This morning is one of those rare one where Bondi’s got some decent size without closing out, and offering nice long rides. It’s rare enough that I decided to give it all my attention this morning. So many fun waves. Clean.
At one stage, I looked towards the beach and I thought the Fluro friday guys got the days mixed up. I was wrong: it was just Sage with heaps of ripping groms who were about to completely take over the line up at the South end. Forbidden for the 18 year old and beyond! They ripped almost every single wave that came their way, hunting every curl as a pack.
Oh…and if you haven’t seen yet, John John has won his 1st World Title (and the comp’ in Portugal too, on the side). Good on him. I think he’s bringing an amazing new trend, vision and great attitude to modern surfing. I’d put a 50 on the fact that he could break Kelly’s record one day (or come real close).
What a pleasure when the weather and swell forecast don’t lie. I love when it’s that reliable. You get out of bed with expectations that get fulfilled. I love it!
The surf was indeed pumping in Bronte, only if you’re ready to cope some heavy ones on the head. But I saw some incredible rides this morning early. Well done guys! I could not see who the surfers were, so if you know some of them, press ”forward to’’.
Tamarama was a zoo this morning. Anchors from all channels, reporting on the sculptures that got swept away by the swell.
On the WSL front, the tension is high: Jordy and JJF are still contenders in Portugal, forcing JJF to keep fighting hard for his World title. Great ending to the season…
Gee, the water was moving this morning. A lot. Too much actually. Nowhere really surfable despite the sizeable swell and this morning’s favorable winds in Tama and Bronte. It’ll stay big tomorrow as well, but the wind looks a lot more favourable for all breaks. It could still be a notch too big for Bondi in the morning, but there is certainly potential for Bronte/Tama/Maroubra. Fingers crossed.
It really felt like a Winter morning today. Spring is really taking its time to settle in. Let’s just hope that Summer will take it’s time to leave too.
John John could be World Champ’ when we’ll go to bed or wake up tomorrow morning. Most likely the first title of a long series.
I am sorry for the lack of news this week, but I was busy with meetings and shoots that took my mornings away. I have a career of Commercial Photography to manage as well, and sometimes both careers can overlap.
Some of you may want to scream ”SPOILER ALERT”…but don’t worry, there is soooo much more to see of those sculpture. This is just a small appetizer, a teaser.
This morning was an ideal day to go out and walk around to discover the marvels of the 2016 edition of Sculpture by the Sea. Now, if you usually run the coastal walk in the morning, you may want to re-adjust your route for the next couple of weeks. This path is already looking like a jammed pedestrian highway.
Surfwise: Tama looked ok. Some fun little runners spread over 2 or 3 peaks. Bondi was a little messy and smaller.
This is almost the weekend, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look to promising. Rainy, and rather cold for the season. You should schedule some sleep-ins and going through the backlog of admin work!
Beau Pilgrim here with an update from my recent trip to Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga. Have you ever wondered where the all those humpback whales heading north end up? The answer is Tonga, along with other pacific islands, providing the perfect shelter for birthing and mating in the warmer waters during the winter months. These majestic creatures have such a gentle presence in the water, and I was lucky enough to have some incredible interactions during my time in Vava’u.
I had the experience of a lifetime, when a fully-grown male humpback breached just metres from me. It sure scared the living daylights out of me. I was fortunate enough to capture the whole experience on my GoPro which was mounted to the top of my water housing. Some of you may have already seen the video doing the rounds on Channel Nine and online. If you haven’t seen it, you can check it out here. I managed to capture one of the rarest phenomena’s, when the whale re-entered the water. In the ‘Breach Re-entry’ photo below, you can see the skin and barnacles, which have been dislodged from the whale on impact to the water.
If you’ve had your eyes peeled at the horizon the past few weeks, you’ll notice the whales have already begun their migration south. The whale season in Tonga is mid July to early October. I hope my ‘whale of a time’ brings a smile to your Monday inbox. Remember all these prints are available in the Frothers Gallery for framing. Why not spoilt your mum for Christmas.