Watch the surfcraft area shrink this summer

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Swellnet Dispatch

With summer approaching, coastal councils are anticipating an expected influx of visitors to their beaches and drawing up plans to cope in the age of social distancing.

This week, two Sydney councils released their summer action plans, both of them comprehensive in scope, and both will adversely affect surfers.

Northern Beaches Council (NBC) takes in the entirety of Sydney's coastline north from the harbour, including all thirteen surf beaches. This summer, lifeguards will keep track of crowd numbers on the hour and, when threshholds are reached, then follow a flow chart to deter more people arriving while handling the people already there.

Of note, council lifeguards are now encouraged to "activate additional flagged swimming areas as required and where practical to reduce crowd density."

In other words, this summer the flags won't just take the best bank on the beach, but some days they'll take the second-best bank too. How an already swollen surf population responds to being shoved into a smaller area remains to be seen, but it's likely NB surfers will face their own red and yellow peril.

Yesterday, Waverley Council released their beach action plan, and, fortunately for Bondi and Bronte surfers, they won't face the same predicamant as surfers north of the harbour, however the policing of crowd numbers is likely to be more exhaustive. An unsurprising response for the city's most popular beaches. When the carrying capacity of each beach is being approached, all transport options to the beach are limited, and then when the number is reached the beach is closed - no further people are allowed, not even to cross the sand and paddle out.

Council claims to be erecting infrastructure to limit access points.

The result of closing patrolled beaches to visitors, and potentially corralling them towards unpatrolled ones isn't addressed in either council's action plan.

For surfers, the advice is to get in early, or to get a foamy. Speaking of which, 3D Fins recently won the Australian Good Design Award for their Gohard/soft fins - fins that are hard in the centre but soft in the outside to increase softboard performance - and the timing couldn't have been better.

Swellnet reached out to other councils in Sydney and also in Victoria and Queensland but is yet to get responses.


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lomah Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 1:56pm

With cases of community transmission in nsw at almost zero people will start chafing against the obvious different standards being imposed on various activities. 40k into a stadium for the grand final Is ok but you can’t stand up in a pub. Good luck policing beach access if case numbers remain low.

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warddy Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 5:54pm

Its a big shame the community wasnt chafing 6 months ago when this whole sordid political shit fight started.....its always been about money and corruption...backed themselves into a corner against an imaginary enemy
At least Gladys has some balls compared to the other fucksticks

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JackStance Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 4:22pm


It is at the heart of democracy.

And it has an extraordinary history for making society a fairer and kind place.

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JackStance Sunday, 4 Oct 2020 at 10:42pm

Well spotted,

Thank you for teaching me.

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3dfins Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 2:19pm

Thanks for the shout out Stu yeeew we appreciate it.

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Blowin Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 2:49pm

I still remember going down the beach during lockdown and seeing not a single person on a beach which is probably 3 kms long. There was also a twenty knot onshore wind blowing. Then a police car pulled up next to me and told me the beach was shut for our safety . That’s when I knew the insane were in charge of the asylum.

Scomo just held a knees up for 300 die hard liberal fanatics inside a convention centre in Adelaide but apparently the open air , fresh salty breeze and sunshine of our beaches will be the death of us all.

How’s get fucked sound ?

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epictard Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 3:22pm

"apparently the open air , fresh salty breeze and sunshine of our beaches will be the death of us all."
- If the numbers are regulated in Sydney it just means people will be arriving earlier to get their spot, and then staying longer so as not to lose it. This could be a summer where the council rules trigger more skin cancer than ever before.

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shoredump Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 5:23am

When the Melbourne Grand Prix got shut down, everyone piled into the casino instead

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chook Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 3:01pm

if surfing in summer is so important to you, what the hell are you doing living in sydney in the first place?

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Trentslatterphoto Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 4:25pm

back slapping and crowd funding latest buzz topics

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Roystein Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 4:30pm

I agree Blowin
I said it very early in the piece. Don’t assume that restrictions placed on movement and liberty are wound back as easily as they were taken away.

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JackStance Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 4:25pm

history agrees.

Those with power always want more, and NEVER give it back.

It MUST be taken by an ORGANISED public.

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Taprobane Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 4:30pm

Our local council does not allow any stand-up craft or any type of fins in the "Flagged- no board' zone. I found this out the hard way by talking to one of the council lifeguards who said as long as you were being carefull it was OK. Had about 2 surfs in the flags but after that was being megaphoned out of the area.
Just a heads up to anyone thinking of lashing out on those not so cheap soft-tops.

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batfink Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 6:38am

True Tapro. Maroubra does not allow softies in the flags, not even non-finned softies.

Which is good really.

Not sure about Bondi, they used to allow them but I imagine they have changed that by now.

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bluediamond Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 5:06pm

Return of the clubbie wars!!!

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evosurfer Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 7:29pm

Great this will result in conflick like in the 70s and 80s should be fun.

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 8:56pm

Put up the beach tent at 05:30, and get into it on finless soft board

It could be a conspiracy to turn all Sydneysiders into boogieboarders

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JackStance Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 4:28pm

ssssshhhh..... don't upset the overlords... Those power maniac bodyboarders run this country.

hahaha.. and BLM is a Gorge Soros operation...

And Qanon and Russiagate are real..

and the chemical weapons attack in Douma in 2018 was real..

and Venezuela is a bloody regime....

the US don't commit war crimes..

and Australia is not owned by the US..

fuckin boogers

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batfink Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 6:41am

Hoping that’s all tongue in cheek there Jackstance. Some of those are obviously correct and some are clearly not, so point lost. :-)

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JackStance Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 8:21pm

All False:

1) ssssshhhh..... don't upset the overlords... Those power maniac bodyboarders run this country. : False because the billionaire elites are not Boogers

2) hahaha.. and BLM is a Gorge Soros operation... : False because this is a fake independent media propaganda operation to manipulate working and middle class and white folk into feeling like they are punching up when they accept the narrative that BLM is creating racial division, whilst conveniently ignoring the racism of the enforcement limb of government, which is clearly reflected in prison numbers, and NO justice for the 431 families that have lost loved ones in the criminal justice system - not one conviction.

