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Old new spot ..for a holiday,north west .

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Created by Tardy 22 days ago, 1 Jan 2019
Tardy
2732 posts
1 Jan 2019 8:15AM
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As the new year is here and closer to my awesome West oz wind surfing adventure to speedrun bay or sharkbay .comes .this is my 12 th trip ,done Hawaii ..west oz for me .
google earth takes me to a place where it might be worth a good look at ,with the ssw wind ,we could sail back to the track .lat time I sailed there it was shallow ,but have a 22 delta this time ..
shell beach looks very promising ...
I have sailed here on a easterly ,but it changed direction while i was out there ..i packed it and never went back but a off shore wind day looks ok ,we did have a few days on 30 plus knots at Denham ,which was out of hand and thought this would be worth a drive ..anybody sailed this on a off shore with success .looks like the north corner with shallow water would be awesome .
Happy new year west Oz wind warrior s ,your so lucky to have such a awesome windsurfing backyard .can't wait 10 days time I'll be there .Tardy .

paulyNOR
WA, 41 posts
1 Jan 2019 9:43AM
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You can drive out to the point if you,ve got a 4wd, check out some of the old Shark bay posts for more details.

I sail mostly at little lagoon, to keep the Mrs happy, cause of the shelters and toilets

Have a great trip

ratz
WA, 328 posts
1 Jan 2019 10:24AM
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have sailed both boobay and shell beach
though a fair hike from Denham is worth it on a good forcast.
or you can stay at nanga station then it is only across the road.

kato
VIC, 2356 posts
1 Jan 2019 3:55PM
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Yep great spot, had a great time there with crasher a few years ago. Hopefully back there next season

Tardy
2732 posts
1 Jan 2019 4:59PM
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Thanks guys .pauly.great shot of flat water .
won't have a 4 WD ,van packed to the roof .as usual .
will give It a crack if we get a real good blow .
ratz ,yeah little lagoons a good spot ,just don't open your eyes under water ,so salty
We had a couple of cracker days last November 13 months ago at little lagoon .kato you need to get back there .

Pointman
WA, 413 posts
1 Jan 2019 7:54PM
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Had a cracker sesh there a few years back with some GPSTC crew..www.gpsteamchallenge.com.au/sailor_session/show?date=2012-12-12&team=12

It's a great spot. Offshore in a SSW, but it's shallow so if you break anything you can walk back in.

Tardy
2732 posts
2 Jan 2019 10:08AM
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great speeds pointman .just proves its worth a go

hardie
WA, 3963 posts
4 Jan 2019 6:38AM
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Tardy said..
As the new year is here and closer to my awesome West oz wind surfing adventure to speedrun bay or sharkbay .comes .this is my 12 th trip ,done Hawaii ..west oz for me .
google earth takes me to a place where it might be worth a good look at ,with the ssw wind ,we could sail back to the track .lat time I sailed there it was shallow ,but have a 22 delta this time ..
shell beach looks very promising ...
I have sailed here on a easterly ,but it changed direction while i was out there ..i packed it and never went back but a off shore wind day looks ok ,we did have a few days on 30 plus knots at Denham ,which was out of hand and thought this would be worth a drive ..anybody sailed this on a off shore with success .looks like the north corner with shallow water would be awesome .
Happy new year west Oz wind warrior s ,your so lucky to have such a awesome windsurfing backyard .can't wait 10 days time I'll be there .Tardy .



I've sailed it, best on an easterly type wind, and a right tide, eventually becomes submerged, the boobays run is best on seabreeze with a .6 to .8 tide you find on on willy weather "hamelin pool" tides, and its an easy to drive and park at boobays no 4wd required, the spit is too broad on a seabreeze, unless its a westerly wind

Tardy
2732 posts
5 Jan 2019 10:38AM
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thanks Hardie ,

I WILL check the famous boobay out ,

hardie
WA, 3963 posts
5 Jan 2019 12:06PM
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How do I copy a screen shot I have copied with a snipping tool, to here? If anyone wants a copy pm me your private email

Tardy
2732 posts
5 Jan 2019 3:56PM
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depends what gadget your on , i just keep pushing buttons till something happens i don't even know what a snipping tool is ..email send .i will post it ...keen to get the local knowledge..

Tardy
2732 posts
5 Jan 2019 4:06PM
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These would'nt be the boobs of boobay would they ?


hardie
WA, 3963 posts
5 Jan 2019 4:23PM
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yes left tit, cleavage (the spit) right breast

Tardy
2732 posts
5 Jan 2019 4:38PM
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Thanks Hardie ...I will follow the yellow line be there in 8 days after a 7 hour plane trip and 10 hour drive
it s worth it is it a pretty steady breeze with the landscape ,driven past it so many times

decrepit
WA, 8905 posts
5 Jan 2019 5:18PM
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Beware tide is very important! Too deep and it's choppy too shallow you'll hit the bottom.
The NM run home is interesting, at the end of the speed run just follow the lines of chop back home. But the chop lines aren't straight it's best to aim slightly west at the start.

Tardy
2732 posts
5 Jan 2019 6:29PM
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Thank you .just checked the tides for the time we are up there ,pretty good I thought .not to big a tides.

thank s guys for your input ..hope we ..time it right with the info .. The planets are aligning .

did you use a weed fin ?

