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A Wink And A Nod – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

A Wink And A Nod – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Sean Doherty reports from an epic Finals Day at Bells and Winkipop.

3 23 Apr 2014
Video: Far Northern NSW – Easter Saturday, 2014

Video: Far Northern NSW – Easter Saturday, 2014

Standout Sessions: The long weekend delivers!

4 22 Apr 2014
Latest News

Video: Joel Parkinson Bells Preparation

How does Parko prepare for Bells?

0 23 Apr 2014
Video: Dane Reynolds Dirty Dozen

Video: Dane Reynolds Dirty Dozen

0 22 Apr 2014
Video: The Captain | Red Bull Cape Fear

Video: The Captain | Red Bull Cape Fear

2 16 Apr 2014
Official Forecast – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Official Forecast – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

0 14 Apr 2014
Win a Simon Anderson Surfboard Competition

Win a Simon Anderson Surfboard Competition

2 14 Apr 2014
EVENTS
Thundercloud Final Tour dates

Thundercloud Final Tour dates

Byron Bay - 25th, 26th & 29th April Cremorne - 1st May

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2 ft - NW winds @ 6 knots Mostly sunny. 15°C, water 22°C

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1-2 ft - WNW winds @ 7 knots Mostly sunny. °C, water 22°C

Curl Curl

1-2 ft - WNW winds @ 7 knots Mostly sunny. °C, water 22°C

Popular This Week
Video: Far Northern NSW – Easter Saturday, 2014

Video: Far Northern NSW – Easter Saturday, 2014

Standout Sessions: The long weekend delivers!

Video: Russell Bierke Saturday Morning Pit

Video: Russell Bierke Saturday Morning Pit

Wave of the Week: Bierkey navigates big ol' ocean with his South Coast cool.

Video: The Captain | Red Bull Cape Fear

Video: The Captain | Red Bull Cape Fear

Mark Mathews has built his career on predicting swells. This knowledge is crucial when it comes to deciding when to run Red Bull Cape Fear. As we enter the waiting period, the pressure mounts on Mark to get the decision right.

Photo Feature: The Elevated Line-ups of Rod Owen

The Merewether turned Maroubra-based photographer is one of the leading pixel-trappers in the surfing world. His frames of empty ocean, be that a unique wedge or an original angle are simply world class. The following is a selected feature gallery of elevated stoke.

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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Tomaree headland in Port Stephens at dawn.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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A southern NSW A-frame about to unload in flawless conditions.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Straight lines in Southern Oz.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Abstract sand dunes at daybreak in Newcastle, NSW.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Pyramid chasing its shadow onto dry reef.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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A lone surfer waiting for peaks at a north coast wedge.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Solitude in far northern Indonesia, not a surfer in sight.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Abstract waves, foam and whitewash combine to make one of my favourite images.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Never-ending Indonesian lines in flawless condtions.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Victorian beach break – not a soul around.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Groomed A-frame peak breaking in ankle-deep crystal clear water.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Unknown surfer and friend at Australia's most isolated beach.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Ocean textures with a lonely peak.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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A Daybreak peak sneaks past the pack.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Isolation with one of the country's heaviest and most beautiful waves.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Low level fog and sunrise making for some moody landscapes in Central NSW.
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Rod Owen – Elevated Line-ups
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Crystal clean beach breaks lining up in Forster, NSW.
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Features
The Roo and The Road – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

The Roo and The Road – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Rounds 3 & 4 – Sean Doherty reports from a huge day at Bells.

7 21 Apr 2014
Blackhawk Down – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Blackhawk Down – Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach 2014

Round 2 – Sean Doherty reports from the cliffs of Bells on Easter Sunday.

0 20 Apr 2014
Video: Russell Bierke Saturday Morning Pit

Video: Russell Bierke Saturday Morning Pit

Wave of the Week: Bierkey navigates big ol' ocean with his South Coast cool.

6 17 Apr 2014
Latest News

Video: The Best At The Box

Best of The Web: Before the ASP made the call, the world's best were out there.

