Sunday, 1 May 2011

Surfing Snapper Rocks Superbank, Gold Coast, with a Surprise Too!

Hi all

Main Link:  My Smugmug photo gallery of surfing photos in big swell at Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast.

I was lucky enough to spend an hour on Friday photographing surfing at Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Australia. I had heard that the swell was up due to a low pressure system in the Coral Sea. More on the 'surprise' later.... Here are some pics:

Some paddle action
Paddle Ski - Surfing Snapper Rocks Superbank, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Includes ten times World Champion Kelly Slater. Friday 29 March 2011. Photos by Des Thureson.

Surfing Snapper Rocks Superbank, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Includes ten times World Champion Kelly Slater. Friday 29 March 2011. Photos by Des Thureson.

Glassy...
Surfing Snapper Rocks Superbank, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Includes ten times World Champion Kelly Slater. Friday 29 March 2011. Photos by Des Thureson.

The surprise? I had heard that Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and others had been there the day before. When editing the pics, who comes up on my screen? None other than ten times World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater! Yep, I had taken snaps of him and not realised he was there:

Kelly Slater
Ten times World Champion Kelly Slater, apparently wearing a GoPRO Hero HD camera - Surfing Snapper Rocks Superbank, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Friday 29 March 2011. Photos by Des Thureson.

Take a closer look at that pic - Kelly Slater is wearing a GoPro Hero HD waterproof video camera on his right hand/wrist (10x8 crop to emphasise the camera):
Ten times World Champion Kelly Slater, apparently wearing a GoPRO Hero HD camera - Surfing Snapper Rocks Superbank, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Friday 29 March 2011. Photos by Des Thureson.

Low shutter speed 'speed blur'


Here's the link to the photo gallery, including ten times World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater.

GOOD NEWS: There is a 25% discount off the price of prints and personal use downloads (not shipping) for this gallery until 19 May 2011. Use the coupon code

isawkelly

in the Smugmug checkout. Des.

Thanks for looking.

Regards

Des
PS: Blast from the past – To celebrate unexpectedly snapping Kelly Slater, I’ve added 39 pics to this Snapper Rocks gallery I shot in 2007. Thanks for having a look :). Des.

PPS: Monday (Labour Day) gallery here.