And Qanon and Russiagate are real..
False because: both of these debunked propaganda operations (that are still pushed through the MSM) are designed to draw the 2 main limbs of public political persuasions into the fictional drama so that they don't look at the entire military/arms/industrial complex from a distance and draw the clear conclusion that it is regime designed to serve the Elite class, by impoverishing the rest (except for the middle class whose consent they kinda need)

RussiaGate: See Aaron Mate': he won an Izzy Award (THE most esteemed journalism award) for honest report on RussiaGate, see:

Qanon: Most people do not have truth as a foremost priority. They probably think they do, but they don’t. When it comes right down to it, most people are more invested in finding ways to defend their preexisting biases than in learning what’s objectively true. If they’ve got a special hatred for Democrats, the confirmation biases that will give them leave them susceptible to the QAnon psyop,(and vice versa for Democrats and RassiGate). It sells people on important truths that they already intuitively know on some level, like the untrustworthiness of the mass media, that the official elected US government aren’t really the ones calling the shots, and that we need a great awakening. It takes those vital, truthful, healthy revolutionary impulses, then twists them around into support for the United States president and the agendas of the Republican Party. It presents itself as an exciting movement where the little guy is finally rising up and throwing off the chains of the tyrannical forces which have been exploiting and oppressing us, yet in reality all it's doing is telling a discontented sector of the population to relax and "trust the plan" and put all their faith in the leader of the US government.

and the chemical weapons attack in Douma in 2018 was real..
False because 4 whistle blowers, including the to 2 chemical weapons investigators at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), blew the whistle on the official OPCW final report that lied about the findings and on the ground reports made by the OPCW Fact Finding Mission (FFM). Its the biggest story in recent history, and complete media silence on it. As tragic as it is (because the fake chemical weapons attack created the public shock required to create the publics consent for the West to bomb the crap out of Syria at that point), you can use this story as a 'diving rod' to test your trusted news sources. I use it (and reporting on Venezuela) to test the trustworthiness of ABC Foreign Policy/Affairs journalist, which is devastatingly poor, because the media class are the lynchpin in controlling the publics mind. However, Peter Cronau, a producer of 4Corners, is fearless and speaks openly about all this. Trustworthy OPCW articles:

and Venezuela is a bloody regime....
Venezuela was evaluated by Ex US President Jimmy Carter (who established the Jimmy Carter Institute to evaluate the honesty of elections around the world) as having the most honest electoral system in the world. Ex president Chavez supported the countries millions of poor and farmers into political life and power through the Bolivarian Revolution. They are called Chavistas. The current president Maduro, whilst not as popular as Chavez, still won 67% of the 2018 election. Whilst his nearest opponent who is leader of the rightwing consortium of parties won 21%. 9 million out of 20 million voted. ( so the nearest rival lost by about 4 million votes. Anyhow, Venezuela is home to one of the largest oil fields in the world, the US wants it, so they are attacking it through economic weapons, and trying to stage a coup, headed by Washingtons coup leader puppet Juan Guiado who a) didn't run in the election, b) trained for 10 or 15 years in Washington, ( c) caused violent rightwing demonstrations in university, and d) was proclaimed by the US State department as being the 'Interim President' through a creative interpretation by US lawyers of the Venezuelan constitution. Whilst only 50 Countries (who are US bitches - us included) out of the 190 something UN countries in the world support the US's claim. Even Venezuela's opposition party leaders a) reject Juan Guaido V's coup leader: and b) they call Guaido out for scamming Venezuela's top international asset Citgo.

It is all about oil and money:

And what does our beloved ABC tell us? Precisely what their US overlords (not the CCP) tell them to tell us: Care of ABC's top Foreign Affairs Zoe Daniel (who was the ABC’s US bureau chief in Washington): Browse her Venezuelan archive for yourself: ,

Here's a doozy:
Daniels: "Maduro is clinging to power" (but wins by 4.2 million votes):.. Guiado "we're thankful for the sanctions" (but Daniel: Essentially says"The poor of the country need your, what have you got to say to them?" ... Actually, "There’s peace; there’s political stability; people have enough to eat; they have enough to survive; they’re getting the bare necessities.":

the US don't commit war crimes..
False: WikiLeaks: Collateral Murder (Iraq, 2007):

and Australia is not owned by the US.. :

fuckin boogers..
Ok, true. point lost.

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JackStance Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 8:30pm

this just in (have been following it for a while, but now updated):

Venezuela's elected Chavista gov't has made 3,200,000 housing units for poor and working-class people.

Despite the murderous, criminal US blockade and Covid pandemic, Venezuela has built 200,000 units in 2020, and plans 200,000 more by the end of the year:

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JackStance Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 8:30pm

this just in (have been following it for a while, but now updated):

Venezuela's elected Chavista gov't has made 3,200,000 housing units for poor and working-class people.

Despite the murderous, criminal US blockade and Covid pandemic, Venezuela has built 200,000 units in 2020, and plans 200,000 more by the end of the year:

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JackStance Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 8:41pm

Could you imagine Australia, with our extreme mineral wealth, building 3.2 million units for the poor and working class?

Highlights the importance of ideas.

Ideas, not money, rule the world, that's why propaganda works, and why propaganda is essential for the ruling class to maintain their power.. it keeps us frozen and traumatised in bullshit fears.

However the history of liberation movements can teach us how to dismantle oppressive regimes and empower our communities. Our Country could be so fuckin rad - it is well within our potential.

What we are experiencing now is our punishment for not being organised.

We are hurtling towards oblivion. We must get organised, not from the fake threats that being pushed down our throats every day, but the materialised and current threats of the greed of the elite class.

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OHBILLY Monday, 5 Oct 2020 at 1:57pm

You sure do love to bring politics into every thread on this website.

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JackStance Monday, 5 Oct 2020 at 8:13pm

I made a short comment, see above, and got incorrectly called out on some unbeknownst point: (Hoping that’s all tongue in cheek there Jackstance. Some of those are obviously correct and some are clearly not, so point lost. :-) )

In doing so, Batfink put the onus on me to prove my claims, so I provided the facts - sorry the word count was up. (Much respect to Batfink)

Also, the SN community is a good place to hash stuff out.

Generally we're pretty respectful and interested, or easy to scroll past if not interested.

Peace and respect to you OB.

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69longboarder Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 at 9:42pm

Great. We are expected to jump through hoops like a fucking circus poodle.
Yet we are told it started in a shitty market place in China.
Who is stopping them eating anything with a fucking heart beat. Which is how it all started I am to believe. What has been done about that ? Or are we past that and now it's political argie bargie, and people control measures? Mmmmmm?
I wonder?

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truebluebasher Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 12:47am

Stunet is wise to the facts...bloody good call as a lot changes are afoot for surfers.
Flags are set around 40m + 10m each side buffer for Aquatic Craft. (Total 60m)

(Stu's Photo) Surfers must keep outside Check Flag + Red Circle Regulatory Sign.
Surfer can be fined by Captain / Council officers / Police > (20 Points) = $2,200 fine
Note: This is not Anti Surfers as Swimmers can't take Selfie Sticks in Flags or grog.

Softies prone or kneel is fine > No Stand Up with prone is permitted in shallow water!
Eg: Urbnsurf solo is fine (vs) Surfhouse piggyback would crush the prone surfer.
Lifeguards can turn a blind eye until a swimmer joins in...(No joint session...Sorry!)
Boogerz are allowed One leg stance not both for same fall from height breach!

Note: Gath Helmets (prone) included, are (fast) becoming the norm for surf operators.
Surf lawyers reckon that Wave Pool Laws will backwash as real life surf laws.

Club Captain(Cop) must be trained in security & Authorised by Council + show [I.D]
Small talk suggests he'd wanna have every sign in order if he waves the card.
SLSA have pushed for Higher Powers-Flashing Lights on Patrols +Command Centres
Scomo rorted Vice Patron SLSA...once Prince Phillip dies (Scomo is #1 Oz Surf Boss)
Scomo decides who's Board gets confiscated next Weekend!

