Friday September 23, 2011
In the small town of Coolangatta on the Gold Coast of Australia's beautiful wave rich eastern edge, there was a wave called Kirra. She still exists but her face has changed forever due to a combination of erosion and beach nourishment programs during the last few decades. Now don't get me wrong, she is still beautiful, but back in her prime, she was a perfect 10 with unbelievable shape and form, endlessly peeling across the sand bank. Today the wave is a bit shorter and not as ruler edged, but can still give you the tube of your life. With the strong currents and sand pumping, Kirra's waves are ever-changing and unpredictable, but on the right angle swell and tide there are some epic waves if you can keep your position in the lineup.
Here is a shot from last year during an off season swell. This wave is seriously breaking in about a foot and a half of water with super fast sections and a current that will make your arms sore. In the moment ( an unidentified Kirra local gettin' shacked )
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* Prior to 1840 — Kirra is not known by its current name and is rarely visited by white settlers. * 1840-1910 — The first white holiday-makers start to visit. * 1910-1920 — Holiday-makers increase, making Kirra a popular recreational beach area. * 1930s — The opening of the South coast road increases the popularity of the southern Gold Coast as a holiday destination. Camping was very popular for families because Kirra had a long beach and a low-lying dune system. * 1960-early 1974 — The Tweed River breakwaters combine with a series of low-pressure weather systems to result in serious sand erosion. This brings the high-water level to just below the coastal road. * 1970s — Big Groyne built at Kirra's south end. * 1995 — 30 metres taken off Big Groyne to help fight erosion at Greenmount Beach. * 2001 — Start of Tweed River sand bypass project. * 2003 — Little Groyne completely buried in sand. * 2006 — Project launched by Griffith University Coastal Management Center to restore the beach
Thursday September 15, 2011
Got another free wallpaper screensaver here. (click the link below image for download) This was a shot from a few weeks ago. A bit of the Southwest swell was mixing in with some Northwest peaks. Was on my way back walking along a bluff when I got this shot. These are futures compatible CI fins. They work really well with this Simon Anderson 5'10" squashtail. The best part about these fins is that the work great in small waves around waist to chest high but also got me into some solid overhead waves down south last month. Good all around choice for shortboard fins!
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