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metalthrashingmad's photo of Margaret River

Average rating of 4.67 from 21 votes

Margaret River

Spot Location: South West Australia > South West Australia > Margaret River

Date Taken: 25th April 2011. 8933 page views since 27th April 2011.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
19ft 18s 220.23°     4 6 mph Mostly Clear 63°f
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dr pb May 4, 2011 Rating: 1

It's big let's face it triple to quadruple over head simple enough of the its only 6ft bollox

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dr pb May 4, 2011 Rating: 1

It's big let's face it triple to quadruple over head simple enough of the its only 6ft bollox

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Dicer May 4, 2011 Rating: 1

7.5 foot from the back probs.

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BuzyG May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Nice mellow wave. Just the sort of thing for a mellow Sunday afternoon sesh. Just wish we got more like that here in Cornwall. I'm with the 6-8ft camp. A decent period, coming in over the right shaped reef will easily throw up a face that is 2 to 3 times the wave height. If I recall a few years back 13 Feb 2006, at the Cribbar, the wave height was about 12ft but the period was a solid 24ft, which is very unusual this far on to the continental shelf and that was throwing up 30-40ft faces. By the way, being a fat old body border, that's about 40 times overhead to me. Fun though.

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farscapes May 4, 2011 Rating: 1

Apologies for not making my point more clearly, which is that wave period is not a MEASURE of height but of frequency. It was just weird to see the expression 'solid 24ft' used in this instance.

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bazza May 4, 2011 Rating: 1

Wave period has everything to do with wave height when the wave transfers from deep to shallow water (approx half of the wavelength). Eg. Tsunami - Deep water wave height of around 10-15cm, Period of minutes. Since the wave period is a function of speed then the longer the period/wavelength the greater the speed and therefore the wave energy. I think 24ft must have been a typo. Either that or the Skag in Newquay is better then ever.

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farscapes May 4, 2011 Rating: 1

Now I'm confused. What do you mean by 'the period was a solid 24ft'. Wave period has nothing to do with height. Do you mean seconds?

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bazza May 4, 2011 Rating: 0

Thanks Francois Bowyer.

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Robbo May 3, 2011 Rating: 1

This one's 6 foot. http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=25810

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Blank May 3, 2011 Rating: 1

Back in the day, before wave bouys and internet even in the UK we used to call double overhead 6ft, head high was 2-3ft, then came internet and wavebouys and the use of actual "Feet" so a 6' (real Feet) wave was actually just head high. Many new surfers use real feet, older surfers use the same sizes as the Ozzies and SA guys. This Foot isn't actually a foot its a different thing kinda like a Code for surfers. dating back to the hawaian lifeguards under stating the wave size to keep tourists away but still let surfers know how big it is. These days because of this kinda size crap I just say its, Knee high, waist high, head high, double over head etc. much easier and saves arguments. Either way the wave in the picture is beefy and there are big sharks lurking uinderneath too which adds to the fun :-)

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slackhewson May 3, 2011 Rating: 1

And the foot IS supposed to be a foot, they're just measuring it from the back. The back being half to 2 thirds of the wave-face depending on the swell period. The only thing is Hawaiian feet don't seem to be the same feet that everybody else is working off. I lived in Aus for a year and it seemed the only measurement they had for anything overhead was "oh, about 6ft." Pretty fucking funny really. You've just narrowly scratched over a 15 to 18ft wall of water, you turn to the guy next to you who's just barely regained his composure and - "yeah about 6ft." I imagine that's what the chit-chat's like out the back at Peahi. "Fucking beautiful day out today isn't Koby. Whatcha reckon?" Koby: "Oh about 6-8ft"

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slackhewson May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Stop being so earnest man, you're totally ruining my fun here

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slackhewson May 3, 2011 Rating: 3

Yeah actually I'm with the Aussie too. In fact it's probably more like 5ft. Yeah. I mean that surfer's got to be about what? 3ft tall? Crouched slightly so we'll call it 2.5. So let's see now, you can fit about 4 of him onto the wave face. So 4 times 2.5 is about 10ft on the face. 5 or 6ft from the back. Let's be realistic and call it 5ft. And the photos's taken from a distance and a slightly elevated position so that'll obviously make it look a lot bigger. So yeah maybe even 4ft. Yeah. Nice little 4fter. Perfect for my 5'10. Yeah.

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Gustav May 3, 2011 Rating: -4

That is a big 6ft, i agree with the Aussie, I would maybe call that 8ft at max... Please if you from the UK, refrain from making comments on shit which you do not know anything about.. Rather put your 15ml suite on, go get your 11.9ft swallow nose and bat rail UK shaped board, (Because you guys are the frontier of surfing in the universe) and go surf 0.5ft cooking Nequay.... or what ever the place's name is.

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Francois Bouwer May 25, 2011 Rating: 0

Dude, please don't make us South Africans look bad. I have found we SA guys tend to underjudge waves, but calling that any less than 9-10ft is just plain stupid.

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soutie May 5, 2011 Rating: 1

good night. its a valid point . maybe all the arguments are because of where people perceive the surfer to be on the wave.

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burner May 4, 2011 Rating: 0

Snore.

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soutie May 4, 2011 Rating: 0

about the wave, its difficult to judge his position on the wave. if he is in the trough i would go with six foot, if he is up the face, more like 8. no?

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soutie May 4, 2011 Rating: 1

yay, thats more like it. nice burn burnadette.

