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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:57 pm

danny1 wrote:hahah mate that's a lovely story! brought a little tear of joy to my eye! very nice.


:-D Thank you Danny!
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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:43 am

Here's some more...

Story I wrote that is in the current issue of white horses magazine. Wish it was on the newstands in the UK it's one of those mags worth collecting. Available for Ipad though www.whitehorses.com.au

Anyway stories here http://mugofsunshine.blogspot.com.au/ :-D
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Re: surf blogs

Postby shackattack2 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:55 am

Few new things up:

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Re: surf blogs

Postby Craivold » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:24 pm

The Decorator wrote:
Can't make a comparison as I've never been to Cali but can tell you a little about the Sunny coast to help you make your own..........

http://mugofsunshine.blogspot.com.au/


Cheers for the info Decorator, sounds like I need to put east coast Oz on the travel list and when I make my way out there I may indeed DM you for some travel tips! Windy as hell here at the mo and the sea's a stormy mess, definitely conditions to get you thinking about sunnier climes!

I'll shamelessly self promote here as well - started a little blog a few weeks back to log sessions and share pics - take a look when you get 5 http://dragonhilldiaries.tumblr.com/
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Re: surf blogs

Postby shackattack2 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:47 am

^^^^ Likewise with Decorator, I haven't been to California so can't make the comparison. He sums it up pretty well; great lifestyle, great food, laid back, stress free, perfect climate. Just an easy going spot. I couldn't get over how open and friendly people were when I first arrived; big change from N.Ireland. Every other sunday theres a free live gig on in our little town.... just a stroll down the beach from our house!

After researching a couple of years it ticked all the boxes for me. Its just very expensive getting set up initially with the strong Aussie dollar. Lots to explore in the surrounding area too; nothing like getting a pair of trail runners on and heading into the Hinterland wilderness. The great barrier reef is also only 4 hours drive north as well.

If you like outdoor and adventure you'll love it

Surf might not be quite as good as S. California. I do miss those reeling lefts on the west coast of Ireland too. Still, its never crowded here and the water is aqua marine, crystal clear, and warm enough for boardshorts 3/4 of the year.
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Re: surf blogs

Postby Archy_is_God » Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:41 am

Tis a beautiful part of the world, hoping to go back myself one day.

I think what it lacks in consistency, it makes up for in quality. Those coffee-rock beachies are so much fun....

You ever go over to Old Woman's?
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Re: surf blogs

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Re: surf blogs

Postby ATTMFKH » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:40 pm

Archy_is_God wrote:How's this for a teaser?

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Could you paint a more perfect wave ? ^^ , if it was a left ?

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Re: surf blogs

Postby shackattack2 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:55 am

Pic taken in front of the house ;-)

I'd broken my toe the day before and tried paddling out and just got smashed on the shorey. My partner thought I was nuts. I was hopping down to the beach on one leg....."what the f**K, you can't even walk never mind surf". So perfect there was no way I couldn t try. I just sat on the balcony all day in silence watching flawless spitting barrels. 17KM beach with hardly anyone out???? Pretty gutted I missed out. And to add insult to injury the usual sea breeze didn't come up and it stayed offshore all day!

That big storm has left some nice banks though. Just got back out today and had some sick bazzas 8)
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Re: surf blogs

Postby shackattack2 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:01 am

Archy_is_God wrote:You ever go over to Old Woman's?


Aye took a paddle over with Decorator once...had the Jaws them on repeat the whole way :shock: Lovely wave that just grows down the line, but didn't get it any near its full potential. I'm sure last saturday a few of the boys would have been out.

Its usually busy so when the swells about so I tend to opt for the beachies
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Re: surf blogs

Postby Archy_is_God » Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:34 am

shackattack2 wrote:Pic taken in front of the house ;-)

I'd broken my toe the day before and tried paddling out and just got smashed on the shorey. My partner thought I was nuts. I was hopping down to the beach on one leg....."what the f**K, you can't even walk never mind surf". So perfect there was no way I couldn t try. I just sat on the balcony all day in silence watching flawless spitting barrels. 17KM beach with hardly anyone out???? Pretty gutted I missed out. And to add insult to injury the usual sea breeze didn't come up and it stayed offshore all day!

That big storm has left some nice banks though. Just got back out today and had some sick bazzas 8)


Is that Sunny Beach or Moolooloo? Thought you lived at Mooloo/Maroochydore.

