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by Nick Carroll
Tue Jun 07, 2005 11:30 am
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Little known metro spots that rarely work
Replies: 103
Views: 17081

Hi wanto, I dunno about dancing around it. I'll try to make it a bit clearer. I think it's childish and embarrassing to be coy about a surf location, it's also insulting to the reader. Better off either directly naming it or not mentioning it at all. If you do name it, however, you should do more th...
by Nick Carroll
Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:28 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Little known metro spots that rarely work
Replies: 103
Views: 17081

On a professional level, I reckon you should either be up front about a spot or not mention it at all. That coy approach -- "Oooooo! Spot X!" -- is just embarrassing, not to mention insulting to the reader. You should also be clear as to whether or not you're misleading people. For instance, most of...
by Nick Carroll
Mon Jun 06, 2005 4:04 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: take drugs before surfin?
Replies: 28
Views: 6921

This is a fricken HILARIOUS SUBJECT. God help all of us if A Current Affair finds out about surfers taking DRUGS. I can personally attest to the effects of marijuana, LSD, cocaine, alcohol, psilocybin and amphetamines while surfing, and frankly, aside from acid, I found them all deeply disappointing...
by Nick Carroll
Fri Jun 03, 2005 1:13 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Water temp on the goldy
Replies: 8
Views: 1943

I'm on the goldie right now, have been all week and the water is 21+. Boardies no worries. Maybe a wettie top in the early. This however does not stop Goldie people from putting on steamers. Why would you if you didn't have to?
by Nick Carroll
Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:54 am
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Anyone been charged for boards on Qantas?
Replies: 13
Views: 3086

Thanks everyone! Much appreciated.

I loved the Jetstar anecdote, Filthbarrel, what a lovable airline it is. How I will try to avoid it forever.

xxnc
by Nick Carroll
Tue May 31, 2005 3:18 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Anyone been charged for boards on Qantas?
Replies: 13
Views: 3086

Anyone been charged for boards on Qantas?

I hope you all don't mind me asking for help in researching a story. Been following up on the ongoing dangers to surfers travelling with board bags in the wake of Ms Corby's troubles. In the process I've had a couple of reports that Qantas has suddenly begun cracking down on surfboard bags -- chargi...
by Nick Carroll
Tue May 31, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: Getting used to a new board
Replies: 16
Views: 4037

Hi Booter, I'm sure it's different for everyone. Soooo many variables. Is the board dramatically different from your old one? Is it only subtly different (can make it even harder because you don't adjust for the change in your mind)? I've had boards I've known like brothers from the third wave and o...
by Nick Carroll
Tue May 31, 2005 6:50 am
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: bar bali?
Replies: 60
Views: 9040

I reckon you're right wanto, that kind of clumsy crowdthink is f**king ugly sometimes ... you sense it's been responsible for some of the human race's worst moments. It's misdirected emotional energy. Reading and listening to people demanding their tsunami donations back, for instance -- it might be...
by Nick Carroll
Mon May 30, 2005 4:52 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: what do you think of
Replies: 16
Views: 4102

wanto I wonder if when people say they're thinking of "nothing" what they really mean is: they're thinking of nothing other than riding the wave. That's true for me anyway, I just think about the wave and my board and what it's all feeling like... good? positive? kooked out? wrong? fast? slow? balan...
by Nick Carroll
Fri May 27, 2005 2:34 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: 20 Years.. is anyone really surprised?
Replies: 48
Views: 9972

And how many of us will watch Today Tonight this evening? And buy the Daily Telegraph tomorrow? The Schapelle media bombing is at least partly an unspoken conspiracy between those lower-than-dog media pack members and millions of helplessly prurient Australians, ensnared by their prejudices, their m...
by Nick Carroll
Fri May 27, 2005 2:05 pm
Forum: Weather & surf forecasting
Topic: This upcomming weekend:
Replies: 29
Views: 8407

Re the Big Southern Hemi storms... Often old Indo-traveling bastards will muse to themselves why the hell all the best swells seem to come early in the season. One contributing factor is the size of the Antarctic ice-cap. As the seasons flex, the ice-cap grows and recedes its rim, sometimes by sever...
by Nick Carroll
Tue May 24, 2005 7:26 pm
Forum: Shortboarders only!
Topic: what kind of wax do you use?
Replies: 31
Views: 7599

pros don't give a shit about wax brands. Most of 'em use whatever is given away at the latest contest. Tail pads matter more.

Mrs Palmers for me cos it's got a hard flat edge -- makes applying easier. Sex Wax, the joke wore off in about 1982. Truth is a waxcomb is the real business.

xxnc
by Nick Carroll
Tue May 24, 2005 3:34 pm
Forum: Shortboarders only!
Topic: WCT 2005
Replies: 11
Views: 3059

too early to tell I'd reckon. Several surfers will have peak moments in the next few events. After J-Bay the chances of a winner coming from outside the top six or seven will tighten very quickly. Nobody's really kicking everyone's arse. Kelly's had his peak with that 20/20 at Teahupoo. Trent's had ...
by Nick Carroll
Fri May 20, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: This Week
Replies: 12
Views: 2421

Reckon it's a good predictor of big swells -- watch how much sand's built up on your local beach. Specially in May. If the beach is gagging on sand around this time of year, you know it's gonna get cleaned out soon.
by Nick Carroll
Fri May 20, 2005 3:48 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: This Week
Replies: 12
Views: 2421

Imagine what that'd do for beachfront real estate prices. :lol:
by Nick Carroll
Thu May 19, 2005 5:48 pm
Forum: Shortboarders only!
Topic: whats your most challenging break on the northern beaches?
Replies: 18
Views: 4940

I don't know about "men" ... I feel like a rag doll after five hours of that shit. There'll be a few inadvertent nose-dribbles in the Carroll household tonight.

Already now the swell's dropping. Gonna be some weird but cool sandbanks around after this methinks. Go get 'em everyone!!
by Nick Carroll
Thu May 19, 2005 11:14 am
Forum: Shortboarders only!
Topic: whats your most challenging break on the northern beaches?
Replies: 18
Views: 4940

Outside Newport Reef, aka the Outside Path, right NOW, TODAY, this MORNING, 10-12 feet, reflecting off the rim of the reef tip and almost impossible to catch. Right NOW. All those silly people bitching about surf spot exposure on the northern beaches, it's the best day of the decade at one of the sp...
by Nick Carroll
Tue May 17, 2005 5:20 pm
Forum: General surf discussion
Topic: wankers ...
Replies: 24
Views: 5635

Well I didn't necessarily mean "others". What's the classic Aussie definition of "wanker"? It's bunging on a bit of a self-regarding act, as if to say "i'm the cream! Check me out!" It's occasion for a bit of light hearted fun, especially when the Wanker's act comes unstuck, as it so often does. Gua...