Summer Solstice Swell

A very solid swell hit the west coast of Victoria on Sunday 22 December 2019.

I took these photos at Marengo Point and Little Henty Reef, a couple of kms south of Apollo Bay.

I can always be found in the front row when the ocean puts on a show like this.



Middle of the day

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End of the day

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Postscript: Last Sunday, the day these photos were taken, a rock fisherman at Separation Creek (about 29 kms east of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road) drowned after being washed off the rocks by this swell.

This is a fate suffered by far too many rock fishermen. There are many risks in our society which are impossible to eliminate or difficult to mitigate. But drowning while rock fishing could be totally eliminated by the simple expedient of a light upper body harness, attached to a light line which is secured to a substantial eye bolt placed in the rocks above the high water mark for this purpose.

One thought on “Summer Solstice Swell

  1. Raw, torrential power, a prelude to explosion. Over and over. It tranfixes the eye and sears the memory.
    A sober postscript John and if only your practical advice were more widely known, as each summer we read this news. Tragically, some men are not respectfully awed by this force of nature.


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