I couldn't remember seeing weed at shell beach ..I guess it doesn't matter weed fins are just as fast .

decrepit
WA, 8905 posts
5 Jan 2019 11:10PM
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Most of my fins are either weedies or semi weedies, my boards are set up for it.
But no I don't think a weedy is necessary. In fact I wouldn't use a delta, especially if hasn't been filleted, the run across can be quite choppy.

Tardy
2732 posts
6 Jan 2019 8:56AM
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Sounds like I'd better get filleting ,

mathew
VIC, 1697 posts
9 Jan 2019 1:13PM
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Dont use a Delta - the water state is very choppy as you turn on to the speed course(s.... there are more than one).

A weedy or non-weedy is ok to use - you will likely drag the tip through the shells.

Tardy
2732 posts
9 Jan 2019 2:48PM
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mathew said..
Dont use a Delta - the water state is very choppy as you turn on to the speed course(s.... there are more than one).

A weedy or non-weedy is ok to use - you will likely drag the tip through the shells.


thanks matt

i have a really good MF weed 32 ,i will use that ..

Windzup
WA, 20 posts
9 Jan 2019 5:46PM
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Check out this clip from my trip in 2017


shallow speed fins are the go, normally you'll be dragging the tip on 24-21cm fins depending how shallow you go, stbd tack asy fins even better. Getting the right tide makes all the difference and then getting into the shallow flat water normally about shin deep.
Check all the tracks on KA72 for Francois Peron National Park to get an idea on the best runs and where to launch from.

Tardy
2732 posts
10 Jan 2019 2:15AM
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excellent vid windzup, nice edit with good speeds

Tardy
2732 posts
10 Jan 2019 8:21AM
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FORGOT TO ASK is that a little fanatic board your on .?

it goes like the clappers

decrepit
WA, 8905 posts
10 Jan 2019 9:05AM
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Tardy said.. FORGOT TO ASK is that a little fanatic board your on .?
it goes like the clappers

I think Windsup goes like the clappers no matter what board he's on.

Windzup
WA, 20 posts
11 Jan 2019 6:18AM
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Yes an old Fanatic speed 48, Thanks Mike.

boardsurfr
721 posts
14 Jan 2019 5:20PM
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decrepit said..
Beware tide is very important! Too deep and it's choppy too shallow you'll hit the bottom.

Indeed they are. When we got to the speed strip today, the water depth at the inner alpha marker was about 10 cm. The tide should have been at 93 cm, so a bit higher than the ideal 0.6-0.8 m Hardie mentioned, but actual tide was probably below 0.6. To get into water deep enough got my 20 cm fin, sailing would have been quite far from shore (and therefore in some chop, and too high to get the smooth water before the slingshot. I tried a few short approaches instead but did not get up to speed before the slingshot.

I'd guess that the very strong wind we had since yesterday (at least) must have pushed the water out of the bay. It was a bit painful at the beach today with small shell pieces flying around, and the 5.6 felt much too big (more so than the 6.3 at the GPS challenge in Cervantes, so I'd guess we had at least 5 knots more).

But while we did not get any decent speeds and spent more time walking than sailing, the trip was definitely still worth it. It's one of the most beautiful spots I have ever sails. We even saw a couple of bowmouth guitarfish (front looks like a ray, body like a shark, the ones we saw were about 1.5 m long) - pretty cool!

longwinded
WA, 308 posts
14 Jan 2019 8:20PM
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boardsurfr said.
I'd guess that the very strong wind we had since yesterday (at least) must have pushed the water out of the bay.


Not so much push the water out but hold it up when tide is flooding. Following link to a beacon North of Useless Loop. Other side of the prong but will give you an idea of what might happen.

Throwing a wobbly at the moment, but last 72hours has seen a residual of -0.25 to -0.28m, meaning tide is 25cm or so below prediction.

www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/shark-bay-beacon-3-tide.asp

boardsurfr
721 posts
14 Jan 2019 8:53PM
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Thanks for the link. Something just happened with the beacon, it's now showing +3.62 meters.
There still seems to be a bit of a difference relative to the speed spot in the left bay, though. The beacon had similar residuals yesterday and today. We checked the spot yesterday afternoon, and went back before noon today. The tide today should have been ~ 30 cm higher today, but the water level seemed roughly the same. When we returned to the launch today after the session, the water level had dropped quite a bit more. I took pictures at the launch but the internet in the hotel is too slow to upload them now (will try again tomorrow). Compared to pauliNOR's picture above, the walk to the water was quite a bit longer.

Tardy
2732 posts
14 Jan 2019 9:16PM
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Hey board surf r ,we drove past you guys today ,it looked very low ..you where walking ,when we saw you .
we waited till 3 before heading out at Denham ,our first day on 5.0's .
but it was quite rough.
we may do little lagoon tomorrow for some fun .


decrepit
WA, 8905 posts
14 Jan 2019 9:48PM
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Yes, tide predictions there are extremely iffy, wind strength definitely makes a difference.
I forgot to mention the shell grit in the mud, that's agonising if it gets in your boots!

boardsurfr
721 posts
Wednesday , 16 Jan 2019 8:37AM
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Here's the view from the launch Monday around 4 pm. By that time, the alpha marker closer to the beach was probably on dry sand.




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