Articles tagged with "Fairy Bower"

Goat spies Bower

Posted by: on October 24th, 2016

Double overhead…only for the young fit ones..fast take offs …silly crowd… people intent on catching waves…recipe for disaster …good day for a stroll

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Looking over the back of one – Goat pic

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Lines at the Bower – Goat pic

A few waves in Manly this morning (vid)

Posted by: on February 26th, 2016
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Fun little faces on the sets at the Bower 1100

Paddled out at the Bower this morning on spec. My theory was that there might be the occasional solid set in the mix. Turned out that I was right. Water’s dropped several degrees too. Sets seemed to be getting a little more frequent as the morning went on – and the tide filled in. Biggest wave face I saw would’ve been around the head mark. Mostly though the rideable ones were more like chestish.

Later, driving home, I stopped at North Steyne for a look and shot the video minute below. Looks like they’ll have solid swell for the start of the contest.

Gone surfin’: Bower

Posted by: on September 1st, 2014

Jumped in the water for a bit this morning at the Bower. Had the GoPro onboard so I took a few snaps. It was a bit lully, but there were a few solidly overhead bombs and enough of the chest high stuff to go around. Wind gradually roughed it up so that it was pretty choppy by 1100, but the swell seemed to be rolling along okay. Anyway, herewith a few snaps for your amusement…

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Under surge…

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Eyeing off the lip…

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Typical of the smaller ones

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Oooo… look at those rocks!

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Fun times at the Bower this am

 

PICS: Monday waves at the Bower & Collaroy

Posted by: on February 7th, 2012

A southerly arrived early and laid waste to most surf options on Monday, but the east swell still had some legs and there were waves to be had at the Bower and Collaroy. So, I grabbed the camera and spent some time shooting folks having fun. Links below to the complete galleries. As usual, all pics are available for purchase.

Fairy Bower 0800-0845

Collaroy 0900-0945

Sticky: Hmmm, maybe not quite what we hoped for

Posted by: on January 17th, 2011

Late arvo update

Well, did you score anything before the southerly chewed it up?

Yours truly spent a less than satisfying time in the water at Dee Why point this morning. There were sizable sets, but they weren’t easy to get into because the rip was roaring out through the break and the swell was not as clean as it could’ve been. Many attended but only a few found worthwhile waves (and there were some of those). After lunch at Curly (hopeless mess), I went down to Manly to see if the Bower was of interest following the arrival of the south wind. There were dozens and dozens of punters on it, but the swell which peaked around about 0800 was rapidly declining so the sets were further and further apart. Being the Bower, there were some fun looking waves coming through, so I’m sure a couple patient hours out there would’ve rewarded you with something. My last stop was south Manly where I watched a smallish crew chasing occasional sets in the head high range. Again, there were a few fun ones, but you were doing lots of waiting. Seemed to be some bods out up the beach toward North Steyne, but when I rolled by later, it looked like shutdown city.

This evening the swell is still showing at a couple metres on a 10 second period from the SE. But a 15-25kt southerly is whacking anything that’s not really well protected.

The Bureau says it’ll be southerly again tomorrow and they’re still warning of large easterly swell breaking dangerously close in shore for the early. The models reckon it’ll be half the present size and I’d say at the rate it’s dropping, that’s entirely within the realm of the possible.

Have yourself a good one!

Afternoon wrap (Bower, Dee Why)

Posted by: on July 13th, 2009

Hello Friends,

Just back from a shooting session at Dee Why. Light was pretty ordinary, but I shot a lot anyway because it was so big. You’ll find the pics below the Bower shots…

In the meantime, here are some snaps I got from a sesh at the Bower this morning. It was pretty setty and the light was fairly dull, but I did get a few okay pics (still having issues with the camera focus mechanism). Waves were pretty fun too. But man did those sets have some clout. I think we all got worked at one time or another…

Frank jags a sizable one on his deluxe veneered bellyboard.

Frank jags a sizable one on his deluxe veneered bellyboard.

Checking the lip.

Checking the lip.

The Bower was producing a few worthy ones for the biggish crew.

The Bower was producing a few worthy ones for the biggish crew.

And here are a few snaps from Dee Why late this afternoon…

It was just nuts at the point this afternoon.

It was just nuts at the point this afternoon.

Deportment lessons with Ms. B.

Deportment lessons with Ms. B.

That ain't no short board either.

That ain't no short board either.

Set looms on the horizon at Dee Why point.

Set looms on the horizon at Dee Why point.

The champ taking a hard line with one of the sets.

The champ taking a hard line with one of the sets.

More pics

Posted by: on April 2nd, 2009

You know how it is with swell and not great conditions – you keep wondering if maybe it’s improved someplace… the pressure got to RealSurf and so late this morning made a run down to see if the Bower was cleaning up and if by some fluke there was something getting in on the north side of Long Reef. I should know better… but still, had to look.

