Beach Cottage Blog gets a Mr Teenage BC Guest Post
Fri 15th, Jun, 2012
Hello all you Beach Cottage friends, it’s Mr. Teenage Beach Cottage here with my first guest post on the blog!
So here’s the story, the surf here on the beaches is huge and wild at the moment and for me that means I can’t wait to get out in the surf, though sometimes I get told that isn’t happening by my mum – these waves like those all through this post to her look scary!
So along with being in the surf, I am beginning to enjoy taking photos of it and have found some great coastal and surfing photographers through Facebook and some guys in Australia who shoot the surf and capture all that I feel about it.
So, yesterday me and mum (Mrs. Beach Cottage) were on our way to drop me off at school after an appointment at the orthodontist. Knowing the surf was big, she said how about we go the coastal route and we went the headland way to get that million dollar view of the ocean. It was so fantastic we got out of the car and just stared, and then I grabbed her camera and we ended up stopping for ages.
I took many photos of the surf, though being on a board and taking some point-of-view shots when in the water would have been much better.
I really enjoy taking coastal shots and most of these were taken by me (tomorrow morning I am going out early with mum’s camera gear to get some early morning shots – she would NEVER get out of bed early to do that) and I am starting my own Facebook page too of Sydney coastal stuff.
Look at the raw power behind this monster!
Mum took this one of course!
Some nice grass (she took that one too!)
Take a look at this one bombarding the cliff.
Almost got wet by this spray.
Mum, working her magic with the iPhone.
Another monster hurling towards the cliff.
Look how crystallised these droplets look.
This one’s my favourite, look at that right hander!
Yet another one crashing against the rocks.
Later on that day, after school, I was so up for a bit of action in this surf, not alongside it….and so I headed out ready to go.
I think it’s safe to say, ‘I am lucky to be alive’ after my eventful surf late that afternoon though.
I was out for a surf in these harsh but rather enjoyable conditions catching up with my old surf patrol captain. After some great waves and fun and with the sun quickly setting, and that ever present thought of sharks in the back of our minds (evening is their dinner time too!), we decided we’d best be heading home.
All of sudden, out of nowhere this 20ft bomb set (or, a very VERY big wave) comes charging towards us, me on my small and light body board duck dived through thinking I’m safe, but all of a sudden get thrown 20ft down to water level landing with an excruciatingly worrying impact and pinned deep underwater not knowing which way was up for a long lasting 10 seconds.
Finally I find the water’s surface and filled my empty lungs with the sea air, then I hear my friend shouting in despair, I don’t think mum would have liked the language too much. I turned around and saw only the bottom end of his board attached to his leg rope!
Then came 2 more of these monstrous waves, pinning us again underwater.
In this sticky situation I decided I needed to take action, I grabbed my board, held onto my struggling friend and caught a wave back to the security of the shore.
By this time we were exhausted, every bone in our bodies were sore, and not to mention our lungs!
Standing there, hands on our knees still trying to catch our breath (it had been a good 5 minutes since that 1st big wave by now), the rest of the surfboard just casually washed ashore right at our feet.
That surfboard looked as though it had been driven over by a truck, hit with a hammer and then thrown off a cliff! So with one 10th of the board in one arm, and the rest in the other, we headed for the change rooms, had a shower, and went our separate ways.
I phoned mum she picked me up from the beach and I told her I had a story to tell!
It was a good session lol! But I told her the abridged version!
The wave about to hit the rocks in this one was HUGE!
Almost ruined the camera again! Got too close to the spray!
OK, I hope you enjoyed my first post here on my mum’s blog, she took a read through of this and gulped at my surf story but seeing as most of these photos are mine she thought I should be the one to write it. I am going to be working on my surfing shots and will be getting my Facebook page going and then posting here if there are any that are good that you might like.
apparently you visitors don’t comment much but what did you think of my guest post?
I hope you liked the surf and where we live from a different perspective?
Mr T Beach Cottage
(edit from Mrs Beach Cottage : ladies did you see that ‘right hander’? how about we ride that baby, yeah? ;-) ;-)
p.s I would love to see what the surf looks like from this birds point of view.
more images here for you to have a look at