Slideshow W12 for week ending 6 July 2012

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About the last week.

 

Saturday 30 June.

 

I shot at Cronulla Point on Saturday. Had a dreadful cold and was not all that motivated but the conditions were great with sunny, offshore and consistent 3-4 foot swell running and to top it off Brad Whtittaker offered to take me out to the Point in the rubber duckie as the motor needed a good run after having been drenched the day before. It seemed like a good idea, I could laze about in the glorious sunshine and shoot some action from a great angle while taking it easy. The first batch of images in the slideshow are from this session. The waves were small, the Point was crowded but everyone out seemed to be able to get enough waves to have fun. We took a quick run out to Shark Island and I got to shoot a couple of great empty wave shots of the lefts. There are three images in the slideshow of the lefts (see image Nos 1, 24 & 25). Brad and I could not understand why no one was out there.

 

Sunday 1 July.

 

Morning Session

 

Cold and overcast with a small swell, smaller than Saturday, but still clean from a cool westerly was what was happening around the Cronulla beach front on Sunday morning. Only shot a few images for the weekly slideshow mostly around North Cronulla where Tommy Tyler was making the most of a small right hander breaking right out front of the club house. I then wandered up to Wanda to see whether there was anything better going on only to stumble on the Southside Mal Club with their monthly point score happening. Scored a couple of good shots of Benny McGrath and Matty Mulder doing their thing in the same heat.

 

Afternoon Session

 

Heard about the right hand bank breaking off the rip out front of North Cronulla getting good on the high tide late in the day on Saturday so decided to head down Sunday afternoon to see if was still doing it's thing. Sure enough it was with plenty of surfers out making the most of the winter sunshine, offshore wind and good 3-4 foot waves. The best of the bunch out for the session were Dyl Hayllar, Hayden Blair and Jake Stalker. A little later on just as the light was making it tough for me to shoot Paris Whittaker showed up with her Dad, Brad, to make the most of left breaking just to the north of the end of the wall.

 

Monday 2 July

 

It is school holidays, the sun is out, the wind is offshore and whilst the swell might be small there are several great shaped banks with some beautiful 2-3 foot waves peeling both left and right on most of them especially the ones at both North Cronulla and Wanda. As I drove down to the beach, knowing it was school holidays, I expected see these same banks over run with young surfers on school holidays but instead there was hardly anyone around. Where is everyone? I don't know what it is about Cronulla but it just does not seem to have the same number of young surfers frothing on every wave that peels across it's perfectly groomed banks that we have around Cronulla at the moment. Most of the older crew would be thinking 'thank God' but seriously I do find it strange. Maybe surfing does not hold the same attraction for the younger crew as it once did. By the time I left North Cronulla around 10 am all I had seen was few of the older crew out making the most of the uncrowded conditions. The exception was a crew of young girls out making the most of the clean conditions.

 

This session features images of Matty Cook, Brad and Paris Whittaker, Jordan Wilkins, Johnny Clatworthy from Ulladulla who was in town for a long weekend along with Fletch Hayllar who was sneaking in a quick surf before heading off to work plus a handfull of the other regulars out making the most of the uncrowded conditions.

 

Wednesday 4 July

 

The rest of the week was a bit of a shocker though some good waves out at the Point and Shark Island on Wednesday morning. Unfortunately I could not get down to shoot any of the action but John Veage did and kindly supplied a few photos for me featuring Fletcher Hayllar, Greg McKinnley, Daryl Van de Polder and a few others. Thanks John.