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Adzo's photo of Coldingham Bay

3-4 on the faces. Nobody on the other side of the bay either.

Average rating of 4.25 from 4 votes

Coldingham Bay

Spot Location: UK + Ireland > Scotland > Coldingham Bay

Date Taken: 5th May 2006. 2874 page views since 8th June 2008.

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MagicWeedSeed Sep 22, 2008 Rating: -1

whatever shithead.

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Praise be the Church Of Surf and looking at gurls bo... Sep 20, 2008 Rating: 0

Hey you below--you deserve a good kick in the shins

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MagicWeedSeed Sep 20, 2008 Rating: 0

Well heres my point of view. When I turn up at a spot and the surf is good, particularly somewhere I have not surfed before, and it is clear there is a local crew. I will join the line up and not sit round like some muppet picking up the leftovers. I have more respect for myself than that. I will however be respectful of the locals. I will let them have more waves than me and pull out if they are in a better position, just be respectful. This fills me with an enormous sense of well being (that would be a good lyric). There are plenty of waves for all. As long as I get afew good ones and piss no one off and they not me, then all will be good. Harmony I suppose. But this has to be a two way street, I have been surfing a long time and believe that if you have the skills to surf those waves you have a right to be on them. Lets not be selfish about it, we just want to enjoy ourselves. I like it when there is a sense of oneness and understanding with everyone in the water. A knowing smile between strangers every now and again speaks a thousand words of the shared enjoyment. The best sessions come from being out with a bunch of mature respectful surfers who, who are grown up enough to understand this and leave the pointless bickering to the kids who want to fight about it on the beach afterwards. Know your limits and surf to them. Dont get in the way of people who are clearly better than you. However if you going to be an idiot. See you on the beach where you should have left your over inflated Hawaii ego.

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haddockbhoy7 Sep 7, 2008 Rating: 0

Congratulations Bongo! You have very simply summed up the way it is at Pease Bay and most other breaks with a regular crew of dedicated surfers. The best surfers will get the best set waves - if your not happy with that fact stick at it until you earn your place in the lineup or go home!!!

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Bongo138 Sep 7, 2008 Rating: 3

If people think there is aggro at Pease then I'm guessing that they're talking about summertime when you get the weekend warriors coming down, none of whom you see between october-may. There is an established crew there and they rightly get pissed off when the crowd in the lineup doubles, which is getting worse every year. I've been bodyboarding there for 11 years now and it took me at least 2-3 years before I was accepted by a lot of the guys in the line up, which I totally understood. You can't expect to just turn up at a place and think you're gonna be treated with the same respect that someone who has been surfing the place for years gets. I know it's a cliche but you've got to earn that respect, pay your dues, whatever you want to say. Paz, you're lucky you've got a mate who's surfed there for five years so you didn't need to sit off the main peak at the reef picking up the scraps and work your way up to it. Acceptance is the key.

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paza Jul 30, 2008 Rating: 15

i have to agree with all the positive comments on pease.. pretty much all the times i've been out there its been good craic, some are happy to say gday and some are happy to just acknowledge and get into the zone and charge as many waves as poss. When everyone in the water is having a good time and happy to share its easy to spot the people who think the same and just as importantly.. those that don't.

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Surf or Die! Jul 24, 2008 Rating: 1

Wow the 'wee small balls' comment really kicked up a stink!! It was in fact directed at the yuppie idiot brigade who've watched Blue Crush or something and have now taken up surfing to 'find themselves'. All these fools bring to the sport is a rat race/one-upmanship loving mentality. They paddle around with sour faces, can't even crack a smile when the surf is pumping as they aren't out there for the love of the sport, just to prove some point or other. It's OK though they'll all move on to the next big 'craze' when it comes along. So to clarify THERE'S LOTS OF GREAT SURFERS ON THE EAST COAST and they, for the most part, are a nice bunch of blokes and lassies! So on a more positive note did anyone catch Coldingham last Sunday it was superb, big crowd and NO aggro?! Tom Carroll (yes that is my real name or my birth certificate is a dud!) over and out.

