The challenge

finding one that stayed open was a challenge this morning…

Finding a wave this morning that allowed more than a bottom turn and a wipe-out was a bit of a challenge. I spent some time in front of all the banks up and down the beach and even took a walk over the hill to Freshwater to see what was going on there, (much the same just a little larger). If you spent some time in the water you would probably have found one or two that stayed open but for the most part things were pretty straight…

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

in… (kind of)

and out…

random crow…

sitting…

greens

shot of the day…

I suspect the exposed south facing beaches are showing a lot more size than Manly this morning with the current swell still rolling on by and not pushing in. There were some good waves in the three foot region to tear apart but you wanted to have a rocket under your feet as you needed to be pretty quick to make the sections. Our friends at Swellnet are telling us there is a decline in swell for the rest of the week until things pick up again for the long-weekend.

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

cutting a wake…

beating the sections required some serious speed…

caught!…

greens…

As the day goes on

small ones in the sunlight…

If the forecasters are right we can expect a pretty big improvement in swell size by this afternoon. At the moment we have small two foot waves rolling into Manly, unfortunately the banks are not set up for the small stuff with most of them shutting down. Only a handful of young guys in the water this morning managing to pick out the smaller waves that stayed open.

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

mini runners…

small faces for the young guys…

6:21am North Steyne

I’d love to say this one stayed open, but that would be a lie…

early sets all ended like this – straight

time to start…

Pack the car

sunrise reds at Queenscliff

There was a big crew out this morning scrapping over closeouts up and down the Manly stretch. I spoke to a few guys over the other side of the bridge and they are also struggling to find waves that were holding up on the early low tide. If you have the time to hit the highway this weekend and head away from the city beaches you will probably find some good waves. So pack the car, see if you can get out of work early and beat the traffic (yeah that old trick!…) and head to your favourite patch of coastline for some out of town solitude.

enjoy your weekend,

Joel Coleman

close outs everywhere today

orange and blue

straight empty sets…

Friday morning crowds

watching the show…

The hood ornament

floating a 9′6 single fin log!… talent.

If you found the right bank this morning there were some fun waves to be had. Sure you had to pick them as the 5:15am low tide was producing a lot of closeouts. However with some of the best local loggers in the water any wave that did stay open was milked for every last drop of nose-riding opportunity!…

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

five over and five off

some stayed open, some closed…

the hood ornament…

as I said, some stayed open and some closed!…

caught by the backwash…

Choked

the North Steyne pipe

Firstly I have to say that today’s photos are as they came out of the camera. I have not used any filters or altered the colours in any way. If you live in Sydney you are by this stage well aware of the dust storm that has choked the city. When I woke up before dawn it took me some time to figure out what was going on with the sky glowing red and looking like the beginning of the apocalypse!.. The surf is probably the best place to be (to wash the dust off). There are a number of banks up and down the beach producing rideable waves in the two to three foot region. They are just a little hard to see from the beach!

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

dusty rights

ghostly trees

7:15am the sun has been up for over and hour at this point…

Probably the best place to be

lone pine

Visibility was down to about 150m

the view from Queenscliff at 7:30am

six

wind affected but rideable…

With the wind blowing onshore all night things were a little sloppy in the swell department this morning. The six (yes six, I counted em’) people that did paddle out for a wave early this morning found a few with some shape in amongst the mushy ones but it seems most people decided a walk along the beach was a better idea.

If you are interested in another view on the pro-tour split have a read of Stuart Nettle’s column (here)

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

sand between your toes…

cliff garden

text book cut-back to superman launch!…

dust off the big equipment and you can get a wave

Graceful simplicity

all style and no stress…

Head down to the beach when there is a small swell like we have today and take the time to sit and watch some loggin’. With smooth lines and graceful moves taking preference over big hacks and powerful turns these masters of style bring such an amazingly different energy to the surf that just watching can have a calming effect on your whole day… If you are keen for a surf today then Have a hunt around with a bigger board as there is the odd little peeler worth riding if you are patient enough to wait for them…

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

the walk

simplicity…

old school cut-backs

the shortboards struggled this morning…

sitting in the light

some colours to end off

At the moment

worth getting up early for…

As the swell dropped back slightly overnight the crowds have increased this morning. All the locals were hungry for a few waves before work and all the competitive juniors that are here at the moment were mixing it up in the water prior to the start of the contest. If you want a mellow surf with just a few friends my advice is hit the highway for a few hours!… Having said that there is some amazing surfing taking place at the moment and sitting and watching for a while as the next batch of up and coming competition surfers tear waves apart is a pretty entertaining show…

Local Manly photographers have only got a few days left to enter the “Manly Arts Festival 2009 – Light & Water Photography Competition” There are some great prizes to be won but most importantly the money raised through the event will be donated to the Manly Manado charity. Entry and event details can be found here.

enjoy your weekend…

Joel Coleman

throwing some spray at the sun…

side lit floaters…

and back lit sections

hey I’d be happy too!…

perfectly positioned…

All happening

floating gently at sunrise

Lots of action down Manly way this morning with the start of the “Dripping Wet Pro Junior” competition which runs until Sunday. There was a strong group of young talent in the water early warming up for the event and putting on a show worth watching. Warm weather again today (whoo hoo) and we also had a beautiful sunrise making for great light for today’s photos.

Local Manly photographers have only got a few days left to enter the “Manly Arts Festival 2009 – Light & Water Photography Competition” There are some great prizes to be won but most importantly the money raised through the event will be donated to the Manly Manado charity. Entry and event details can be found here.

enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

lesson 1A in dealing with a close-out!…

showing some style at Queenscliff…

early carves on a smooth section

tucking into the inside section on the high tide…

Queenscliff – 6:26am

early ocean lumps…