Nice to hear the beachies still stay quiet... When I was there (14 years ago this February) the points would get chockas, but the beaches were empty and really good fun.
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Re: surf blogs

Postby shackattack2 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:11 pm

Yeah that's Sunshine Beach area...I'm in North Peregian which is about 3/4 up that stretch of sand from Coolum to Noosa.You have Coolum-Peregian-Castaways-Sunrise-Sunshine then Noosa. Its all one big beach with peaks up and down, and the backdrop is just coastal heath and a few houses....no big development. And empty!

Yeah the points get pretty nuts...took me a while to adjust to the crowds. I thought there were crowds in ireland but here its like sometimes you only get 1-2 waves the whole session! Its a social affair
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Re: surf blogs

Postby shackattack2 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:22 pm

Couple more shots of that day (posted them up elsewhere too I think):

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Re: surf blogs

Postby hedgemonkey » Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:32 am

http://www.arestlesstransplant.com/

Don't know if this one's been posted before...
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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:37 am

Just tapped out a few words about the surf I had in the waves pictured above :-D http://mugofsunshine.blogspot.com.au/
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Re: surf blogs

Postby danny1 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:15 pm

Nice mate. Made me I started paddling at one point!
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Re: surf blogs

Postby Aloha Surf Journal » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:18 pm

Hi guys,

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It is completely dedicated to surfing and environnement.

Please will free to have a look at our portfolios and projects. I hope you will like it.

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Re: surf blogs

Postby danny1 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:22 pm

great bl;og by a UK guy who moved out to bali and built a house, the fella is an ex BMX guy and good skater....some great stories and photogs in his blog which spans a few years

http://www.jasonlunn.com/2010/08/25/des ... to-upload/
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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:07 am

Liking that one Danny ^

In the meantime I just bunged up a photo heavy post on http://mugofsunshine.blogspot.com.au/ about my recent Mentawais trip.
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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:40 am

This is the first piece I've had published that I got paid for... free to you lot on my blog http://mugofsunshine.blogspot.com.au/ 8)
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Re: surf blogs

Postby Poo Stance » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:45 pm

Hey. Nice piece bud. Done well to condense your journey into that. Some q's if u dont mind.

Any plans to expand any of those chapters?

How did you end up selling the piece? You approach them?

They using the pictures as well? And is there image size/resolution issues for the mag if they want to use the pictures?

Thanks for sharing. :)
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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:55 am

Poo Stance wrote:Hey. Nice piece bud. Done well to condense your journey into that. Some q's if u dont mind.

Any plans to expand any of those chapters?

How did you end up selling the piece? You approach them?

They using the pictures as well? And is there image size/resolution issues for the mag if they want to use the pictures?

Thanks for sharing. :)


Cheers Poo,

Yeah there's definitely alot more stories to come from this trip. I've got a heap of word folders that need tinkering.

They used about 8 pictures but no issues with res. I'm not too savvy on all that photo stuff but the pics they used were taken with the same camera as the ones on the blog a Canon Ixus 4mp !! I took the shots down to the mag when I went and met the Ed. They look great in print so maybe some magic used... I don't know!

I emailed Gra Murdoch the Editor, Issue one of the mag (it's a quarterly with very little adevertising (when I say very little.. back cover and inside front and back cover only) and masses of content) The general vibe was something that I knew the story would fit in with. I actually sent him the piece that won the Carve comp (joke) and an introduction piece along with a few shots and he invited me down for a chat then encouraged me to write some more about the whole trip. He offered to pay me!
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Re: surf blogs

Postby Poo Stance » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:22 pm

Cool. Thanks for that. Looking forward to hearing more. We drove the Gibb in a '77 rear wheel drive datson 120y. The car drank more water than us.

Did you drive to Mitchell Falls off the Gibb? Thats the one place I regret not visiting in Oz, but from the stories we heard there was no way our car or us would make it there and back alive. :-D

Here's us tackling the Pentacost, thankfully it hadn't rained in a while.
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Re: surf blogs

Postby danny1 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 9:42 pm

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Re: surf blogs

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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Tue Apr 30, 2013 4:21 am

Poo Stance wrote:Cool. Thanks for that. Looking forward to hearing more. We drove the Gibb in a '77 rear wheel drive datson 120y. The car drank more water than us.

