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Posted by Ben, Mar 24 2008, 09:06 PM

Even though the surf wasn't big, Perth Beaches were fabulous this Easter.

I made a few discoveries:

  • My 11 yo sons is a goofy foot (for you non-surfers, it means right foot forward surfer and it means facing the wave wall of a left peeling wave) which is great for the predominantly left-hander waves of Western Australia.
  • Glass in my foot while walking at the beach. I think F'n brain dead, unthinking people who bring glass to the beach should be banned from the beach for a summer or two. There is no convincing reason to bring glass to the beach. Even sparkling wine can be bought in cans or plastic bottles. I used to get thripence for each bottle I collected. There was no broken glass problem then. I think the Western Australian government and glass bottle distibutors are poor at social engineering, corporate social responsiblity and care for the beach environment. What do you think?

    The glass problems starts innocently like this ...

    ... in a beach-side place like this
  • That in small waves laying down on my son's small soft board is nearly as much fun as standing. Waves...



Posted by Ben, Jan 19 2008, 06:09 PM in Water Sports

I brought my nipper (junior trainee surf life saver) to the Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club House this morning for the annual Dough Hatch swim. As I paid for breakfast a friendly club member encouraged me to join in. A couple of years ago I swam from Brighton Beach to Trigg Island but a lot of computer work lately on a VERY large, problematic site: "Accommodation Near", caused my level of fitness decline. The last time I swam in a swimming competition was circa 1966 in the pool at Guildford Grammar where I got my Bronze Medallion. I'd heard of old guys like me dying after sudden exertion so even though I was puffed out on the beach run to the finishing flags, I still held some energy in reserve because I didn't want to die in front of my boy. The good news is I came second :-) I need now tell you it was to a very fit lady and that we had a head start because it was a handy-capped race. Why I'm telling you this is because the main thing it was a lot of good fun, including the sociable breakfast where VERY fit Joe, Paul and friends came and sat with me. The food...

Seals, Whales and other large marine mammals

Posted by Ben, Jan 16 2008, 06:49 PM

Seeing large mammals in a zoo is interesting but seeing large wildlife such as marine mammals on Seal Island, just 6 minutes sail from Perth's Sunset Coast Beaches, is thought proving, and simply wonderful. A few months ago we saw 5 seals on Seal Island including a pup. This time there were only 4. Even writing about them I'm scared that the promote might attract one loony to the island but on the other hand if you don't know you'll never enjoy being with them. Even in commercial terms the marine mammal meat value to loonies is minimal to minimal compared to the tourism / watching value. But commercialism aside, the joy for this and future generations to see wildlife in their natural environment so close to Perth is priceless. Even it Seal Island didn't have seals, bird watching on seal island or snorkelling it's very clear waters inside the protection of the 3 mile reef, makes Seal Island a worth while visit.

Just keep in mind that sharks like seals too, so if you swim near Seal Island there is a VERY small chance of being mistaken for a seal.

Video of Seals...


Posted by Ben, Aug 2 2007, 10:47 PM

After desert of Coral Bay north of Perth and then 2 weeks of continuous July rain in Perth, cabin fever was starting to set in when a happy web marketing client of mine gave me a free bonus flight from Perth to Broome between the 7th and 12 of August for a 40th birthday party at Cable Beach where sunsets were spectacular every evening.

It was good to catch up with Broome friends including Mark Manado, surfing friends Trevor Mitchell and Steve Zimmerley. I hadn't seen my Broome surfing mates for 30 years but we struck up friendly conversations as if those 30 years were like yesterday. Steve introduced me to Bill Reid whom remembered meeting me when I lived in the Cook Islands. Mark was a great host at the TAFE aquaculture research and training laboratories. He also studied the horse racing form guide for the Broome races so well that he picked a winner or place in every race for me. smile.gif Mark was going to show me his cultural retreat / accommodation near Broome, the Barramundi Moon, 150km north along the...

Coral Bay

Posted by Ben, Jul 21 2007, 10:08 AM

Without enough volunteer moderators like me, moderation of the Perth Forum and The Perth Calendar has been held up for a couple of weeks while I enjoyed a great, well diserved two week holiday at Coral Bay with my 11yo son. We went camping, fishing, I taught him how to drive, snorkelling in the coral filled lagoon. All this in warm shorts and t-shirt weather while Perth froze in winter.

On the drive back to Perth we saw the first blooms of Western Australian wildflowers in late July. Wildflower season starts in north western Australia and then over the next few months moves down towards Wave Rock.
We also saw historical things such as the German life boat from the WWII raider "Kormoran" near the Carnarvon Jetty....

