La Nina 20/21

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by Nick Carroll » Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:13 pm

so you wanted to see that pic

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it's stamped June 1968 but that's a processing stamp so it may have been taken in late May. That's a wintry sun angle though

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by Nick Carroll » Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:14 pm

you can see Northy bombie in the distance about where the rainbow seems to be, plus another rogue bombie capping another k or so out.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by Beanpole » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:39 pm

steve shearer wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:11 am
this is exciting, a real mystery.

haven;'t been so pumped on RS since Iggs posted up his montage homage to Beanpole.
Easily pleased, Steve.
I remember the car sized block of rock chucked up on the Hiway at Kirra in 74.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by alakaboo » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:31 pm

Thanks Nick. I think that's going to be the swell from May 16th that year.
There was a 'cyclone' 60km east of Sydney (probably an ECL).
Waves were reportedly 30ft, and 3 inches of snow fell in Katoomba.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by channels » Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:40 pm

Nick Carroll wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:13 pm
so you wanted to see that pic

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it's stamped June 1968 but that's a processing stamp so it may have been taken in late May. That's a wintry sun angle though
How big is this Nick? 12 foot? 15 foot? Bigger than this winter?

Edit: just read back and saw your estimate of 20 foot.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by Nick Carroll » Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:54 am

Minimum 20 feet, bigger than anything this year

Point is: it's gone from the collective memory. No record I can find in the surf culture. I was a kid of eight, not surfing yet. What shit must have gone down around here unmarked by anyone, except maybe in fluky pics like this.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by alakaboo » Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:18 am

If you want to get more history of the event I can put you in touch with people who would know.
It'll be a coastal engineering/marine science perspective, not a surfing one.

Anyone who surfed it would be over 70, I've found in talking to older surfers that their recall of anything before 74 is pretty sketchy, like that was a phase shift that erased previous events.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by offshore1 » Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:22 am

Plus, not to mention, drugs.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by Trev » Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:48 am

alakaboo wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:18 am
If you want to get more history of the event I can put you in touch with people who would know.
It'll be a coastal engineering/marine science perspective, not a surfing one.

Anyone who surfed it would be over 70, I've found in talking to older surfers that their recall of anything before 74 is pretty sketchy, like that was a phase shift that erased previous events.
#*!
#sixfeetissixfeet!

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by foamy » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:03 am

My guess is the photo is from the big ECL in early September 1967.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by alakaboo » Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:20 am

Nick Carroll wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:50 pm
boo def June 68. it's not some pissant cyclone swell.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by Nick Carroll » Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:42 pm

some comparison, here's me on a solid 10-12' wave at the same location in 2007

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this gives you more idea of the actual swell size in 1968

boo I dunno how far I want to go down that rabbit hole, there will be v big swells tailing back as far as observations have been taken. My thought was that in the surfing memory, which is distinct from other kinds of coastal memory, we're really lacking a lot of stuff at the core level of understanding what can happen.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by swvic » Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:46 pm

Meh, happens heaps in swvic
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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by Nick Carroll » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:07 am

yes that may well be. But this is on the doorstep of Australia's biggest city, the most accessible surf zone in the nation if not the world.

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Re: La Nina 20/21

Post by foamy » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:40 am

I would have thought the magazine, Surfing World, would have published some photos.

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