Ahhh Google earth, you've gotta love it / hate it!

Google earth,

is it just a great way of finding waves, or a god damn violation of my privacy?

waves.jpg picture by belinzee





Thats my OTHER secret spot “fuckoff’ngohomes”



Thanks for including the lat/longitude in your image. :slight_smile: though my backhand needs a bit more work before I go there anyway

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Never mind Durbs,

That place is no more a secret spot than the north shore. If we cant surf at your image, can ya tell us where it is? looks fun…


Shifty, looks a bit impossible to me… Dave

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I just entered the coordinates for the top one. It’s so fun to watch it fly over the world and zero in on the spot. I love Google.

Ok, no coordinates on this one…

waves2.jpg picture by belinzee

boooo…looks fun, but i am more partial to lefts

check this one out, my local spot. but shhh, it’s a secret…

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another fun one

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It’s funny, I actually tried to use google earth to scope for some hidden spots that I knew must exist up this way… but unfortunately the stretch of coast where we get swell up here isn’t covered to close-up detail! coast can be up to 45 minutes of rough and tough hiking from road… I had to log some hiking/bushwacking hours to find a couple of the places I knew had to be there. …and one of 'em, when it goes off, it goes OFF! :slight_smile:

Still kinda wish google earth showed those places though. Just for my drooling pleasure at least.

More secrets…wink

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Ouch. Do the best you can, college is so worth it in the long run. Get a job afterwards that will afford you the ability to travel. Then have at it.

Also, none of us really “finds” a spot, maybe we ride it for the first time. But the whole idea of “ownership” and secrets and “I found it first” are such bs. We don’t own the world. We are simply creatures here for a short amount of time. I guess what I’m getting at is, the dolphins and any other surfing creatures found it long before any of us humans ever did.

HAhaha wildy you know me too well! that plan is still on the boiler. Actually the majority of the spots I mark do not have swell lines showing, they are simply set up like reef passes, islands with the right shape, head lands, river mouths, and jetties that have certain characteristics that I have noted by examining known surf spots. Basically my technique is using google earth as a nautical map. In addition I select my regions based upon my studies of meterology.

My only obstacle in life at the moment is college and finances. Parents locked me into college when I said I wanted to take a semester off to travel, they threatened to make me start paying off the student loans they took out in my name with out me knowing and would require me to pay rent even if I wasn’t living at home and was just using their address for the embassy to send my body to.

As you say Rider, who found what!!! We both know there are still many spots out there, and google only shows the ones that had swell on the day they took the pic. Hope your plans are still boiling.

Any armchair traveller can now claim ‘finding’ a spot via google. I’ve found a shitload too, some in some unexpected places (thanks to the swell on the pic day). Getting there and actually getting good waves is still the real test, and where you get the real exhiliration, and it usually takes quite a bit more effort than the click of a mouse.

I don’t know if you guys saw that surfline feature about a place in the western sahara they “found” which is bullshit I have been charting weather and swells for that area for the past 3 years. Too it needs a shit ton of swell due to the shadow of the canaries. Google earth is my bane and my blessing.

There will never be a substitute for jumping on a plane or jumping in a car and doing the old road trip to find waves on a whim.

Google is just a cool tool i like to use to help me along. After all, what are the chances it was pumping when the shot was taken?

college is an obstacle? Sheesh, what a lack of perspecitve. You should thank your parents and be grateful for the opportunity to be educated… most humans down thru the ages never had such an option, much less any help in taking advantage of it.