Articles tagged with "Curly"

Sticky: Well, well, swell, swell, swell

Posted by: on September 5th, 2010

Hello Friends

Weent out around midday with camera and board. First stop was Northy, but the crew up there were having a contest on the main peak, so I watched a few, grabbed a snap and went looking elsewhere. Bellyboarder-extraordinare Frank had tipped Curly for a possible picture taking opportunity, so I wandered that way. Sure enough, there were little waves, in fact there were a few into the head high range for the steadily increasing crowd. Quite a few peaks were on offer so it p[robably didn’t feel too frantic in the water.

I hung around and shot for a good hour. It seemed to lull at that point and I had other promises to keep, so I jetted and left the fun to the weekend warriors to enjoy.

I’ll have a fresh gallery of shots from the sesh up tomorrow.

Curly…

NORTHY…

Freshy to Gardens

Posted by: on March 9th, 2009

Hello Friends,

As promised, went out and about with the lens to see if I could get a few extra pics from this morning’s beach activity.

First stop was Freshy where one guy was waiting a very long time for knee to waist high sets. He finally jagged one and I got the shot below:

Set wave gets under foot.

Set wave gets under foot.

Heading north, I stopped for a squiz at the Curl Curl action. It looked as though it might be a bit bigger up the north end, but the south end was not too dissimilar to the conditions at Freshwater. Only a couple folks in the water and after a wait, one of them obliged by catching a little one for me to take a picture of.

Not too dramatic, but at least you can sort of catch 'em.

Not too dramatic, but at least you can sort of catch 'em.

Dee Why looked pretty much the same as this morning, only a touch brighter. Again, quite marginal conditions, but not flat. If you were keen…

Last stop on the run was at the southern end of the Gardens where the waves had been so tasty yesterday morning. Lots smaller and much weaker, but I’d say they were about the best of the bunch I saw. Not too many people out and though they were 90% shutdowns, the odd little section was still appearing from time to time…

Not really a patch on yesterday, but some actual sections to be had.

Not really a patch on yesterday, but some actual sections to be had.

Along the beaches, part the second

Posted by: on February 27th, 2009

Went for a look at Curly & Freshy around 0830 after the school run. Curly was about the same as yesterday, but thanks to the lighter winds, it was looking a little more attractive. Not that many more in the water though. I wouldn’t want to be accused of overstating the situation though. The biggest sets I saw were struggling to make waist high, and the moment of peak energy was generally pretty brief. Waves would stand up over a bank and then quickly subside as they were swallowed by a gutter.

Here are a couple snaps to fill in the picture a little.

This one actually ran for a few metres - South Curly, 0830.

This one actually ran for a few metres - South Curly, 0830.

Peak moment for a Curly peak around 0830.

Peak moment for a Curly peak around 0830.

Drove on around the corner to the south Curly headland carpark for a squizz at Freshy and Manly. Again, there were a fair sprinkling of bods in the water at both places. Pretty much seemed to all be mals – understandably enough. Waves at Freshy were extremely tiny. Biggest thing I saw was around thigh-high. But you could get the odd multi-metre glide over near the rocks at the south end.

Styling in front of the cliffs of Freshwater beach.

Styling in front of the cliffs of Freshwater beach.


Manly was not putting on much of a show – to the extent that one can judge such things looking over the back of the waves. From what I could see, the folk in the water were not only a thousand miles from care, they were about that far from something like a wave. But good on ’em for getting in for a paddle!
Don't those SUP riders look as though they're shepherding the mal people?

Don't those SUP riders look as though they're shepherding the mal people?

Wave hunt part 2

Posted by: on February 11th, 2009

 

This morning on the incoming tide not too amazing at Curl Curl.

This morning on the incoming tide not too amazing at Curl Curl.

Bit of a delay between observation and report. Had to do a meeting. You know how it is. Anyway, after leaving Dee Why, I came over the hill to find Curly was just as fat and marginal. A few bods were in the water, but you wouldn’t say it was all that impressive. Long waits were the order of the morning, and when the waves came they were pretty weak. Only a few folk in the water giving it a go.  

Looking less than fabulous at fabo Freshwater.

Looking less than fabulous at fabo Freshwater.

Around the next corner at Freshie, the wind was into it and the conditions were only good enough to  attract a couple people on longboards. Even a real fan of the spot wouldn’t feel hard done by to have missed it this morning.    On to Manly then. And there it was also severely affected by the tide and the south swell direction. There were one or two hopeful types bobbing about down at North Steyne. No one was bothering with Queenscliff and a little group was working an extra micro peak just next to the stormwater pipe. Basically looked like a get wet exercise more than anything else.   

Looking for a head dip on a knee high wave near the stormwater outfall.

Looking for a head dip on a knee high wave near the stormwater outfall.

Checkin’ it out Dee Why and Curl Curl

Posted by: on February 10th, 2009

Technology and your correspondent have a problematic relationship. This should have been online an hour ago, but the touchpad on my notebook decided to stop working… oh well.

Looks like there could be a bit of fun here on Saturday

Looks like there could be a bit of fun here on Saturday

After looking at Northy, I had a quick squizz at Long Reef. Wind was coming straight into it and there didn’t really seem to be much of anything going on there at all. Nothing much going on at the bombies, and pretty junky and flabby on the little ones coming in near the Lugga. Basically a write-off; no cars in the carpark to second the motion. Got a pic of a banner hanging up at the entrance to the carpark.

So, it was off down to Dee Why for a bit of squizz.

Photo: Robbo

Photo: Robbo


Not looking too good at this point... but the rock was avoided in the end.

Not looking too good at this point... but the rock was avoided in the end.

The tide was doing the point no favours. It was extremely inconsistent and when they came through, sets were practically on the rocks. A few bods were out having a go, and good on ’em, but it really looked as though it was better over in the beachy. I never did get a shot of anyone surfing the point, but I did get a picture of a SUP rider going perilously close to the rocks. And later, Rob sent me a pic of someone on a wave.

3-4 bucks a week is all it costs Carlos to get to the beach.

3-4 bucks a week is all it costs Carlos to get to the beach.

Saw a guy on a scooter with his board checking it out. Asked if I could take his picture and he said no probs. His name’s Carlos and he reckons the bike costs him about $3-4 for petrol every week.

Headed over the hill to check the mighty Curly. The wind wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be, but the quality was very similar to Dee Why – ie long lulls, and sloppy and weak waves, punctuated every once in awhile by a bigger set. About the most interesting thing I saw was this guy catching sets right in front of the rocks off the end of the pool at the south end.

Looking good for 0.5 sec at south Curly.

Looking good for 0.5 sec at south Curly.

Generally lacklustre, but as usual, if you're in the right spot...

Generally lacklustre, but as usual, if you're in the right spot...

 

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