Venus and the Moon…

sunshine and shadows...

32 degrees, onshore sea breezes, a small, weak swell and blue skies. That pretty much sums up today and possibly the next few days as well. The waves this morning were nothing to get excited about, but if you are one of the many that are starting back at school for the new year today, then taking the opportunity for a few waves before putting that uniform back on probably seemed like a great idea. There were a few sections worthy of a whack or two and with water temperatures up around 24 degrees a morning splash was a great way to shake the sleep out of your eyes and clear your head.

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Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

green lit sections

Venus and the moon

reasonable sections...

sunrise view

Less than a minute…

6:37:36am

Things can change pretty quickly in the mornings. Less than a minute separates the first two photographs of today’s sunrise. A slight shift in the wind, some movement in the clouds and it all looks completely different. It is even more evident looking out the window now at a thick layer of grey clouds that have settled over the coast, with strengthening onshore winds and threatening rain it is strange to think that is was such a beautiful morning. The surf is lacking any real quality today. A small crew were taking advantage of the windblown knee-cappers on offer, nothing to fret about if you missed it. It looks like Sunday might have a few waves, but don’t hold me to that, I am only going by other peoples predictions… There is also another cyclone brewing out to sea – now that could be interesting!…
The Maldives trip we are running in June / July to is filling. Spots on the boat (and the great price) will not last. If you are thinking of coming then get in contact and secure your spot, more info (here)…

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Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

6:38:30 - less than a minute later...

today's surf conditions...

morning beach people...

the ultimate surf check machine...

flaky golds at sea...

Australia Day…

Australia Day

The masses arrived at Manly yesterday to celebrate Australia day – on an overcast but sticky and hot day, the beach was certainly a good option. Love it or loath it, the place was packed!… I spent the day around Manly, at the saltmotion gallery and checking out what was going on. Sure there were people causing problems but on the whole, from what I saw, the crowd was pretty tame. A great job was done by the police who seemingly managed to ‘get on top’ of most incidents before they flared up and keep things friendly… On another positive note I was on the beach early this morning expecting to see mountains of trash everywhere. Sure there was a lot of rubbish on the beach, but I have seen it a lot worse in the past.

As far as the waves go today, the wind is predominantly from the south and a small swell form the east is forming some decent peaks along the beach. It did seem to lack a bit of power so a board with a bit more volume could be a good idea. The water is still warm and the overcast skies kept the early crowd numbers down.

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…


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Bad, but not as bad as expected...

South Steyne rights - 6:31am

Camo boardies and deck!...

backhand rails at 6:52am

pushing that last section...

Microwaved by the sun…

Busy Manly Mornings

It’s going to be another steamy one today. The early cloud cover is starting to fade, leaving lots of thick moist air which feels like it is being microwaved by the sun. The water is the place to be and given there are quite a few waves pushing through with several banks showing some decent options, you should try and get amongst it for a surf. There are shifting wind patterns for the next few days but generally it looks like the breeze will be light so most places should have a little Australia day wave tomorrow!… Enjoy the mid week break to celebrate and respect all that this amazing country has to offer!

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman.

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North Steyne options

Shipping lane rights

Not looking too bad at all...

Decent length rides...

neck and legs...

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windblown crumbles…

five fifty four this morning...

If you were planning on surfing at Queenscliff today then I am afraid you have missed your chance. The clubbies have set up a carnival and the beach is effectively closed to all others. Head somewhere else… As far as wave quality goes it was pretty windblown and crumbly early on, there were a few sections with a peak or a small wall but mostly you would just be out there to wet the gills and get a little exercise. The next few days look kind of changeable so best to keep an eye on things as there may be a window or two with offshore winds…
The Maldives trip at the end of June this year is filling. If you want to come give us a call on (02) 9976 6518 and book your spot, you don’t want to miss this one. More info (here).
We have a page on this new underground social networking site, check it out, it’s called facebook

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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kicking out gold...

windblown crumbles...

small peaks

mid queenscliff cutty...

six seventeen this morning...

