Photos: Nothing but a pile of rocks

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Swellnet Dispatch

Here today, wasn't yesterday. Nothing but a pile of rocks offshore from a straight stretch of sand. A magnet for pelagics and the big fish that follow them - or so the news stories go. Though of course it could be a beat up by the crew protecting their new patch of turf.

Take the risk if you dare.

Andrew Shield did and this is what he saw.

Ty Richardson swooping off the bottom...

...and off the top.

Sheldon Simkus

Ty Richardson on one of the bigger waves of the day

Mark Richardson part one...

...part two

Sheldon Simkus


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Blowin Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 2:22pm

Irrespective of how perfect the lineup , the wave , the location or the day , a photo of someone getting dropped in on , or a shot showing crew trying to drop in / Chandelier the section from the shoulder , is the ultimate cold spoon.

Any surf buzz is immediately dissipated.

But yeah , the reef looks OK. Was there anything at all there pre-reef ?

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ringmaster Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 3:04pm

If that's the case I'd look the other way when any shots of Winkipop appear on your screen. Unless it's really tightly framed you'll see someone up and riding and a conga line from uppers to the valley either dropping in or paddling their hardest to drop in.

WOTD a cupla days ago a case in point. I can be there in 5 minutes but crossed it off the list years ago...

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Blowin Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 3:13pm

I know the shot you’re talking about. I thought that as soon as I saw it....Wave of the day my arse !

Poor bugger was about to get either cooked or shut down.

Forecaster notes are chronic for it.

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jaunkemps Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 4:40pm

I can only hope that guy getting dropped in on in that Winki pic is that dick that burnt us so many times, he wanted to be an architect I understand typical sad wannabe mincer ........Giddyup

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Ape Anonymous Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 4:57pm

Chaos need a floating burger stand, judging tower and stage for live music performance and we got a platform for world-class surfing. Will the first ever triple backflip be done here? Is it mandatory to smoke a bong in the channel as initiation? If not yet, it should be. SIk.

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indo-dreaming Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 5:20pm

So what affect if any has this reef now had on the beach shape/sand build up and the actually beach breaks?

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velocityjohnno Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 8:13pm

TBB's done a really good series of follow ups on the quality of the sand after the reef, on the Palm Beach article

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Halfscousehalfc... Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 6:14pm

Looks like it’s got a nice bowl section. I’ll take a ‘b’ grade reef over a ‘d’ grade beachie any day

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saltman Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 6:49pm

Two seperate drop ins by the one DHD rider
Name and shame?

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lostdoggy Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 7:41pm

Looks like a JS and a sequence of the same wave to me.

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saltman Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 10:27pm

Oh yeah your right
Just my Tired eyes

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warddy Monday, 13 Jan 2020 at 7:32pm

They could build another hundred of them along the coast and they will all be as crowded but a awesome concept and yes great for fisheries as well .
why they havent been done before this is a great shame.
Hasnt affected the beachies and to be blunt Palmies banks as most of the GC are just straight handers generally

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 at 3:31pm

Welcome back to "No Fly Zone GC Airport WSR Artificial Reef Battledrome"
Surf Sticker Drone vs Little Ripper Shark Drone
GWS is circling the break eagerly awaiting his opponent for the final.

Palm Beach Artificial Reef Timeline (swellnet exclusive)

Nearest breaks were 21st Ave step down Groyne Right flooding 24th Left Bombie
2012 > Currumbin Ck sand pumps ramp up to near smother all Palmy breaks.

2015 Sand filled to Groyne ends on big high tides (Almost burying 21st Ave Groyne)
Reports: Beach + off shore reserves as best this century & 4th best since 1960's
Locals could swear the best widest beach Palmy ever had! (Long bank one closeout)

2016 ECL Ripped into Burley Pool > Sydney Beach pools > Tassie (Massive EC ruin)
Palm Beach lost no more than 5m & was still very healthy & recovering well!

2017 (Winter) Rainbow Dredge shelved a long plateau around PB Artificial Reef.

2018 New outta Rainbow bank starved inside Palm Beach & started erosion process.
Palmy atoll outta bombie race track closeout with a swirling dead zone inside.
Nothern Palmy + Laceys Lane did offer some break thru relief & got busy alright.

2019 PB Artificial Reef Cost $18.2m ...(Family correction swear gospel $30m)
tbb's Diving family... involve in Diving-Reefs,ocean access,costings & know more.
(Same conversation) Whole base level of Boulders were wrong size (Complete Redo)
Double Mid Winter Lows shuffled the Strike Plate only.

Whale Season: The very instant dredges packed up (few times) Whales would venture in.
Soon as Dredge returns the whales were frightened off.
Locals residents told tbb + can confirm Whales were in close on reef the day after a pack up.
Tappa recorded the same deal with Rainbow Dredge [FACT] Dredging keeps whales out.

July: Reef level was often above the near finished sea level...(The ankle deep Jump off era!)
Concerns were noted as to shallow nature...GCCC kept coy but site workers said this & that.
Then the top was taken off to sit .5m under low tide..(As per specs)
All up 3x boulder reworkings (Start / damage / finish) none recorded on public record!

Divers say Creek bars > Blow up tanks + Snorkel don't do rough sweeping surf!
Dive community say Reef means nothing to them...Hence the $30m waste exampled!
tbb's twin sister did a PB Reef Dive report for the Local Paper a while back

23rd Oct Sand Pad inside Groyne looks to hold or add a touch to now eroding beach
tbb questions that sand is eroding further about where needed most ... (A lemon!)
Dec tbb's Aerial checks reveal continual erosion...noticeable with each months tides.
The Beach once level with Groynes now has waves climbing berm & eroding dunes.
At same time GCCC were mining an asbestos dump in the very same PB dunes.

The once best beach of this century is fast eroding with one eye on cyclone season.
Palm Beach has now lost over 40m of beach since GCCC Rainbow/Reef project.
Worse still the rate of erosion is increasing...line in the sand, now a long swim back.

Dec- GCCC Lower > Hi-Rise & Light Rail Up Zones along Palm Beach ocean side.
This is almost a miracle on Gold Coast...(No precedent for GCCC backdown exists?)

Dec- Record amount of Cornflakes on the beach were reported thicker on the Reef
(Important)The Cornflakes would likely permeate the reef (fast track marine habitat)

Jan...The reef is no land bridge but more an outta Island with Sharks Circling (SLSQ).
4m Great White Shark include 6 extra Drum Lines + Drone Patrol

Before & After (Crew can see Oz worst ever Surf Reef as it stands)
Click a 2nd split screen > (Side by side) click photos to zoom + Mouse Zoom again.
Detail the markers on groynes & Dunes...( JAWS dropping stuff it is...)
Palm beach is nearly gone due to GCCC not the ocean... (Biggest Reef Fail Ever!)

This Reef will be gone before GCCC rolls the barrels up to Kelly's front door
Kelly checks out his Palmy sunken Lounge wave pool around Corona Pro time (Soon)
Be a good idea to sneak a surf in, before he pulls in the drive! (Not gonna be pretty!)

Here's Kelly's front yard when he bought his condo...

20 Jan 2015 Tide [ 01.80 m] Note: 21st Groyne is near buried, drive a bus around it.

Here's what GCCC are keeping the lid on...praying for a Cyclone to take the blame!

13 Jan 2020 Tide [ 01.81 m ] Note: Beach is well inside Groyne Marker Rocks /\.
Can surf over berm up the dunes into Kelly's bath tub...(Goat will be stoked for sure!)
Kelly's clever enough to read swellnet & just cashed in before Palmy prices sink.
Yeah Yeah! Goat thanks swellnet Goldie locals for the free investment tip!
[SOLD] To WSL Shark..

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warddy Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 at 6:17am

TBB do you think the abnormal or maybe it’s the new normal of Northerlies the last six months which brought the cornflakes has contributed to the sand situation on said beach ... now we’ve finally got some swell and southerlies would be interesting to see how it plays our

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Roystein Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 at 8:17am

Great research and report TBB

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crg Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 at 8:30am

Looks like Mark Richo has claimed legend local status like he does over any piece of sand between Bilinga and Talle

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MGB Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 at 2:12pm

what a fucking fail that reef is. a short wonky semi slab right. that needs a bit of swell from the right direction to work, has a tiny take off zone that can be locked down by 4 crew, has no real entry anywhere else down the line and is super exposed to the 2 prevailing onshore winds.........fucking tens of millions for a fickle half slab we arleady have hundreds of on the east coast of oz. a terrible missed opportunity to build something great.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020 at 3:14pm

Cheers Roystein (disclaimer) tbb is a local and as said with some inside knowledge.
Goldie crew trip over shit as a way of life...passing the baton lighten the load.

tbb has visited Reef a few times & watched it being surfed but is too ill to test it out.
On the surfing side, tbb knows little as such & also values the swellnet Palmy wraps.
Locals often talked about the shallow Mach 1 but less so after the block knock off!
tbb is guessing it breaks less so than end of winter but puts out with bigger swell.

