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Do you go night surfing?

Yes its a great time to be out there.
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No its silly. More sharks then.
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No its silly. I cant see anything.
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Not really. My missus pretty much tells me when i am allowed to live my own life.
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Post by aitch » Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:35 pm

We rolled into the Periscopes camp back in 91-92 very late in the day. It was smoking hot and glassy 6 ft. We ate dinner and had a few beers into the evening, then at about 10pm in come a mob of blokes from the Lakey Peak camp. The youngest was about 12 (accompanied by his american parents) and they all went out and surfed for a few hours. There was no way I was doing it, the bay itself is called uhui (sp?) but it means Shark in Bemanese and did I mention it was overhead and slabbing??? Freaks.

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Post by DeeWhyguy » Tue Apr 03, 2007 2:38 pm

used to all the time, on a full moon. 2' 3' a lotta fun till I got bumped by something large 'n grey one night!! Tigers 'n Bullsharks like the night apparently :shock:

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Post by Clarky » Tue Apr 03, 2007 3:50 pm

one of my mates dads is a fireman and brought the truck down to dy and got the huge bitch floodlight things they have on the truck which extend like 8 metres high over the water at night, was sik.
surfed longy at 9 o clock and shat myself, too much looking over my shoulder for my liking.
if theres alright waves infront of the strand at dy and its night, sometimes the lights from the shops makes it easy to surf there, it doesnt look like it would untill you are in the water facing the shops.

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Post by Slowman » Tue Apr 03, 2007 11:50 pm

The Alley at North Cronulla used to be and still is well lit. Can remember staying out until after dark in summer quite a few times, also out at the Point but never intentionally went surfing at night.

The whole shark thing worries me. I believe that is when the Sharks hunt and that is why they have a very well developed sense of smell and feel, they feel the vibrations of your movement and pin point you with accuracy. These are all adapations of a nocturnal hunter.

If I were ever going to go night surfing I'd be using one of those electronic shark repellant devices - Seth Efrican Greg Emslie has tested the Shark Shield http://www.dawnpatrol.co.za/sharkshield.htm and they are marketed here by http://www.sharkshield.com/

Interestingly I came across an article where a diver was wearing one and was fataly attacked anyway but apparrently he and his buddy had developed a habit of turning it off once on the bottom and only turning it back on when they saw a shark. I guess he didn't see that one coming, reminds me of those kids riding their bikes with their helmets swinging from their handlebars.

Now with Rip Curl's new H-Bomb wetsuit, and an HID 15W headlamp (equivalent to about 60W of halogen) consider the possibilities.

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Post by aitch » Wed Apr 04, 2007 10:11 am

http://www.adverblog.com/archives/003040.htm

No sharks on the tennis court

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Post by squidly » Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:30 am

Huntington Pier with the pier lights illuminating north and south for at least 100yards. Good stuff. Pretty crowded though. Trestles on a full moon. Probably one of the few times you don't have to hassle the pros for waves down at Lowers.

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Post by locomotive » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:35 am

I've done it a few times - how's the glowing stuff in the water!

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Post by SAsurfa » Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:09 pm

locomotive wrote:I've done it a few times - how's the glowing stuff in the water!
Sounds healthy :shock: Probably Nuclear Powerplant runoff :P

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Post by Borris » Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:31 pm

Yeah, the bioluminesent plankton stuff. When its thick you can paddle for a bit then look behind and there'll be a comet tail of bluey green light in the water.
Ive surfed cott and cities (shitty west metro waves) in the better swells at night but theres floodlights which makes it easier to surf once your on but way harder to see whats comin cos your eyes only adjust as far as the light goes.
We have brought down a generator and a coupla flood lights and lit up a beachie. Great fun with a few mates, barbie and beers.

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Post by squidly » Thu Apr 05, 2007 11:29 pm

loco, as long as you don't swallow any water, you're good. haha.

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