I've seen it break at a relatively small size. We were exploring the fortress one day when there was a decent easterly swell. Just big enough to see the potential.chrisb wrote:The photo didn't quite work pp - here's a link that shows the same photo:-purple pyramids wrote:damn. that sounds like it was much more than just a novelty break. that'll give you something to contemplate over a shandy at the yarra bay sailing club.
here is Scott Dillon, First Wave, Bare Island Bombora, circa 1962.
Photograph : Jack Eden
The Bare Island Bombie still breaks in large swells but I haven't seen anyone surfing it. Maybe they all go to "Ours" these days instead.
Also I remember seeing that pic in an old book about surfing. Dug it out and it was "The Australian Surfrider" by Jack Pollard circa 1964. And actually it's a diferent pic. In the mag Scotty Dilllon is looking forward, not back over his shoulder at the wave. I can't work out whether it's taken slightly before or just after the one above. I suspect it's after and the wave has jacke dup a bit more. I'll try to scan it and post it up.