July Trippin’, part 1: Southerlies

I ended up with loads of shots from our little road trip so I am splitting it into a couple of posts. This one is about our adventures on Saturday.

After driving down the coast at night in pouring rain, we woke to a nice, if slightly cloudy, morning. The wind was light offshore but the swell was a little junky from the overnight onshores. The conditions didn’t look like they were particularly favourable, but we decided to drive around and investigate what our options might be as the swell picked up.

Peaky but a distinct lack of banks.

Peaky but a distinct lack of banks.

Here's lookin' at you, kid.

Here's lookin' at you, kid.

After a morning of exploring we settled on a little ledge which had been high on our list of check spots. It wasn’t handling the swell direction particularly well, and the end-bowl was shallow at best, dry at worst. I don’t get to surf on reef very often, so it was a bit of a shake-up compared to what I’m used to! Pat and I both got a few decent ones but it was hard to stay in the extremely narrow takeoff zone because of a sweep running across the ledge.

"That's where we're going. Yew!"

"That's where we're going. Yew!"

Taking off when the end bowl is already surging is disconcerting at best.

Taking off when the end bowl is already surging is disconcerting at best.

Towards the end of the session even the good ones were closing out.

Towards the end of the session even the good ones were closing out.

All in all it was good fun to get out in a different kind of wave but we didn’t really get anything epic. We had lunch and an energising mocha (to the consternation of the coffee shop owner) and went for a wave at the only other spot on the coast worth a paddle. It was the total opposite of the ledge; long, fairly mellow walls, with the odd little inside pocket throwing up something of interest.

A nice inside one sneaks past the crew on last light.

A nice inside one sneaks past the crew on last light.

Satisfied with the day and eagerly anticipating the forecast rise in swell, we had dinner and a few cheeky beers (and very bad games of pool) at the local pub and retired to bed. It was a perfectly clear night, and we knew that the next day would be a sight to behold…

Clear skies at night, surfer's delight!

Clear skies at night, surfer's delight!

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2 thoughts on “July Trippin’, part 1: Southerlies

  1. I love night photos! Did you use a special lens for that one?

    • davidpj

      It was the canon 10-22mm wide angle set at its widest. I had no tripod so I propped it on a bench. I think it was a 30 second exposure, would have been better if it was a bit longer but I had no cable release (bad preparation!) and I wanted to get to the pub, haha. Night shots are good, but they take extra effort that’s for sure!

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