Fellow swellnet crew are much more qualified for Surf Reef analysis...
eg: warddy knows more than he's lettin' on & fires off a cracker about GC (N) & kelp.
Wave of the day ~~~~^~~~~/(`~~~~/C`........./(C`..[warddy)

Gold Coast has had an annoying run of Northerlies (known for eroding n/e beaches)

Yes! At first GCCC / swellnet reported a slight pad of sand inside the Reef.

See: North sand bank merging inside to Groyne sand pad as an inside Goofs Point.
July: Locals described linking this rogue inside skippy left...(Possible it did bank?)
Inside left point looked as if it may bridge with reef for an almighty Right / Left Point.
tbb suggested this & never thought up any erosion & loss of beach...(Trick of the eye!)

Little known to us locals, the Rainbow Dredge had already started the erosion.
That sand pad we see before us is merely a last patch of sand proudly holding out.
GCCC vanishing beach trick, mastered by SCC- which PFAS ocean outlet (You Lose!)

Thanks to WRL...warddy can check (S) Rainbow Bank erosion vs (N) Reef Erosion
[important] Rainbow Bank ends to Plateau for Reef (No sand dumped north of Reef)

This image equals Jan'2015/20 tides +( post Rainbow Dumping & pre- Reef Build).
24 Jan 2019 Tide [ 01. 81 m ]

Notes: Erosion in progress over whole Beach but mostly aligned to Rainbow bank.
We can attribute later more recent hastening Northern erosion to the Reef (2020 ^)
Seemingly the overriding factor is these outer Reefs/Bommies starve middle breaks.
This fuels inside washbowl with cutting cross swells acting like blades on the beach.
The whole system is ramped up by (unusual) run of equally cutting Northerlies.
Some photos show the Reef as the instigator of these inside cross cutting shears.

Furthermore these mini striking cross frames pack a punch on groyne head & collars.
Gonna make light work of puny Palmy dunes, not robust enough for the onslaught.

warddy rightly points out the record seaweed factor...tbb did visit at the time.
Seaweed would bank & corner more wave action toward the Groyne & Reef more so!
Good chance some of the collaring around the Groynes hastened the erosion process.

Might check on other reefs / groynes with Seaweed clumping weight & wave erosion
Burleigh Point has hosted Seaweed on numerous occasion.(1930's + 2010's mostly).
Consider All GC Groynes possibly for the first time engage & harbour seaweed.(rare!)
Now that's a whole new habitat! (Good! for some better for a 4m Great White Shark?)
Mayor hired 'A List Shark' to promo 'What's new, very GC seaweed snack bars'.
Sharks use Cornflakes as cover as Dolphins can't echolocate amongst it!

Curved Ball..or pinball effect.
Reef has created a giant pinball machine with waves /tides bouncing within confines.
Consider wave dynamics of a multi faceted Pinball Machine of endless ricochet.

tbb is saying...GCCC has lost control of any predictable's 100% make believe.
Infinite interaction (Rainbow Bank < > Reefs < > 3 Groynes < > Seaweed < > Dunes)
Original Talle Ck-Groyne / The Point / Palmy Reefs / Bommie all interacting with Reef.
The Reef is now that kick ass pop bumper (No hands on the flipperz & win high score)

Not one surface of continuous measurable length of 2m or more. (It's anyone's guess)
tbb asks Crew! Who here thinks any whitecoat or whiteshoe can bank on that?

PS. Prior to PB reef crew asked if Burleigh Point would come into play.
tbb can only give a landlubbers version.
Talle groyne has lost half it's sand +Waves splash higher @ Rivermouth of The Point.
Surfers might see cove breaking in closer but B'hds sand pump fills level with Point?
That describes a closeout scenario but Northerlies & Cyclones break it down some.
Cool if surfers could report on Cove... Is PB reef eroding NP/WSR habitat....Anyone!

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billie Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020 at 11:39am

Why do you talk about yourself in the third person?

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zenagain Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020 at 11:41am

Zenagain says to ask GaryG that very same question.

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frog Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020 at 10:45am

Most outer bombies off beaches seem to end up with beach widening in their lee. The cross waves create mini longshore drift effects both ways moving sand to a focal point. Over time this should occur at Palmy too. In the short term other factors may be at work i.e. the northerlies.

In terms of erosion though, one little reef is just a blip in the overall sand movement equation. Cyclones and the existing sand movement trends totally over ride its impact. I suspect it wont be a fail or a cause of problems rather it will be like a larger boulder in a stream with minor local impacts but no change to the overall stream path

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truebluebasher Friday, 17 Jan 2020 at 1:41pm

tbb was born into a Third person place & time and so had it drummed into him.