Scomo can confiscate yer Surfboard from 1hr to 6 months.

Recap : Flags are 60m (min)
2020/21 NSW Covid-19 (Current)
Swimmers must keep 1.5m apart (Note: Patrols 'must' widen Flags as safety dictates)
NSW Surfing Lineups are obliged to host a maximum of 20 surfers...

eg: Wide beach (am) is ruled by surfers but as day goes on the swimmers spread out.
By days end we should see (20 surfers North) < [ XXXL FLags ] > (20 surfers South)

Now! We factor in SLS NSW Sharksmart.
60m Flags + [IRB) + another 10m = 80 metres min (am) width...
From 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Holiday/Weekends Little Ripper runs sharksmart patrol.
Or maybe just when most of the City is there to marvel the Halo Ring of Confidence.
[ 30m Drone ] sits above the beach from [IRB) = 90 metres total min (am) Start width.
[ Drone / IRB clears a 30m no surfer zone buffer out 200m from Flags & around .
As crowds widen the Drone draws closer each lap to Hail surfers to keep 30m back.
This in turn bundles the Line-up to crowd more than 20 strong...Time to go Gromz!

Nippers + Training / Carnivals (Also w/e Holidays)
Clubs write to Council (Usually thru Local Clubbie Councillor) for - Exclusion Zones.
They must Display a Legislated Regulatory (Red /Black Circle) Sign or Instructions.
Clubbies have no Ownership of Zone but have move on powers to clear for Hazards.
eg: Surfers may be instructed to clear a race start or IRB training area...(Then return)
Failing to comply with regulatory sign & Safety Instruction = 20 points penalty $2,200

Bodybasherz must dodge (New) NSW- High Risk Rock Platform Laws.
Without a float or Lifejacket they won't wanna stand around attracting attention.
Law says Kids & or will be fined if found without Lifejacket / Floats on Rock Platforms.
$100 on the spot fines.

Epic timing swellnet & Stu...Summertime needed to be sorted.
tbb just made things worse didn't he!
SLSNSW wish to remind that all of the above can change by tomorrow (No joke!)
True! They reckon the crews should keep checking in for changes as they come.

Coz there ain't no Cure for the Summertime Blues!

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views from the ... Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 5:17am

Gold TBB!
Fuck the authorities!

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JackStance Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 4:31pm


has a certain ring to it.

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shoredump Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 5:24am

It’ll all be shut down again before Christmas. We’ve been here before. I remember June

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gsco Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 6:20am

This is now starting to feel like the beginning of the end of our free and open society and lifestyle. Governments are now completely blinded by and drunk on their newfound powers of social control and may be very unwilling to give them back up again. I think this is a very dangerous period for Australia and its way of life.

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 6:31am

I doubt that.

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wax-on-danielson Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 7:00am

Isn’t everyone in Sydney going to a Byron over Christmas. Should be no dramas.

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singkenken Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 9:12am

Touche` Waxon!.

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OHV500 Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 9:25am

We are all so hardly done by - first world problem.

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Blowin Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 9:40am

First world problems ?

People are locked in their houses under threat of criminal prosecution and soon the public beaches might be closed again. That’s third world authoritarian shit .

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chook Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 10:24am

third-world authoritarian shit is to have no response to covid and just let the people die in the streets, a la brazil.
first world shit is to take measures to ensure the safety and survival of everyone.

relax people. it's going to pass. till then, just take it easy.
we are governed, on both sides of politics, by neo-liberal market fundamentalists, they want us all out working and spending as soon as possible.

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CutbackBretto Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 6:08pm

1st World measures should be based on factual evidence.

The PCR tests deliver a high percentage of false positives.

CV19 Deaths are inflated by the "died with CV19" instead of "died from CV19" classification.

Our statistics are complete BS and no-one questions it!

Those 2 facts and the way they're ignored is an excellent demonstration of supreme cognitive dissonance.

If you combine the above with the fact they banned of Hydroxychloroquine. Now wait for why they banned it... This is a drug that been in use for over 1/2 a century @ approx 30c a dose.

The banning decision was based on WHO studies in which the participants were given approx 4 times the dose that people use routinely today for other issues like arthritis. This killed people and so they banned it....

If you're still capable of ignoring the evidence and you think this version of CV19 is to going take out society... then perhaps you're part of the problem.

While our rights are being eroded under the guise of "Expert Medical Advice" there are people out there supporting this agenda with ABSOLUTELY NO FKN IDEA!

I'm so disappointed with our culture. Maybe it's the Fluoride in the water hey?

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OHV500 Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 10:56am

Maybe your just a little too excited ?
I've been in Melbourne through all of this so...

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batfink Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 6:47am

I’m with chook and OHV 200.

In case you missed it, summer surfing has been a shit show for about 20 years at most locations. If it hasn’t been, count yourself lucky.

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chook Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 9:27am

waxon said 'Isn’t everyone in Sydney going to a Byron over Christmas. Should be no dramas."

byron bay? good lord, no. i'm from the eastern suburbs. it's bermagui for me.

sydney siders south of the harbour have their holiday houses on the south coast.
sydney siders north of the harbour have their holiday houses on the north coast. that's how localism plays out around here.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 12:10pm

Thanx again really is the dawning of Blue Rinse VIP Beach Parties.

swellnet daily surf report..."Go Now! Hurry! Time to evacuate already!" Bummer!

Weekend Highway Warriors on last chance power drive get the [ VMS 2 ] Warning!
[WSR] is closing in 5 better step on it > Honk Honk! Outta my way Losers...(Made it!)

[ Every Beach & Overflow Car Park > Closed ] Should have been here yesterday!
Yeah Mate ...."Due to Nippers 500 Exempt Event the Beach & Carpark is Chockerz"
Wot 'bout that $100 [P] > (Reserved for Rangers Video Bunker) See Facebook Mate!

Note: No one includes the surf in SD capacity... (Beach,Parks,Trails,Sk8,Rock Pools)
Recall last lockdown refused Beach entry to surf but allowed some VIP rock hopping.

Councils announce 2nd Sets of Beach Flags...indicating Surf SD Counts may step up!
This is dangerous & time consuming with IRB / Jet Skis...ended quick last time.

They announce SLS Drones will conduct (hourly) crowd count no > Sharkwatch.
Drones will broadcast messaging to clear the beach & possibly the lineup.

Here's where the Plan comes apart & Cops move in for a Fine Feast...(Not pretty!)

Council build City & attractions based around these Safe Flagged swim Beaches.
Beach holds many people...when all are asked to vacate...There is no plan B.
The beach bars & Bikini Booths...ain't no Games Stadium...but quite the opposite.

Crew! Ask yourselves...where do you hide a Beach & Foreshore full of people.

They make zero effort to Stage a withdrawal...Please Fuck Off Now! Now! We said!
Instead ramp the spread of Covid-19 by sandwiching fugitives...Help! Can't breathe!

