Well, surf wise it is all happening on the Tweed (NSW) and Gold (Qld) Coasts in February / March. We have just seent he finish of the Roxy & Quiksilver Pros from 2-15March, with Tyler Wright and Kelly Slater the respective winners. Next week the Australian Surfing Longboard Open is held at Kingscliff beach from 20-24 March.
The finals of the Quiksilver Pro were held at Kirra on 13 March under brilliant conditions. A big and enthuiastic crowd watched Kelly Slater edge out local stars Mick Fanning, in the semi-finals, and current World champ Joel Parkinson in a thrill packed Final.
Joel Parkinson in the tube suring the Final. His two top scoring waves of 8.67 and 7.83 were just not enough to beat Kelly Slater’s two top scores of 9.83 and 8.73.
See a video here of this ride – last video on the page
I got up nice and early today and toddled down to see what was going on in the Land Rover sponsored Quiksikver and Roxy Pros. I haven’t been able to get down before as I had something on earlier in the week.
I went to Snapper Rocks first, had a look around the ‘surf village’ and got a feel for the day. Snapped this shot of possible future champs, who knows? They were watching all the hoo haa that accompanies the Pro staff trying to corral and organise those big floaty things that mark out the ‘course’.
Then I drove over to Kirra, and was lucky enough to get a nice close parking spot (right by the loos, very convenient LOL), and I walked down to the rock wall at the southern end of the beach. Most of my shots are from there, it was a good vantage point early but as the morning progressed the action went north. Tomorrow I may set up a bit further north myself.
I managed to shoot all the competitiors bar Carissa Moore in QF4, the waves had moved along and she was surfing a L O N G way up the beach. First, the results.
So, my images for QF1. The first is Tyler Wright and the second Courtney Conlogue.
Quarter Final 2 was bewteen Stepahnie Gilmore, who scored the highest wave of the QFs at 9.8, and Alana Blanchard.
Stephanie Gilmore – always showing genuine pleasure when fans approach – here coming back after her round with a lovely smile fot eh folk hoping to snap a photo.
Quarter Final 3 was between Bianca Buitendag of South Africa, who just could not seem to get a decent wave, and Sally Fitzgibbon of Australia who, perhaps knowing the beach better, caught several well scoring waves to progress to the Semi Finals
QF4 was between Carissa Moore of Hawaii and Pauline Ado of France. Again, Moore, who has surfed in Australia several times, seemed to catch better waves more often and progressed through to the Semis. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good enough image of her to put up here.
And we were also treated to our local ‘Didge man’ (that’s what I always think of him as) who is a regular sight round the traps on the Gold and Tweed coasts.
Russel Corowa and his didgeridoo are a fixture at Snapper Rocks, where the Aboriginal man proudly celebrates his indigenous heritage by blessing the surf while overlooking the waves.
‘Twas a beautiful morning yesterday and I had a very early errand at Murillumbah, so I decided I might as well take the cameras (I always do anyway) and head down to the beach afterwards. I went by Snapper first but it is already closed off for the upcoming Quiksilver & Roxy events (they don’t start until 2 March!).
So I mosied on down to D’bah where the durf was small but nicely shaped waves and a beautiful clear vlue green colour.
Here’s a few from the day. Click on the photo to link to my website image, and check out the whole gallery of 2013 Gold Coast/northen NSW surfing shots. I am adding more all the time.
I collected a friend and we toodled down to Duranbah to check out see the big swell which had been forecast. It turned out to be not so big and was producing disorganised waves, but we were there, we’d lugged our big lenses down, so we grabbed some shots anyway! All the surf shots are with the canon 40D (to give more ‘reach) and Sigma 150-500 – at 500 for all images.
I liked this one, I was shooting for the 2 figures but the pointy end of the 3rd board sort of gives it an endless line feel, if you know what I mean.
And I shot a couple of runs (up to 15 shots – see them on my website) of this fellow due to the fact that (a) we got talking to his dad who was videoing him, and (b) he was easy to pick out because his wettie was a bit ‘different’ with white at the top and down one arm. I do wish there were more light coloured wetties – it would make the job of exposure much easier!
And those seagulls? It came over showery so we went for a bit of a drive south to Hastings Point – where we purchased lunch at the great take away by the caravan park and drove out to the point and threw chips to the seagulls. All seagull shots with 40D & canon 50mm f1.8.
This is actually two seagulls, I was a bit stumped at first by this apparently strangely formed seagull until I realised!
I’ve been a bit lazy on the blogging front lately, so I will post a few entries with some recent excursions.
On the 19 June I went down to try out a Sigma 150-500 lens at the surf – that great old standby for us ‘coasties’ when equipment needs to be assessed. captured a couple of nice icnic shots, despite small and somewhat messy surf, the swells were regular and even sized.
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With the east coast low currently off the coast there are big swells forecast for the next few days, accompanied by morning time low tides which will be well suited to surf/ocean photography. I’ll be off to D’bah/Snapper tomorrow and probaly Monday & Tuesday too. If anyone wants to meet up email me (I have it enabled here) for my mobile # and give me yours so I can program you in – I only answer relevant calls when I am out shooting – then just come down and look for the big yellow Kia van and ring me if you cannot find me.
Source for this is Willy Weather – http://swell.willyweather.com.au/nsw/far-north-coast/durranbah-beach.html
I entered a few images and was delighted to have this shot accepted for the 64th Bristol International Salon of Photography (2010). From 215 entries in the Open category from Australia only 39 were accepted. I feel very honoured.
The 2 tropical cyclones currently active (Ului – off Townsville/Mackay & Tomas – off Fiji) are affecting the surf on practically all the Qld coast. Tragically, a younf ironman from Sydney has died at competition at Kurrawa beach.
However, yesterday the southern Gold Coast beaches had a big pumping swell, with waves of about 2m and there were a lot of surfers out. The swells breaking over the rocks with huge bursts of spray sounded like rolling thunder, and I swear the ground shook a couple of times!
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