This Week's Swell / by craig levers

 

Shippies at the height of this week's swell pulse

Shippies at the height of this week's swell pulse

Surfers around the world were watching and waiting this swell. The biggest Antarctic storm of the year so far has generated a massive swell that has been surfed in Indonesia, Western Australia, South Australia, and Tuesday was our turn to sample its power.

Camping under the stars, waiting for waves  

Camping under the stars, waiting for waves
 

So much of surfing is about the thrill of the chase, identifying a storm that could create swell, figuring out were and when that swell could reach landfall. Taking a punt, committing and just go. I travelled up the Shippies with Jessie Peters and Luke Crouch ahead of the swell to be there for it's arrival.

Supertubes on the evening the swell started to pulse. Click on the image to see it larger and for purchasing options

Supertubes on the evening the swell started to pulse. Click on the image to see it larger and for purchasing options

It's exciting to be in place waiting to welcome waves. The points slowly filled with other surfer/campers. There's always a friendly vibe of a shared goal and maybe even a mutual appreciation of a shared methodology- be there, be Johnny on the spot. It's really quite a privilege to enjoy Shippies' beauty. 

Jesse, stoking on the evening camp vibes  

Jesse, stoking on the evening camp vibes
 

Fellow photog Lindsay Butler, back from working on the Rigs in the Bass Strait, and hating being on the frontside of the lens

Fellow photog Lindsay Butler, back from working on the Rigs in the Bass Strait, and hating being on the frontside of the lens

 Best bach on the beach!   

 Best bach on the beach! 
 

Everyone slept lightly, the swell, very literally, started to roar at 1am. Moonlit lines of whitewash pushing further out and along, is it peaking now? Will it last until dawn? Am I parked high enough up out of the washes? 

The mission I came for, pano camera in place  

The mission I came for, pano camera in place
 

No one slept in, that said no one hurried out either, the swell was huge and the tide was only going to get better. I had my own mission, and I was not relishing it. On my [ever growing] Need To Have image list is a series of images from Shippies super dune. It's a daunting dune for a film photographer, but I wanted to take up enough kit that I had everything covered.

Simplicity and muted morning tones, Click on the image to see it larger and for purchasing options  

Simplicity and muted morning tones, Click on the image to see it larger and for purchasing options
 

 Time to shoot some surfing

 Time to shoot some surfing

 Old mate Dave Gilbert giving the swell some scale

 Old mate Dave Gilbert giving the swell some scale

Tom Shand was ripping on his snubby

Tom Shand was ripping on his snubby

How stoked would you be with this wall to scribe on!

How stoked would you be with this wall to scribe on!

The swell that made many a camper very happy

The swell that made many a camper very happy

That trek up the dune was appreciated, Surfline ran one of my images. 

That trek up the dune was appreciated, Surfline ran one of my images.