Surfing

East Coast Low hits Kirra

The East Coast low that was off NSW smashed beaches along the NSW coastline causing huge beach erosion a massive surf, some of the biggest waves seen in years. The swell was predicted to hit the Gold Coast Wednesday afternoon. So I was keen to get down to cooly to see how it was, it was forcasted to be 5ft on the points, since it was a South swell we were not going to get the main bulk of the swell but 5 – 6ft is plenty for the Gold Coast to do its thing.

At 2:30 I had a look at the Snapper Rocks surf cam and it was still looking pretty small. I headed down anyway, Snapper wasn’t very big when I got there but with in about 20 min a few big sets rolled through and just kept getting bigger, Im not very good with guessing how big waves are but they looked a solid 6 ft+.

Snapper wasn’t handling it to good due to the low tide, after a while I thought I would check out Kirra, there wasn’t much time left to shoot at is was after 4 and the sun sets before 5 these days.

Im glad I did go down to Kirra as it was pumping, pretty much from greenmount through to Kirra was pumping. Kirra had some pretty amazing waves come through and there was some sizey sets as well.

So all up the waves were probably only good for a few hours, as heaps of surfers were still surfing while it was dark. I went down this morning hoping it would be pumping but it was all over, Dbah had some waves but the banks didn’t look to good.

For one of my shots from Kirra I have had heaps of people sharing it and liking it on Facebook, it has been pretty amazing, but I see some people think it is photo shopped, I guess I can understand why they might think that if they are not a photographer. But none of the photos are photo shopped and the image I am talking about was shot with a slow shutter speed, this is not an easy shot to get right and takes practice but if done properly it can create a smooth dreamy look, shooting like this has actually become my favourite way to shoot surf photos over the last couple of years.

My Canon 5d mk 3 come in handy due to its high ISO performance as I kept shooting after the sun had set.

Hope you enjoy the photos and thanks again to all the people who commented, liked and shared my photos, much appreciated!!!!!!

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The Perfect Wave

The swell from the East Coast Low that smashed the NSW coast line yesterday finely arrived on the Gold Coast late in the afternoon, It wasn’t as big as down south but much cleaner, Kirra was a solid 6 foot on the sets and I saw some of the best waves I have seen at Kirra.  This wave in the photo was a bomb and probably the best looking wave I have seen at Kirra, it was after the sun had set and the light was fading fast so the slow shutter speed shot was the best option.

I have had a lot of print requests for this print so I have made it limited edition to 100 Prints. If you want a Signed Limited Edition Print Click here

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Northern NSW

Yesterday I went and shot some surf for about an hour at a spot on the North Coast of NSW. The waves have been pumping on the east coast for what seems like weeks and this was one of my first chances to sneak of and get some quick shots.

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Just Like Snapper

I watched a clip today and I was amazed at how similar this wave was to Snapper, In 2010 Snapper Rocks had really good banks and the waves on some of the days were amazing, some of the most perfect below sea level waves I have seen. Here is a few shots from that day and the clip as well.

 Now the Video

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Good Friday Special

Happy Easter!

The Gold Coast was given pumping waves for the Easter break and I spent the last 2 days shooting down in Coolangatta. I would like to thank Carool Holiday Apartments for letting me shoot from their roof top! If you want to stay some where with amazing views definitely stat at Carool! Best view on the Gold Coast.

http://www.caroolapartments.com.au/

Hope you like the photos!

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Week Of Waves

Looking at the Swellnet surf forecast this morning, it looks like Gold Coasters are going to be treated to a great run of waves. All week looks to be great with Thursday into Friday set to be Epic on the points.

Here is a shot from the same time a few years ago.

5th of April, 2010

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Burleigh Barrel Fest

Yesterday I went to Burlight Point as I heard it had been good in previous days, when I got there it was cranking! The cove was perfect and even Kelly Slater was there in on the action as well.

Here are some shots from the session, Enjoy!

Perfection!

Kelly Slater locked into a drainer.

The waves were so perfect and guys were making deep barrels.

Kelly Slater inside a chunky one.

I love Burleigh Point, best view!

Locked In!

Setting up for the barrel.

The Cove.

Clean as a whistle.

The Green Room.

Not a drop out of place!

Kelly Slater standing tall inside a bomb.

Thanks for looking!Backside pit.

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Matt


Naked Waves

I Love Line Up shots, so I thought I would post a random selection of Line Ups from my collection.

Enjoy!!!

Secret NSW SlabSecret Victorian SlabBurleigh PointDurnabahSecret Victorian Slab
Kirra PointSecret Victorian Slab

Snapper Rocks

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A Day At The Pro

Today I went down to the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks, It was round 2 and the waves were not perfect but definitely contestable. The stand out for me was Josh Kerr, to me Kerr has the full package and I look forward to seeing how high on the ratings he can climb this year.

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Old Film Look

I love the look of old photo’s and while I was going through some shots that I took yesterday I thought I would try something on one of the photos, I like how it turned out and I like the Old arty look it gives and I think it suits the shot to.

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