About a dozen in the water chasing sections in 1.5x overhead sets at the Bower, but the swell was mostly going wide and the rideable bits weren’t too long. Grabbed a couple snaps that make it look better than it probably was…

Long Reef was relatively clean inside, but the quality was strictly so-so…

Ready to duckdive boys?

Ready to duckdive boys?

He was briefly airborne, got a turn and then it faded out.

He was briefly airborne, got a turn and then it faded out.

Long Reef was rideable on the inside.

Long Reef was rideable on the inside.

Just big and stupid still at whiterock

Just big and stupid still at whiterock

Bower having a moment of clarity.

Bower having a moment of clarity.

Curly to Manly

Posted by: on February 17th, 2009
Wind getting into even the most protected bits of the coast.

Wind getting into even the most protected bits of the coast.

Hello Friends,

Even on a dull day, there are always folks on the beach at Manly.

Even on a dull day, there are always folks on the beach at Manly.

Not even worth taking a picture at Curly as it was – predictably enough – blown out junk. So it was on to Manly. Like Curly, the Queenscliff end of the beach was just a write-off. Sadly, the situation as Big Al has already noted, was little better at the south end. There were a few people in the water testing the limits of the flaggeged area as they hunted for something worth the effort in the generally diabolically sloppy conditions.

Here’s a question: when the local SLSC broadcasts warnings to surfers to get out of the flagged area, they always do it in English. So what happens if an international visitor is the offender? I’ve heard them going off at an apparently recalcitrant surfer and wondered to myself if maybe the object of the ire was blissfully unaware of their transgression.

The Bower was definitely cleaner and bigger yesterday when I checked it. This morning it just looked shocking. Really lumpy and messy out there. On the good side there were some okay size sets (see the pic below), so there is some swell around if you are super keen.

Mid-arvo update: Bower & Collaroy

Posted by: on February 16th, 2009
Some of 'em actually looked okay, despite the wind...

Some of 'em actually looked okay, despite the wind...

Hello Friends,

(Buncha extra pics in this post)

Not many choices around this afternoon. 20-25kts of SSE wind is doing over the 8sec, 3 metre ese swell. I spent a couple hours waiting for picture opportunities at the Bower this morning. Long wait between the good ones, and at that stage the wind was tearing up any potential that deadmans might’ve had. I came away with a few snaps for you (see below). The wind’s a touch more south now, so maybe there’ll be a few more options for the keen later. Don’t try it unless you’re reasonably experienced though. Some of the wave faces on the sets come close to the three metre mark.

On the way home, I swung into Collaroy for a squizz, but it was exceedingly ordinary. Lot of folks in the water but at around midday the sets were just mushing over out the back, reforming and then periodically sort of making a little section on the inside. Cool thing happened though. I saw the evergreen Tom Kirsop go for one of the bigger sets and I was able to get a shot of him. Tom basically founded Surfrider on the Northern Beaches and has been a tireless environmentalist for decades. Speaking of which, he’s already racked up seven decades so far. Onya Tom!!

If you knew you'd still be surfin' at Tom's age, you'd be ecstatic. ;-)

If you knew you'd still be surfin' at Tom's age, you'd be ecstatic. 😉

Okay, a few more piccies from today…

Nice green face standing up...

Nice green face standing up...

bomb set this morning at the Bower

bomb set this morning at the Bower

Sliding at the Bower

Sliding at the Bower

Setting one up at the surge

Setting one up at the surge

hooking it around

hooking it around

made it...

made it...

Bomb set wave

Bomb set wave

one whack coming up

one whack coming up

Lunchtime left at Collaroy

Lunchtime left at Collaroy

Swell, swell, nor any face to surf

Posted by: on February 12th, 2009

 

Not very big, but at least it's catchable on the inside.

Not very big, but at least it's catchable on the inside.

After leaving Warriewood, I stopped for a quick squizz at Collaroy. The swell is getting in there, but at high tide it was not all that impressive. Only a few people in the water and they were doing a fair amount of waiting for the occasional waist to chest high slop burger sets. It might be a bit better as the tide drops and it has the great virtue of being protected from the wind.

Dropped by Robbo’s place in Dee Why to see if we could nut out an electrical issue that was keeping me from using my notebook while out and about. Watched the point for quite awhile as a consequence of our diagnostic efforts and can tell you there were some sizable sets but certainly at high tide they were not looking too terrific. The crew out there were waiting quite awhile for a makeable option to roll through.

After sorting the electrics, I ducked down to have a look at Curly and Freshy. Nothing worth a picture at either spot. From the headland at Freshwater, it looked like there were possibly some waves at the Bower. Buncha people in the water anyway… but…

…friend Max reports that the Bower’s a waste of time right now. Crowded, junky and small. Too mobbed for what it is, to quote him.

Anyway, here’s a piccie from afar

 

One of the more protected locations for the conditions.

Plenty of folk, not plenty of waves...

 

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