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Looseunit Jul 12, 2008 Rating: 1

Less chat more surfing,last Monday night at Pease was rocking no drop ins and healthy respect for the people the furthest out and on the inside................yes i got my fair share.

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Adzo Jul 11, 2008 Rating: 5

Aye, get out there, grab as many waves as you can and bollocks to everyone else who's having a go! Just one question though... if someone's already up and riding, and you've clearly seen them, is it still OK to paddle for and catch that wave? Maybe things have changed but that used to count as a drop-in when I first read the manual. In an organised competition you'd be penalised for interference. All I'm saying about Pease is that it's a place where deliberate dropping in occurs a lot and, in my experience, its done by surfers you'd regard as proficient, not the kook-club-clan (I'm copywriting that!). They'll go for a wave that someone else has caught on the grounds that, "He'll never make it, I'll be OK." Doesn't always work that way though, as I'm sure we've all found out,

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39 Jul 11, 2008 Rating: 5

Well some of the stuff you say is correct, it is a heirarchy though and it's those who don't understand how that heirarchy works that mess it up- stuff I've seen around here all the time because there is no established heirarchy with most people coming from a city that's more than 30mins from the surf. I don't think surfing is a sport though, I'm not competing against anyone but myself, there are no referees to ensure fair play , no in or out- back to the heirarchy thing everyone has to follow the code dictated by that heirarchy- if folk take it in turns like at some points and harbour walls the attitude you mention is going to cause problems, whereas a shifting beachbreak it goes to the person with the best judgenment/ paddling power etc.

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bemused Jul 10, 2008 Rating: -1

I'm even more bemused now. None of the 'protesting complainers' have responded to my comment. Not that i care but it just strengthens my original point. Makes it kinda clear that those that perpetually complain about aggro and locals do it just because their surfing can't do the talking. As i said, the line-up isn't a democratic environment. Waves aren't free at the point of sale. Background, Wealth and Social class don't matter. Being the member of a Surf Club, Chat Forum, Owning a Surf Shop or Being a BSA approved Surf Instructor Doesn't matter either. Being any good at it deosn't even matter. Its a sport. And sport is competitive. In Football, Rugby and Basketball people shout at each other all the time! Christ, even in Snooker you don't see Ronnie O'Sullivan letting his opponent have a shot because he feels sorry for him? Surfing isn't what its portrayed to be in the media. It's not about sharing. It's not about spreading the love. It's not about everyone having their turn. This surf Utopia you seek doesn't exist. So stop complaining. Stop bitching about how unfair it is and start by hauling yourself from the bottom of the surf food-chain up to a point where you realise no-one's gonna stop the aggro. Just get as many waves as you can.

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Adzo Jul 10, 2008 Rating: 5

Who said it was too much aggro? A session's not worth it unless you've had a couple of run-ins, broken a board cos of a drop-in and generally shown yourself up by throwing a bit more abuse around. Is it? Bring on the weapons, or we're gonna have to re-name it Peace Bay. Plenty more pish available.....Adzo.

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troutlips Jul 8, 2008 Rating: 2

if pease is too much aggro for you, and nuts are too small for you, stay up at bellhaven where the vibe is great. tom / azdo........whit pish you talk

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troutlips Jul 8, 2008 Rating: 1

if pease is too much aggro for you, and nuts are too small for you, stay up at bellhaven where the vibe is great. tom / azdo........whit pish you talk

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troutlips Jul 8, 2008 Rating: 1

Adzo I tell ya what it is with Pease, they've all got wee small balls!! When the surf gets overhead they all disappear. I surfed Pease at double overhead and there was only 2 others out, and guess what they were spot on!! A message TO ALL YOU AGGRO KOOKS... INCREASE THE PEASE!! ..........................................................................TOTAL CHEESY PISH

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bemused Jul 2, 2008 Rating: 0

