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Bower sunrise, by request - Friday 25 Feb

When the surf report reads “weak, crumbly and fat – go to work…” it’s a pretty good indication that you’re not going to find any decent waves around the place. The horizon is a ruler edge line of flatness and the winds are light onshore. Add to that a grey sky that was only momentarily turned gold by a break in the clouds and it is not adding up to a good beach day. Unless of course you are willing to sit out the back on a longboard and wait for the very occasional crumbly one to push through. If that’s you then excellent, get excited because you will probably have it to yourself!…  I hear you ask then where did today’s photographs come from?… Well last week I had a request to photograph a particular stretch of Manly coastline. Friday morning turned on a pretty amazing sunrise and three of today’s photos are the results. I did post these to our facebook page but I thought I would give them a run here as well, as any surf shots from today would be far less exciting. Mid week the swell should pick up, so hang in there…
I handed out a bunch of booking forms over the weekend for the last two spots on the Maldives trip. At this stage the spots are still available so if you want to come let me know today…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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Todays golden moment...

Delwood Beach - Thursday 23 Feb - 8:02pm

Bower sunrise - Friday 25 Feb - 6:21am

North East view - Friday 25 Feb - 6:25am

swell free horizon...

sunshine through shelly…

sunshine through shelly...

The sky put on a pretty amazing show this morning. Early on it lit up with pinks and oranges then changed to gold as the show went on. I took a fair few photographs with a range of equipment and will post a few more to our facebook page later in the day. As far as the surf goes I think you would have been better heading somewhere a little more exposed to the south swell if you wanted to ride anything other than a longbaord. Having said that the logger crew were making the most of the knee high waves and glassy morning conditions. The charts are showing a shifting swell direction over the weekend which suggests small weak waves. On the right tide you might find something worth a splash but don’t expect much. The saltmotion gallery is open all weekend, showcasing the very best in ocean art and surf photography. We are located at Market Place, Manly.
There are now only two spots left on the Maldives trip. That’s one for you and one for your friend! If you want to come then get in touch today and organise a booking form.

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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Jacks tricks...

rescue board meeting...

knee high cruise...

no where left to go...

morning people, doing their thing...

todays sky...

always in good taste…

hollow bliss...

Searching for waves is an endless task, sometimes you win and sometimes you loose. I took a little drive this morning, pulled into an empty car park. In the half light of dawn the first thing I saw was someone take off, get barrelled and pop out, hands in the air. Still too dark to photograph I waited for the sun to come up, took a few quick photographs of the scene, then settled on a good vantage point and waited for more morning kegs. The hollow ones were not super consistent, but they were on offer and the guys out were having a blast. Further down the beach there was also a nice left going mostly un-ridden in favour of the rights. Where I hear you ask?… Well as the banks around the Northern Beaches are a little fickle at the moment I kind of feel that broadcasting the location of one of the few that is working would be in bad taste…
There are still a couple of spots left on the Maldives trip so stop thinking about it and book your place!… This trip will fill. If you are still reading and want something more to distract you then check out our facebook page. If human interaction is more your thing, the saltmotion gallery, displaying a collection of our best works, is open in Market Place, Manly

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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line it up, wipe your speed and pull in...

empty lefts down the beach

workable smaller walls...

fast greens and birds

everythings ready...

through the bushes..

They don’t get on…

colourful start...

I have a feeling (conjured up by reading a few early surf reports) that if you head South over a few bridges before the winds kick in you will probably find waves a little bigger than what we have at Manly today. The south swell is producing some rides for us and the early morning offshore that brought clean surface conditions was very welcome. I even saw the bommie start to break on the low tide. But South swell and Manly just don’t get on that well and most of the lines that began to break very quickly turned into the kind of wave best suited to practising your close-out floater… The up side was most banks along the beach had a similar close out to play with so crowd numbers were pretty low and spread out.

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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the clouds, the sky and the sea

wave of the morning, North Steyne

close out floater...

throwing some spray on a small one...

pushing the back end, 7:02am

Low tide sunrise...

Confirm the theory…

Freshie dolphins...

After photographing the sunrise and then taking a few more random pictures whilst heading along the beach I went for a drive over to Curl Curl to see if the swell was any bigger there. It was larger, but just as messed up from the wind. Back at my desk and sorting through the morning’s photographs I got a heads up from a neighbour that there were some dolphins putting on a bit of a show at Freshwater. A half run half bounce to the cliff and the reward was a pretty cool display of leaping dolphins. Just enough to put that smile back in place and confirm the theory that you never can tell what the ocean will throw your way…
If the onshore mush is getting to you hang in there the back half of the week is looking better. Alternatively book a holiday and get dreaming of tropical uncrowded perfection in the Maldives

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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blade sunrise...

