The coal-mining town of Bulli, south of Sydney, is not regarded as a repository of high art, nor as a vibrant and pulsing beehive of life and color, and yet there was Ray Collins. Seven years ago the idea of his new photography book, Found at Sea, would have seemed ludicrous to him; he was still working a mile down in the mines and hadn’t shot a single frame. Collins crawled out of the mines after blowing out a knee—“No shock absorbers left,” he says—and bought a camera with the payout. In the short years since, Collins has transitioned from subterranean to submarine and become arguably the most inventive water photographer in Australia.
Brett Simpson, the Internet’s World Champ, is no slouch when it comes to ripping. Simpo can slice and dice waves to pieces, though he does struggle at times to turn that into heat scores. Actual number of world titles won aside, let this footage serve as proof of Brett Simpson’s undeniable talent.
The seething, spitting brown ocean of a week ago was replaced this morning by placid green spinners at Snapper Rocks. The ocean’s tired and it looked like The Pass at Byron Bay out there this morning. Al Knost would have won heats out there today, and while it would have made a great longboarding wave, it was tough to flare. Guys who had spent their entire offseason thinking about coiling up on their first wave at Snapper and just letting the dogs out, unleashing hell, imagined themselves “dropping the hammer” or “stabbing the dagger” or whatever it is this year, suddenly found a wave that wouldn’t push back at all. The tour got lucky with surf last year, but in terms of swell here at Snapper we are a week late and a buck short.
Random happenings in surf for the week of February 27th.
The Hot 100 is approaching and the hype is building. Luke Hynd found himself at a modest 42nd last year. Where will he end up this year? Watch and get back to us.
Meet The New Girls – The rookie Tatiana Weston-Webb, and the returners Sage Erickson and Silvana Lima
The Top 17 has arguably never been in better shape, and these three ladies promise to be a big part of this continued progression of women in the water.
The 2015 World Tour kicks off on the Gold Coast. Check the stats from years past before solidifying your Fantasy Surfer team.
With an array of junior titles in his wake—national champ, world junior champ, etc.—we expect Keanu to make an easier transition to the World Tour than many of his counterparts.