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"Still Surfin"

A bunch of mates catching some fun little waves down at North Cronulla Beach on sunrise Tuesday 5-1-2021.

 


 

Josh Constable

A short video of Josh Constable from a trip to the Maldives

 



 

Jarvis Earle, Shark Island shot from North Cronulla, Tuesday 22 December 2020

 

Images from North Cronulla, Monday 9 Novemeber 2020 are now in the Gallery

 

 

Some great surfing on the shorey at North Cronulla while the Surfing NSW Australian Open contest was going on out the back on Monday 9 November, 2020. Dylan Longbottom, Jarvis Earle plus a few other local lads were making the most of it.

 


 

Images from North Cronulla, Wednesday 4 Novemeber 2020 are now in the Gallery

 

 

The last few weeks I have been shooting around North Cronulla in the afternoon mainly for two reasons. The first is that the afternoon light on the east coast is so much better for shooting surfing as it is front lit, a bit like being in a studio with lights. Yes the wind is usually not that good but it does not detract from the action and generally provides a better opportunity for airs. The second reason is that Griggsie has his surf coaching squads at Northie from 4:00 pm Monday through to Thursday so you can always count on a few good surfers being out in the water. This week there has been some exceptional talent around. In addition to the Griggsie squad Connor has been back home this week, Joey Sear has been out everyday and one surfer that has really impressed me this week is Ben Dewhurst who has to have the best cutback in Cronulla at the moment, Jay Wilson on his Dylan board has been ripping and as well Glenn Pringle has been there everyday and another surfer I love shooting, Jordan Widenstrom. I also am just amazed at how good the girls are surfing, a couple of standouts for me at the moment are Summa Longbottom, Charli Hurst and April Davey.

 


 

Images from North Cronulla, Tuesday 3 November 2020 are now in the Gallery

 

 


 

Images from North Cronulla, Wednesday 29 October 2020

 


 

Images from North Cronulla, Wednesday 28 October 2020

 


 

Images from North Cronulla October 2020

 


 

Images from the Elouera Boardriders comp at Wanda 20 September 2020

 


 

Voodoo & two images from North Cronulla Friday 5-6-2020

 

Images from North Cronulla Thursday 28-5-2020

 

After the big swell of the previous few days North Cronulla still had some fun small waves and even seemed to have a few decent banks starting to form.

 


 

Images from North Cronulla and Cronulla Point Friday 22-5-2020

 

Some big surf around the beaches and the Point. I managed to capture a good group of surfers at North Cronulla in the morning and at The Point in the afternoon.

 


 

Images of Dylan Longbottom + Others from Sunday 17-5-2020

 

This photo session is of Dylan Longbottom plus a few other surfers at North Cronulla. Dylan is back living in Cronulla. He grew up in South Cronulla and surfed Sandshoes as a young grom before his exceptional surfing ability enabled him to surf around the world as a sponsored surfer for Billabong. Dyaln is now regarded as one of the world's leading surfboard shapers selling his boards all around the world. He will shortly be opening a shop in Croyden Street to showcase his boards.

 


 

Images from over the Years

 

I have put together a large number of images that I shot over the years mostly from around Cronulla. Take a trip down memory lane and view the gallery of images by clicking on the link below.

 


 

A couple of Images from Around Cronulla

 

Some shots along the beach front this week (11to 15-5-2020). Some of the surfing action can be seen in the link below.

 


 

Caught up with Dylan Longbottom at Elouera

 

I managed to catch up with Dylan Longbottom this morning (Monday 11-5-2020). Dylan has moved back home to Cronulla so you can expect to see him and his daughter Summa surfing around the area in the future. By the way Dylan who, aside from being an exceptional surfer, is a renowned board designer and shaper. He will shortly open a Board Shop (selling just surfboards) at 74 Croydon Street near Casaceli Real Estate just down from the Railway Station. You will be able to call in and talk to the guy that makes the boards. Dylan grew up in South Cronulla where as a grom he was a regular at "Shoes". Expect to see him back there and I'm sure surfing in a few Sandhoes comps as well.

