Autumn is a good season for sizeable swell along the Victorian west coast between Gibson Steps and Peterborough. Sometimes the swell is less than forecast. But on this day it was bigger than forecast. I discovered this while driving to Warrnambool and it was just good luck I had the camera and telephoto lens in the car.
The two surfers in the photos were out at Two Mile late morning alternating between driving the jet-ski and being towed by it on to these waves. The three photos immediately below were taken during three different rides. They were a good team. Of course they caught a lot more than three waves. Each of these surfers is a goofy footed rider – they surf with their right foot forward on the board and their left foot back. On a right such as the waves in these photos, a goofy footer is surfing on his backhand i.e. his back is to the wave.
I have placed these shots at the start of this post because they are the three that I most like to ponder when I revisit the session I witnessed through my photo files. These photos appear again below in context with other photos of the three rides.
The coast around Two Mile
The swell at Gibson Steps
There were no riders out on either of the two occasions I drove past Gibson Steps on Tuesday.
Scenery on the paddle out or jet-ski ride to Two Mile
Closer examination of this image revealed that the nose of his board is just visible in this shot. See enlargement of this detail in the next photo.