In semi lockdown I'm finally sorting through a lifetime of photos and inspired by what Craig and Andy recently posted I thought why not.
We travel a fair bit and there has to be some crackers in the vaults.
Good if we follow the Swellnet tradition of not naming or being too obvious.
That's a ripper Craig. There's something about being out in the mountains that's like nothing else.
Derek Hynd = BB , Cromwells
Craig....your snow shots never fail to blow me away. The camps in the snow are epic.
Love the “ Zipper line “.
So exotic for a beach tard.
Mike Hunt....it’s not Derek Hynd.
Really?? Are you sure? All the pro old pro surfer and north narra references over the years I just figured it was... Thats good in a way I guess, DH wrote some good stuff back in day, opinionated but intelligent, not a bad layback snap either. I just figured he had been away from SN after the fire stuff melting his keyboard.
Something about snow
Thanks guys, yeah snow and mountains, there's just something so alluring and wild about them.
My mate Tyson got this incredible shot from earlier in the year of our camp..
Imagine waking up to that.
What about waking up with a morning horn only to discover that your cock is hard because it’s snap frozen.
That must happen a bit out there , huh ?
Ha, never. If that part of my body were ever that cold then I'd be in a bit of trouble!
On that note, I do need to tick off a bucket lister up there sometime soon.. maybe this season if we're cleared to travel ;)
Looking forward to the pics Craig.
Craig. That is amazing. Bloody cold looking too! I love being in the mountains.
#1 - Sierras. Start of all day hike up to a pass just left of centre up the back and back down again.
#2 & 3 - Zion NP. Contender for my favourite place in US so far. Awe inspiring. Very spiritual feelings there.
#4 - valley in the Rocky Mountains in full spring regalia
Craig, are you guys split-boarding or hiking with regular boards?
Zion is one I have to get to Mowgli! Looks incredible.
And splitting etarip.
here's a cliff i tried to climb in the sierras, igor unchained (5.9 i think) at needles np. made it one pitch, one third up....
How good is Zion!!!!! i did a three day walk through a narrow curving canyon.
North America is so beautiful. Zion, the sierras, the Cascade mountains are the Chiricahua Mountains (where Geronimo holed up, in southern Arizona) are some of my favourtites. Visiting canyon de chey with the Anazasi cliff dwellings was a religious experience. Maine, New Hampshire and the great lakes in Canada are also amazingly beautiful.
Think Dee Why and at least one book on surfing .
Unreal pics Craig.
Like I focus said, "Something about snow".
There's a song in that.
Postcard stuff mowgli.
Surely everyone loves mountains?
No 2 Mowgli, amazing
US would be fascinating I reckon, so much landscape and the crew there would have to be a hoot
A blast from the past. Empty Padang.
This thread is way more enjoyable than Covid19, China and tracker apps. Let's boot her up again.image hosting
Both shots Tassie?
Spot on Indo
They’re some horse crays.
A while back I was camping on a beautifully remote stretch of gorgeous coastline with a mate and we went for a nightfall fish in his boat a few hundred metres offshore.
Almost immediately he’s hooked a large fish and it was no surprise when it turned out to be a good sized cod. We dragged it up the transom and I assumed we were dehooking it and throwing it back. The thing had way too much meat for our camping set ups to properly care for , I’m pretty sure keeping it was illegal at the time and it was just tucked up to keep such an awesome fish.
Nonetheless....he wanted to keep it. He did have a family of six to feed and we would have ploughed through it but it was still completely against my wishes.
His boat , he was the captain.....his choice.
So he put it in a corner of the boat and we went for a dive to get some crays as they started to walk around on the reef with the setting sun. Fucked around doing this and that and didn’t get back to the beach for a solid 90 minutes after he’d landed the cod.
Dragged it out the back of the boat and his kids wanted a photo with it. The thing was pretty fucken heavy so we rest it in the shallows whilst the kids inspected it thoroughly as kids do.
The cod then started to move it’s tail.
Slowly at first , then with more strength.
The kids lost their minds as this fish came back to life and I wasn’t too unimpressed either. This was an unmistakable sign.
An hour and a half out of the water , rolling around in a boat and then we just watched as it calmly swam back to deep water.
Nature never fails to surprise.
Every horse tailor I’ve ever caught off the beach has been lurking within a school of Australian salmon . This rule seems to apply whatever coast. East / West /South.
It appears to me that tailor reach a certain size and they become freelance operators. They may utilise the Viking raiding strategy and form a small posse of like size ( XOS ) individuals or they go rogue and utilise the mayhem induced by the pillaging qualities of an unhinged mob of mass schooling Salmon.
When I say horse tailor it’s a relative metric. I’m talking about fish in the 3-5 kg mark. This is a sad indictment of modern times when even recent historical records ( pre 1990 ) suggest that tailor commonly attain a size of 10 kgs.
These horse tailor seem to inhabit the edge of these salmon schools . I’ve personally seen them sitting just adjacent of a thick spire of salmon. Ferociously aggressive sentinels who would be opportunistically feasting on wayward salmon as much as the baitfish upon which the salmon feed.
Whilst the Australian salmon may be a worthy sportsfish for Australian anglers , it’s edibility is not highly rated. Any fisherman should consider the possibility of a larger tailor when casting lures or baits at a school of salmon.
Tailor make for excellent food when fresh
Schooling Australian salmon which produced a nice East coast tailor by casting clear of the school.
Note the low wind period preceding a directional change as indicated by the smooth water surface but the slightly ruffled lip of the wave. This is indicative of a preceding wind / pressure change which invariably sends pelagic fish on the chew.
Went for a swim on dusk this evening for the full moon rising over the Tasman Sea.
Cloud got in the way of the initial rise, but I got this beautiful shot once it lifted across the cloud, in the dark.
And the sand..
Ps, that story of the Cod Blowin is gold. And how's that school!
thats beautiful Craig.
Taken from the most southern tip of the Australian mainland ... 1.5 day walk in / 1.5 day walk out
You guys are on fire!
This is a way cooler thread.
Wow, beautiful landscape GS.
Thanks for the fishing tips above too, Blowin!
Two shots of myself from the same patch of reef, 25 years apart.
Nothing has changed...
SHUDDUP ABOUT THE HAIR!
I SAID NOTHINGS CHANGED hahaha
Epic before and after shots, Shoredump.
Funny how muscle memory gets locked in - same stance, 25 years later.
Still charging, good one
Unreal Shorey...looks like the older you get the deeper you go.
But I had to fix it up for ya.
Nice tubes SD. Good water colour
Insane photo combo! So epic.
Way cool Shorey.
Yep great captures by Rob & Riley.
The old one is slide film, I had a beer in my hand the first time I saw it on projection. Slide nights were the best..
Great shots mate! How many crew could have identical barrel pics at the same spot that many years apart?
How old were you in the 1st one?
The board was custom shaped, then I took it to a surf ski factory where they vacuum sealed (don’t ask me the specifics) the timber veneer onto both sides, before i took it back for glassing.
One of my all time favourite boards that one
In the spirit of 'Show us your photos'
Two shots of myself from around the same area by the same photographer 30 years apart. The first is B & W film processed the old fashioned way by the photographer himself. The second was taken in digital colour, but I thought I'd fix it a bit. Both photos by Chris 'Eddie' Prior.
And after all those years your bottom turn is arguably looking better than ever.
This is awesome, anyone got any more?
Driving hard off the bottom there!
Yep. COG and velocity.
Naa. Between Newy and Cenny NSW
Is that water or fire coming out from behind you?
Nice work , Westof.
Good style of bottom turn. Loving the track you’ve left in the first shot. Driving hard !