30/1/2018 Peter Keelan sent me some great surfing photos taken at Leggy Point
Peter Keelan Leggy 2010
Peter Keelan Leggy Point
Peter Keelan Leggy Point 2017
Pete’s collection of fine channel bottom surfboards, all of these are made by master board maker Sam Egan
Peter Keelan with his Channel Bottom Boards
23/1/2018 Redhead First Creek has stopped flowing, never seen that before, sure need some rain.
Redhead first creek dried up 23-01-18
1920’s Arial photo of Blacksmiths Breakwater and looking past Swansea Heads from hunterlivinghistories site. A lot has changed since then, just out to sea past Caves Beach you can see the reef break we surfed that became the breakwater know known as Spoon Rocks.
Blacksmiths Breakwater 1920s
1989 BHP Newcastle Surfing Comp signed poster, some fine names on there.
1989 Newcastle BHP Comp poster
Sea Slug Swansea 21/11/2017 Like a garden slug with wings only bigger
Sea Slug Swansea 21-11-17
Walking the dog on Redhead beach 12/11/2017
Shadows walking on the beach 12-11-17
Jimmy Lewis SUP Paddle goes as good as it looks.
Jimmy Lewis SUP Paddle 21-10-17
Redhead Beach early morning soft colours 15/7/2017
Redhead Beach in colours 15-07-17
Redhead Beach clouds 14/10/2017. Stuff happening in the sky.
Redhead beach clouds 14-10-17
Redhead Beach pollution 1/10/2017. The worst case I have ever seen, this “algie bloom” has been pushing up on Redhead Beach for 5 days. No idea where its coming from. Surfing in it not recommended.
Polluted Redhead Beach 01-10-17
29/09/2017 Regarding the photo of the Blob – we went for a paddle at Swansea again and found the water turned purple near shore.
Sea Hare squirt Swansea 29-09-17
On a closer look something under the sand was squirting out a purple ink
Sea Hare squirt Swansea 2 29-09-17
I put my paddle under it and found this beast known as a Sea Hare
Sea Hare Swansea 29-09-17
The Blob 27/9/2017. On a sand island in Swansea Chanel we found this moving blob of gristle, no idea what it is and never seen one before.
Lake Monster Swansea 27-09-17
Swansea 27/9/2017. The Skydive plane drops parachutists and the bird population from the small sand island scatter.
Plane & Birds Swansea 27-09-17
Razor Clam shell Swansea channel 27/9/2017
Razor Clam Swansea 27-09-17
Sam on his kayak spinning for flathead Black Neds Bay 3/9/17
Sam fishing from Kayak 03-09-17
Some decent boats on the way out of Swansea Channel 11/9/2017.
Boats in Swansea Channel 11-09-17
Huge surf Redhead 20/8/2017 About as big as is gets here.
Big seas Redhead 20-08-17
A huge wave pushes over the beach and up the dry Redhead Beach Second Creek bed then comes back down 20/8/2017. A day to be careful walking on the beach.
Big wave up 2nd creek 20-08-17
Big surf again. Redhead Beach 19/8/2017
Big Wave Redhead 19-08-17
Rock shelf Redhead Bluff
Redhead Bluff rock pool 20-10-14
Big, cold wild waves Redhead Beach 1st July 2017
Big waves Redhead Beach 01-07-17
A wet start to the June long weekend 10/6/2017 The clouds seemed alive.
Redhead Beach Clouds 10-06-17
Fisherman in sea mist Redhead Beach 27/5/2017. The land temperature was about 5 and the water was 18 degrees so when the water hit the beach it created a bigamist.
Redhead fisherman in sea mist 27-05-17
Redhead Beach pearl like sun 31-05-17
Redhead Beach pearl like sun rising 31-05-17
Redhead Beach sand sculpture 03/06/17 Mother Natures own Picasso on the beach
Redhead Beach sand sculpture 03-06-17
Redhead Bluff 24/5/2017 pink early morning glow after a thunderstorm.
Redhead Bluff Stormy Morning 24-05-17
Last nights Chardonnay on the beach. Early morning Redhead Beach 7/5/207 The tide had come in and gone back out and the glass of chardy remained upright and half empty.
Wine glass in the sand 07-05-17
Redhead Beach sun rise 23/04/2017. The sun shining through and over a low cloud bank and the only set of waves to come through.
Redhead Beach sunrise 23-04-017
Mark Richards and me with my photos at Surf Art exhibition for Surfest around 2008
Mark Richards & Crow at Surf Art exhibition
From DPI Fisheries – Regarding Drones detect sharks at Redhead Dec/Jan 2016-2017
Thanks for the comments on your shark encounter. We at Hover UAV were the drone operators conducting the shark surveillance. We spoke about your need for a siren on the drone for immediate alerting to water users at the time of your encounter. Since we have developed such a siren that will immediately alert water users of a hazardous shark.
You may also be interested in this video that shows your second encounter with a Bull shark shortly after the first.
Drones detect sharks at Redhead UTUBE:
The drone trial alerted me and others in the surf when sharks were about. I hope drone use is implemented into beach patrols as often and in as many places as possible – Crow
Storm coming 22-03-17. I looked out the front door and noticed Mother Nature wasn’t happy.
Storm Clouds Redhead 22-03-17
Red Sky in the morning – Shepherd’s warning – followed up by 10 days of bad weather. Redhead beach 13-03-17
Red Sky Morning Redhead beach 13-03-17
Redhead Beach unknown surfer 4/6/2011. I took this one 6 years ago but I cropped the original photo to show up the surfer better, in an awesome pit.
Redhead surfer 4-6-11
Redhead Beach 7th March 2017. A wild storm overnight heaved up the “pog” lying on the bottom of the ocean and whipped up a wild batch of horrible brown foam and dumped it on the beach. As Frank sang it … don’t you eat the yellow snow cause that’s were the husky’s go.
Redhead Beach pog 07-03-17
Hopefuly the last of the too hot weather days this season. The sun coming up hot Redhead Beach 16th February 2017.
Hot day ahead Redhead Beach 16-02-17
The first Stand Up Paddler?
The following article appeared in Surfer Magazine in January 1988, words and photo by Robert Beck. The photo shows Bob Ah Choy at Waikiki standing up using a paddle taking photos of tourists surfing. The article states Bob has been doing it for 2 years and took over from his brother Leonard who did it for 10 years, probably making the him the first SUP rider starting around 1976.
The first stand-up paddler
Redhead Beach sunrise cloud burst 7/1/2017
Redhead beach clouds at sunrise 07-01-17
Sam on SUP Black Neds Bay Swansea 4/1/2017 swapped his rod for a paddle for a change.
Sam on SUP Black Neds Bay
Redhead Beach Shark spotting Drone Trial.
The shark sighting arial drone trial at Redhead Beach has proved helpfull today and hopefully will save lives. I was out in the surf at 08:30 Tuesday 20/12/2016 when I saw a 3 metre shark just a few metres away, just behind the break about a 100 metres out from the Shark Tower. Lucky I was up on my SUP and could see the dark shape lurking below nearby and I dont think I would have seen it sitting on a surfboard. I started to paddle in and alerted the only other nearby surfer and we paddled in together. The government funded drone trial had just started for the day and one of the operators was running down to the waters edge to alert us. They also had just sighted the shark. The Drone operators then put an alert on their shark phone app and when the Life guards arrived soon after to start work they were already aware and immediatley launched the jet ski to search for the shark. Hopefully the drone can operate longer hours and alert people in the water with a siren if the Lifesavers are not present.
Photo taken from Drone as in Newcastle Herald 22/12/16
Shark & Crow from drone 20-12-16