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Maldives charter and blue sky moon…

long exposures at 5:33am

Blue sky, full moon, rain at sea, orange stripes in the sky, 10 second swell at around 3 foot and super warm water… All that and an announcement of a trip to the Maldives!… (more of that in a second.) First the surf, and yes there are waves. The swell has moved more south in direction and seems to be pulsing through nicely every now and again which is probably due to the largish 10 second period. Winds will swing NE during the day so hit the south facing, north ends if you are keen for a wave. No need for any rubber, the water is super warm!… The weekend looks to be promising similar conditions to today, nothing like last weekend but lots of fun!…
A Maldives surf charter is a dream trip for any surfer and I am damn excited to announce a saltmotion trip in June / July this year heading to the uncrowded, tropical, surfing paradise of the Central Maldivian Atolls on board a super slick boat. I have booked the whole boat and there are limited spaces available for saltmotion subscribers to join us. If you are interested call us on (02) 9976 6518 to get a booking form – this one will fill fast! Oh yeah, you also get to keep all the photos of you from the trip! Detailed information and prices (here)…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

beautiful water and nice waves...

blue sky moon...

TC - cruising...

beach gold...

rain at sea

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Offset Horizons…

summertime fun on the AH fish...

Sticky and humid with the chance of a small onshore peak to yourself… There is nothing like a nice warm morning to get people out of bed and down to the beach early. There were plenty of troops hitting the sand for a run going for a swim etc. but surprisingly few taking up the offer of windblown peaks along the beach. Perhaps everyone has been a little spoilt by the riches dealt out over the last few days and an onshore mushy session just ain’t that appealing?… Thing is it looks kinda fun out there with plenty of little pockets and just enough energy to shake out the odd turn. The water temp is balmy and the sun is out, grab your best small wave machine and try and find a few…
Check out our facebook page for a flick-picture sunrise from this morning…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

golden spaces...

6:44am windy rights...

let this one go...

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The surrounding hype…

light shafts and rain squalls

The hype surrounding the swell the east coast has been enjoying has now faded. Stories are being swapped and the barrels are no doubt getting bigger as time goes on… The good news is the remnants of the swell are still lurking. Sure it is no where near as defined or powerful as the last few days but there are still waves to be enjoyed. The winds are predicted to swing onshore today which may make a mess of surface conditions, although waiting a while for the tide to drop may pay off as there is a lot of water over the banks at the moment with the 8:30am high tide.
If you missed out on the trip to the Solomon Islands, or if you prefer a little more luxury in your surf travel then keep an eye out on the next few saltmotion updates as news of a Maldives trip is about to be announced…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

still the odd one with a wall.

6:42am - before the tide filled in

fun on the fish...

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golden ball and clouds...

Get your fill…

Hurly Pro whack...

I hope you have managed to get your fill of waves over the last few days. Around lunchtime yesterday the wind swung offshore and settled the swell making for some amazing afternoon waves. Sure you had to hustle a good size crowd to pick off the good ones but there were plenty coming through to ensure a decent wave count for most. Today things are a little more manageable with the swell having dropped overnight, opening up several more options along the beach to choose from. A handful of the Hurley Pro team were also on hand for the early session, dominating the North Steyne peak and putting on a pretty decent display of surfing.
There are over 60 photographs in the filmstrip from this morning, so click away and enjoy. Our facebook page is also ready to provide distraction if required…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

kick start another one...

North Steyne lefts...

North Styene, rights...

wobbly waves out wide...

smaller than yesterday, but good to carve...

round the world surf odyssey?

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She forgot her makeup…

Early check...

The queen of the ball has arrived, but she forgot to put her make-up on… The anticipated swell from the north has finally reached us overnight. It is bigger and stronger than yesterday, with bomb sets crashing in every twenty minutes or so. However with the added size has come added wobble. The wind picked up as the sun rose and combined with a 7:00am high tide the early session was far from perfect. If you have the chance to drive around you will probably find waves today, good waves. Things may even improve locally for the evening session, just be careful, the big sets are few and far between, however they pack some punch when they arrive…

Check our facebook page, if things improve through the day I’ll put some more photos up there…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman

decent drops at the bower...

bumpy faces, but nice size...

High tide at the bower...

The Bommie breaking before dawn...

The early crew...

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