When there are waves…

The three wait...

When there are waves – surf! Now that may seem like a very obvious statement to most, but it is amazing how quickly we can forget such simple things. Towards the end of our recent trip to Chile we took a drive to check out this break we had not surfed yet. We got there early and it was cold, dark and drizzly. Much like this morning in Manly. Except there was a nice clean left rolling through in the four-foot range, with no one out. Yet we still sat in the car, wishing for something better! Surfed out, spoiled – probably a touch of both. What I do know is that if I rocked up to Manly this morning and saw something similar I would have been jumping out of my skin with excitement! Unfortunately the reality is, its tiny, wind affected and raining.

It looks like a wet one for most of the week. The swell should come up a little but winds are not looking great. If you do spot a window, go surf – you will feel better for it.

All girls surf trip sound interesting?… I posted a comment on facebook yesterday to see who might be interested in an all girls saltmotion surf trip. Just gauging interest at this stage so let me know if you might be keen to head somewhere tropical, with great waves and an all girl crew…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

todays conditions...

an englishmans summer...

wet paths...

Chile - I wanna go back!...

Looking from the side…

nice round one...

With the water temperature considerably warmer than the air, the best option, on this beautiful morning was to get in and swim around with the camera… There were even a couple of people braving the early session in boardies or a bikini! Sure the extra movement and flexibility might be nice, but I’ll wear my steamer thanks!.. Some fun waves lurking up and down the beach, but you could be fooled into thinking it was a lot better than it was, especially if you got a side on view, the angle made sections look perfectly hollow and makeable – fact was the hollow ones were shutting down pretty quick, enough to possibly manage a small head dip but not really enough to claim a barrel!…
The saltmotion gallery is open all weekend – Market Place, Manly, come by for a look at the works on display…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

still in boardies, respect!...

side on view looking the goods...

AC - twisting up a small one...

North Steyne close out...

super focused...

morning colours...

The forever smiling Miss M

Grey Playground…

white board, funky suit...

It’s grey in the playground again this morning, Thankfully through, with a silver lining of some pretty decent waves on offer. With the constant drizzle and lack of sunshine it’s difficult photographing any landscapes, it’s a good thing there are plenty of decent waves to photograph. The swell has backed off a little since yesterday afternoon and the winds have stayed offshore making for nice, clean surf conditions. The south swell is hitting the banks a little straight and you have to contend with a fair few closeouts, pick your wave though and there were some very nice sections to put a few turns on. The forecast is looking pretty good for the next few days, get amongst it if you can…
The Mentawai Islands surf charter we have going in September is just about full. If you have been thinking about joining us get in contact today to organise a booking form so you don’t miss out!… Info (here)

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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silky sections...

nice shape runners...

hitting a foamy one...

Grey playground this morning...

Not like the brochure…

not like the brochure...

It’s certainly not like the brochure out there today!… Sydney is in the grips of a pretty wild storm, which is forecast to strengthen more as the day goes on. A dawn start was far from appealing and there is little surprise that there were not many people around at 6:50am when I ventured out with the camera. The good news is that this weather activity is bringing some swell with it. Although not really evident in Manly yet, expect a bigger pulse of southerly energy in the ocean by lunchtime. The south end of the beach is protected from the winds, however the banks down there were pretty straight and most rides were little more than a take off and a bottom turn. If you are keen to surf a few stormy waves today then keep an eye on the beach and juggle your options between size and quality depending on what this storm throws up during the day…
If you would rather stay inside and get comfortable at your desk with a cup of tea, then check out the saltmotion facebook page…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

Freshwater storm...

not a lot of people around...

the south end crew...

best wave I saw...

The Chile Wrap Up…

end of the road

This trip to Chile has come to an end. We are on a plane this evening for a lot longer than I care to think about, but at least I will be able to entertain myself with countless memories of perfect waves and good times. If you want to know what Chile means to me, have another look at the first photo today. Getting up in the dark, driving to the end of the road and spotting a perfect left peeling off, with no one out. It sums this trip up perfectly. I feel that we have only scratched the surface of this country and only been here long enough to sample a small portion of what must be on offer. It seems at every turn off to the coast there is a wave worth surfing. Sure the cold might put a few people off, I think that’s a good thing. If all you want from your surfing is a tropical paradise, with someone serving you drinks, then there are plenty of other options. However, if you are keen to rubber up and be a little chilly for the privilege of surfing some of the most perfect waves you can imagine. You like the idea of spending your evenings cooking up a storm with your mates. Enjoy a room with a fire place to play a few rounds of cards before hitting it again in the morning, this place might just be for you…

The Mentawai Islands is the next trip we have spots on, if you are keen to join us then please get in contact

The saltmotion facebook page will be full of stories and some more photos from Chile over the next few days, check it out

Thanks again to TC Communications for their support.

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

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afternoon point perfection, again

cactus lefts...