Where are these Holding Areas with Beach Blanket Bingo Cards..Legs 11 "[BINGO]"
You win a 5 min head dip at Nipper's Carnival. Just slip $500 into Sharkie's Raffle Tin.
In yer dreamz people...this is Private Beach SELL OUT phase 1.5
Who here thinks the Private Enclaves & Paid [P] Meters go after Covid 19?
Timeshare Trolley has Surfboard Racks to help you evacuate...see ya Mate!

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Sacdog1 Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 12:10pm

Not so Chook, I’m on the south coast and most of the holiday homes around my place are owned by North shorians and Canberrans.
Enjoy Bermy, lovely place!

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NDC Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 12:39pm

New regs are a storm in a teacup ...

NB chubbies did a stella job during the peak of lockdown in almost every instance -

only times when they didn’t was when they let selfish egotists carry on like there wasn’t a global pandemic (which there was and is) and gather in groups larger than the guidelines having picnics on the beach. In the main they prevented this with polite but firm insistence that people observe the sensible restrictions

Im backing them to manage it well again - and play their part in wisely managing risks ... for my part I’ll have the Covid app on at all times which helps with contact tracing (I hope) and being prepared to compromise my own preferences for the good of the community - as I reckon 90+ percent of surfers, swellnet subscribers and peeps generally do

Good on swellnet for bringing us the update, I personally don’t agree with fears our governments are desperate to control us as seems to be a concern of several folk in the thread

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Redmond Clement Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 12:51pm

I am concerned. Seeing the army of nippers being trained up tells me they want to claim every beach with their flags! I have masqueraded as a clubby before and got waves between the flags.

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 6:33am

That’s a great idea. Almost worth having a pair of budgie smugglers up the butt-crack.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 5:48pm

1st October 2020 Queensland

Surfing Destinations...
{WSR} [M1] Signs are not covered for business.

Interstate Surf Safaris...
Border Bubble now stretches to Sandon NSW
If NSW bubble surfers don't travel south (Hot Spots) they can surf the whole of Qld.
Qld Surfers can only venture as far as Northern NSW Sandon (Bubble Curtain).

Qld Surfing Restrictions (Current)
Pools = Open (Capacity Varies)
Bne Southbank Beach = Open
Wet'n'Wild Wavepool = Open (re: Other Rides -Maintenance)
Cave of Waves Wavepool = Open
Beach & Surf Zone = 1.5m SD
Surf Line ups = 30 surfers
Lifeguard Review = 300 gathered SD beachgoers.
Nippers Events = 1,000 max
Aged Care Hodads = Ban applies to beach visits.

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 6:01pm

Coming up on BONDI RESCUE:

"Mate, you were standing on your soft board. I'm going to have to take that."
"No I wasn't."
"Yes you were mate, we were watching you."
"Nah that wasn't me, it was that other bloke in the blue rashie."
"Yes it was you mate, we saw you from the tower. We've got cameras everywhere mate, it's a world wide TV show. You can't hide. Now if you could place the softy on the back of the buggy - hey, is that one of the MF softies?"
"How's it go? Prone, of course."
"Yeah it's pretty fast, great for the kids too."
"But I'm going to have to take it."
"No way, not giving it to you".

-a few minutes later -

"Yeah you finally got that board, the bloke wasn't happy, haha!"
"Yeah it's one of the MF ones too, haha!" - opens equipment room door- "Add it to the stash."

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 6:29am

Fark, I came out in a cold sweat reading that. Funny, but at the same time eminently plausible.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 11:43am

Caveat for summer like no other; but this is a situation that has happened before... Learning to grovel to my feet in Scarborough close outs, the terror was that drifting between the flags would see the clubbies take my beat-up but loved 80's Byrning Spears 6'3" 6 channel... I'd still mourn that being taken above any soft board - no matter how fast and good for the kids - today.

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 12:48pm

I have a 1990s 6’6” Al Byrning Spears that I found under a house I was fixing up. I spent a week or so restoring it. It’s a thing of beauty that board so I can fully relate to your anecdote. It’s probably the board I would save in a fire if I had to choose.

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stunet Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 12:55pm

Just yesterday I sold a mint six channel, double-flyer, swallow tail AB-shaped Byrning Spears.

Mulled over that one for a long time, years really, and I thought I'd come to terms with it, but I haven't.

Fuck I'm an idiot.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 2:52pm

Whoa. If you have another...

& nice work Spuddups! Saved a worthy one.

Story of my one, it was a late 1980s Byrning Spears shaped by Thornton, Paul V8 glassed, it had been glassed light. I found it on sunny coast (new to surfing, couldn't believe the channels, they were some kind of industrial art, I was mesmorised) so parted the $150 the store wanted for a much used example, and off back to WA it went with me. It was/is one of the best thrusters I've ever surfed, to this day. Flatter, flat deck, more volume and width, before they all went toothpick. I lent it to my brother's best mate who managed to snap it in 2ft Leighton. Devastated, I repaired it and sold it. Idiot.

Years later (2009), realising just how much I missed it, I contacted AB and asked if he could do a 1988 replica. No worries he said, and some weeks later an absolutely incredible work of art arrived via delivery. I surfed it a bit, then decided to leave it for a while. As a result, it's still near new 11 years later... Been in the cover. In 2013 AB passed away, and we lost someone very special. This summer, as we try to find a tiny bit of solace, it might be time for it to come out again and my son and self to give it some revs.

Stu, can send board pr0n (or gifs) of board if you have a need that needs fulfilling...

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 3:31pm

Cool story. Stoked that you managed to get one from the master himself before he was taken away from us. He had a certain mana about him that you only find in a small number of people. Simon Anderson is like that I reckon.

Anyway, my board is a Wayne Lowen, circa 1994. The thing was pretty ratty when I found it. Only had one fin and it was full of dings and water. I dried it out for a month or so then dug our all the dings, filled them with q-cell then sanded the fuck out of it. Through the filler coat and through the top layer of glass on the deck. Then I glassed in a 4oz layer of glass over the entire board, as well as another extra layer over the channels. I don’t really go for the spray job restoration thing; I reckon all those dings and the brown foam have a story to tell. Anyway, weight wise it’s pretty sweet. I’m ashamed to say that in the ensuing five years I haven’t surfed it. Will have to remedy this soon.

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69longboarder Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 11:04pm

All jokes aside. Start walking on your hands people. The world as you know it is upside down.
Kanye West wants to lead the free world.
The pandemic has slowed the fuck out of everything that was just out of hand in any case.
This is the new world war. Reset everything .
From the words of Head Injuries " Everything is set. Everything is fine, you've just got to stand in line!'
Thats us today.

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69longboarder Thursday, 1 Oct 2020 at 11:11pm

And Trueblue?
WTF if you are trying for comedy?
It's not.
If you are trying for a piss take?
Not even that.
If you have that much spare time to write that shit. Surely you would be better off helping some cunt cross the street instead.