 


 

A selection of surfing and scenic images from North Cronulla Thursday morning 7 May, 2020

 

One of the most crowded mornings I have ever seen along the Cronulla beach front, especially up Elouera/Wanda way. Conditions were perfect with a light offshore wind, some well groomed banks creating some some great runners on the small swell. Much better than than the day before's closeouts that were happening all along the beach front, The sunrise was special. I decided to shoot North Cronulla where there was a couple well shaped banks. The waves were only small but had enough punch for the short boarders but also clean enough for the longboarders to strut their stuff.

 

For those interested the surfing images were shot using a Canon 1Dx DSLR with a Canon 800mm f5.6 lens. It was very early in the morning so I needed to use a high ISO of 1000 to be able to get a fast enough shutter speed to stop the action. The scenic images where shot using a Canon 5D MkIII DSLR and a Canon 24-105mm f4.0 lens using an ISO of 400 and various shutter speeds trying to get an f-stop between f4.0 and f8.0.

 


 

A selection of surfing and scenic images from North Cronulla Monday morning 4 May, 2020

 


 

Some shots from the water at North Cronulla lunch time Friday 1 May, 2020

 


 

Wanda Beach, just out front of the soon to be Bobby Brown viewing platform Monday afternon 20 April, 2020

 


 

 

North Cronulla Sunday morning 19 April, 2020

 


 

 

The Alley, Cronulla Friday morning 17 April, 2020

Clockwise from top left - Luke Madden, Sammy Teehan, Rik O'Leary and Beau Walker

 


 

 

Jake Bevan, Sunrise at Elouera Wednesday morning 15 April, 2020

 


 

 

ThrowBack Thursday

 


 

 

Matthew Gall, North Cronulla Sunday 29-3-2020

 

North Cronulla surf this morning (Sunday 29-3-2020). Not the best surfing conditions and hard light to shoot in but at least it allowed surfers to escape for a brief moment to enjoy the outdoors showing appropraite social distancing. Even I was OK as I was the only person standing on the sand apart from the occasional person walking along the shoreline.


 

 

Dad and the Grom

 

I wish I knew who these two are. I could be wrong but pretty sure they are father and son. Future champ for sure the way the grom was surfing though both surfed well out in front of Elouera on Wednesday 4-3-2020 while I was shooting Matt Griggs' squad.


 

 

Zac Martin at Griggsie's Wednesday Training Squad

 

Matt Griggs Wednesday afternoon 4-3-2020 traing squad at Elouera.


 

 

King Andy

 

I shot this image of Andy King at Wanda very early into the beginning of my second period of being a surf photographer (currently in my third). Andy was starting to make a name for himself as an up and comer on the pro circuit.


 

 

Tim Vanderlaan at the Southside Malibu Club Contest

 

Anyone who has surfed around Cronulla for a longtime will recognise Tim Vanderlaan in this photo. Stylin' for a 60 year old. Not only is Tim a very competent longboard surfer, he was a very good short boarder as one of the original "Dunny Hangers" but Tim is also a very accomplished surf photographer.


Tim was one of the regulars who shot Shark Island for many years. He and I many times found ourselves bobbing around together shooting out there. More often than not we would be the only photographers out there. Not so today. You have to take a ticket and get in line to get a shot off. 😂
This has got to be the first time in over 50 years that I have seen Tim surfing a board that is not a Jackson.


 

 

Dylan Hayllar

 

Sorting through some images and came across this photo of Dylan Hayllar surfing North Cronulla that I shot a few years back.


 

 

Video slide show Harrison Martin on his yellow railed Pato up at Wanda on Sunday 23-2-2020.


 

 

Two legends and their understudy - I'll leave it to you to work out who the understudy is. L to R - Ian McDonald, Andy Britton and Brad Whitaker.


