Slideshow W15 for week ending 27 July 2012

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About the last week.

 

Saturday 21 July.

 

Stormy, raining with a strong southerly wind but at least an increasing swell greeted me as I headed down the beach on Saturday morning. There were a couple of brave surfers trying to score a few waves at the end of the wall at North Cronulla. I managed to grab a couple of images before the rain made it too hard. Went back home to a warm cup of tea and the papers.

 

Sunday 22 July

 

Sunday morning, despite the rain, I was intending to head out to Cronulla Point as it was likely to be about the only place that would be protected from the southerly. When I got close to the beach I realised today was Sutherland to Surf and if I crossed over The Kingsway to head out to the Point it would be a few hours before I could get back. Decided to give it a miss and head back down later in the day. By the time I got back to the Point the south easterly wind was making hard work of it for the few surfers having a crack.

 

Shark Island had some size but way too much wind with handful of bodyboarders giving it a bash probably in anticipation of some clean sizeable waves over the next few days for the Shark Island Challenge. Windy Point had a few out with some nice long walled waves peeling down the point.

 

Monday 23 July

 

Raining, onshore and miserable with a howling devil wind blowing (easterly). Even the Point was a shocker with only a few of the regular hardy surfers out trying to make the most of the scapy conditions. The beaches were much worse. The only surfer daring to brave the elements for an early surf was Fletcher Hayllar. I managed to grab a shot of him making the conditions look way better than they actually were. Got a great rainbow shot during one of the rain squalls.

 

Tuesday 24 July

 

Shark Island Challenge on though not optimium conditions was still pretty good. Made the call to swim for this session which was probably not the best option in hindsight. Had a 100mm lens in the waterhousing with most of the other 10 photogs in water with 50mm lenses. This put me at the rear with all the others in front as to get in front would have made me too close to the action with the lens I had. Will know better next time. First time that has happened to me although the last few years I opted for the back of a jet ski. Managed to jag a gallery quality sequence of an empty wave but not much else. Fortunately Brad Whittaker was on the spot in a boat and was able to capture much of the action for this weeks slideshow. Mitch Rawlings won the event. More of the action can also be found on the Shark Island Challenge website.

 

Wednesday 25 July

 

Massive fog greeted me as I arrived at the beach. It was almost impossible to see the shoreline let alone the surf yet there were, to my surprise, a good number of surfers who thought they could grab a few waves to themselves. I think many were very surprised to find out that when they did make it out the back, through what was a much bigger swell than it looked, that they were not the only ones out.

 

The fog cleared to a beautiful sunny morning with a solid 4-5 foot of NE swell all along the beach front. The Beaches, The Point and The Island all had good waves during the morning and we had some special visitors with about 4 or 5 southern right whales hanging out just benind the wall at North Cronulla for most of the morning.

 

Extras

 

I have included a couple of images from the Oceanart Gallery in this weeks slideshow for good measure.