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The Pond

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Created by Gonewindsurfing247 1 month ago, 8 Sep 2018
Gonewindsurfing247
WA, 941 posts
8 Sep 2018 5:59PM
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Taken 8th September 2018, make up your own mind:





Subsonic
WA, 1353 posts
8 Sep 2018 7:33PM
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Game over.

i got my first planing gybes just out of shot of the first photo.

no doubt the council will continue dredging the channel though

stroppo
WA, 453 posts
8 Sep 2018 9:53PM
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Mother nature is running the show!

longwinded
WA, 307 posts
9 Sep 2018 8:12AM
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You reminded me about the photos I took a month earlier on 6th August. Same story though.








Was looking in the shed and found a sleeper from the old safety bay jetty. Reminded me of the long runs down penguin island sandbar, having to come upwind to clear the jetty then bearing down to get through the gap between the shore and the sand island. Gave quite a few walkers a shock as you blasted through the meters wide channel going flat out.

Subsonic
WA, 1353 posts
9 Sep 2018 8:45AM
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I remember there being just a shallow sandy spot 500 odd metres offshore as a youngster. Somewhere round 97/98 me and my mate sailed our cherub out off the nearly formed tern island. There was still a gap between the island/land. Its been a fun place to sail over the years, learned a lot about windsurfing on the flat water.

Safety bay is still one of the premium spots to sail close to the city. Great fun sailing between penguin island and the sand bar, then out into the "open" waters of wanbro sound. Good training for the ledge to lanno.

I reckon the teabaggers'll get a bit more time out of the pond, but its getting skanky too i hear.

Gonewindsurfing247
WA, 941 posts
10 Sep 2018 8:42AM
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While I was taking the photos some old local fellow stopped for a chat and was going on about how low the tide looked and joked that there was a Tsunami coming. I laughed it off but he went on to tell me about a Tsunami that hit the area in 1930. He said there were a few houses under water in Safety Bay and the whole Perth Metro area copped a pounding especially Freo. Maybe a Tsunami will restore the Pond to its former glory? Anyhow, I did some research and can't find any evidence of a 1930 Tsunami in the Safety Bay area so it was either not documented well or he got the dates mixed up or did he? Has anyone else heard about this or have relatives in the area that they might be able to confirm with?

Gonewindsurfing247
WA, 941 posts
10 Sep 2018 8:53AM
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Ahhhhh the good ol days, count how many kiters you see in this one:

paulyNOR
WA, 31 posts
10 Sep 2018 10:04AM
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^^^^
Was that 2006 ?

Sin
WA, 153 posts
11 Sep 2018 5:51AM
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Gonewindsurfing247 said..
Ahhhhh the good ol days, count how many kiters you see in this one:


Nice vid John!

Windxtasy
WA, 3820 posts
11 Sep 2018 9:57AM
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Gonewindsurfing247 said..
Ahhhhh the good ol days, count how many kiters you see in this one:


super WA promo section at the beginning!

Tardy
2507 posts
13 Sep 2018 5:01PM
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wow ..that has filled in ..






I Took this 5 years ago .its filling in every year it seems .it had dolphins in the pond this day ,
i guess the only ones happy about the fill in are the kites ,looks like the boat ramp is the spot
but will it get smother for speed runs ??

still a great place to sail...c.u.january .

Subsonic
WA, 1353 posts
13 Sep 2018 6:56PM
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Tardy said..

wow ..that has filled in ..






i guess the only ones happy about the fill in are the kites ,looks like the boat ramp is the spot
but will it get smother for speed runs ??

still a great place to sail...c.u.january .



Actually, it appears to be getting a bit to skanky, even for them...

www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Kitesurfing/Western-Australia/The-Pond-needs-action?page=1#29

Tardy
2507 posts
14 Sep 2018 3:59PM
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i also remember 97-98 ,with the nice sand bar to stand on out near the now island is ,but thats a long time ago .
i hope something happens ...for you guys ,even last December the smell had changed .Its defiantly worth saving
as a pristine sailing spot ,even tho we have to share now ...as a tourist windsurfer i will still keep coming back every year to safety bay .

video..great sailing by the boys .



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