (Kelly's & Duttos beach pads are on watch)
Note: precedent is already set & Developers will still push to A line on Beach side.
Change in tact merely covers erosion with a paper trail while it's business as usual.
WRL Coastal Imaging + Buoy readings update GCCC planning response.

tbb Salutes GCCC for strategic withdrawal but not for hiding the reason why.
If the council know more than they're letting cyclone is too late to say?

Phase 1-Rainbow Bank (Massive Erosion)
Phase 2 Artificial Reef (Worsening Erosion)
[ Phase 2.5 Reduce beachside building heights ] New Plans Today! see:(Phases 1 & 2)
Phase 3 Sand Cape (No mention)
Phase 4 Sand Bommie (No mention)

This Weekend is all about Reefs - WA (Bunbury Airwave Reef )re: Swellnet link...

Ehukai Park Beach Reef is also pretty big news..
re: #1 Swellnet Live Webcast of Pipe Masters

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truebluebasher Sunday, 29 Dec 2019 at 4:46pm

Xmas day Shark story came courtesy of Beach Grit. (Crew says thanx!)
Clubbies are saying there has been an increase of sharks @ New Reef
Mostly small & some Bull sharks.
Xmas Day the Reef was christened by none other than Huey's #1 A Lister.

Clubbies reel in 2 proteen snack bars from JAWS' Big Lunch Seafood Platter

tbb can't confirm the story locally, any Palmy Army got word on Big Reef Sharks?

Above Photos show Sand Pumping + Reef pulled Ocean 'in' 20m, over last few years.
Coastline was meant to widen 20m to wed Reef, rather than be cast adrift offshore!
Possible that Sharks could be circling the isolated reef as a potential holiday home.
Legs up on JAWS Reef...Locals can have their Ultra Rare Spot X.

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calk Monday, 30 Dec 2019 at 11:54am

This thread keeps on giving. Sharing what I've heard to see if it aligns with other reports...

Great white (not sure of the size) was spotted ~200m off Currumbin by Westpac helicopter on 21/12, closing the beach for 2hrs. 3 days later, a 4m great white was spotted near Palm Beach artificial reef on 24/12 and again on 25/12.

I think it was the morning of Christmas eve there must have been more than 20 boats over Palm Beach reef. Where there's fish there's going to be something bigger... Fisherman might have some interesting stories.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 at 11:03am

Wow! Calk...big call...pretty crazy Huh!

They all check out...+ some more in last week or so.

25/12 Palm Beach Reef Big Great White (here) Beach Grit
re: Dorsal...
21/12 Curumbin beach closed (note they only close for bigger sharks)
22/12 Kirra @ 50m (Shark 3m-Large)
24/12 Palm Beach Reef ^ heading North (Large White Shark)
29/12 Kingy Reefs @ 150m (Shark 3m-Large) Pacing
29/12 Brunswick River mouth (Clubbies)
29/12 Ballina Sharpes Beach (Shark 2m) Clubbies Drone.

Southern Gold Coast-Tweed > Recent inshore sightings of large white sharks.
see: above posts & check Dorsal / Life guards

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velocityjohnno Sunday, 5 Jan 2020 at 5:06pm

So... summary so far is that reef goes in to nourish beach yet erosion to the north of it is accentuated, and sharks go "hey, a tourist attraction"?

possibly related:

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 at 9:55pm

velocityjohnno wins the $30m Fluffy Toy

See latest version...
Best if you run 2 split screens for full effect...
Note: North Groyne is near buried...easily walk around ( Watch what happens! )

12 Nov 2015 (8;30) tide [1:53] Start Point measure (Pre Dredge /Reef)

Latest Aerial reading..(Post Dredge / Reef).
30th Dec 2019 (11:00) tide [ 1.55m]

Note: In recent image the overnight high tide was only [1.00m].
Now same size tide [1.55m] has breached over the berm & into the dunes.

This is most serious as all larger tides (many) are now eroding the dunes.
GCCC claim the same dunes are an Asbestos Tip..hints of more Palmy beach tips
GCCC are Currently quarrying out the Asbestos as same time as sea races in.
Council know of the added danger of Asbestos contamination should seas rise.

Reef is #1 cause of Palm Beach Erosion but now also Contaminated Sand Dune Erosion.
As more tides run up to dunes the'll ramp incoming waves to erode more.
Effectively GCCC are sitting back watching disaster unfold.