 

 

Byron Hurst

 

This is Byron, or as he is known to his students "Mr Hurst". Byron has been the arts teacher at Cronulla De La Salle (my old school) since he left teachers college and that was a long time ago.

 

Passionate about Cronulla, Byron during his many terms as a local Councilor was ahead of his time looking after the local envirnoment. One of his most famous campaigns was the "Poo March" when nearly all of Cronulla marched along the Esplanade from Cronulla Beach to Wanda chanting "Stop the Poo". This was all about the dreadful state of the beach because of the treatment works just next to the Greenhills Estate dumping sewarge into the ocean just off Voo Doo. Now it goes 5K out to sea and is properly treated before being discharged (not ideal but better than it was and least we are not all getting sick from surfing and swimming in the ocean anymore - thank you Mr Hurst).

 

Byron was part of the Team (including Veagey and others) who brought us the recent Southern Swell Exibition at the Hazelhurst Gallery. Byron is the current Chairman of the Board at Hazelhurst.

 

Me and my two brothers grew up with Byron and his brothers who lived around the corner from us. We played footy after school most afternoons when we weren't creating havoc down on Woolooware golf course. And then of course we discovered surfing and then every afteroon after school we were down at Elouera (we were the original "Dunny Hangers" - we were part of the original group that started Elouera Boarders Club "EBC" - Go the Dunny Hangers) surfing until dark before heading home for dinner. Byron's dad even opened a surf shop in the early 70s where Dr Phil's is now on the corner of Wills and Franklin Rds at Woolooware.

 

So when you see Byron around Cronulla you have a lot to thank him and also his lovely wife Jenny for. Cronulla would be a much worse place to live if it was not for Mr Hurst's passion for Cronulla.


 

 

Buy Local Designed and Shaped

 

I don't know why so many surfers in Cronulla buy the mass produced boards when we have some fine local shapers such as Sam Tehan who shaped the board in this photo and Stuart Paterson who shaped the board Harrison Martin is riding in one of my earlier posts not to mention Jimmy Parkinson formally of Jackson surfboards who I'm sure if you asked nicely and presented him with a case of beer then he maybe pursuded to come out of retirement and shape you a board. .....and whats more all three can shape cutting edge shortboards to classic mals and everything in between. I have boards from all three shapers and they are all pretty fine surfcraft.


 

 

Charli Hurst

 


 

 

Harrison Martin

 

Harrison surfing The Alley on his Pato Tuesday 18-2-2020.


 

 

Kash Brown

 


 

 

Jon Hayman

 

John surfing Off the Wall late morning Tuesday 18-2-2020.


 

 

Paul Holbrook

 

"Chooky" surfing Elouera Beach Monday afternoon 17-2-2020.


 

 

Tom McKirdy

 

Tom on the wave from hell. Gutsy effort to take off on this. He suffered some pain and is still recovering two days later with a very sore back. He was lucky he had some good mates with him to help him and that even though it was late there was still a lifeguard out on the jetski.


 

 

Grant Muir

 

GM out at North Cronulla this morning (Sunday 16-2-2020) riding his Dylan Longbottom 9 foot gun. This was Dylan's own board that he used in Bali. GM got it from Dylan and also Dylan's 8 footer as well up in Bali. Dylan is an exceptional surfer and even more exceptional board designer and shaper. I knew his dad Ross (who was the long time glasser at G&S when the boards were made in Caringbah).


 

 

Cooper Manion

 

Cooper doing a fine impersonation of Owl Chapman on a Shark Island Left.


 

 

Jared Hickle

 

Jared surfing The Alley, North Cronulla Friday 24-1-2020.

 

 

Jay Brown

 

Jay surfing The Alley Tuesday morning 21-1-2020.


 

 

Off the top at The Alley, North Cronulla.

 

 

Crappy conditions down at the 'Nulla' when I shot this image at Elouera just at the North end of the Wall between 4:00 and 5:00 pm on Monday 6-1-2020.

 

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