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Surf’s up!

Surfers at Shelly Head, Manly

Surf’s up: A phrase used in surfing when a nearby wave is passing.
Like the ibuprofen post, I took these photos specifically for the ‘up’ theme — but I enjoyed this ‘photo shoot’ more! 😉

Surfers at Shelly Head, Manly

Posted for Becky’s SquareUp challenge. I’ve gone with “playing around with the word up”.

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Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

There were unusually big waves and powerful surf at Bondi Beach today. Very dramatic to watch as they gathered themselves up, curled over, and then surged in foam towards the shore.

Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

Big waves at Bondi

Very few swimmers ventured into the water, but a few of the better surfers got in on the action.

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

Surfing the big waves at Bondi

Catch the wave

I love watching people surf. The good ones make it look effortless, so graceful and, well, fun; the not-so-good ones make me laugh. Living just a few minutes’ walk from some of Sydney’s best beaches, I have endless opportunities to watch all grades of surfers. Confession: Before I moved to Sydney for the first time, in 1999, I didn’t know that an ankle tether connected board to rider, and I was quite puzzled by the way riders’ boards popped up beside them when they spilled!

Umina Beach (the Central Coast, north of Sydney): a young surfer considers his approach.

Umina Beach (the Central Coast, north of Sydney): a young surfer considers his approach.

Tamarama Beach: a bodyboarder pops up for air.

Tamarama Beach: a bodyboarder pops up for air.

Tamarama Beach: a bodyboarder punches through a wave.

Tamarama Beach: a bodyboarder punches through a wave.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi Beach.

Riding the waves at Bondi.

Riding the waves at Bondi.

Bondi Beach: Posing? Who, me?

Bondi Beach: Posing? Who, me?