I spent the day shooting – but not surfing – lots of waves (have a case of bronchitis underway, so it seemed smart not to get in the water). Started out by driving up to Palmy for a look. There were some fun waves to be had, but it was too inconsistent to make setting up the camera worthwhile, plus, I knew that there were definitely photographic prospects back down the peninsula.
Ended up at Avalon for the day’s first shooting session. I was there for an hour and a half or so in the late morning. Sets were impressive and it was pretty consistent. I’d say the biggest wave faces were comfortably over the old ten-foot mark. Anyway, here’s a shot from the sesh:
After a sustaining coffee (thanks Rog and Annette!) I headed south. There were some fun looking and rather busy big things at Newport but everybody was sitting so far outside, I decided to keep going. Ended up stopping briefly south of Mactier Street where there were a few folks chasing makeable ones amongst the shutdowns at South Narrabeen. It wasn’t too consistent though, so after getting a few snaps, I resumed my southward wander… here’s a sample shot though:
Next stop was Long Reef. There were a few people out on the bombies getting the odd very big left, and there were a lot more people out in front playing cat and mouse with the makeable ones amongst the big shutdowns. Dee Why looked better though, so I continued on…
That peak was still doing its thing, but the point just didn’t seem to be all that interesting. I set up where the lifeguards sit during the summer months and shot people picking up on the left (while occasionally grabbing a snap of the point as well). It was extremely busy, but that didn’t seem to be discouraging anyone! Here’s a piccy:
It looks like the Bureau thinks tomorrow will start out big but start to fade from lunch time. Well, fade from 2-4 metres to 2-3 metres. The models are still predicting very long period (18-19sec in one case!!) swell. However, as of 1845 Saturday evening, there wasn’t any sign of that kinda stuff. Pretty much everywhere was sitting on 12-14 seconds.
Said models have also decided that maybe Monday afternoon will see the swell at peak size… And they reckon it’ll keep pumping through Tuesday before taking a breather Weds and giving us another serve Thr-Fri.
Assuming I don’t get any more crook, I’m planning to be shooting again tomorrow! Have yourself a great evening.
Winds Sunday 10 July Marine Forecast from the BoM Westerly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots around midday. Winds increasing to westerly 30 to 40 knots during the afternoon. Seas Up to 2 metres increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday then increasing to 4 metres by early evening. Swell Southerly 2 to 4 metres decreasing to 2 to 3 metres from midday. Weather Large swells breaking dangerously close inshore.
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Second day of the big south swell and I decided to head up to Avalon for a look. Some good size sets coming in and a hardy crew were on it. I set up in front of the SLSC and fanged off a few frames of the action which I’ve now put into a gallery. Check ’em out!
Dee Why Fri 17 Sept 2010 Curl Curl Thr 16 Sept 2010 Dee Why point Mon 6 Sept 2010
Photo: North Avalon all time! How amazing was yesterday! Today is massively dissapointing. Hard to believe it’s the same ocean! Pretty small and fat in most places I’ve seen and read about. Oceaneye.com.au has new photo archives for yesterday. Manly, Avalon and Palm Beach will be added later. South palm was so perfect. Never seen it work like that before. Enjoy the day reminiscing in what has been.
Lennox Head, NSW — Local Suffolk Park surfer Nick Colbey is the winner of the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters qualifying event at Lennox Head. Colbey surfed intelligently in a testing final by selecting the best quality waves and surfing them to shore with flair and precision.
“It was really tough out there,” said a thrilled Colbey afterwards, “It was difficult to judge which waves were going to link up to the inside bank and allow you a good score.” Colbey, 18, surfed his best wave for well over 100 meters – a ride that took him out of sight of judges and spectators and required a sprint up Lennox Beach to return to the contest site.
Colbey is the North Coast’s current Regional Open Champion and says Red Bull Junior Surf Masters is the best event he has ever entered. “The facilities are amazing, it’s affordable to enter and the prize money (for the Final) is the biggest ever for an Australian junior event. I can’t wait to get to Sydney to mix it up with the other regional finalists. I’m at a stage in my life when I have to decide if I want to pursue a full time surfing career and success in Sydney could definitely help my chances.”
After an excellent start to proceedings, surf conditions were made challenging by onshore winds and a decreasing swell for the Finals. Two of the stand out surfers from earlier today – Brent Savage and Damo Norman – were eliminated in the hotly contested field.
Kingscliff’s Brad King finished second, Coffs Harbour surfer Alex Maniatis third, and Kingscliff’s Kieran Lloyd took fourth place. All four will represent the North Coast region when the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters concludes at Queenscliff (August 29-31). They will face finalists from the other four qualifying events (20 surfers in total). The top four finalists from the Trials will then face a field of the best 16 Pro Junior Surfers in Australia, chosen by the current ASP World Champion, Mick Fanning.
Head judge, Nick “Zippy” Pearson was impressed by the overall standard throughout today’s event. “The North Coast has a strong reputation for producing talented surfers and judging by today’s efforts, there’s every sign that the trend will continue.”
Nick Colbey punchin' it.
Pearson had particularly high praise for Brad King and Nick Colbey. “Those guys are surfing up on the level you need to be at, in junior events and I think they could do well in Sydney at the Trials.”
The last three qualifying events are taking place at Merewether, Avalon and Cronulla Beaches. Applications are still open, just head to www.redbull.com.au, follow the links to Red Bull Junior Surf Masters, and download an application form. Applications cost $30, with all proceeds going to SNSW Surfing Development.
About Red Bull Junior Surf Masters
Red Bull Junior Surf Masters, is a first time event being held in NSW this July and August giving young surfers an amazing opportunity to go head-to-head with Australia’s best Pro Junior surfers. The first prize is the biggest ever awarded for a junior surf event in Australia and is designed to help up-and-coming surfers launch their pro career into the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and beyond.
The remaining qualifying events for Red Bull Junior Surf Masters are as follows: