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An experienced surfer enjoys some clean, fun little Autumn waves at a spot called Dixon Park in Newcastle, Australia. The extra length of his Malibu surfboard helped him to paddle into a lot of waves that day – often before other surfers were able to catch them, giving him right of way/priority.

The image was captured as a RAW file using a Canon 450D with a Standard Canon 250 mm lens.

I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • Callum Brown
    Callum Brownabout 4 years ago

    Nice work…. Well done

  • Thanks for your comment Callum !

    – reflector

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you Berns ! I took this a few months ago when Spring was almost here.

    – reflector

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 4 years ago

    outstanding action shot!

  • Thank you Cheryl ! He was enjoying the conditions quite a bit.

    – reflector

  • shallay
    shallayabout 4 years ago

    Crikey, that looks sick! ;)) Just as well I’m not a sports commentator.
    Love how you describe him as an ‘experienced surfer’. He looks in his fifties – good to see those aging surfers still out there, looking pretty fit, too.
    I love your background knowledge on this stuff – to say they are ‘fun’ waves and point out the length of the surfboard making a difference – all of that would go right over my head as a casual onlooker. Your insight really opens up the subject for me.
    Great shot – clean, incredible colour, excellent frontal view!

  • It does look sick, hey cobber ! :)) That stretch of beach has a number of great surf spots and there are a few surfers in their sixties that still get out there regularly – especially when it’s twice as big as this day. With a shorter board in the very small waves they had that day it’s harder to catch a wave and a larger board gives more flotation and therefore less " drag " – so they can sometimes catch the swell before it even starts to break.
    I stand right at the edge of the high water mark and keep one eye on where it peaks and then get as close as possible to get the shot.

    – reflector

  • Joni  Rae
    Joni Raeabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot and commentary!

  • Thanks very much Joni !

    – reflector

  • Anna D'Accione
    Anna D'Accioneabout 4 years ago

    Great image James, I like the wake of the waves behind his board. I have not seen too many of your images lately, Have you been doing something else.??

  • Yes, his board really cut into the wave ! I had two different PC hardware failures and couldn’t get online for about 3 weeks. I’ll be visiting RB a bit more now.

    – reflector

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 4 years ago

    Nice action shot my friend.Well done…Tom

  • Thank you ! It was only a brief shoot that afternoon but I got a lot of useful shots and the weather was warming up too.

    – reflector

  • Larry Butterworth
    Larry Butterworthabout 4 years ago

    great surf shot James, is that malibu brand a local shaper there.

  • Don’t you guys call a long board a " Mal " or " Malibu " over there in the USA ?
    That logo directly below his front hand says Newcastle Surf Designs – so it is a locally shaped and finished board.

    – reflector

  • hastypudding
    hastypuddingabout 4 years ago

    I use to surf when I lived on the east coast in Virginia. Had a long board 10 footer. no fun in small waves but could ride the larger waves better, but on the Virginia North Carolina coast, we really didn’t have “big” waves like you or Hawaii or California…. unless it was just after a northeaster and the wind was blowing from the west which held up the lip really well…

  • I don’t surf anymore, either. The longest board I ever rode was about 8 feet long and it was a lot of fun – so fast ! It’s interesting to hear a little bit about your surfing experience.

    – reflector

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 4 years ago

    I see that I am terribly behind. I always imagine how much fun it would be to live near a beach again when I see these pictures. A wonderful action shot.

  • I haven’t been very active on RB for over a month and I couldn’t even get online for about 3 weeks in September due to PC hardware failures, so you aren’t behind. I appreciate you dropping by Lori.

    Yes, the ocean is amazing and it looks so different each day. :))

    – reflector

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