Thursday, 29 September 2011

Another beautiful day...

Incredibly its coming to the end of September and yet I find myself ever thankful for these beautiful, warm days that just keep blessing us with their presence. You know the ones, they usually start with a misty sun rise and a chill in the air, only to be transformed into the glory of a day full of beaming sunshine...

...and so we just had to answer the call of the beach.

As the clouds parted

Eat Weetbix much...?

The reason for every surfer's excitement.

Other surfers out to play.


Lots of jellies washed up this morning

Watching them rolling by
As the clouds part

Ride 'em cowboy


The birds also looked like they were enjoying the thrill of the waves

There were some lovely waves with a lovely face - great carving material

Raising the roof. whoop whoop Gilly



Sand art - I love seeing little details like this

The patterns were just so perfectly crisp in the sand, I couldn't resist taking a snap.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Want to go to the seaside?

It's been pretty quiet here, trust me, ...that is on the surf front.

As a secret weapon we have been indulging in an addictive alternative - watching the Billabong Pro, Quiksilver Pro and let me tell I AM now a Pro at watching this stuff.

Nonetheless, when conditions looked promising on the internet for our local beach we remained optimistic, but thought nothing of it. I mean how many times have the predictions actually been right?

So...when we walked over the top of the sand dunes and found clean lines rolling in, glassy and guys already in the water, it was hard to keep goosebumps from running down your arm.

Follow the leader

Offshore and lines rolling in

Draw the curtains...your stage awaits

So it may not be Teahupoo, Tahiti, but by gum there were some lovely barrels to be had.
Gilly you deserved every barrel! This post is for you.


Looking down the line

Crouching Gilly Hidden Barrel

Sneaking a peak
Down the line

On the head

A thing of beauty
Thar she blows
Gotta love the little sneaky ones.

The face of the wave

Down the line
Always searching for that perfect wave
Hypnotic watching them rollin in

We saw lots of these hollow ones...

Some of them you've just got to bail on, where is the eject button!

Love the calm caught in the moment

Looking into the barrel, as close as some of us will get.
I have grown to better understand the love of connection between man & wave

You really see the power of the wave when you see the pocket of air being forced out of the barrel


You really would think that these waves are from Indo not France

Wave art...

Another amazing looking little wave, love how glassy it is and the lines suggesting its about to break

GRAPH 1. The quality of the wave is proportional to the amount of fun had 

I love the next sequence of shots, because it shows how enterprising one can be in order to get into the eye of the barrel!

So there it is, we were a million miles from the great winter happening on the other side of the world in New Zealand and perhaps a bit envious of it too, but then fate played us a choice card and the tables have turned...
All I can say is that I feel lucky to have been there to see such a beautiful day and nothing seems to come close to rivaling it!