Narrabeen_flick_100 A magical afternoon session thanks to a four-to-six foot swell that appeared with little or no warning.
Karl Attkins threads his way through a Narra-drainer zombie style. Pic:
The lucky few on hand to enjoy this late afternoon North Narrabeen winter session know how lucky they were to score the Puerto Escondido-like perfection [spitting pits in between straight close-outs]. Why? Because Narrabeen, the most famous surf spot on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is being swallowed by an oversized man-made dune that is locking up the sand and ruining both the famous barrelling left and the Alley channel rights.

Nathan Webster, Jaymes Triglone, photographer Nate Smith and others are fully aware that the ever-increasing size of this sand dune is also locking up sand crucial to the quality of the waves breaking at Carpark Rights which feature in this week’s Friday Shutter Play flickbook.

“Car-eze” is a fickle spot at best, and with the mountainous dune stopping natural sand flow and creating a narrow beach, it is now more susceptible than ever to erosion too.

What were surely the good intentions back in the day of stabilising the dune has now become a cancer for the break and is frustrating the many locals that surf there religiously.

These photos certainly give the appearance that all is well; it was indeed a magical afternoon with a four- to six-foot swell south-east swell appearing with little or no warning. But days like this, where the swell is just right and the bank well groomed, are becoming far too rare.

Note: Thanks local legend Terry Fitzgerald and the Surfrider Foundation’s Brendan Donohoe, among others, talks with council to amend the problem are well and truly underway.

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