Saturday, February 28, 2015

Quilsilver pro Day 1, sort of...

On the way down to Coolangatta this morning I was hoping the WSL would put the women out first before the wind went onshore and swell drop. But nope they didn't so hopefully this won't be the benchmark for the rest of the year, if it is my heart goes out to them and I feel sorry for the bottom third of the surfers that'll probably never see good surf  at any combined events for the whole year. Anyway I was shooting the guys and looked at me phone and saw the cricket score, Australia all out for 151 haha so I thought I'm not waiting around to watch the women surf mush burgers as I want to see them at their best and I legged it back home to watch the cricket(which turned out to be a nail biter). NZ won and I'm stoked for the boys. So here's a few shots before I legged it!

Miguel Pupo

Ricardo Christie

Michel Bourez

Sebastian Zietz

Sebastian Zietz

Bit of an over kill compared to the likes of Fiji and Tahiti!

Freddy Patacchia Jr

Kelly Slater boosting the #11, should've gone for #12...

C.J. Hobgood

Kelly Slater

Mick Fanning

Matt Banting

The World Champ

Matt Banting

Mick Fanning

Kelly punching thru

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snapper to Kirra - 2 days of contrast

  The first day the sun was beaming but the waves were very erratic breaking all over the place. Surfers were coming in and saying it was such hard work out their trying to find the right spot down by Kirra with the shifting peaks. Of course I had forgotten me hat and the sunscreen just wasn't cutting it giving me a slightly lobster look after not even an hour exposed to the elements. At least the sun was out making it a pleasure to shoot getting crisp shots and beautiful colours.

   The second day was a complete different story, I was sitting in me flat looking out at the gloomy day of Surfers wondering what to do as the winds were forecast to go onshore. Deciding to check the weather update again for the 10th time, the forecast had done a u-turn predicting a whole day of SSW and some breaks in the pouring rain every now and again! Nothing worst than being on public transport to get to somewhere as quickly as possible, it was still pelting down when I got off the bus in Coolangatta and by the time I got to the Rainbow surf club I was drenched! There was only 1 place to be to shoot today for crisp photos and that was in the water but I'm kinda not built for that so the next best place was in the surf club on there glorious balcony sipping a few beers.

   The surf was organized, clean and bigger than 2 days before but with the rain I knew there was going to be no crisp photos shooting from land. That doesn't bother me too much as this is a passion of mine and I've never been driven by money, mags or sponsors. Shooting in Ireland you learn this very quickly and learn to live and deal with it as you're bloody lucky to get a good size swell with a sunny day. Don't get me wrong, if I get a really good shot I will send it into the mags but that's not what drives me to shoot surf. Anyway there were some cracking waves ridden and some were missed having a beer in hand instead of me camera but here's a few of what I got from the 2 days.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Greenmount to Kirra - A few randoms from the last while

   This place has to have the most consistent breaks on earth for offshores and swell. More often than not the period doesn't exceed 12sec and the size not much over 2m but this is pretty much perfect for a bit of fun without having massive rips. So yeah it does get crowded but it can hold it most of the time with all aspects of surfing giving it a bit of a nudge out here from short boards to longboards and sup's, from the groms to the more aged of craft riders everyone can have fun out here. So anyways here's a few random shots from the past while...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Snapper rocks with usual!

     Waking up early keen as to get down early on the old bus to Snapper rocks as a good swell was forecast. Not anywhere near big for Irish standards but bigger than usual for this place 2.4m@12sec from the E, when I came up to the the Kirra surf roundabout and glanced to my left I knew they fecked up the foreast. Would be lucky if it was 2m so a bit of a let down, but I didn't really come down to photograph the long rides this time, it was more for the carnage that happens off the rock. And today was no less frightening out their than any other day, drop ins while people in the barrel, running into people and some gnarly wipe outs. Everyone seems happy enough it happens so I'm more than happy to take shots of the chaos, it's hairy watching it all unfold through the day but it's bloody entertaining to watch. Pretty sure this has to be the only break in the world where this behavior seems to be the norm! So anyway here's a few shots from the day, I've only put a couple of carnage shots up as it may stir it up a bit too much...

Superman impression

Not too sure how this ended...

Stephanie Gilmore showing why she's World Champ

There was some nice ones coming through

This guy's on a longboard and paddles in with Baseball GLOVES on!

They collided big time and this dude went flying

Some locals hung out to dry