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 6:37am

Most places there’s not that many cunts needing help across the street to be fair. I dunno, I reckon what TBB is doing is relatively harmless. He actually digs up some interesting stuff if you read through it all. You’re allowed to ignore it BTW.

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lilas Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 8:21am Spuddups said. You are not forced to read anything on this forum, or take any of it seriously.
TBB has my full support to mess with our heads on a daily basis...and to leave punters going WTF does it all mean?

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sypkan Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 11:50am

he's actually got a lot of time on his hands through unfortunate circumstances and makes good use of it through his 'research'

good on him

".... better off helping some cunt cross the street instead."

it appears he also does a bit of that too...

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Craig Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 1:07pm

Here, here, love the TBB posts. Lots of great research and info.

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batfink Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 7:03am

Hands off TBB, 69longboarder.

He has a special place on these forums, earned it too.

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stunet Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 8:43am

I've received a few more responses from coastal councils around Oz indicating that they'll soon make public their own summer action plans. 

Reckon surfers - particularly urban surfers and those in tourist towns - would do well to have their own personal plans cos it's shaping up as a summer like no other.

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 12:50pm

It’s probably the perfect storm for the most crowded waves in surfing history at The Pass I reckon. I’ll be keeping an eye on the cam out of morbid curiosity.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 2:55pm

This summer, I'll pass on it


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truebluebasher Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 2:01pm

Cheers crew & Yes! 90% is Public Service.
tbb suggests 69longboarder to take it up with his council...(They scripted 90% of it!)
Why should it bother tbb what any think of Govt Policy.

Stu kindly put links to Council's Covid Plans...tbb condensed + NSWSLS + Qld Plans.
Anyone clicking NSW / Qld beach links can read the exact same content. (No Tricks)
Sure add 5-10% localism on tbb's part...crew can blame the GC Bully transfusions.

"You can't entice hordes to visit a world tourist mecca then deny & evict en masse."
tbb was merely pleading for a more realistic commonsense policy or any plan at all.

Lockdown economy is down 30% (vs) wealthy & beach real estate windfall up 30%.
Worlds largest Corps are drip fed on Pollies Home shopping Stimulus Packs.

tbb again salutes swellnet & stu & crew that share timely surf policy...
That comes in many forms including WSR legislation but real estate mostly.
Every #1 Resort Haven boasts most extensive Shark Mitigation...not by accident.
Shark mitigation secretly dominates the City Plan...(No Flags = No Hi Rise).

Gold Coast ramp Beach lockdowns yearly to now 1-2 months peak season.
BOM are rewarded for each Hazard Card > Mall gains a windfall + Sales increase!
Often beach is empty & surf is 2ft light breeze & Sun Shining...tell us about it!

Qld Stadiums & Malls harbour Hot Spot surfaces (vs) Pools, beach, ocean clear them!
Govt crowd 75,000 @ Footy & Mall but restrict 750 in boundless cleansed safe zone.
If beach sold beer there'd be no lockdown > 100 x rorted and all see it & call it out.

tbb salutes & rewards Lifeguards on most, nearly all occasions ask any!
Even get told off for buying them drinks & sue me!

SLSQ/Govt /GCCC go spazz & order us to swim between the Beach Flags.
In reality they try every trick to kick us out of very same Exclusive Real Estate
Gold Coast (Actual) Policy runs complete opposite of age old safety mantra:

Again! tbb is just promoting 100% Govt Gold Coast Beach Policy...(Here & Now)

Reduce Camping & Parking + reduce / restrict visit time to Flagged Beaches.
Remove 2hr safe Rest Stops & Grey Nomad [P] (Especially near Flags)
Increase Development to wipeout foreshore > access & parking to Flagged Beaches
Remove / reduce Hi-Rise [P] compliance to scam Flagged [P] as private o/n visitor [P]

Remove Beach Hang [P] by redesigning sprawled upgrades to continue yellow lining.
Install premium price Time limited Parking at Flagged Beaches
GCCC park classes / coffee shops bludge off dwindling ratepayers Beach Health [P]

GC Timeshare Trolley blocks & detours Ambos / Police & local access to Flags.
Wipes out Mid Goldie Spot Check - Surf Safari.
Wipes out 75% Bus Stops to Flagged Beaches.
Timeshare Trolley sloths an 1880's timetable to less & less Flagged Beaches.
Slowest longest Timeshare Conga line increased GC Beach Traffic by 30%
Many Timeshare Trolley Stations are set well further inland from Beach Flags.
Timeshare Trolley crowds more beach goers into overcrowded Flagged Beaches.

Longest Slowest Tram speed blows out Coast Long Surf Timetable for all beachgoers.
Most expansive Beach Privatisation (Duty/Rates) Scam in Southern Hemisphere

Lets see! Wotz in Today's Gold Coast Timeshare Trolley Timetable [Mayor says GO]

As you can see! Goldie live & breathe Beach lockdown as our future not conspiracy.
Pop Up bars restrict Gromz, no shirt bare feet, Ambos access thru to our beaches
Stairs + Rock Pool trails are blocked by Council to favour Beer Barons > Crowding
WSL + More "Illegal beach grog events" now restrict & charge access to GC WSR.
Nippers are wrapped in Beach Beer Banners at finish lines...(Got told off, tbb did!)
Timeshare Trolley amplifies Beach Grog Hubs plying Govt grog tax in every 2nd store.
All these pissed Govt patrons then disorderly boss our beaches to endanger rescues.

Burleigh stop in Today's Paper is renowned for such & will only worsen. Why!
Tram just knocked out 10kms of Servos leaving hwy beachside with no o/n security.
People! That is 1940's Air Raid Lockdown Policy. (Pretend other, all you like!)
Take a hint! Not your Beach & you're not welcome anymore.

Roads blocked / Beach showers are turned off at less Crowded Flagged Beaches.
The Spit is ever Locked Down & will be again as WSL click their fingers this month.

Back to the Future...
Gold Coast once prided iconic #1 hospitable beachfront senior convalescence.
Timeshare Trolley wipes out former 24/7 Free Senior Transit to Any / ALL Flags.
Again! Govt have most emphatically banned aged care outings to sharing healing sea.
Plain as day! If you lose yer voice you lose yer beach...Elder Abuse or our Future!

PS: Just so you get the message...1864 Bodybasherz are also long forgotten relics.
tbb used to hang off beach cameras to countdown the swell/tide for epic shorebreaks.
Each time tbb arrived to manhandle the WSR > Lifeguards flagged Beach Closed.
Stand there in WSR with nothing but pure surf stoke...[Computer Says No] See ya!
Got so sick of being denied epic surf...made tbb's early retirement that much easier.
tbb assures boardriders that beach closures are real & spreading without Covid 19.

tbb makes no apology for calling it how it is & cops plenty & more for saying so!
Best effort Govt engagement wins no replies ...69longboarder would know such!
Clown Act continues on well after tbb is gone...on that, we can all agree.