.... and the memorial to the HMAS Sydney II it sunk

More of our trip from Perth Photos.

This new research vessel will be chartered by German marine biologists to study the Ningaloo Reef in 2008.

Holiday Destinations Near Perth

Posted by Ben, Jun 11 2007, 11:01 AM

On the recent long weekend, my neighbour and his Walpole friend introduced me to the wonderful inlets near Walpole. After living in Perth all these years I didn't realise such beautiful natural environments existed so close to Perth. Where tall tree forested hills with streams lead down to HUGE inlets bigger than Perth Waters. Walpole CBD is on the shores of an inlet about the size of Perth Waters. An channel leads to an even larger inlet. Another channel from this larger inlet to the Great Southern Ocean is full of aquatic birds and sea creatures. I also discovered the well shaped large Great Southern Ocean surf. Recent additions to my Panoramio photos will show some of these AMAZINGLY beautiful places including view from my over water accommodation examples below:

The swell was too big to go game fishing in the Great Southern Ocean but looking out to sea from the Broke inlet sand bar/beach I saw lots of large sea birds working bait fish.

Above: Me looking out over "Inconspicuous Beach" south of the "Valley of the Giants".

I'm looking forward to showing my...

Eagles Perth

Posted by Ben, May 21 2007, 05:46 PM

After taking my tall 10yo "Scarborough Seagull" football player son to Allen Park to watch him rucking in Sunday morning junior league football, (his second match ever)
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...I went for a surf in a rain storm which broke my board in two sad.gif Even worse: the next day was perfect glass. Sunday afternoon it was off to watch my favourite Australian rules football team play Melbourne at Subiaco Oval.
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I remember going to watch East Perth and Swan District matches when I was son Jon's age, dressed in a woollen football jumper. This time, suited for the occasion, we were warmly greeted by very friendly, hostess Nadia.

Eagles strategy and skills helped beat Melbourne by 77 points. Chris Judd smarts, speed and strength were amazing. A super star athlete. Also a treat was an eagle next to me in this photo.
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The photographer thought he'd snapped this photo with my eye shut. My right eye was shut most of the time because with a hooked beak and talons like that, so close to me, I was worried for my eye...

Surf Life Saving Photos

Posted by Ben, Mar 30 2007, 03:05 PM in Water Sports

Great weather for the 2007 Western Australian Surf Life Saving Championships and the Aussies brought large crowds of spectators to Scarborough Beach to watch this uniquely Australian water sports event. Tens of thousands of people came from all over Australia. It was good to hear Steve Howard of News Corp donate one million dollars to Surf Life Saving Australia. It'd be good to see more corporate donations to worthwhile causes.
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The surf boat racing events took place right in front of the Perth surf cam but after working for over a year, the camera stopped working the day the Masters events started. I had to dismantle it and take the camera for repair. However I did take some nice surf carnival action photos.

Related: www.surfingaustralia.info & www.surfingphotos.info

Night Surfing

Posted by Ben, Mar 7 2007, 08:29 PM

Night surfing tonight was a first for me; helped by lights from the new Scarborough Beach amphitheatre. I've seen night surfers at City Beach but now I've experienced it in small waves. It was difficult to see waves coming including distance and size but once standing and surfing towards the beach, light from the amphitheatre was enough to reflect brightly off the surface of the water. It'd be nice to have some powerful flood lights pointed right on the waves for hot night surfing. I've been spearfishing at night when sleeping fish in the middle of the South Pacific are an easy non-moving target. I've been sailing at night in the South Pacific. Surfing at night adds a unique water sports experience to the surfing sport I love.

Wish You (pink pig) Were Here, Rock Art

Posted by Ben, Feb 12 2007, 07:50 AM

Last week I went by coach to Wave Rock on assignment. Going past Guildford Grammar I noticed first years' induction tours. The students still having to wear ties on the hottest of Australian summer days. This European tradition is one of the things I resented about Guildford. Culture verses logic? Just as I thought wearing of long robes in the humid and hot (54 degrees) Arabia was illogical so to do I believe wearing neck ties in business culture of the Western countries illogical. Being driven this time was a good way to catch up on rest after working 20 hours straight the day before.
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At Wave Rock it was good to catch up with hospitable clients of mine from 5 years ago. Part of my assignment was to get new and improved content for www.waverock.com.au now that broadband is widely available. At 1pm I was out in the main street taking photos of great street art without my hat. I the wind on my skin felt hot as did my metal camera. Later I learned it was the hottest day on record. Their unusual 49 degrees was OK to me after living in Arabia. The first time I'd seen "Format...

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