Bipolar is referred to as Poet's Disease..
tbb was instantly hypnotised by Lyrics of fellow sufferer Poly Styrene {RIP}
Poly sings of Media driving & headlining one's suicide, even before the Video Age!
Sufferers play out timeless scenarios...outside their bodies looking in is quite normal.
3rd person as in a batshitcrazybipolarsufferer...(Check!)

In tbb's surf era (USA,Logos,Cameras,Sunnies,shoes,wetties were for pretenders)
So yeah! Anything that empowered one over another was sissy or bullshit.
Not allowed to write anything & never a passage with Me Myself I...that's fucked up!
Yes! Had our anti establishment Lyric sheets confiscated/mate's Punkzine on bonfire.

(The Place)
Q.L.Durrz vs Them Socialist Southerners with the rest of their World in tow.
'Yes Sir!' Was all we taught to say in Joh's Police State
3rd person as in LAW ... don't step outta line.

1970's Disco
Ego is not a dirty word ...Disco Era...I'm a star! Look at me I'm so far up myself!
Punk collective was formed & vowed to stamp out Disco Ducks & whiteshoes.
Punkz went on to overthrow Joh & Feed the world at Xmas time & Scared the Nukes...
3rd person as in... Punk Anthems (No more Heroes)

1980's Big headed Surfies or (Baby won't you mind my towel).
All know Surfing died at the end of 1970's.
Then came an endless sea of surf stickers avalanching mountain slopes.

tbb meets plenty of past comp boardriderz now strictly surfjustsurf (Go for a bash).
Third creature as in morphing into sea serpents...last of the living kind.

truebluebasher speaks in Goldiepunkbasher or in '3,000th creature'... if you like.
Not because it's easy but because it's impossibly hard! That's how bipolar works!

Yes! Often tbb does lay key phrases for some reason, all make sense one day!
(Here!) New sport of Surfstickerboarding down sponsor's slippery slopes!
This song kick started 'My Gen'.( Me Myself I ...That's 3rd person...right! )

GaryG colours our language but only after doing unmentionable things to it!

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brucebruce Monday, 20 Jan 2020 at 9:06pm

How the hell is someone named Sheldon allowed to become a pro surfer!

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Spuddups Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020 at 5:27am

Yeah, he needs one of those pseudo-Hawaiian names that are so popular these days.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020 at 11:02am

tbb trusts the crew & took on board yer wisdom & so dug a little deeper.
Been real busy on this + The Narrowneck Top Up Reef & sure enough, it's the same.
But as the crew hinted it may not be the Reef at fault...tbb is listening...Honestly!

Current Reef Erosion.
Measurements from pre new Reef works until now... (Finished Works)

Narrowneck is eroding 20m Northside to Spit & Eroding 10m south toward Surfers
Notes: Spit Dune vegetation is missing...(Factors: 3 fires / Dog invasion / tidal flows)

Palm Beach is eroding 40m Northside to Talle & eroding 20m >10m south to SLSC.

Both Reef tides erode dunes but now on a daily basis.(Previously only Cyclone surge)
tbb compared = High & Low tides of all season & above figures are kind to the Reefs.

tbb will recap..
Seaweed + Northerlies can be attributed to PB Reef Erosion but less so Narrowneck.
tbb did also note erosion began with Rainbow Banks...clearly evident on South'sides.

Dredging Factor...
Talle Creek annual Sand Pumping is said to nourish beaches North of Narrowneck.
PB 11th Ave Groyne > Currumbin Ck is replenished by annual end of year Pumping.

Rainbow (Offshore Dredge + Pump)
Dumps were restricted to the southside of both Reefs

New & Unique Factors.
(As said, repeated Spit Bushfires, Dogs, Northerlies, Seaweed!)
Any/All could account for dune erosion, inviting tide higher.(All seldom studied)
tbb has hinted that wind does play a role at Narrowneck + Miami. + South Palmy.
Not done the seaweed homework as promised...could be more to that!
Dogs are now half of population (Massive increase on Dog Beaches > Dune Erosion)

Natural Reefs'
Recent News stories will back up tbb's claim on loss of inshore sand! (*First Clue!)
Nearby Reefs are also losing sand ...1st time in 20 years- host & feed Large Turtles.
This means erosion is serious has been ongoing to create a stable habitat.
(Pause) Beach is losing habitat but inshore Reefs are gaining Habitat. (Unusual)

Kirra Reef

Scottish Prince Reef is being revealed more each day + Large resident Turtle.

Less sand inshore & dropping deeper out past Storm banks! ( *Now 100% Verified)

tbb was stumped...So what could be the cause of total Mass inshore sand depletion?
Some Holy Grail for Climate Change Extinction troops...(Do the seas rise this fast?)

Tweed Sand Bypass.
Recent Figures show 20% less Qld sand dumps from Start of Projects until now.