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Spuddups Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 3:38pm

Hey TBB, feel free not to answer this, but I was wondering what happened to you that has given you so much time in your hands? Forgive me if this is an overly personal question.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 12:27pm

Spuddups if tbb directs couch talk to swellnet recovery suites.

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mibs-oner Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 5:53pm

Why are people believing this shit?

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TomW Syd Friday, 2 Oct 2020 at 7:16pm

Link in the article to 3Dfins doesn't seem to be working for me.
'404 page not found'

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gcuts Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 7:15am

TBB, a 'research' topic if I may?

or, anyone else ... ???

How do surf lifesavers have (legal) authority to decided a location is safer than an other for the 'flagged area'? Could it be that 'surfers' already in the line-up at that location (especially if it is one of only a couple of surfable 'banks') not be considered as a 'risk factor' when deciding where to place the 'flagged area' for the day?

So, two aspects:

- 'legal authority; to control a maritime zone, and
- 'risk assessment' factors include likely surfers in area

Time to start to question the supposed 'authority'!

PS: Just like WSL surf events that 'control' the lineup ... under what authority?

Mean high water mark ;)

Local council authority extends to where?

Which authority controls the surf zone? Maritime waters.


As JackStance points out ... time to get organised and protest!

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batfink Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 7:24am

TBB hits the nail on the head above - restrict visit times.

While this will undoubtedly be a clusterfuck, it won’t be much different to other summers in that you won’t be able to park near the beach, you won’t have more than 4 square feet per surfer, and the flagged area will have 700 people per 100 square metres in the shorey. Same as it ever was.

If you want to do something useful on this, ask your council to restrict the amount of time people spend at the beach. Park, have your swim or surf (2 hours enough?) and then fuck off.

Locally we have been against Councils putting in parking meters. At the one beach with parking they allow 4 hours, and it is never policed. People come down and picnic, lie on the beach for hours, have coffees at the nearby shops and basically hang around all day. And yet the primary attraction, as I see it, is the water.

So get in the water, have your fill and leave a space for someone else to do the same. You can have your picnic in a park anywhere, have your coffee somewhere else too. If you want to get a suntan, lie in your backyard.

These people are the enemy of the committed surfer,

As for generic ‘they won’t give up these powers easily’ arguments, get a bit of a grip. A vaccine is likely to be found and by the summer of 21/22 all is likely to be back to normal, which is a summer shitshow.

And where were all these freedom warriors when the real scourge of, cough, terrorism laws were being brought in and facial recognition software being implemented. This is the real overreach, this is the real debasement of freedom. How many of you were thinking it was just for those terrorists, and voted ScoMo and Abbott into government?

It’s nice to see people getting all bolshy about freedom, but remember firstly that nobody ever had complete freedom, and a rules based society is necessary. Unfortunately most people need to cop a slap in the face with a wet fish before they realise that something is up.

On an interesting side note, after the pandemic of 1918-20 or so followed the roaring twenties, where serious partying and liberalisation of social mores occurred. Stick around for a few more years and there might just be some swinging times ahead.

Be safe, be smart. Australia is nearly through this with minimal fuss. Watch the rest of the world go to shit and think how lucky we are, in spite of our shit leaders.

Donald Trump and Melania now have Covid. Good god, we are living in interesting times.

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velocityjohnno Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 1:00pm

I reckon we've had our roaring 20's, they were the 2000s (one human saeculum - historical trend has been said to cycle around this)... look at the parallels:

Dance Marathons
Swallowing Goldfish
Flagpole sitting

Flash mobs dancing
Swallowing Tide Pods

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truebluebasher Monday, 5 Oct 2020 at 12:26am

Wow! Great comments for Stu's great article...
Part 1
*How to choose a Beach for a Surf Club / Flags

1860/70's Surf Resorts dictated RailPorts & Ferries
1872-74 All Qld surf reserve resorts were established + default River Pilot Patrols
Note: Saltwater crew Patrolled beaches & retrieved Drowned victims thru 1800's
1910's Surf Patrols were timed with Car < (Resorts) > Rail Stations
Resort site sales > Shark Mitigation...(Chosen for best surf breaks).
1930's Beach Charter Planes would clear 5 or more GC beaches quick smart
1936 Night Beach Flags @ Tugun (1948) B'beach (Not real Safe...still today!)
1950's Rock Pools breach surfline
1977 Stubbies (Pay to max out a NP Headland) > Schoolies Max out Beach o/n
Constant Beach mitigation ramps rips.
GC Spit Marina Mirage Bulldozed beach to boast Flags @ (Death Alley)
Sth Straddie Couran Cove gets Flags with 1st Surf Cams
Burleigh Flags were redeployed out front of Developer's Hi Rise (Stormwater Rip).
Qld top CEO has Lifeguard Tower relocated into renowned rips to restore his views.
Don spends Casuarina SLSC money on HPC (Now 15 years without a Shed)

Complete lie for any to claim Flags are located in Safe spots when opposite rings true.
Only have to read the News Paper as Whole of Oz wish to Boycott Kurrawa Aussies.
Check Out Ballina building an Ocean Pool on NSW High Risk Rock Hazard...(Crazy!)

You see! All those years on & Councils are still cramming swimmers into hell pits!
Govt / Councils made Snapper way more dangerous on every level you choose.
Again! tbb is just reading the Paper & reporting on what locals know well about.

Season more so dictates Flag Placement..
GC has roughly 40 LG Towers...
No Winter patrols on 15 beaches that stretch 3.5km + 4km + 5.5km
This proves that Beach Patrols are not for Locals but for Resort Tourists

Without Doubt GC Original SLSC's were built to reflect Popular Body surfing hangs.
Developers decide where exactly.
The whole Town State Govt / Developers & Councillors are beholden to Surf Clubs.
The towers between are relocatable to suit your new development if you can pay.

#1 swellnet Stu did a top article on (Surfers! The New Clubbies)

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Archer Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 5:41pm

Time to take to the foamies

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truebluebasher Sunday, 4 Oct 2020 at 11:45pm

Part 2 Beach Flags (Set Up)

1917 Early Reference to moving Flags to Safest Spots on the beach
1920's 4 way Safe Swimming Discs ( Some rare discs were still seen around 2000)
Dangerous Spot disc changed to Red Flag.
1935 Blue & White Flags changed to Red/Yellow Semaphore code during War Time.
These odd (Danger Colours) remained as remembrance of fallen Clubbies.
So again! Beach Flag Colours defy international Colour Coding.( Many still refuse it!)

Weekend (Clubbie) Flag Positions
Beach Carnivals have long dictated Flag positions by simple logistics.
Meaning Surf Boats & Tents > now IRB & Pop Vans need to be positioned close by.
Usually on Titles days the Beach Flags can be tossed aside so to speak.
Here's How...
Note no weekend Flag Placings observe Rips or Council's daily Lifeguards
However! Council Lifeguards also patrol lesser breaks and will overrule Placement.
tbb has seen this a number of times...with Lifeguards cleaning up a Clubbie mess.
Surfers here would see exactly why & equally shake heads in disbelief.