Here's a positive contribution: I surf on the east coast regularly. I surf in other places too. I make my mind up on where to surf dependant on time, tide, conditions etc. With surfing it's always a combination of factors but 'conditions' are the dominant factor. Not crowds, not size, not whether the break is 'supposed' to be the best. I don't care about these things. I don't care whether i get hassled for waves. i don't care what anyone on this forum thinks about the above. I just want to surf. It's not a team sport. I surf for me and me alone. And i don't care if anyone thinks i'm good or not. As long as i meet my own standards. Here's one thing everyone should understand. You have no right to waves! It's not a democratic, fair process where everyone takes turns. it's purely about who want's it the most. And whenenver i do go surfing i want ALL the waves. I don't always get them but it's no-ones fault but my own if i don't. So please don't get all hung up and aggrivated by your own shortcomings when surfing. And don't bleat on about it in chat forums. Just go out and get as many waves as you can. If you want to talk about injustice in this world then use your typing skills to try to change something that really matters like disease, poverty, suffering and war. Thanks for reading this. Hopefully see you readers carving lines on waves as opposed to complaining on forums.

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Glasgowbhoy Jul 2, 2008 Rating: -2

Tom Carroll (LOL) what a crock of sh*t. The reason there was no one out at Pease at that size is that it the break can't handle anymore that about head to head and a half or it just closes out across the bay. Maybe your the kook if you can;t figure that out. Those that surf Pease regularly are not intimidating, in fact most are a good laugh and do surf pretty solidly. If you don't like it there are other mid to high tide options, some actually as good or better on the coast,so just jog on off there

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Glasgowbhoy Jul 2, 2008 Rating: 1

Adzo what a crock of sh*t. The reason there was no one out at Pease at that size is that it the break can't handle anymore that about head to head and a half or it just closes out across the bay. Maybe your the kook if you can;t figure that out. Those that surf Pease regularly are not intimidating, in fact most are a good laugh and do surf pretty solidly. If you don't like it there are other mid to high tide options, some actually as good or better on the coast,so just jog on off there.

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Oz surfer Jun 29, 2008 Rating: 15

All East coast surfers,I have surfed at Pease bay and seen no aggro.You guys should really be thanking your lucky stars as at home I have surfed Sydney for the last 5 years.Intense crowds,nearly every wave 10 people are paddling on the shoulder hopeing youm are going to fall off. So next time the atmosphere gets a little heated out there take a minute to think about it..........we are all out there to enjoy something which is a little different to the main stream sports.

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Coldfish Jun 28, 2008 Rating: 1

Nice photo. Thats really cool someone caught that swell on camera. I was out the day before that and it was a wee bit bigger, but fairly busy so I surfed those rocks to the left. Got hit by a section and wiped out on the rocks you can see. Have a scar on my hip and deep cut through 6mm of wetsuit from that! Funny thing was I didn't want to ding my board so I kicked it away from danger!?

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Coldfish Jun 28, 2008 Rating: 1

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Adzo Jun 18, 2008 Rating: 18

Well, it gets cold enough in Feb. to shrink even the sturdiest of testicles, but I know what you mean Tom and have experienced similar myself. Crowds often mysteriously thin out at a lot of breaks when the waves get heavier.

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Surf or Die! Jun 18, 2008 Rating: 0

Adzo I tell ya what it is with Pease, they've all got wee small balls!! When the surf gets overhead they all disappear. I surfed Pease at double overhead and there was only 2 others out, and guess what they were spot on!! A message TO ALL YOU AGGRO KOOKS... INCREASE THE PEASE!!

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cuddlyshark Jun 12, 2008 Rating: 5

Don't know, i've noticed alot of aggro at pease and i've surfed for a long time, at alot of different places and never felt so unwelcome as i do at Pease. Wouldnae mind so much if the locals were actually good surfers!

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Adzo Jun 12, 2008 Rating: 5

Why is it that different spots generate such different vibes? Pease often seems total aggro, even if there's not many out, and it's about the only place I can say people have deliberately dropped in on me. Coldy's sometimes just as busy as Pease but everything seems much more easy going, even when the waves get heavier.

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NO NAMES BUT MY PARENTS THOUGHT OF SOME BUT NOTHING ... Jun 11, 2008 Rating: 6

home sweet home !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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dora lives Jun 11, 2008 Rating: 5

coldie A frame magical on its day ,good when everyone,s fighting for waves up the road haha

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