Watch: Andrew Mooney's endless Canadian lefthander

Rick Snowden
Swellnet Dispatch

Like many before and many after, the Central Coast's Andrew Mooney has clocked his hours of QS, tapped out and found fulfilment elsewhere. 

Widely recognised for his proficiency in holding rail in heavy wave environments (Exhibit A: Cape Fear 2016), Mooney's also a gun in the high performance department. It's this kind of combo that provided him with a real edge in the foam sculpting trade.

Mooney's enterprise, Serpent Sleds, has gone from strength to strength with a reputation for delivering in conditions from summer slop to throating cavern. 

A few years back, Mooney hopped a plane with filmmaker pal, Owen Milne and cast off into the Canadian wilderness. The pair wandered their way into the lap of a delicious lefthand pointbreak that just so happened to thrive in the aftermath of an Atlantic hurricane. 

Mooney brought with him a curious silhouette, wide set with a crazy hip leading into a tight tail. The thing looks strange, but our protagonist makes good use of its speed and snappy release on his cold water canvass.

Tap in to meet the latest addition to your bulging pile of (icy) adventure surf destinations.

 

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bluediamond commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 2:30pm

How good is that feeling when you stumble across legitimate pumping surf at a new place. Great clip.

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P'tai commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 3:39pm

Imagine the feeling of riding that old design made by mistake by a mate, in perfection like that! Then the board goes off. He was so deep in some of those barrels. Driving out with so much speed, then doing serious turns to shave off the speed. WOW.

Love it. Thanks.

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GuySmiley commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 4:00pm

More good stories on SN today, and on YouTube so none of the usual buffering. I love sort of thing, can watch it all day as opposed to the T40 circus, no interest whatsoever. Keep it up boys.

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belly commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 4:06pm

Really nice surfing, like it!!

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I focus commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 4:20pm

Enjoyed that

Any one know what the water temp would have been?

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zenagain commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 5:42pm

Taking a wild stab but looked like Canadian late summer early autumn, Atlantic side. I'm guessing water temps around 16-18 deg, air temp, low 20's. 3/2 at that time of the year no worries.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Walk around G commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 7:31pm

Well Zen, I've only been on the westcoast and it's was soooo friggen cold, even in the height of summer. 10deg c water temp in the ocean if I recall correctly, that'll keep the crowd down.

Looks like a super fun point though and I'd have a crack in head to toe rubber for sure.

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zenagain commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 8:27pm

I got a mate that surfs Tofino and even at the height of summer, min 4/3 and booties. Winter 6/5, gloves, booties, hood and a total disregard for testicles.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Sprout commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 4:50pm

Locals must be stoked with the exposure.

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jacksprat commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 9:39am

Anyone who knows where this is would not be happy. Live though, goes on.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 5:40pm

Locals could be grizzly bears!

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Solitude commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 7:50pm

Looked like that board would’ve loved to be a Twinnie. What a wave hey? Stuff dreams are made of

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Westofthelake commented Saturday, 7 Dec 2019 at 8:06pm

"hopped a plane"

Is that some sort of Aussie kangaroo slang for 'boarded the plane'?

"Boarded the plane" nows there's a surfing pun. :)

In all seriousness though, loved the clip. I don't usually have much patience for the dialogue but really appreciated it in this vid. I really enjoyed the instrumental tunes. Surely birthdays are meant to be surfing.

To paraphrase, been searching for days, so many perfect places but no swell, travel further and finally come over the Hill to see perfect waves peeling down the point, Now I will go and surf my new board that I just shaped.

How could you not feel their stoke.

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Rick Snowden commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 9:08am

Agree. If you squint hard enough you can see Mooney seated in an untreated room (back home) reading his script into a laptop microphone.
Either way, I felt the vibe on this. Good bloke, waves and a novel spin with that alt shape.

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Wilbur-Wild commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 5:43am

Yeah it must feel really great when you have a sponsor buffing you out and a team of photo hogs that tell you where and when to go and you just happen to "stumble" upon a great local secret wave that definitely already has a dedicated crew that chase it and have been trying to keep it quiet?
Then you go and plaster it all over the world.
Yeah that would feel great and I could definitely sleep well at night after that.

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jacksprat commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 9:39am

Correct. I have direct experience to what happens to a little known wave when exposed. I know this might seem like hyperbole', but it is heartbreaking.

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tango commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 5:54pm

Great surfing, seems like a normal bloke, but totally agree with the exposure issue. Bad enough showing it at all, but there were far too many gratuitous drone and landscape pans for the google earth set (me included) to go find it and then it's one more step down the slippery slope of exposure. Don;t often see people who live in these places blowing em open.

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Spuddups commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 7:32am

That's my kind of clip. Loved it. Didn't know David Warner surfed though. Ha Ha.

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warddy commented Sunday, 8 Dec 2019 at 1:38pm

that was fken beautiful...
The cold will keep that a treasure till a big meteor hits us ..

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karliosis commented Monday, 9 Dec 2019 at 12:07pm

What wave pool is this?

Sic

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philosurphizing... commented Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 at 9:00pm

There was an article in an issue of Surfing World, maybe late 80's, where Terry Fitzgerald was experimenting with the same type of cut away tail shape as the 4' 11'' board the bloke was riding at the end of the clip, Terry Fitz called them ''Screwdrivers''.
Can't find any examples on the net.
An assymetricalised version of the 4' 11'' would be an interesting experiment, square tail one side and cutaway the other side.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019 at 9:58pm

Rick keeps the crew happy then basherz are happy!
Prized Southpaw sits upright smiling back at ya...just beggin' for a right old bashin'.
tbb will gladly oblige, soon as the unfathomobile gets a seaworthy certificate.(Dreamer!)