This is why Surfers & Swimmers clash on Rip Banks over Weekends.
Bodybasherz feed off w/e Clubbies flagging rip banks...
But how could this happen?
Clubbies Gear / Timetable rules location, any Rip is secondary & seldom tide factored.
1:15 Rip Ad (Shows Boardriders boss the bank) So Patrol set's up in a rip for the lads.

Rips usually Flood over the Flagged area with no plan, catching Clubbies off guard.

Lay Out
Local Nippers w/e Flags will mostly be offset to Surf Club. (Rip or No Rip)
Regional Titles Flags 2-300m down beach. (Rip or No Rip)
State / Nippers 2-300m down Beach (Flags + 800m Closed to Public)
Aussies & Coolangatta Gold (Transect Points will dictate Flag Closure or transfer.)
SLSA must abide by Beach Closures but can Block Public to beach o/n + thru days.

Council Life Guards (Flag Positioning)
Lifeguards are much more clued in & mostly Run Flags in Centre of Banks.
These Flag Positions are Marked in a book for any change of Guards.
Basically they change slightly with tide until a new front moves in...
Boardriders get a shoulder run each side as tide fills they begin to encroach on flags.
In this case it's the inexperienced boardriders being recycled thru the flags as a pest.
Basherz time high tide to steal the Flag line & hand back to Boardriderz @ low.
Note Council crew have LG Towers & 4WD & Mega Phones & will paddle out.

Re cap..
Weekday all low tide beachies for Boardriders + lesser Weekend low tide banks.
Weekday high tide beachies for Basherz + Weekend Main banks all tide. .
Clubbies unknowingly amplify weekend crowded points for Boardriders.

Surf Boardriding Comps
Local crews can gather (Not Reserved) in larger number for an Annual fee.
State Events can nudge Flags for Tourism Event Compliance can be policed )
WSL can remove Flags + are exempt from Beach Laws /Closures + occupy beach o/n
WSL have free reign over any break in the City (or) pretty much more than half.
Highest Powers in the Land over Oz Coastline.(Generally Speaking)
WSL override Casa, Roads, Parks, Sand Pumping, Shark Mitigation to Surf Patrols.

tbb will deal with Mates Rates & other events in Part 3

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truebluebasher Saturday, 3 Oct 2020 at 10:12pm

Part 3 (Flags of Convenience)

We'll start with age old Clubbie Mystery
1970's tbb knew of one Clubbie / Boardrider on the take for the Flags (even said so!)
tbb knows of many like incidents more locally driven on longer groomed banks.

Swimming outside the Flags
1920's Referred to these bodysurfers as Shark Bait.
1970's High Tide Erosion bundled Boardriders to inshore Flags > Bodybashin'

Council allow mid Flag Safaris away from tourist Beaches.(Main breaks are Tight)

Clubbies are Militant on Basherz...Somedays gnaw off yer toes near the side lines.
Send Patrols to sniff you out down the beach...Basherz have to hide amongst boards.
Spend most of yer time underwater even on dark they know your there & camp out.
Raise yer head & the whole beach hear the abuse as they wait until you lick their feet.
Now go back inside the nippers pinball machine & be clobbered to death.

Surf breaks...o/s [L] boardriders order you to vacate their WSR...(Right, got that!)

Who's allowed in the Flags...
Clubbies run IRB & Jet Skis thru the Flags for fun.(Dangerous & you must duck)
Nippers let fly their Paddle Boards thru the Flags like tumbling Logs.(Common)
tbb has often seen elderly Men grab, fight & swear at young Girls over paddle Boards.

Clubbies are ultra slow to evict Boardriders...mosty Chix or Hot Shot Grom..
Usually by IRB every hour or so...No method! Very few call outs!
Leggie tugging on Flagged drop ins is still accepted...Clubbies even said so!

Council Lifeguards
Despite expertise, will turn a blind eye & will even sell the Flags to highest bidder.

Off the record...tbb's raiding his private stock...exclusive swellnet treats.

Council policy is to strictly not allow Stand Ups of any sort in Flags with a swimmer.
However! Bodybasherz have a secret pact with boardriders. (Yes it's that secret)
History of deal...'Lone Bodybasherz were branded killjoys by crashing a hot bank.
Bodybasherz approached Lifeguards to leave Boardriders in place as (Local Rule)
We argue for their right to inside priority if reserves are dwindling along the beach.
A secret code between surf brotherhood...tbb swears 100x LG allow this agreement.
All agree to local Saltwater Tradition...if one Boardrider drops in...then all must go.
If you have a local Flagged basher then acquaint him to surfer's wave share code.
No! Yer right, the pact does not involve evil twin Boogerz...Why should it?

Open Flags / Closed Surf.
tbb can count many a dozen times being banned from Flagz due to Boardriderz.
Lifeguards calling my name instructing me they're refusing to Patrol the lineup.
tbb will not go into detail but Yes! Your Funeral as Boardriderz swarm the Flags.
Storming the Flags in Plague numbers draws the OHS card. Basherz must retreat.

On a few other odd occasions tbb has been called in 20-30mins early...enquiring why!
tbb pointed to 50 inshore swimmers still splashing about...So Wotz Up!
Lifeguard's reply: "Coz boardriders have been waiting to get onto the bank!" WTF.
Flags were still up when tbb left the [P] lot with boardriderz swarming all over it!

How far does GC Boardrider adoration spread...'enough to actually close beaches'.
Yes! Most incoming swells on high tide bring the boys to the Yard...(Fisticuffs 'n' all)
The sheer volume of razor edged speed & Power is deemed too ferocious for basherz.
No BOM nothin' if Lifeguards sense waves of danger they must pull swimmers out.
tbb reimaging Jabreen's majesty only to have wings clipped by the chopper squad.
Sounds like Sci Fi but apparently Surfboards really can shred you into mince meat.

Pop Up Pubs
Block stairs to Patrolled Beach > Kidz / Non Shirt-Shoes + Ambo patient access.

Movie Directors can close whole beaches from 1 day to 5 months.
Also abuse any & every known bylaw re: Dogs / Drones / Boards / Jet Skis in Flags.
So! Yes the same every day flagz but as a Mirage with a Force Field > [SOLD OUT]
Tried to register a complaint with council...said no way...That's a Movie Set! ...durr!

Finish with age old Mystery...Who fines who in the Flags...
State run event you'd be wise to turn the other cheek & be hit harder then say nuthin'
Note: NSW are addressing this thorny issue....
Yes! A Clubbie or Lifeguard can administer a PIN but under "Officer" [I.D]
PIN = Penalty Infringement Notice is issued by City Regulation on Red/Black signs.
PIN's can be issued by Rangers / Compliance / Pest-Animal / Parking / Vehicles
Clubbie can be appointed in a dual role...tbb noted [I.D] + Concise Regulatory Signs.

NSW is appointing "Rangers" to join Clubbies to instantly fine beachgoers
Ranger is a generic name for a 'Sign enforcer' + on job training (Start fining today)
tbb is guessing [457]- Power Rangers...if you catch my drift.