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burner May 4, 2011 Rating: 0

all this negativity is bad for the soul. Cheer up Sally!

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soutie May 4, 2011 Rating: 0

your user name, you burn the toast again? your boring comments.

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burner May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

what is rubish mr. origionality?

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Cornish-Surfer May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

your an asshole

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soutie May 3, 2011 Rating: 2

and what is a 15 millilitre suite ?

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soutie May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

mate, have you seen some of the snaps from the uk this winter past. easy 8ft aussie, or whatever.

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bgs May 3, 2011 Rating: -3

It's not much bigger than 6ft. That's just the way most surfers here measure it, nothing to do with bravado. If you want to call it 10-12ft, knock yourself out. I'll stick to 6-8ft max.

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slackhewson May 4, 2011 Rating: 0

British only has one 't' in it. Originality doesn't have a second 'o' in it and rubbish takes a second 'b'. Presumably you had to look up antipodean to figure out I was referring to you. Oh and triple overhead has more than 6 feet in it. Get an education you ignoble catamite. I saved you the bother: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ignoble http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/catamite

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burner May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

whatever gets a reaction from your tedious brittish boredom i guess

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slackhewson May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Displaying some of that legendary antipodean wit there I see

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burner May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

sounds like you need a 1 year holiday in Oz buddy, don't forget your sunscreen and hat! leave youre swallow nose bat rail at home. hahaha that cracked me up gustav

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Cornish-Surfer May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

there no question about it you must be blind if your saying thats 6ft-8ft i mean thats huge 10ft+ definatly.

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Blank May 3, 2011 Rating: 2

Spent 3 months in Margret River and loved it, some memorable hammerings. Especially the day I got a board enema on a "see how far the lip can throw me this time take off", My balls were almost as big as the locals... except mine were Green and black and very sore for a week or two :-) Cool photo and lush place

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Blank May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Spent 3 months in Margret River and loved it, some memorable hammerings, especially the day I got a board enema on a see how far the lip can throw me on this time take off, My balls were almost as big as the locals... except mine were Green and black and very sore for a week or two :-)

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El Capitano May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

Great photo! Epic!

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surfsup May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

this looks like left handers, wish it was like that when i was there.

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Irish_in_Oz May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

main break bro, lefty's never holds that big!

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yessum May 2, 2011 Rating: 8

because aussies are a bunch of idiots. so are hawaiians. nothing about that wave is 6 feet.

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burner May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

Simple, we ARE hard..... better Dr. Kernow?

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burner May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

Yeah Sally, look at the wave at 29 sec and again at 2:29 seconds, it's five to six foot

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sibo May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

Says the uptight guy!!

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burner May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

Pipe down wookie, jeeeebus we're all a bit tense today aren't we!?!

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Surfing wookie May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

bull shit ive surfed in oz a bit and no ozzie ive met would call that 6ft.double-triple over aint 6ft!

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burner May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

O.K Sally, you got me

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soutie May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

rubish, look at this for the official, horses mouth aussie 6ft pumping : http://magicseaweed.com/Parko-Rings-Title-Intent--Content/3188/

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burner May 2, 2011 Rating: -4

yeah.... that wasn't tongue in cheek at all...... it's just how we measure waves here plain and simple. Always have always will. Get over it!

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scr May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

Yawn....machismo....

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burner May 2, 2011 Rating: -4

Why is it so hard to accept that waves are measured this way in oz, it's not so much to sound hard but if you called this ten foot in W.A you would get laughed at (and in hawaii i imagine you would probably get slapped) it's just how we do it here... always have and it's not going to change any time soon so stop you're whinging. When you get home from your holiday you can show photos and tell your mates in was ten but here we know it was a solid six and occasional eight and you pommies were "too sunburnt to hit it that day"

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KernowDoc May 2, 2011 Rating: 1

....sorry I dropped off somewhere in the middle.

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cahofseth May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

just call it what it is. it is obviously not 6 ft

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Holy Wave May 2, 2011 Rating: -1

That's what surfing is about... Calmnes ride in a more than triple overhead, smashing and giant wave (Holy Wave!!!). Hope to have such waves in my country.

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slackhewson May 2, 2011 Rating: 1

Looks more like triple overhead to me. That waves about 20ft on the face, making it 10ft Hawaiian (or pretending-to-be-Hawaiian Aussie). Either way it's one giant fuck-off wall of water and it's making me wish I was back down in dingo-shagging land for the winter.

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groundsweller May 2, 2011 Rating: 2

A six foot open ocean swell with a long period can definitely produce double overhead faces on a breaking wave.

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sprayNsurf May 2, 2011 Rating: 2

can he look more relax?

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devocean May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

i really gotta get myself there... soon...

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Mr.villa May 2, 2011 Rating: 2

He looks really chilled...

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Wincy May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

6ft at margeeeees!!!

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Wincy May 3, 2011 Rating: 0

i may have done that to see the reaction. it is the month of may.

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cahofseth May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

just call it what it is. size is size. why is there a different scale for an aussie wave? haha ridiculous

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doobie mcshitlips May 2, 2011 Rating: 3

i guess the guy riding is a two foot aussie

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swwl May 2, 2011 Rating: 6

They use the same tape measure for inches as well

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swwl May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

same as aussie 6 inches

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Merici Sports CIC May 2, 2011 Rating: 0

No mate, that's just Aussie 6ft

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Surfing wookie May 2, 2011 Rating: 7

Looks abit bigger then 6ft,or are you under calling it to sound harder!

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