New Back Dumping of Sand to Fingal again accounts for a months most recent loss.

tbb stupidly thought that's it! Could that amount justify a mass inshore loss of sand!

(Pause!) The answer was obvious and lies buried in the detail above...Anyone?

Clue! tbb started to Dream about Rainbows & where they come from!
Found this innocent GCCC picture book from 2013 & solved the sands of time riddle.
"The 3 Point Plan for Coastal Protection" (Sure sounds like a Fairytale)
Flick to Page 12 / 20 & the answer stares you in the face.

The Rainbow dredge does no more than borrow sand to buy time.(A trick of the eye!)
Here's the thing...the payback is 10 years of no beaches & threatened WSR breaks.

The operation requires huge resource as it needs to dig massive Quarries!
Basically (10 years) of Bypass Sand needs to first fill the Rainbow Dredge Quarries.
These Super Hungry Rainbow Quarries are starving 10 yrs of sand to GC Beaches...

[factcheck] 300,000 m3/ yr sand bypass is the max to host Turtles on GC Reefs.
Once you go over this Tally, GC robs Turtle's climate change southern habitat exodus.
You see, even if GC doesn't nest Turtles it must not starve the growing south escape.
Climate Change heat is cooking turtles in their nests, they must live amongst us or die!

All 2017 GC Rainbow Quarries (3,000,000 m3) require 10 years Bypass sand to fill.
Only after these Quarries fill level, can the sand naturally flow toward our beaches.
Note: Hacks can manage to run a rake over a sand bunker..(So our seabed is crap?)
Bigger Note: Don't let these cowboys back on our sea course ever again.

Phase-1 PB > Tugun Rainbow Quarry is the biggest, measuring a huge 470,000 m3.
2019 'Tweed Sand Bypassing' ...for first time barged sand North to this Quarry!)
How much did they dump into this Bottomless Pit? (Answer = 30,000 m3) Cough!!!
Swellnet crew spoke of the epic adventure & resource required for just one drop!
Not being silly but this was probably as good as it gets! Perhaps it was a back pedal.

That's right! The $30m Great White Shark Reef is now the pick of the litter!

As it stands it will take 10 years to stop GC erosion & 15 years to stop PB erosion.

Too expensive & time consuming to barge sand to Quarries so by pass pumps are only solution.
This is also the most wasteful option as most sand builds higher on outposts wide of the targets
Note: Kirra + Greenmount + Snapper West Pumps no longer see action > (Kirra Point/Reefs)
Meaning D'bah & Froggie's pumps are our only tool to fight GC beach erosion

Bury Snapper a further 4m to fill Quarries to rescue Dutto & Kelly's seachange outposts
Land locked Snapper to play in the sand pit with Cooly kids Kirra & Greenie.
Superdooperbank Timeshare Party Wave from Tweed River mouth to Currumbin Ck.
tbb & others here warned of WSR Snapper entering Top 10 endangered waves list.

GCCC reclaim Cooly WSR for Whiteshoes & whack it on yer rates, hardly a fuck up is it!
Tip! Surfers should at least claim they sacrificed their WSR to save GC beach properties.
Trade off may be enough to buy shares on a new fake WSR out off Cape Danger.

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yorkessurfer Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020 at 10:07am

TBB: that makes a lot of sense regarding the huge holes dredged by the rainbow bank boat a few kilometres offshore needing to be filled in by longshore drift before the sand can make its way to shore in its natural order.

Those rainbow banks created some great waves for a time. There were epic banks directly out from my apartment near the Jewel for a few years.

But it sounds like the project could have done lasting damage to the Gold Coast beaches over the medium to longer term?

Real can of worms that one......

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frog Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 at 11:19am

Tender out now to dredge Tallebudgera and Currumbin creeks. Deposit 72,000 cubic metres off Burleigh point and 16000 cubic metres off the restaurant. Lots to be deposited off Palm Beach too of course. A lot of sand. Might make Burleigh into a superbank or not?

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freeride76 Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 at 11:36am

depends where they put it.

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frog Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 at 12:35pm

deposition spot is pretty much off the curved outermost section of the headland to the south of or almost at sharkies. Will move around the point in time. The inside deposition will flood the beach with sand and probably make a closeout end section.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 at 12:41pm

Ok, that should turn out OK.

they set up sand bypass pump from Tally ck to the beach at Burleigh don't they?

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linez Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 at 1:30pm

Wonder if that will help the banks at the alley.... utterly dismal atm, and have been for a long time.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020 at 11:29pm

Nice work there a non sub link or source...found this tender but not detail?