1 11 Apr 2014
Video: Surplus Brett Burcher

Video: Surplus Brett Burcher

0 8 Apr 2014
Video: Jamie O'Brien Rides Iconic Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt At Pipe

Video: Jamie O'Brien Rides Iconic Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt At Pipe

1 7 Apr 2014
Video: Taj, Parko, Dorian in WA's South-West

Video: Taj, Parko, Dorian in WA's South-West

0 4 Apr 2014
Number Crunch: Julian Wilson

Number Crunch: Julian Wilson

0 3 Apr 2014
Young, Free, Alright!
Max Stewart: Young, Free, Alright!

Max Stewart: Young, Free, Alright!

Interview: Meet the 23 year old surfboard shaper behind Eye Symmetry.

Jake Nelson: Young, Free, Alright!

Jake Nelson: Young, Free, Alright!

Gallery & Interview: Long-haired Central Coast enthusiasm is strong with this one.

Charlie Hardy: Young, Free, Alright!

Charlie Hardy: Young, Free, Alright!

We talked to Charlie Hardy and he told us about his recent trip up to the Goldy and his aim to capture the unconventional comp shot, it put a smile on our dial. Here is his story.

Wade Carroll: Young, Free, Alright!

Wade Carroll: Young, Free, Alright!

Interview & Clips with Mikey Wright's best mate, and talented filmer.

Kris Martyn: Young, Free, Alright!

Kris Martyn: Young, Free, Alright!

Interview & Gallery: Fifteen and rad-cool with a Ray Collins/Trent Mitchell inspired frame.

Wave Of The Week
Video: Russell Bierke Saturday Morning Pit

Video: Russell Bierke Saturday Morning Pit

Wave of the Week: Bierkey navigates big ol' ocean with his South Coast cool.

Video: Piped at Dee Why Point

Video: Piped at Dee Why Point

Wave of the Week: Jaymes Triglone does very well on this one...

Video: Russell Bierke Wondrous Bird's Eye Tube

Video: Russell Bierke Wondrous Bird's Eye Tube

Wave of The Week: Somewhere in New South Wales Russell Bierke scored this shack, and got it caught on a drone.

Video: Mick Fanning's Monday Morning At Kirra

Video: Mick Fanning's Monday Morning At Kirra

Wave of The Week: That stall, that barrel, that wave. An excellent start to the week for our World Champ.

Video: Mark Mathews Cape Solander Slab - March 16, 2014

Video: Mark Mathews Cape Solander Slab - March 16, 2014

Wave of the Week: Mark Mathews gets towed into a beauty.

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Follow @coastalwatch & tag your pics with #coastalwatch, we'll do the rest.

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Another shot from my shoot with @loopy_dj the other day
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rhayn murphy photography

Another shot from my shoot with @loopy_dj the other day

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thetwobrothers @thetwobrothers
thetwobrothers

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Another cracking day for the finals at bells beach #whowillringthebell #bellsbeach #ripcurl #coastalwatch #sunrise
boardrax @boardrax
BoardRAX

Another cracking day for the finals at bells beach #whowillringthebell #bellsbeach #ripcurl #coastalwatch #sunrise

Letting it spray with a layback hack. #dbar #goldcoast #gc #surf #surfing #swellnet #stabfullframe #coastalwatch #instagood #instasize #instawave #frothin #picoftheday #photooftheday #wave #waveoftheday #wanderlust #beach
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Patrizio Cook

Letting it spray with a layback hack. #dbar #goldcoast #gc #surf #surfing #swellnet #stabfullframe #coastalwatch #instagood #instasize #instawave #frothin #picoftheday #photooftheday #wave #waveoftheday #wanderlust #beach

Today is #earthday and we, the people of #australia, are facing serious challenges to preserve our land and protect our rivers, our ocean, our air, the places where we go to embrace nature, the places that people from all over the world dreams to see and visit because our land is wild since the dreamtime. The #northernrivers is no exception and it's so close from our #goldcoast. Let's say #nofracking in this area, sign petitions, support local actions and make your voice be heard. We don't want a wasteland here, do we? 💚
sweetocean_ @sweetocean_
Gold Coast Beach Culture

