The Power of Wind and Water

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The beaches all along the coast of SE Queensland have been closed all weekend because of dangerous surf caused by the tail end of Cyclone Winston which battered Fiji a week back. So, instead of photographing birds we decided to drive down to Currumbin, just south of the Gold Coast to see if the surf was really as bad as it was made out to be.

Let’s just say this…..it was pretty wild, too wild for the average beach-goer, but there were still more than a few crazy surfers bold enough to test their skills. There were also a few photographers stupid enough to venture out on the rocks to get some shots!

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained. But after this close call common sense prevailed and it was back to photographing waves from a less wet position!

The surf was absolutely spectacular. The early morning sun penetrated the back of the waves superbly enhancing the azure green water. You could not wish for better light to illustrate the power of wind and water.

As I stood on the rocks focused on the surf breaking in front of me, a young female surfer came up with her board. She told me she usually launched herself off the rocks to save a long swim out from the beach , but after a few minutes she decided the risk of getting smashed on the rocks was too high and took the safe route out off the beach. It seems not all blondes are dumb!

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All in all, a great few hours in awe of nature!

 

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