Winters end…

The end of winter...

The end of winter has arrived. Looking back I am both glad to see the end of the cooler days, and at the same time very content when I reflect on the great run of winter swells we were treated to. Lets hope the summer season can deliver some more good surf to see 2011 go down as a year to remember. Having said that there is hardly anything to get excited about wave wise this morning! I took a drive around to a few beaches and really did not find much more than the odd waist high peeler. A perfect day for longboards and sunshine. There is a hint of a new swell for the end of the week, keep an eye on things!
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey yesterday. We were overwhelmed with the number of responses. It will remain live until Sunday evening with the winner of our ‘thanks for completing prize (worth$295) announced Monday. Click (here) to take part.

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

International-confrence-of-Eco-Ideas

early season boardshorts

heading home...

over rotating...

joggers and surfers

Survey time…

walking by...

Good morning… With spring just around the corner there was a lot of action at the beach this morning. The early sunrises and warmer temperatures make it just a little bit easier for those that live in the area to get out of the house before work. Unfortunately if surfing is higher on your list of preferred activities than walking the dog or running in the soft sand then you may want to re-order that list today! The swell period is well south of the ten second mark meaning not a lot of energy in those dribbles hitting the beach. If you are going to surf, aim for the lower tide and take a suitably large board…
Survey time!… We are asking you, our subscribers to answer a handful of questions, by clicking (here), so we can continue to improve what we do. Anyone who completes the survey has the chance of winning one of our acrylic framed photographs valued at $295…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

saltmotion-survey

first five out...

shifting light

kind of a wave...

slowing things down

Not Tahiti but not bad…

shorebreak shadows...

The eyes of the worlds surfing community are firmly focused on Tahiti at the moment, where perfect conditions are testing the worlds best. Closer to home we have 1-2 foot chuggers trying their hardest to break on the early high tide. I took a walk down the beach with the camera, photographed for a while, then decided it was far too nice a day to just sit in the sand, so I returned home, got the water housing and went for a swim. It’s not Tahiti, but it’s not bad!…
The dates for all the 2012 saltmotion trips are now locked in. First trip next year will be an ‘all girls’ trip to an eco surf resort in Fiji, we then head to the Maldives, Banyak’s, back to the Maldives then to the Caroline Islands. Anyone is welcome to join us, more information here.

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

International-confrence-of-Eco-Ideas

waist high chuggers...

sit or stand...

not Tahiti but not bad...

another crisp sunrise...

perfect for a swim...

Sunrise in the east…

throwing shadows and highlights

It looks like we have turned a corner for 2011. The mornings are starting earlier and the sand, surf, parks and footpaths are filled with everyone who wants to soak up the amazing lifestyle that living near the beach has to offer. There might even be an extra one or two people in the surf (check the last photo). Wave wise today, if you were onto it early you would have found some nice clean, sun soaked waves. The onshore has already started to ruffle the surface as I write this so don’t expect perfectly groomed conditions for the rest of the day.
The weekend should have a few waves about the place with the charts showing a small swell and periods of favourable winds. However it could be hard to peel yourself away from watching the contest in Tahiti

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

2012 Saltmotion Travel Schedule

mirror under the sun...

against the early glow...

trimming greens and golds...

Manly mornings, the place to be...

sun soaked walls...

handful of close friends...

Thursday morning crew…

eyeing off a smoother one...

The early sunrises this time of year are a welcomed by those who enjoy the dawn surf sessions. There is plenty of time to get your fill of waves if you are willing to set the alarm just a fraction earlier each day. Soon enough daylight saving will return flipping the bonus to those that surf in the afternoons. Personally I like the mornings better, there is always something fresh about watching the sunrise. This morning we had some reasonable waves around the Manly stretch.  However there was a fair amount of wobble to contend with thanks to yesterday afternoons onshore blow. The Northerlies predicted for this morning did not eventuate so surface conditions were cleaner than I thought they would be. A great morning to spend in the water and with temperatures set to hit 22c today, try and get outside for some of it if you can!..

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

Qi-yoga-for-surfers

MG and someone doing the frog...

Mr.B enjoying some pre-UK flight waves

running out of wall...

wobbly one in front of the sun...

Thursday morning crew...

locked in green…

huge backhand moves...

Big smiles all around for those that got out for the early session this morning. After enduring several days of onshore mush we were blessed this morning, not only with clean surface conditions but a decent swell and some sunshine to top it off. The swell is out of the east at around four feet with the larger sets being just big enough to throw a few decent barrels on the lower tide. The winds are forecast to shift to a more northerly direction through the day and the swell will be backing off towards the weekend. Even with the declining swell there are should be plenty of opportunity for some decent waves over the next few days.

The filmstrip below has 22 photographs from this morning, click through to have a look…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

Qi-yoga-for-surfers

locked in green...

backhand barrel - 6:50am

no exit, go anyway...

beach of a thousand footprints...

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Members only…

Members only...

The devil winds continue to dismantle the surf this morning. Hopefully there will be a let-up soon. If the charts are accurate perhaps by tomorrow morning there should be some improvement in surface conditions. This morning I took a drive around to a few different beaches in the hope of finding some protection from the wind. The foolish idea that somewhere will be holding a rideable wave was exactly that, foolish. Back in Manly I hung around on the beach for a while and watched as a few people did manage to get some waves, the howling wind has at least generated some swell. No surfing worth photographing though… I’ll try again tomorrow!

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

saltmotion-apparel

moments of gold

between two pines...

the North Steyne stretch...

junky

blue sky and blown out…

looking to the north

Photographing people surfing along the Manly stretch was never really going to be an option this morning. With the onshore winds continuing to make a mess of the swell, it was only the super keen that were taking to the water around here. If you want to surf head somewhere a little more protected and you might find something worthy of a splash. The flip side to the onshore blast is the soft light and warm colours that filter between the sea mist and the clouds. It was a beautiful morning to just walk around at the beach and stop every now and again to frame up a few photos…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

2012 saltmotion travel

low tide greens

sunrise glow

flying finless...

blue sky and blown out...

Sunday's rainbow

black dots and clean seas

closing sky...

Anyone who was fortunate enough to go for a lunchtime surf yesterday knows that conditions were pretty good. The winds have continued to blow offshore all night and groom the ocean to a perfect finish. There were lots of black dots in the water early, with every bank offering a wave the crowds were at least spread over the whole beach. The weekend looks like there will be an increase in swell activity but it also looks like today will be the last of the smooth conditions, with the swell will come the winds.
The Saltmotion Gallery will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm all weekend, Market place, Manly.

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

2012 Saltmotion Travel Schedule

gift of a wave

pushing down sections...

cheater five in the curl...

top turn spray...

Fridays friends...

black dots and clean seas

hour of sunshine…

one with some wall...

At dawn this morning a thick layer of cloud stretched across the horizon and the ocean was still pretty lumpy from last night’s onshore blow. I took a look at the beach and was not surprised to see there was no one out. I figured I would wait a while and see what happened. By 7:00am the sun was starting to come out and the wind was tending to a more favourable westerly direction so I decided to jump in for a swim with the camera. The lumpy swell although cleaning up was tricky to surf, with random peaks jacking up and breaking all over the place. Being in the right place with the camera was a challenge made harder by a rip that kept delivering me to the North Steyne pipe every time a set rolled through. Any way here are a handful of photos to show what this morning was like during the hour of sunshine before the clouds rolled in again…

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

saltmotion-apparel

dropping with the foam...

hollow section

backhand bottom turn...

back lit lip...