Peak Hour Traffic by reflector

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The surf was pretty good here on Sunday in Newcastle [ Australia ] and there were lots of people surfing at all of our local beaches. These guys are riding from the point at the northern end of Newcastle Beach, into a section of the beach called Shark Alley.

There’s an unwritten law when it comes to surfing – the rider closest to the curl [ breaking section of the wave, not the shoulder / swell ] has the right of way and no-one else should " drop-in " on his or her wave – it’s supposed to be his / hers to attack and enjoy without intruders sharing the wave. But sometimes the temptation for other surfers to drop in on a great wave proves too much and you end up with a wave that looks like Peak Hour Traffic ! :)

There’s a definite " pecking order " out in the surf too – the best surfers usually get the best waves and no-one drops in on them. If a surfer is less skillful, many surfers will feel like he is going to waste a good wave and so they decide to drop in on him.

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All images were captured with a Canon 450D and a Canon Standard 250 mm lens.

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  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    It looks like a really good day for surfing. The traffic lights are a nice touch. x

  • It was a good couple of days for surfing – those big storms south of here had generated Ground Swell which makes bigger, more powerful waves than localized Wind Swell. Thanks for the fave Lori ! :)x

    – reflector

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 4 years ago

    lol excellent capture, bit of a conversation going on there :))

  • I think the guy below the Knee Boarder fell off soon after, even though it should have been his wave. There was probably a bit of swearing involved ! :))

    – reflector

  • Cheryl  Lunde
    Cheryl Lundeover 4 years ago

    Great shot and interesting narrative. I didn’t know about all the rules of the surf :)

  • Thank you Cheryl ! Yes, there are rules out there but all surfers break them at times and sometimes they fight over situations like this – very rare here in Oz though. :))

    – reflector

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Now thats my kind of peak hour lol ! awesome blending James

  • It happened really quickly and I wasn’t expecting three guys to catch that wave. Thanks for your comment Trudi !

    – reflector

  • Babbler
    Babblerover 4 years ago

    ha ha ha…superb !

  • Thanks for your comment Violetta, I’m glad you liked it !

    – reflector

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    Fabulous James! I had no idea there were set rules and pecking orders for surfers but after reading your interesting narrative it makes sense!

  • That rule has existed for decades but it can be pretty well ignored at super crowded spots like those in Hawaii, California and the Gold Coast – there are just too many people and not enough waves to go around. We’ve all broken that rule though – it’s a very " elastic " code of behavior ! :))

    – reflector

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    This is just wonderful, love the surfers and the rules of the waves, but for me the red light makes me think they have had to stop and wait until it turns green.
    This is just brillant makes me smile. : )

  • Thanks for your great feedback Karen ! I’ve got shots of an Orange and a Green Light too but the Red one says " Stop, don’t Drop in ! ". :))
    It’s the first time I’ve caught that many guys surfing in the one shot.

    – reflector

  • AlMiller
    AlMillerover 4 years ago

    Great shot and some very nice processing with this shot James well done! Some days there is just way to much traffic!!!!

  • With a very decent Ground Swell and clean off shore winds, it wasn’t half as crowded as it would have been two decades ago. And that’s a rule that’s easy to forget / break any old day. Thanks Al !

    – reflector

  • Rachel Williams
    Rachel Williamsover 4 years ago

    Great composition and capture.:0)

  • Thanks a lot Rachel ! :) It was all over in another second or two and I think they all wasted that wave.

    – reflector

  • Shelby  Stalnaker Bortone
    Shelby Stalna...over 4 years ago

    wow, now this is a very interesting shot, well done

  • Thanks for your nice comment ! I was happy with it – it’s a rare catch.

    – reflector

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