GCCC Unlikely Plan A
Council must release a statement for urgent review!
Swallow pride & replenish Palm Beach to fight off Cyclones.
This action protects Kelly's & Dutto's Pads but has GCCC banned from Palmy.
GCCC would bill Ratepayers for Reef Do Over...(Mayor might lose Election)

Likely Plan B
GCCC prays for Cyclone to rip out beach to hide Reef's beach snacking habit.
This risks front line property damage, puts lives at risk but saves Mayor's arse.
Mayor says #1 Reef fought to save beach but Super Climactic Cyclone was a beast.
Bills the Southerners with disaster relief for Palmy Reef plastic surgery. Win! Win!

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calk Monday, 6 Jan 2020 at 7:57pm

In addition to earlier comment about ‘resident’ large white shark:

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 at 11:36am

Firstly with no disrespect to Shark Attack victims {R.I.P}
Following reports are purely timely news about a Goldie Great White Shark.

calk + velocityjohnno! This thread keeps going up a notch..
So! Just how big of a major threat to life universe & everything is this new attraction....

Reef is now a Great White Shark snack bar (How & Why? Can wait for now!)
[JAWS] is now PB Reef's only customer, gulped down the Buffet & wants more.
Govt are rolling out several baited Seafood Platters to keep [JAWS] at Amity Bay.

As calk points out...JAWS keeps getting Bigger...Now a 4m Monster circling the Reef.

Dec...Palmy Reef's [ JAWS ] Halves beachfront hi-rise development.
Jan...Great White Shark devours half of Palm Beach...where to put yer towel?
Today...[ JAWS ] Downgrades Timeshare Trolley's whiteshoe upzones.
Tomorrowland [ Palmy Reef ] Indelible smudge on Goldie's Whiteshoe's Whiteboard.

NEWS [Palmy Jaws] signs 5yr sponsorship deal with Eastcoast seachange Nimbys

Huey's Wavelength Weekly...
+ bonus JAWS size fold out poster of Palmy Army's latest recruit.
* "What made Bruce decide, to bully Goldie WSR line-ups?"
* "Does Palmy JAWS measure up for the Northern NSW Tour?"
* "Do the Palmy Army get their just deserts or just become dessert!"

All jokes aside...

calk's very much A frightfully real, Shark Story of the day!
[SHARK WARNING] is backed up by slsq/calk/mag/dorsal/tbb & not given lightly.

Qld Govt are baiting up WSR Palmy Reef, so best to tuck both legs up Palmy Army!

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tubeshooter Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 at 6:40pm

I am guessing the White shark may be there to feed on smaller sharks chasing pelagics. Large tiger sharks patrol the inshore reefs in summer annually {big ones} as do many other smaller species.The Tigers can be a bit a pain when fishing . They also target spawning spanner crabs in the sand and also the turtles that feast on the same crabs.

These sharks are quite habitual , and they rarely interact with surfers , swimmers or nets etc. The white shark on the other hand ,, who knows?

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truebluebasher Friday, 10 Jan 2020 at 10:15pm

Palm Beach 'Great White Reef Shark' has bossed a Drone Trial.
Pacific Beach SLSC will trial the drones to track now legendary Great White Shark
SLSQ Westpac Lifesaver Drone Program operates 12 drones over 25 Locations

These drones are designed to track & monitor Sharks...mostly from higher up!

Palm Beach Reef is in a No Fly Zone (Approach/Take off to Gold Coast Airport.)
SLSQ Drones are piloted to extra Higher observation level. (A safety Issue!)
Pacific Beach Drone may be hampered from gaining full height Shark Tracking.
Adding extra height in a no fly zone, seems to spell urgency from Qld Govt/SLSQ.

Retired 'Local' Aerial operations
1960's Talley Valley Chewing Gum Airfield (Hobby / Tourist Flights)
1970's Air Sea Rescue Chopper Base (North Burleigh Headland)
1970's Big & Little Burleigh Headlands Hang Gliding Take offs

Local Aerial Operations bordering within GCA North Approach zone
2017 Blue Horizon Memorials (Fluro Ashes Dumping over NP/WSR Jellurgal
2019 (July /am ) Palm Beach Reef Project Vidz by GCCC Engineers
2019 (Aug /am ) Swellnet Vid Above > (GCCC Lifeguard on Jet Ski?)
2019 (Aug /am) Talle/B'hds SLSC Live Ripper Drone Trial beamed to ACT conference
2019 tbb's 4GG skywatch reports..(Above) Ha Ha!