Records show Neumann signed a 4/6 year deal in 2014.
2020 ends Neumann's Deal...lines up with other GCCC tenders for Feb > March!

freeride76 ... Here's that Talle Ck - Burleigh Point runaround.
1975 Pump Pipe cut across the Point leaving a skip in the line-up.
Early 80's (Cement Fibro Pipe Broke up) Recall a rubbery makeshift one.
1985 (Stubbies) Villander split hopper dumped a payload (Photo is 6mths after)
1990's New pump runs around GC Hwy into same cnr as now (see photos)
2017 Photo layout... (Note: Contract allows up to 80,000 m3 maximum pumping!)

2018/19 GCCC let publican bunt loose rocks against (Pub's Private WSR) Go Away!
Prohibiting public beach ~ Rock Pool Trail ~ Point for the first time in town history.
(see above photos for sand in front of pub, is now blocked by a rolling boulder berm)
Once was #1 Selfie Shot of Surfers now Celeb Chix pose as barflies for same Selfie!

Pump halves point wide to backbreak, buries rockbreak, left ramp & all banks north.
After Sept Pump (All surfers + basherz Vacate the desert)
Meet at Easter & pray final Cyclone has the guts to set free the Point > Rockbreak > Shorie!
GCCC have bossed Huey's WSR for well over 20 years or more...Shh! Say Nothing!

This sand nourishes Surfers' & beyond (Code for coast long close out Partywave)
Like a matmos smothering A frames before it! (Crew, squeeze into banks ahead of it!)

Since the last contract 2017 Rainbow Dredge left GC with massive Quarries to fill.
At present devouring many beachfront's daily serve of sand now fast eroding away.
Here's a map of these Massive Quarries...P 12/20

Note: frog says 72,000 m3 to be dumped off Burleigh Point.
Recall above (up to 80,000 max - check! + 1985 Dumping off Point - check!)
This payload is to feed starving Hedges Ave Millionaires inside of Quarry/s ( 86 / 2 )
Could well be the makeshift fix, to juggle these loads until Quarry/s are filled.

The 16,000 m3 in front of Pub is just returning people's beach path..(As above).
Barefoot crew are getting glass in their feet from Bouncer's queues (Our Oceanway!)
Doubles as slow release to Flagged Beach as rest is forfeited to sure up Hedges Ave.

frog speaks of renourishing Palm Beach.

1) Kelly's $3m Beach Volleyball court is now only half of what it once was!

2) Have ya got a spare truckload to fill in Dutto's $4m sandcastle yer back!

Whack it on tbb's rates, he's too stupid to know any better.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 29 Feb 2020 at 7:35pm

Palm Beach Reef shoreline (before / during / after) 2020 Cyclone Uesi

8th Jan 2020 (6:30 am)Tide [ 1.54m ]
Phases 1+2 Palm Beach going going...almost gone...going nicely to plan.

10th Feb 2020 (9:30 am) Tide [ 1:88m ]
30min after high point of Cyclone Uesi surge.
This photo best shows any immediate scarping off the back of biggest tide.

19th Feb 2020 (5:30 am) Tide [1.53m ]
Note: Palm Beach has lost a lot of width.

$30m PB Malnourishment Phase 1+2 Palm Beach Going going...(Better Hurry!)

Most likely a last minute save...
$130m Mayor's Palm Beach Re-do
Phase 3 Pull up The Great White welcome mat
Phase 4 Raid the Rainbow Bank
Phase 5 Raid The Superbank
Phase 6 Deposit Gold Dust loads into Rainbow Quarries
Phase 7 Restore Palm Beach to it's previous healthy state.

GC Mayor is about to send his own limo to fetch Kelly from the Airport!
"Mr Slater, Sir! About your annoying wide white beach...(We have some good news!)
We know how you like to surf so we built a Reef to run waves thru yer trophy room."

Narrowneck Reef - Cyclone Uesi Report.
{Cyclonic GC Reef Reports are exclusive to # 1 swellnet}

*Late Extra: tbb digs deep to track down an ultra rare GCCC (Post - Reef Doc!)
As you all guessed...No Project Update but some pretty good rubbish speak
eg: The sand is hiding offshore with the should've to be here yesterday (OMG)

1st Aug 2019 Transport & Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Page 33 / Item 5 > Ocean Beaches Strategy (2013-2023) Mid-Life Review
Outcome 1 Equal Beach Access
Outcome 2 Beach Nourishment (Rainbow Dredge) + Beach Litter removal 15 T/yr
Outcome 3 Rockwalls + Reefs (*Includes Palm Beach doublespeak directive)
Outcome 4 Tweed Bypass Stewardship
Mid Life Review Protocol > Implementation > so on...

