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Ben Farrell

Balmain, Australia

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Huge storms and gale force winds had been relentlessly battering Sydney’s coastline over the last few days. After hearing on the news about the size of the swell at sea I had to go and have a look for myself. At about 4pm we drove to Dee Why Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches.

The usual deep blue meeting sky of the ocean horizon wasn’t visible like it normally is as we descended down from the national park struggling to see as rain and wind lashed the car.

We finally turned down a side street towards the ocean and were amazed at what we saw. Huge swell and rolling waves as far as the ey could see. Carloads of people were getting out of the cars stunned almost trancelike as they walked towards the cliff face in the poring rain.

It was too much to capture with a camera. How could I take in this great expanse? I had never seen waves move so quickly and silently towards the shoreline before breaking with an abrupt and thunderous flurry of white and spray.

I went back to the car to grab my camera, connected it to my tripod and wrapped a plastic bag around it. We then made our way down towards the sea baths. The normal tranquil pool was overcome by giant swells as they crashed unaware over the top of the sea rails.

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