The Dunny Bowl

26 Aug 2011 0

While Winter swells have left most Sydney beaches bare and washed away every good sand bank south side of the harbour, an uncovered rock shelf has resurrected a legendary forgotten wave.

Bill Morris checks in from Sydney's Eastern Beaches...

Surfing the city beaches can be daunting sometimes. Really the only three options are Bondi, Bronte and Maroubra. Summer is a joke with crowds and restricted surf zones. In winter, you can throw Tamarama and Mackenzies into the mix, but its never a sure bet for quality. Lately quality has been the missing ingredient across the board.

The large south swell in late July wiped out every half decent sandbank on every beach, including the amazing big wave right-hander that Bronte held for quite a while. Since then, the south corner at Bondi has been the only spot and the crowds there have proved as such. The sand washing away hasn't been all bad, and at one spot in particular it has produced conditions which have resurrected an old favorite.


"The Dunny Bowl" right-hander in the north corner of Maroubra has come alive once more much to the delight of the local crew who have been all over it. Helped on by a rare winter east swell in the last few days it has produced a few gems. Decades past have seen some memorable sessions when this wave turns on. Classic days in the 70's with names like Steve Wilson, Geoff Doig and Larry Blair form my first early memories of this wave. Easily the best place on the south side to photograph with the angles available to shoot from, forming natural amphitheatre to sit and watch from. The shoreline rock shelf that has been hidden under sand for years is now clearly out of the water and being so close to where you kick out, its actually a little daunting at the end of each ride.

The old submerged shipwreck has been exposed as well and is clearly visible under the surface. Hopefully, "the Dunny Bowl" will keep pumping and the sand will not fill in too quickly and ruin what is truly one of the more classic waves this side of the harbour.

- Bill Morris

See more images from Sydney's south side at Frothers...

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