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truebluebasher Saturday, 29 Feb 2020 at 1:43am

Gold Coast Global Wave Conference 2020
Advanced Engineering Methods for Surf Reef Design

"Palm Beach Artificial Reef" presented by Reef designer Simon Brandi Mortensen.

(Wednesday Panel Session recording) [ 0:00 - 15:20 mins ]

[ 2:18 - 2:23 ] GW Shark AndyM circles the Reef burns Simon to advance into Semis.

Program Details: Wednesday (2:30) Afternoon Tea.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 1:13am

Palm Beach Artificial Reef Erosion cont....

Beneath measurements marry the highest 'matching' am tidal measurements.
Due to the fog & poor light fouling the reads > tbb afforded 3 measurements to review
These equally example tides either side of 2015 similar measure. ( No trickery! )
Neither hide the fact that The Artificial Reef is fast eroding Palm Beach.

19th Jan 2015 ( 7: 00 am ) Tide [ 1: 71 m ]

5th April 2020 ( 6:00 am ) Tide [ 1: 69 m ]

7th April 2020 ( 7:30 am ) Tide [ 1: 74 m ]

Furthermore tbb can't locate any reviews of Artificial Reef since completion or post Cyclone.
Difficult to fathom how this iconic $30m Reef busily eats away Palm Beach without a care

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truebluebasher Saturday, 11 Jul 2020 at 1:10pm

2019-20 - swellnet #1 source of Palm Beach artificial Reef (End 'Autumn Review)

2019-20 - Gold Coast City Council - No News (re: Erosion, GWS, Seaweed, Cyclone?)

Sept 2019 -Pacific Surf Club / Tower 15 - Link to Google photos from (Dec 2015)
re: Reef photo Library : Rainbow Dredge & Reef works & Beach / Surf shots!1s0x6b9103c8eadc3897%3A0x7ee181...

2019 Seaweed Invasion

Dec 2019 Palmy Boardriders GWS

Jan 2020 Fishermen - Good Fishing > GWS ...Great White Shark
Jan - Govt / SLSQ mine Reef with Nets / Drones > Check TV News Footage
swellnet updates latest & detailed news on Palm Beach Reef...Salute (see this page)
GCCC Tender on Talle Ck to divert Sand off Burleigh Point.

Feb 2020
Cyclone Uesi (Before & After) see above frames.
GWC Palm Beach Reef designer gave presentation (re:Link is above)

April 2020 WRL cams > tbb's PB erosion library...(Time'n'Tide links above)

[ swellnet #1 Palm Beach Artificial Reef Library ]

[ Palm Beach Artificial Reef resource links ]

June 2020 Palm Beach Shoreline Project Overview (Ends at Sept/Oct 2019 Award)
Ironically no review of Reef's beach erosion ( Now back to the Dune vegetation)

swellnet #1 Surf Reefs Archives

(2019-20) Gold Coast swellnet Surf News links (Goldie surfers approved ***** )

*Tweed River Dredging
*Superbank Survey
*Narrowneck Reef
*CST / The Spit
*WSR Legislation
*Backpass Pipeline
*Surf Lakes Gold Coast
*Pro Comp Wipeout
*Goldie Lockdown.

Hunt down amazing swellnet Goldie Surf Sessions.

Wot! Crew still wanna bonus...tbb figured as much and has a special Palmy Treat.
Crew have asked if Outer Palmy Reef broke here...Yes a Skipping Righthander.
Dug up this photo to show typical short skipping reforming PB bommie.
Pretty sure this is the day after Cyclone Debbie / mid arvo 31st March 2017
(Note the clearing clouds & dirty brown Talle Creek is just starting to release. )
Rainbow Dredge dumped loads of sand from there south in the winter of (2017)
tbb has seen this bommie *R / L being paddle & tow surfed a few times.
Note low tide (4:30pm) see: More likely than not, that's a jetski 'scouting' the right.

PS: *Water research Laboratory Coastal Imaging (Last Image) 15th May 2020
Archive is still available pre 15th May 2020 but sadly prohibited from there forth.
Thankfully WRL restored linked archive images (Above) but Load Time has slowed.
It seems WRL public tool is no longer essential in post Covid -19 world.

Alt : Select desired GC Seaway Tide Charts (pre-post Reef)
CW PB/CA surf cam (Freeze at top of north pan)
All PB groynes should be clearly in view.
Then compare archived WRL image to "similar" Time / tide on (Paused) CW image.
Tip: Best on morning Sun (No Glare!)

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truebluebasher Saturday, 11 Jul 2020 at 12:20pm

Late June: Underwater Footage of PB Artificial Reef in it's natural state.

