Here are some photos of the dolphins playing in the surf.
The dolphins leap out of the back of the wave at the end of a surfing manoevre. While surfing they suddenly dive and come back under their previous track. Then they come up. I think the wave motion helps lift them out of the air.
Last weekend the forecasts were for a large swell (4-5m). Saturday morning North Point at Cowaramup Bay was the “goto” place. When I arrived the shore was lined up with photographers and in the water there were photographers (with underwater enclosures for their cameras), jet skis, more photographers and some of the better surfers. This shot is of a local surfer who performed this great aerial manouvre
Although there was a lot of cloud, and it wasn’t very warm, the sun came out (partially) towards the end of the day. I was hoping for a good sunset, but it wasn’t quite there. However there were still a lot of people surfing at Smiths Beach (Supertubes), and they had to cross the river to get home – its not deep, but the water creates interesting patterns. I had to cross the river to get these photographs, and left my shoes on the beach. A large wave came and washed them into the river. I had to rescue them before they went out to sea! Wherever a river is flowing into the sea there is always interesting water patterns, shapes and colours and this was no exception.
The Margaret River Drug Aware Pro surfing contest is on at the moment. All the worlds top surfers are down there. These guys are so dedicated they go to nearby surf breaks to practise when they are not competing. These shots are of Mick Fanning at Gas Bay.
Here is a shot of a dolphin at Three Bears this morning.
And here are some shots from yesterdays departure of the STS Leeuwin (leaving Busselton, bound for Fremantle).
The Leeuwin left the jetty under power, then turned into the wind as the sails were raised. Once under sail the Leeuwin looked graceful and in her element.
This pod of dolphins swam straight through a group of surfers at Three Bears this morning. The waves weren’t great and they didn’t seem interested in catching a wave unfortunately.
These guys were pretty good – at least one was doing 360 degree turns in the air!
The images of the dolphins have been very popular, so here is another one.
I dont think this surfer saw the dolphins, even though a few seconds later three more burst out of the wave!
I have been trying to get a shot of dolphins surfing for a while. This morning I got lucky. I was at Moses Rock, and there had been dolphins earlier. They were feeding offshore and a school went past. Then a pair of dolphins decided to go for a surf. They picked the same wave as a surfer was about to catch – he got quite a fright initially! I am sure they deliberately picked that wave – perhaps to show him how it was done.
A beautiful way to end the day. I am sure the guys surfing were enjoying it as much as I was.
I am in awe of these guys when they are out in conditions like this. The wind was well over 30 knots, and it was a freezing cold day with occasional squalls coming through.