We had a pumping east swell to start off the month of November. The back beaches were firing for the first 3 days with some over-head freight training lefthanders. After an average October, things were looking up, but it didn’t last for long. From the 4th to 8th the east coast got battered with onshore wind squalls and constant rain. There wasn’t much surfing going down and even less surf photography.
The Barney Miller Classic was run and won on the weekend of 7th and 8th. The first day saw horrendous surf conditions and pouring rain, but the sun shone through on the Sunday and the event went off with some super hot surfing.
Alex Swadling won the Barney Miller expression session
John Craig – finalist in the Opens and over 28′s…. also won the award for the “biggest hack”
From the 9th an “all day – all night” northerly wind pattern developed and it hasn’t really stopped since. Our backbeaches have been getting a hammering, southern corners and open beaches weren’t getting a look in for the last half of november.
The light and surf was so ordinary that I only took water photos once in november….this was an average day on the 19th
We had a rare sunny period between the 12th – 15th, which gave the images a little more sparkle. Coffs boardriders were lucky enough to score one of those sunny days for the final event of their calendar.. waves weren’t too bad either, fun 2-3 footers
Issac Van Anen shredding at the Coffs boardriders (sunday 14th nov)
morning sunshine!… got some on 4 mornings at the most this month (12th nov)
rare november backlighting
The 16th November might go down as the best sunrise of the year!! get the full story from this epic morning lightshow HERE…. some amazing colours and definitely one of the photo highlights from this month. Two new 20×30 inch canvas mounts from this morning have been hung (and are for sale) in Water Cafe and Nautilus Resort coffee shop
vivid colours bouncing off all over the place (exciting for a photog anyway) see this pic in Water cafe on the jetty strip
The corner of North Sapphire beach… orr, so pretty
After the sunrise if was back to rain and onshore winds. Trying to pull a good shot each day when there is only slight pockets of sunshine or semi dry weather was a mission, but on the positive side, it never went flat. There was always a little north east or east swell popping up, it was just enough to keep you out there for at least an hour each day
The 23rd November was the only day I would say that it was almost un-surfable. An all night east wind that continued through the day made an mess of our beaches and sent thousands of bluebottles shoreward.
By this time of year in Coffs Harbour it has normally felt like summer for weeks! but it wasn’t until the 24th and 25th that we got that summertime feeling. Steamy mornings with warmer water temps and a touch of sunburn creeping in.
back to boardshorts and back beaches – summer time in Coffs
surf-photo wise, November was our least productive month of the year, I’m really hoping for some better weather heading into the last month of 2010.
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