Im out there...

dolphin tricks...

morning coffee...

this mornings bits...

Red mal – white bike

my red mal...

Early this morning the weather turned from tropical summer like humidity to full force Southerly – blow the pictures off the walls – gale.. As you would expect it did not do the early surf crew any favours. If you head to a south facing swell magnet (not Manly) then you may find a few larger waves on offer, but around these parts we had knee high dribbles that were closing out pretty fast on the low tide. Add to that grey skies and drizzle and there was plenty of parking at the beach…
The forecast shows tomorrow looking a little more promising for a wave, lets hope they are right. Loads more stuff on Facebook, including a huge buzz on the Sunny Garcia and Jeremy Flores incident from the Gold Coast yesterday…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

Lone Queenscliff wolf...

empty nets this morning

white bike...

Indo - I wanna go back!...

The warmth source…

The warmth source...

The sun was dipping in and out of the clouds this morning as the swell continued to run in at around 3 foot. Last night a southerly change took the edge of the humidity for a while and the same breeze has cleaned up the waves from North to South Steyne and put a wobble into the Queenscliff end. There were plenty of waves to go around for the early session and although lacking power and getting fuller as the tide filled in, it looked like a lot of fun… The weekend forecast looks reasonable for waves so get out there and enjoy the warm water.
The saltmotion gallery is open all weekend (Market Place, Manly). Spots on the trip to the Maldives are just about full, but there are still some available, organise a leave pass and get in touch soon if you are interested. The saltmotion facebook page is the best online procrastination tool…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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grom style...

Clean walls at the south end

cutting through the slow sections

North Steyne lefts...

go north until you find paradise...

DHD performance...

The colour of honey…

Air Aloha...

Yesterdays gift of amazing conditions has deteriorated somewhat overnight. There are still plenty of waves to be had but don’t expect clean glassy perfection as the wind has put a fair wobble on it. The positive side is it’s going to be a warm one, there are still waves to enjoy, so a surf sometime will still be a good idea. The onshore conditions will probably create a few more peaks along the beach and that should spread the crowds a bit too… We had some beautiful light this morning for a period just after the sunrise, everything went the colour of honey and there were plenty of people on the beach to enjoy it…

There are only four spots left on the Maldives trip… If you have been thinking about it then make the decision and get a deposit down before you miss out!

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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ipod jogger...

dawn takeoff...

the early crew...

wobbly waves and golden flakes...

wet concrete reflections

Back to the home grown goods…

Big mans set wave...

After a few weeks away it is nice to be back on home soil. In fact it is even better to be back given a glance off the end of the cliff this morning revealed a nice swell in the three to four foot range and glassy offshore conditions. There were several banks producing some decent waves along the beach, the 7:20am high tide was reducing quality a little with the sets appearing a bit fat but I am sure a run-out tide will fix that. If you are keen for a surf then get in early if you can as the wind is predicted to swing onshore through the day.
There was lots of commenting and banter about our trip to Indonesia on the saltmotion facebook page if not already a fan then check it out. It seems that seeing some photographs from a few tropical islands has also got people keen to join us on our next trip, with a run on bookings for the Maldives yesterday. There are still some spots but don’t wait too long to get in touch if you want to come.

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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nice glassy pockets...

good shape towards North Steyne

taking the top off a small one...

the morning crew

cloudy but colourful...

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postcards

postcards...

Finding things to do when the swell dies in Indonesia is pretty easy. A short boat trip to Gili Trawangan and you are greeted with picture perfect beaches, fields filled with palm trees, amazing diving and snorkelling, all topped off with nightlife that keeps going long after I have given up. Plenty to keep anyone occupied while waiting for the ocean to come back to life. There are waves around the island today, but given the swell is only 1-2 foot, it is barely breaking and not much to point the camera at. Instead I took a bicycle and did a lap of the island. It takes about a half hour and every stretch has a postcard view. The locals tell me that the last two years has seen a lot of change here with construction of guesthouses and bars going through the roof. Still there are plenty of quiet spots to lie in the sun, check out the reef and relax under a gazebo while the world goes by… This is the last update from this trip, I’ll be back photographing in Manly tomorrow and hope there is some swell to enjoy. The staff at the gallery are telling me that the Maldives trip planned in June / July is getting a lot of interest now. If you are keen to come on one of the saltmotion trips then get in touch before you miss your chance. Next stop is the Solomon Islands in April, can’t wait!…
p.s. – If you are wondering why there are no water shots of this amazing island its because of a pesky $2 part that needs replacing in the water housing and I just don’t have one with me!. At least it went on the last day and not the first!…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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somewhere for breakfast

perfectly flat...

local taxi

palm fields