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The Rock-itt : March 2010
As summer finishes up for another year I must say that the past 3 months of waves in Sydney has been very average at best. Many people have been calling it 'The Endless Bummer'. So, this month I thought I would take a look back at some of the best days of surf on the Northern Beaches in the past few years. So, along with some of my favourite shots for you to look at, I will briefly touch on a few of these memorable days. I don't know about you, but I think the winter of 2007 will go down as one of the best seasons on the Northern Beaches in a long time. I arrived back from overseas in May, just in time for the storm that transformed many beachside roads into sand dunes. For the next couple of months it was back-to-back swells constantly -- there must have been at least eight or nine in a row. June 17th 2007 -- I remember waking up early, it was Father's Day and my Dad was away for work so I had the day to myself. I was shooting a couple of beaches up north but heard Queenscliff was absolutely pumping so me and my mate decided to head down and check it out. As we came past Queenscliff surf club we saw these perfect lefts running down the beach. It looked a little like Bali, but there was not one person out there to our surprise. I took this shot of North Steyne out of the car window as we were driving. The photo of the body boarder was taken from the headland at Queenscliff above the pool, one of my favourite places to shoot. I was walking along the beachfront and could see these heavy left-handers breaking right on the point. These three body boarders paddled out so I headed straight for the headland and this was the first wave that was caught. He dropped in late and this shot of him is after he has bounced off the water. And yes, he did cop a beating... Without doubt, the one day that sticks out in my mind the most over the past few years was the Anzac Day swell on the 25th April 2009. I was up early before sunrise and headed straight to Narrabeen. It had a bit of size to it but wasn't really working, so I continued north to Mona Vale. As you can see from the photo it was pretty solid and a handful of guys were catching some lefts all the way into the shore.