Just wondering if anyone has hit Bare Island Bombie at La Perouse (Sydney) when it's on?
I got out this arvo at the bombie and had a ball on a mates Simon Anderson 12' Combo that we picked up last Saturday. I'm definitely not experienced (1st time on this board, and not even one week since ever owning a SUP) but seemed to be an ideal big wave to have a crack at for guys like me. It was about 5-6+ foot today and not much wind, not too sucky and fatter on the shoulder. Fairly short rides but definitely made up for it in size and speed. Felt like the board was going to take off from hitting small chop down the face of the wave.
A few wipeouts due to inexperience (cricked my neck and bit my tongue) and the death wobbles couple of times but no one out and insane for me!!
Just curious to see if anyone rides it. Check this old vid of surfers hitting it back in 1962 at alot bigger than what it was today.
I've surfed out there on my SUP once and got smoked. Just got it all wrong. Well done for giving it a go, hopefully I can time it better again next time I give it a run
Cam, I was out there today for about 20 minutes at the end of my first ever DW experience, from Brighton Le Sands to La Perouse.
It was dramatically different to last thursday with more wind (none last thursday), it was seemed bigger on the sets, although it may have just been that the tide was lower. In any case I think that a decent swell combined with a high tide is the go.
It was scary today (sucking hard) and not really a goer, although I still sat on the shoulder and caught one wave that quickly shot me off the front of the board due to sticking the nose in chop which made me step forward off the deck grip and onto the shiny surface of the board, gooooooone!!!. However, I was also on a 14' DW/ocean board so not ideal at all. Decent wind head on into the wave made it hard to get on in the fat section where I was hanging (picking the safe option).
^^^^^^Pottymullet, I don't know of too many blokes that surf Bare Island - if any.
It is an inconsistent wave and surfing on your pat would make it difficult to know where to sit whilst waiting for a wave. On the shoulder one minute, no mans land the next if you know what I mean.
I can tell you that in 92 I was rowing a surfboat in between heads of Botany Bay and had a visit from a 14ft Bronze Whaler which brushed along our boat. Also saw a 4ft shark off the point at Yarra Bay around same time. Commercial fishing has been banned in Botany for a few years which means lots of baitfish. Take care mate.
Dave, it was really nice for my first ever DW session, particularly on the sweet WOW 14' GSR that i've only had for a week now (Brian mentioned your name while on our 3 hour spending spree at The Sup Shop last sat).
I should have waited untill around 11am to start but had to start at 9am due to a family lunch. The winds were fairly light to start with and then built nicely but only after I had done most of the run. Paddled around the 3rd runway (in restricted zone a little) and eyeballed all the people taking off on holidays in the big Jumbos. I'm sure they were eyeballing me too.
Was a great run and will definitely do it agian. Board is sweet!!!
Dave I have a question that you may be able to answer considering your involvement in endurance SUP racing.
I have read that to do the 20 Beaches paddle in December you need to have done 2 x 10kms ocean races as a pre-requisite.
Am I correct? and do you know of any dates when there are these types of races?
Thanks for the heads up and I totally agree
"It is an inconsistent wave and surfing on your pat would make it difficult to know where to sit whilst waiting for a wave"
There is a point where it peaks up but does not break a bit wider and to the side of the spot where it dredges so makes it a bit more doable to get on the wave with speed before it really starts to suck. Yes, you seem to have to constantly asses where you are and be on alert to paddle like crazy to get out of the way if one big one pushes wide.
I guess sharks are always on peoples mind in a major or minor way at some point. I don't know whether it is because I competitively spearfished with the Sans Souci Dolphins for 6 years a while back so became comfortable in the water, and the fact that I really did not see that many in those years (up and down east coast NSW), but I only really worry about dirty water and Bull sharks. I guess though that surfers are targeted more by sharks as they are often in the zone where there is more baitfish combined with limited visability (whitewater) which sharks use to stalk prey, and surfers usually are unaware of a sharks presence untill they are right on top of you, as compared to when spearfishing with great visibily from above looking down.
Strangly enough, i never spearfished the bombie despite growing up at kurnell (a stones throw away) diving in many other locations nearby though for years.
Cheers mate, I will stay safe though considering that I am a relatively new dad.
Was out at Matraville today for work and took the 4 min drive to Bare is and I think Scotty needs to harden up, he's from Maroubra and all, from what I saw I think it could be a bit off fun on a 14'er and yes probably better at HT than LT (I was there at LT) and next time theres a big swell on I'd be keen to paddle over from Kurnel
Typical Scotty response.............not stepping up to the plate, sitting on the shoulder...............
All good, as long as we split the $10K
Scotty and Greg
Only one way to settle this, we could have a BOB "Battle of the Break" comp alternating between Bare Island bombie (bigger) and Kurnell Point (smaller) waves over a period of time.
Would be nice to get 10k but in reality winner gets a choice of either a devonshire tea at Kurnell or a kebab at La Pa, my shout.
As above I've surfed it a few times with mixed success the smaller right on the eastern side was the go shot the pier too
I am definatly a devonSHIRE tea man.............
Thanks Pete J for the heads up
I have surfed it a few times on my shortboard in big swells, but found it way too shifty for my liking, getting caught inside all too often.
The right off the Island is fun though wrapping around to under the bridge on the right wave.
The bombie was cracking this arvo in good conditions but I left it alone to have some nice waves that were wrapping around the island to the bridge. One in particular walled up very nicely and I managed to really get right back on the 14' and ride the face with good speed and then swing the big girl back to wrap the island in close. A nice 3 footer is better than a munching 6 footer IMO at this place, but i will keep trying the bombie on right tide and swell but more suited to 12' board.
Scotty, interesting story many moons ago, would have been a laugh but spooky at the same time. Do you still have ties to the "Nell"?
Nice one Nathan, I haven't surfed it for a few years now. There was once a time when I was on it at every opp, and you did well on a 14ft on the inside. The take off can be a super dredge when it bounces off the rock and forms a nice wedge.
Yeah I don't think it would have been as big as when you've surfed it but yes the wedge really gets the wave going nicely, pretty hollow on the inside but i'm just hanging out a bit outside but the bigger waves creep up on you and taking off in surf stance on the 14' is needed at times.