Summing easy isn't it! (Pretty much a sign of the times)
Flags signal Exclusivity > Beach Safety is compromised > Line in the sand is buried.
Future is pretty much catering for a VIP Wave Pool Party with pool boy bouncers.

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danjamesmick Sunday, 4 Oct 2020 at 11:21am

COVID restrictions or not, I don't see how this is ever going to get better while every political party continues to be unchallenged on never ending population growth policies. The response to any challenge always seems to be about needing someone to pay tax to afford the boomers pensions and medical bills, and yet they keep lowering the taxes. I'd be happy to pay more tax, and stop with the population growth policies, and all the side-effect policies like denser smaller housing, clearing more land, needing more energy etc.

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tubeshooter Sunday, 4 Oct 2020 at 5:53pm

"keep track of crowd numbers on the hour" ,,, " follow a flow chart to deter more people arriving .." etc etc haha .amusing..... but where the faark were the head counters today in my neck of the woods?. {Mid north coast} .. I haven't seen numbers like today for many a year , mainly because of the QLD border closure I reckon.
A quick look around today had me heading back to my bunker in short time , well aside from waiting 20 minutes with half of Sydney to get into the local IGA to get 2 litres of faarken milk, and driving home in 2nd gear behind a conga line of retards , dodging freshly tossed Macas/KFC rubbish . FFS

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Redmond Clement Monday, 5 Oct 2020 at 10:25am

I saw a backpacker sucking on lifesaver once.

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velocityjohnno Monday, 5 Oct 2020 at 4:24pm

How much of that is infrastructure (or number of beaches) not keeping up with huge population growth Craig?

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velocityjohnno Tuesday, 6 Oct 2020 at 3:06pm

"Upon arriving at a crowded beach with a mate who has a sore throat but it’s no big deal, Rona was sure to slip, slop & slap before beginning a fruitful day of making new friends."

lol, sadly

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stunet Tuesday, 6 Oct 2020 at 9:50am

This email from Waverley Council hit my inbox at 1:30PM yesterday afternoon, which was a public holiday Monday, temperature in the low-thirties:

"Waverley Council wishes to advise that Bondi Beach is nearing capacity. If people continue to come to Bondi Beach and crowds grow further, restricted access to the sand is likely to be implemented within the next hour 2-3pm.

"If you haven’t left for the beach yet, please rethink your trip and check on capacity later in the day.

"We will be monitoring beach crowding and capacity throughout the afternoon and you can get updates on Facebook or Twitter @WaverleyCouncil.

"For more about how we are keeping you safe whilst enjoying our beaches and parks, see our Summer Open Spaces Plan here:

"Rangers and beach ambassadors will continue to monitor visitor numbers in our beach parks.  We remind people when there at the beach to limit gatherings to 20 people as per the current Public Health Order. We also encourage people to continue to social distance by 1.5 metres (or a towel-length apart) unless from the same household.

"We do not like having to restrict access to the beach, so as a reminder to everyone if beach access is closed or the sand looks busy, please come back another time or use that time to visit our wonderful cafes and other local businesses."

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tubeshooter Tuesday, 6 Oct 2020 at 5:55pm

Haha ,, "..or use that time to visit our wonderful cafes .." .. yeah that'll help ,ffs

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 7 Oct 2020 at 2:45pm

Geeves dropped us off and then parked the Range Rover. He later went to the service bar, I think he likes the waitress. Nadia and Katriana walked arm and arm in with me, resplendent in very revealing bikinis, and then proceeded to frolic in the shorebreak. much to the appreciation of the assembled set, while I enjoyed my dry Martini at the bar.

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stunet Wednesday, 7 Oct 2020 at 2:50pm

Beat up. Slow news day. A nuffin story.

Sounds outrageous, but not a hope in hell it'll come to pass.

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 7 Oct 2020 at 3:07pm

Genius level trolling, the comments are gold.
The bit in the submission where men are to be bankers, doctors and women to work in fashion/models has short circuited

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Redmond Clement Wednesday, 7 Oct 2020 at 3:16pm

Beach Ambassadors are new to me. I presume they have powers, diplomacy and embassies?

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chook Wednesday, 7 Oct 2020 at 3:35pm

i issue visas for tamarama from our embassy at the south end of bondi.
if you've ever seen those foreign surfers wearing steamers, board under arm and running between the flags into the water at tama and wondered where the hell they come from...

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truebluebasher Saturday, 14 Nov 2020 at 11:43pm

14 Nov - Day One (Saturday) is a Trial (No Fines)
w/e + P/h'days ...
21 Dec daily...
31 Jan 2021 w/e + P/h'days...
28 Feb 2021 end of UAV spies.

They say 25 locations but "seemingly" 31 Beaches / Parks are

2020/21 NSW allocated 4 UAV's to Sydney Northern Beaches.
So who is paying for 27 extra Northern Beaches Shark Smart UAV's ?
Is Smark Smart called off for 2020/21 or does it still get a lap on the quiet days?

SLS NSW CEO on UAV surveillance
" In addition to providing important beach attendance info to councils & police.
....our UAV's are used for Sharks Spotting, Rescue & Rips.

SLS NSW will load live Drone beach crowd feeds to councils & to beachsafe app
Beachgoerz are to download & tap the app before they head off.
[ RED - packed / closed] [ AMBER- crowded ] [ GREEN-not so crowded ] (True!)

Compliance is by "Beach Ambassadors" + Fines Enforced by Council Rangers

(Reply to Above comment ....Redmond Clement) ...crew can answer that now!

'Beach Ambassadors' ...Want to know more...

Want to Volunteer as a Beach Ambassador? (9:00am - 6:30 pm)

Here's the Beach Ambassador's Uniform....(Royal blue rashies & sunnies / hats)
Logo : [ Social Distance in The Sun ] Thank ABC spies for sneaking out microfilm...

Photo : SLS NSW " LGA UAV Pilots "are ancillary to SLS NSW
1) Flags > Nippers/Rescue > UAV 30m exclusion zone (Huge Slice of Beach)
Note Surfer is well down the beach & surrounded by yet more nippers...
2) UAV Pilots are not Volunteer Clubbies but on the job [ 757 ] Shark Smart trainees
re: (Only 4 Drones were allocated to clubs) 27 UAV's > 'cheap' w/e h'day crews.

Operating Hours 9:00am -4:00pm > (Avoiding SLS #1 Dawn / Dusk Shark hours?)
This is odd because "Beach Ambassadors" monitor until 6:30pm.
(Note: Drones are useless in Sunrise & Sunset - Maybe dangerous in fading Light)

Additional Waverley Council rundown is a better run down than most.

LifeGuard > Beach Ambassadors Monitor > Council Ranger (Fines) > Police Arrest
Council Rangers can hand out regulatory fines = [ RED ] Beach Closed > Fine.
Police can fine or arrest you on RED/AMBER/GREEN/BLACK/WHITE ... try them.