Last stop on the trip

fun last day waves...

The simple ways are best...

On the agenda…

Sunrise 8:10am

With a day of driving on the agenda we opted for an early surf. Despite the tide being way to high to get the points working properly we had a reasonable session with a few walls bathed in golden sunshine to play on. Nothing compared to the last few days of un-crowded perfection, but still pretty decent. We then hit the highway and headed north. Nearly eight hours in the car, empanadas for lunch and a whole bunch of bad jokes as we head up the highway and towards the end of our trip, the swell is hanging in there and hopefully we can break up the next few days driving with a couple more empty left hand point breaks!… The weather here in Chile has been pretty amazing the last few days. Warm enough to get around in a t-shirt when the sun is out. Which is an absolute pleasure after being wrapped in jackets and scarves. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page for some interactive randomness as we begin to wrap up this amazing adventure…

This update was made possible by TC Communications.

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

Not great - but not bad either...

The mountains meet the sea

high tide colours

Flying on the fish...

The board cabin..

The afternoon goods…

Perfect Chillean morning...

We scored another beautiful sunny day today, they make all the difference here in Chile where any extra warmth is more than welcome!… With the low tide not until the afternoon we took the morning to walk to a few different beaches and soak up some scenery. Just after lunch the point began to show signs of life but a slight onshore ruffled the surface. Not deterred the boys were out there, within an hour the wind swung offshore and the waves started peeling the length of the point. I have been asked by a few locals not to say too much about where exactly we are, so I wont. But I will say that this break is world class. The photos can’t show you how long the ride is, pick off a good set wave and you have a 250m wall to play on before you kick out in the beach-break. In an hour session, three of us got six waves each, all of them running the length of the point! Trust me it’s worth getting cold for a wave like this!…

Thanks to TC Communications for making this update possible.

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

Lunchtime onshores...

turned into late arvo perfection

Air Chile...

the afternoon goods

Game on…

Dylan tasting some Chilean size...

Game on!… The predicted swell arrived and lit up the point in spectacular fashion today. It was a morning to test ones patients though as the break we are currently at works best on the low tide. Of course murphys law states we had to wait until just before lunch for that. With the water in Chile being, well, chilly you only really get a few hours in the water each day, so you want to make sure you get in when conditions are at their peak. Trust me it was worth the wait. We all scored some amazing rides, powerful waves with solid overhead walls to carve. Spending the whole afternoon in the water photographing and surfing has left us smiling and exhausted. Time for a healthy feed and some rest before hitting the replay button tomorrow!…

Thanks to TC Communications for their support.

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Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

11:00am check - game on!..

Maurice on a screamer...

point break perfection

just needs a surfer...

Empty late afternoon sets..

Fog report…

fog through the pines...

The fog got the better of us today… We woke early(ish) again and took a walk up the hill to check the point. We could hear waves breaking but see nothing, a thick layer of fog had settled in across blanketing the Southern Chilean coast and forcing us to head home. I know some of you are thinking; just paddle out and try and catch a few waves. Around here that would just not be safe, with visibility down to a few meters judging where the rocks are would be impossible… Giving up on the early session we took a drive into the mountains to stock up on fresh food from a local market. As soon as we reached a slightly higher altitude we were through the fog and basking in warm sunshine!… Fooled by the belief that the fog must have lifted we headed back down to the coast only to realize the fog was still thick across the coast! We did manage to get a late surf in, however it was still impossible to photograph. Lets hope for some sunshine tomorrow…

The saltmotion facebook page is also being updated each day, check it out (here).

Today’s update was made possible by TC Communications

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

web, fog, dew...

Hard to see past the shorey section!

Early check, fogs too thick...

Head home and wait for it to clear...

Stop for one last look

back up the hill...

The road home...

Until your feet go numb…

Sunrise through the shack window

At 8:00am this morning the first of the suns rays made it over the mountains, the rest of the day was blessed with perfect blue skies. The swell had come up overnight and the boys were super keen to get amongst the clean long period ground swell. As there was no one else out I went for a wave as well, after about an hour things got good, really good! Perfect lefts, four to five foot, offshore and we had to share it between the three of us! When a good set came we could all get a wave then paddle back out together while the next set went through un-ridden. We surfed until our feet went numb and the hunger pains forced us to go in for breakfast. A few hours later and the boys were back in for the late session, the ocean turning several shades of green as the sun eventually disappeared behind a layer of fog on the horizon… An amazing days surfing. It’s kind of magical here in Chile when the sun comes out, the pine forests show off a deep green, the sky is an even deeper blue and the ocean seems to glow a little. With the sun out you can even find a spot out of the wind, shed some layers and bask in some sunshine…

This report was made possible by TC Communications

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

Afternoon check of the point...

Dylan back-hand and off the bottom

playing on the smaller ones...

Chile green...

Pollen collector

Good place to hang your towel...