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14 February 2009 ~ Late afternoon ~ Snapper Rocks

On Friday a low pressure system formed off Gladstone late on Friday generating a large storm swell along Australia’s East Coast. By Saturday afternoon the swell had risen to a rather decent size making the paddle out rather precarious!

(Canon 40D, 500mm handheld, touch of contrast, minor crop, no photoshop)

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  • funkyfacestudio
    funkyfacestudioalmost 6 years ago

    That is massive ! it looks like it could wipe everyone out !

  • let’s just say there weren’t a whole lot of people catching waves! thanks! cheers Paul

    – Paul Manning

  • redrosedigital
    redrosedigitalalmost 6 years ago

    The compression from the telephoto has made this look like a tidal wave! Wow!!

  • thanks Rosanne!

    – Paul Manning

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant capture, Paul !!! One helluva shorebreak !!!! Glad you had the 500mm on otherwise you would be one ‘very wet boy’ !!!

  • thanks Phil ~ 10’ shorebreak ~ oh yeah! it was raining, I was wet anyway! thanks really appreciate the comment! cheers Paul

    – Paul Manning

  • AdamDonnelly
    AdamDonnellyalmost 6 years ago

    Better out than in by the look of that. Another great shot.

  • yeah, I agree mate, watching some of the people going out, and I do alot of swimming out there, I often wonder if they have thought it through – pretty serious stuff out there on a day like this, cheers Paul

    – Paul Manning

  • DeviousLili
    DeviousLilialmost 6 years ago

    pardon me, but… Holy shit.

  • you’re pardoned! probably presented an alternate title! cheers Paul

    – Paul Manning

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyalmost 6 years ago

    whoah, wow! That’s awesome!! And totally, frighteningly huge!!

  • thanks Basia!

    – Paul Manning

  • MichelleLegg
    MichelleLeggalmost 6 years ago

    What a great shot!! I’ve would have been waiting patiently on the sand for this one to go.

  • thanks Michelle! problem was the one behind it was bigger!

    – Paul Manning

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundealmost 6 years ago

    Awesome! It really does look like a tidal wave, WOW!

  • thanks Cheryl!

    – Paul Manning

  • L P
    L Palmost 6 years ago

    whoa! that is awesome!

  • thanks Leah!

    – Paul Manning

  • Ellinor Advincula
    Ellinor Advinculaalmost 6 years ago

    Holy smokes! this is stunning and I would be worried =)

  • Thanks heaps!

    – Paul Manning

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