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Below are photos of non-WSL Championship Tour competitors having fun, winning, crashing, all the above.

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Water Walker

A ghost, she walks on water
In broadest light of day
A phantom, Huey’s daughter
Is what old legends say

If e’er you’re deemed deserving
As many will attest
You’ll think then of naught but surfing
As one of the obsessed
~ Geoff Rankin, 2017

This is the actual photo. I’ve not removed the surfboard or any part of the photo at all. It’s as is. Pretty cool, hey?

She's actually standing on the nose of a longboard which is hidden by spray, but that's our secret. Shhh!

Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Big Wave

I love the calmness of the surfer. Faced with a massive wave that looks like it could easily crush him and sweep him away, he doesn't flinch but actually walks on ahead unfazed. Don't we all at times have 'big waves' to face, waves that seem certain to sweep us away? The calmness and confidence of the surfer is due to the fact that he knows this wave is hitting the rocks and shooting straight up - it's all show. He will hardly get a drop on him.

Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Sit

Take a moment, sit, and think about all the things in life for which you can be thankful. You’ll come crashing back down to earth soon enough anyway, but that moment of tranquility, however brief it may be, might be just what you need to help you through the day. This guy’s moment of tranquility was over in under 1/10th of a second. Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Sun Set

Tahitian surfer Marie-Moana Troja ejects as the sun sets at Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Kurt With The Beard, Board & Shirt

Kurt Jacobs, coach of surfing rising star Isabella Nichols, shows his protégé that experience is a fine substitute for youthful exuberance. He also won my vote for best beard/board/shirt combo! At Snapper Rocks, 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Occy / Art Version

Aussie surfing world champ & legend Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo works his magic at Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017. He’s not walking on water, but he’s not far from it:) Photography & art by me.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Surf's Up, He's Down

If you don’t end up like this every once in a while you’re simply not trying hard enough! Same goes for the pros - they stack it all the time too. Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Ready, Set, Geronimo!

There are normally two modes of entry into the surf when the swell’s up at Snapper Rocks - either you walk in from the beach to fight against an unrelenting barrage of oncoming waves, or you bypass them entirely by CAREFULLY jumping in from the rocks. There is, however, a third way… Geronimo!

Local rider & shaper Ben Webb launches himself into the surf - I guess if he breaks his board he can just go make himself a new one! (I love the fins, by the way.) Snapper Rocks, 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Glowing Marie-Moana / Art Version

The golden afternoon sun illuminates Tahitian surfer Marie-Moana Troja as she lights up Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017. Photography & art by me.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Sometimes it all comes together. Sometimes it all falls apart. Snapper Rocks, 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Like Father, Like Son

Blood is thicker than water, especially when it’s in the blood to be on the water. Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Shadow Dancer / Art Version

Local pro surfer Codie Klein plays and dances with her shadow on the waves at Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017. Photography & art by me.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Big Waves, Big Braves, Big Saves

The driving desire of surfers is one of those unstoppable forces of nature. Pit against this other force of nature, skill levels can be no match for thrill levels with the surfer suffering repeated defeat. Even so, they return in turn, time and time again - the thirst never quenched, the thrill ever alluring.

I can happily confirm that this guy stuck the landing. Incredibly brave, super impressive and the ultimate thrill ride! All this in the beautiful late afternoon sun at Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Jimmy Getting The Lowdown

Local surfer Jimmy Heaney at Snapper Rocks, 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Dion Atkinson

South Australian pro surfer Dion Atkinson flies across the waves. He has that annoying habit of making it look easy:) Snapper Rocks, 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

Sheer Delight, Remarkable Day

She waits. She pauses. By that look in her eyes you can tell she knows this is going to be a remarkable day. She feels the sand, not only on her feet but also in her hands. She smiles, such a beaming smile brimming with sheer delight. The salty smell, the crash of the waves, the frenetic energy of the bustle of surfers around her, all wanting what she feels, all eagerly hoping to ride that most perfect of waves. There’s nowhere else she would rather be. Today she is in paradise. She waits. She pauses. She knows this is going to be a remarkable day.

Or perhaps she was simply tired and in need of a short rest after a long walk from where she eventually found a place to park:) - Snapper Rocks, Feb 2017.

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

© Copyright Geoff Rankin

 

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