South Australia September 12, 2009.

22 Sep 2009 0

Smoke on the water.

Smoke on the water.

Fire in the sky

Fire in the sky

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? oh, no it is a bird.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? oh, no it is a bird.

The road to Wolf Creek.

The road to Wolf Creek.

Know your rights.

Know your rights.

The three wise men.

The three wise men.

Split. Locals only.

Split. Locals only.

Deep Purple.

Deep Purple.

The grass isn’t always greener.

The grass isn’t always greener.

The boys with their toys.

The boys with their toys.

Perfection.

Perfection.

Man standing on cliff.

Man standing on cliff.

Josiah well placed.

Josiah well placed.

A solid horrie standing up.

A solid horrie standing up.

Josiah stalling for tube time.

Josiah stalling for tube time.

Mark Harris snares a slab.

Mark Harris snares a slab.

Local grom Sam Ford slotting into a bomb.

Local grom Sam Ford slotting into a bomb.

Local groms spat out of some serious slabs.


a Tim Bonython Film - ASMF Touring Oct/Nov

www.asmf.net.au


After visiting my old playground in South Australia a few weeks back I became obsessed with weather maps for a possible return trip. Did you get a chance to view my last clip that included footage of – the Fantastic Noodles Intense Wave Invitational, and the epic empty day after? If not check it out – Here

A couple of weeks went by, and then suddenly a seriously intense low pressure system turned up on the charts. The same low that delivered last weeks massive Indo and WA swell.

Mark Mathews, Ryan Hipwood and Mark Visser all called me asking if I was keen to shoot them surfing massive Cow Bombie. I must admit I was freaking out contemplating how in the world we were going to get out of the bay at Grace Town with a predicted swell of 44 feet at 17 seconds. It’s hard enough in a 25 foot swell let alone 44 ft with a 30knot onshore wind.

The biggest concern was of course safety. I think Mark spoke to ‘Antman’ – and they concurred the real problem would be how fast the Cow Bombie wave moved in strong onshore winds. We all feared the wave would simply run you down, that it wouldn’t be possible to keep up with it, so the trip was cancelled.

What next! I sussed that the swell was also heading towards the Sth Australian coastline and combining with some very favourable winds.

I then called Jeff ‘the gate keeper’ Schmucker. Jeff was keen; he knew it was going to be on. His only instruction was, ‘If ya come, leave your buddies at home this session is for locals only.”

I agreed and set off solo.

Josiah Shmuckers 18th birthday was on that Saturday night September 12 at the local hall and it was happily messy. I bailed early to get some sleep because I knew that it was going to be busy the next day.

On Sunday I spent much of my time running around getting heaps of great general vision shots.

On Monday morning September 14 we were up at 4.30 am to head out to a semi secret spot an hour from town. Jeff described the place as being like Puerto Escondido on steroids.

After driving thru gate after gate with signage warning trespassers would be prosecuted we finally arrived at our destination. It was pumping and it was solid!

It reminded me of Off The Wall (Hawaii), – great big walls peeled fast and hard and most waves punched out buckets of spit.

It wasn’t easy, Mark Harris was the second ski driver was spooked by the way the walls hit the bottom and unleashed themselves on a flat felt like bottom.

So Jeff Schmucker towed his son Josiah and local grom Sam Ford into Hawaiian style walls for near on three hours, before the sea breeze kicked in.

Look out for an extended edit in this years Australian Surf Movie Festival touring in OCT/NOV 09. www.asmf.net.au

– Tim Bonython.

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