Road trip to Mambo Part 2

wpid-DSC_0140.jpgAfter a great mornings surf at the Golf course reef I’ve hit the road again and worked my way down through Batemans Bay and gone looking for some wind down at Moroya Heads. I’ve heard about this great surf break on the sea wall and wanted to check it out. In the end I’ve ended up at the a nice beach just south of the harbour entrance and there is about 12 knots. The sun is out and I’ve got nothing better to do so I’ve pumped up the 12m and gone for a play.

wpid-DSC_0136.jpgSuper light conditions and its hard to stay upwind but its nice and sunny and quiet so I’m super happy. Found a good empty camp site for the night and was happy to pay the $20 for a quiet night and a hot shower.

 

 

 


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Slow morning chilling and doing some reading and it’s back on the road again. Before I left I ran into these little fellas just chilling and wanting to say hi. It’s pretty hard going you know.

Heading south I’m taking the coast road and pulling off the freeway to check out some few spots. The road that goes via Bermagui along the coast is magic. Probably one of the best motorcycle roads I’ve found in the country if you are into that kind of thing. There is national park all along it so camping isn’t a problem and it crosses some really good flat water spots like (for the life of me I can’t find it again on the map. I’ll fill this in later but it looked great!!)

The original plan was to stop another day half way to Merimbula but then my phone starts bleeping with sms’s that the event starts on Thursday. Hmmmm, quick change of plans and I head all the way to Merimbula. There is a real lack of surf and wind so it wasn’t a real problem. I stopped at so many places and all I say was golden sand, clear blue sea and no waves..

wpid-DSC_0144.jpgAnyway. Not the best update in the world, I’m a day behind now. This really is a magic stretch of coast that I’ve never had the time to explore. I’ll be back I think to do more exploring!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road trip to Mambo Part 1

It was a pretty laid back start to the trip if I have to be honest. The rain that has been belting down the coast wasn’t really motivating for a week long road trip. But I’ve got the week off work and I’m sure there is some wind, sun and surf SOMEWHERE!

A few hours south of Sydney and I decided to pull into Kiama to check out the wind. It’s almost always windy at the first beach you past coming into Kiama with the train tracks right up next to it. It’s still raining at this point and looking at the charts and map it doesn’t look too flash for the southerly thats coming in. Also giving it the once over inspection, I’ll be honest it isn’t the safest place for a solo kite in limited visibility. A quick check of the map shows the next really viable beach to kite is Werri beach, hey I’ve surfed there before.

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This is the site that welcomed me to Werri beach! It’s not the nicest view to welcome you to a days kiting. Anyway, it seems windy lets hit it!

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The south end of the beach simply doesn’t work in a southerly, its proper protected. with a bit of east it could actually work and there is a nice wave at the point that would work will on a good day. This chap was getting stuck into it.

I went out from about the middle of the beach. It’s really gusty and the surf is pretty wild. I wasn’t game enough to stick the go-pro on to be honest. Self launching with the go-pro on the front lines will go one of two ways, one of those sucks. There is a huge rip in the middle of the beach here and the current up the shore is pushing me upwind like crazy, this is really odd and I couldn’t tell how windy it really was. If I got out the back I was a bit underpowered on the 9 but close in I was powered up. There are some big sucky slabs hitting a sandbar half way out so I decided just to stick in the powered up section and play about a bit. It was quite fun but the current is really strong, at one point I’m going down the line on a wave with loads of power, I look at the shore and I’m not even moving! Really weird..

The rain eventually killed play after about an hour with the wind getting all fluffy and weird. Wish visibility down to about 100m I call it and head in.

One good safety tip I can give for days like these when it really is suspect is flick a message to someone that knows what your doing, tell them where you are and when you think you’ll be back. Thinking back to a few accidents anything can happen and no-one here is likely to notice.

Anyway, Onwards down to Mollymook for the night. The storms are still going so no real action in the arvo. It’s nice to get a snooze in.

Tuesday morning brings SUN and WAVES. Woohoo! for 1 hour this morning I had a 2-3ft glassy break all to myself! Now thats how it should be!

Here are some pics from today.

The Dee Why washing machine

So the wind has been blowing now for 2 days solid and at Long Reef we have about a 15+knots dead onshore SE wind blowing. The wind has left us with what can only be described as a washing machine! I popped up to the headland at Dee Why point to check out the view and have a cheeky post work beer. I took the small camera to get a few pics and got a few snaps of the only surfer out. There was a messy 5-6ft breaking at the point and it’s really unorganised and short interval. To my surprise there was a few kites on the beach, not to my surprise they all were kiting in the lagoon. Just as I left I saw one person on a black kite try to get out in the white water and seemed to be going ok. If it was you, good on ya!

Here are the few pics i took, not the best. The surfer looks very small and lonely out there.

Fishermans nor-easter

One of our resident photographers Grant Sager managed to get down to Fishermans (Collaroy) a few weeks back for a good (and rare it seems) nor-easter. A good few local crew managed to get out and enjoy the conditions. I love the backdrop of the Long Reef headland in these pics. Good work Grant and thanks for letting us share them on the site.

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Smokey Kurnell images

The past week in Sydney has been a difficult one for many. With hundreds of homes burnt in the Blue Mountains fires. Our thoughts are with those that have lost so much to the fires and we hope that if they were started deliberately those responsible are dealt with accordingly.

Last weeks Friday fires on the 17th of October 2013 resulted in a smoke cloud being blown over Sydney causing some of the most bizarre lighting conditions I’ve ever seen. There is something about the smoke that seems to filter out some wavelengths of visible light that causes colours to pop and seem very surreal.

Local Kurnell kiter Jess Digs managed to get down late in the evening after the worst of the smoke had cleared and snapped these great shots through the smoke. Yep, that is not cloudy cold conditions its a dry, 30c+ smokey day in Sydney.

Well done Jess.
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