Did you drive to Mitchell Falls off the Gibb? Thats the one place I regret not visiting in Oz, but from the stories we heard there was no way our car or us would make it there and back alive. :-D

Here's us tackling the Pentacost, thankfully it hadn't rained in a while.
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Unreal! The locals in Kununarra tried scaring us to death with tales of the Gibb river road, we ended up dissapointed but in that Datsun it would have been a blast! Yep we drove up to the falls, still very pedestrian but heading further North to Kulumburu was more of a challenge especialy when it started raining!

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Re: surf blogs

Postby The Decorator » Sun May 05, 2013 11:17 am

I've mentioned White Horses magazine on here before, but one of the contributors, Matt Webber, http://www.mattwebberwrites.com has let me reproduce one of his stories on my blog. Check it out, I think it's great. http://www.mugofsunshine.blogspot.com
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Re: surf blogs

Postby Poo Stance » Wed May 29, 2013 4:42 pm

I never get tired of looking at the Mitchell falls. It's like the perfect combo of big falls, pools and steps. All perfectly arranged to show off each aspect. If there's one reason to go back to Oz, other than the points, they are it for me.

The story of the Datson is one I been wanting to write for a few years now. But its such a long incident packed story it's daunting. On the Gibb alone our car had so many issues...

The battery fell onto the fan gouging a massive hole in it that emptied one of it's cells. The alternator seized and snapped the fan belt. So no more charging of the holey battery. We made a belt from shoelace to keep the fan running so we didn't overheat.

Every time we went through one of the fords/rivers we would get water under the distributor cap. Which meant the car cut out a few seconds after clearing the crossing. After about the 4th time we figured it out somehow and could dry it quicker. The times before we just waited and hoped the car would start again (like it had magically done a few times already between Margs and Derby, just N of the Gibb).

Then there was the time one of the hoses in the cab rotted through pissing hot water from the engine over my mates feet while he was driving, who promptly jumped out the moving car. Luckily a motorbiker (who was not loving the corrugated road) stopped and had a tool set so we managed to re-plum the engine to bypass the internal cab heater. But that meant we couldn't cool the engine by having the heater blowing in the cab while driving though the desert in scorching heat.

Some time after we had refuelled at the only petrol station, half way along the Gibb River Road, our exhaust broke at the midsection. Somehow it managed to u-bend its way around the rear axle and, in doing so preventing us from driving either forwards or backwards. In order to get it free I had to try and lift the car while my mate managed to unbend it enough to wriggle it off. By the time we managed that it was dark so we camped up by the side of the road.

The sound of those road trains coming towards you in the dark as you lay in your tent is something I won't forget easily. When they're passing ten meters from your head it's a proper mind fuck.

The next day we used twine to tie up the dragging remaining section of the exhaust. But every few minutes it would burn through. By the 3rd re-twine we were passed by some aboriginals going the other way. About 7 in the car and 4 sitting on top and on the bonnet. They gave us a wire coat hanger and we were rocking again.

But the big problem was the Pentecost River. Everyone told us we wouldn't be able to cross it in the Datsun.

Due to how much fuel we could carry we figured that if the river wasn't passable we wouldn't have enough to make it back to the petrol station. Added to that we now had the exhaust under the car. Which, being an automatic was prone to popping out of gear if hit from underneath by sand/mud banks. If it did pop out of gear we would more than likely stall, consequently flooding and wrecking the engine and leaving us stranded in the middle of a river.

The gear actually popped out doing the crossing but thankfully my mate kept the gas floored and crunched it back in. At that point the car was stationary in the middle of the river. Which is the next pic from the one above. I thought we were a cropper watching from the bank. My mate and I both danced a jig on either side of the river when he'd made it over. All the doubts about being able to make the crossing were released in an instant.

After that we parked up at the Emma Gorge and shared a bottle of wine listening to Wales spank England at rugby by 40 odd points. After which we snuck into one of the $135pn swanky tents and slept in a bed for the 1st time in months. I don't think I slept at all I was so used to sleeping feral by then.

It certainly was an adventure and the Datsun sure made it so much more of one. A $300 car which the previous owner told us not to try and drive to Perth from Margs where we bought it.
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Re: surf blogs

Postby JayP » Wed May 29, 2013 9:28 pm

Brilliant!
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