Today is #earthday and we, the people of #australia, are facing serious challenges to preserve our land and protect our rivers, our ocean, our air, the places where we go to embrace nature, the places that people from all over the world dreams to see and visit because our land is wild since the dreamtime. The #northernrivers is no exception and it's so close from our #goldcoast. Let's say #nofracking in this area, sign petitions, support local actions and make your voice be heard. We don't want a wasteland here, do we? 💚

Nice little backside snap! #dbar #goldcoast #gc #surf #surfing #swellnet #stabfullframe #coastalwatch #instagood #instasize #picoftheday #photooftheday #beach #wave #waveoftheday #sunset #wanderlust
patrizio_photog @patrizio_photog
Patrizio Cook

Nice little backside snap! #dbar #goldcoast #gc #surf #surfing #swellnet #stabfullframe #coastalwatch #instagood #instasize #picoftheday #photooftheday #beach #wave #waveoftheday #sunset #wanderlust

D'bah impersonating Bells for Ed and MF #tbt @eddkelly @mfanno
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Stephen walters

D'bah impersonating Bells for Ed and MF #tbt @eddkelly @mfanno

When you have a good thing, roll with it!  Manly Beach #instagasmicphotography
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When you have a good thing, roll with it! Manly Beach #instagasmicphotography

Empty stormy peeler 🌊
thetwobrothers @thetwobrothers
thetwobrothers

Empty stormy peeler 🌊

My CF card reader is busted so my digital shots are stuck . Here's a film shot I'd normally post on @andrsn_analog . A very fun day surfing this joint down the coast all to myself
joshandrsn @joshandrsn
Josh Anderson

My CF card reader is busted so my digital shots are stuck . Here's a film shot I'd normally post on @andrsn_analog . A very fun day surfing this joint down the coast all to myself

Low tide dreams @ #snapper 🌊
sweetocean_ @sweetocean_
Gold Coast Beach Culture

Low tide dreams @ #snapper 🌊

Some fairly large sets were lining up behind the rock at snapper on saturday morning.
#coastalwatch #snapperrocks
dave_read @dave_read
Dave Read

Some fairly large sets were lining up behind the rock at snapper on saturday morning. #coastalwatch #snapperrocks

#iluka #wkend #runawayholiday #sun #summer #sea #surf #roadtrip #beach #rockcliffs #sunset #rockpools #waves #bluffsbeach
mandykaye25 @mandykaye25
Mandy O'Connell

#iluka #wkend #runawayholiday #sun #summer #sea #surf #roadtrip #beach #rockcliffs #sunset #rockpools #waves #bluffsbeach

High on some storm water.
thetwobrothers @thetwobrothers
thetwobrothers

High on some storm water.

Easter surf -fricken massive
mandykaye25 @mandykaye25
Mandy O'Connell

Easter surf -fricken massive

Some of the biggest sets I've seen #surf #sea #waves #water #beach #sun #sand #ocean #saltspray #barrel #angourie #nsw #noisywave #coastalwatch #easter #longwkend
mandykaye25 @mandykaye25
Mandy O'Connell

Some of the biggest sets I've seen #surf #sea #waves #water #beach #sun #sand #ocean #saltspray #barrel #angourie #nsw #noisywave #coastalwatch #easter #longwkend

Sharing is caring. Shark Island on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #bodyboard #bodyboarding #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #leboogie #lid #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

Sharing is caring. Shark Island on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #bodyboard #bodyboarding #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #leboogie #lid #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

Shark Island on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

Shark Island on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

Sharing is caring III. Shark Island madness on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #bodyboard #bodyboarding #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #leboogie #lid #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

Sharing is caring III. Shark Island madness on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #bodyboard #bodyboarding #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #leboogie #lid #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

Sharing is caring II. Shark Island on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #bodyboard #bodyboarding #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #leboogie #lid #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

Sharing is caring II. Shark Island on Friday. #sharkisland #cronulla #bodyboard #bodyboarding #slab #barrel #wedge #surf #surfing #instagood #sea #ocean #island #nulla #tube #surfphoto #Easter #sick #swell #swellnet #coastalwatch #leboogie #lid #lidkid #cronullasurfers #goodfriday

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