Note: Turtles are rehabilitating near inshore Reefs (Possibly nearby bombie)
Kirra Reef and others led to recent Tugun egg laying.
Palm Beach is eroding with new GCCC works but Nth PB is still free of Hi-Rise.
1970's Turtles laid eggs at Nth Palm Beach & reef may yet again support such.

PS: Palmy 4m GWS goes by the name of 'Toni'... not shown here.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 11 Jul 2020 at 11:16am

8th July Tragic drowning at Palm Beach Artificial Reef {RIP}

Olympic Captain Alex Chumpy Pullin 32 drowned while Spear Fishing the new Reef.

11 July : 100's attend Olympic Captain Chumpy's Reef paddle out.
Including World Champion / Olympic Surfers.

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batfink Saturday, 11 Jul 2020 at 3:09pm

Stay well TBB. Very interesting stuff. Best wishes to ya.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 10:15pm

Cheers Batfink...actually managed a visit to the Reef last Friday. (Not onto the Sand)

Bang on Low Tide so beach was healthy enough at that time.
{RIP} Monument is Pride Of Place on the Beach but not out of Place...kinda respectful.

Credit to the Reef Local....
Reef seems to have settled from Low Tide knee Height to now waist Height.
Good solid Southerly ground swell of a few feet with a good wind push.
Low Tide the swell races & hits all surrounding banks but not the Reef...(Strange)
As the tide rolled back in it started to cap the Reef.
High Tide seems to raise & Stall the Swell to Pitch onto The Reef (Strange)
The ride is said to be Short/er, onto High Tide is Best & Busiest ( Pushes thru...)

No recent sighting of "Toni " the GWS.

Light Rail is dominating Palmy News (None Want it) $1b Fighting the claim.
Hwy will be de-mained to 2 ultra slow lanes for continuous Hi-rise Bank / Moat.

Usually these Nerdy Transport Maps throw a side banana in for a laugh.
So tbb wotz this bent banana + wotz it got to do with Surfing Palmy or The Reef.


Recap the original Plans that featured a Cape & a Long Sand bommie at South Palmy.

Ok! We're all on the same tbb has gone on about Cape a few times.

11th Ave also is suffering the worst erosion from the Rainbow / Reef Combo
Kelly's Pad if you like, has lost his Beach Volleyball court (Mid-High Tide)

GCCC unbelievably scaled back beach Hi-Rise South from here...(Are you insane!)

Anyhow, this Cape smothers 11th Ave Groyne to extend level with outer backbreak.
About 3x the length of Groyne or Current low tide beach 300m out x 500m beach
Little to nothing at all has been said by Council on Reef, Light Rail, Cape or Bommie.

Today the GCB runs LR Routes & there looks to be a Palmy Cape in the Sketch.
Only exactly where it's meant to be...(Coincidence?)
Council & Govt must know that Reef is eroding near the groyne & PB cape is the fix!
See also the exaggerated straight wide Laceys Lane..that's the Sand Bommie / beach

In other words Brisbane saw red when GCCC waved goodbye to #1 Stamp Duty!
Out of our way you bumbling fools...We'll widen yer fuckin' beach!
Take a long look at the new Palm Beach shoreline...that's not a computer Glitch.
That is how State Govt sees their future investment...
Both the Cape & Bommie are then backfilled by Rainbow to form what you see here.
tbb is not making this up...This was explained by original project team..(Went silent!)

New wide beach affords Oceanway the same way as Back Pass pipe (Northern end)
Likely beach bar lease retail for council, but Stamp Duty insurance for the State Govt.
Timeshare Trolley rises Towers, together moat out locals by limiting beach access.
By simply partitioning off the Grom Hangs increases beach value exponentially.
That's their New Beach...Sorry No Parking for Locals! They don't mention that either.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 10:07pm

July Congratulations swellnet for new suite of GC + Southern Palmy Surfcams
Did tbb miss an article on new cams? This is a pretty big deal.

16th July 2020..swellnet / Bluecoast / City of Gold Coast / Qld Uni

That's a brilliant photo of Palm Beach Surf Reef by swellnet...
Kinda explains that High Tide effect mentioned above.
It seems to stun all around with a lazy slap but pushes through for a short sweet ride!

Bluecoast designed Palm Beach Reef + Current Byron / Albany / Stockton Projects
All very challenging projects...

Goldie crew request for swellnet story on the Reef cam/s
Ben also dials up the best of the Narrowneck Reef gems...right man for the Job.
PB Reef / Beach needs monitoring for sure...all the best with the quest swellnet.
All the best to bluecoast for the tricky jobs ahead...

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Sprout Sunday, 26 Jul 2020 at 10:31am