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Surfboat Marathon - part 1

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 20 January 2012 in Sport & Recreation and Portfolio.

You have joined me as I launch my series on the 2012 George Bass Surfboat Marathon.

190km in seven days. The world's toughest surfboat race!

This year, 23 boats took part in the race from Batemans Bay to Eden. I joined the event for Day 4 - Narooma to Bermagui.

A sea mist welcomed the rowers as they arrived at Narooma surf beach. In this seascape, the jagged outcrop rising from the mist is the Glasshouse Rocks. If you refer to my previous post, you can see a more idyllic view of the monolith!

A big, rough sea had calmed overnight. The day before, one of the boats had an oar smashed in the wild surf.

The event takes place every two years. It retraces part of the journey undertaken by George Bass in 1797 when, with a longboat crew of six oarsmen, he mapped the south east coast of Australia.

NIKON D5000 1/200 second F/11.0 ISO 100 75 mm

Ani from Bordeaux, France

Excellent image. I like both plans, the first, coloured and happy, the second in the fog again. I like the rocks too.

20 Jan 2012 6:19am

Z from Shanghai, China

Super love the 'unclear' background of the seas and the rocks...Looks like these energetic dudes are going for the venture now!

20 Jan 2012 6:27am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très belle scène colorée animée et compo sur la plage.
Bravo et amitié

20 Jan 2012 6:41am

fereshteh. from Iran

Fascinating shot Stephen.

20 Jan 2012 7:08am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Getting ready for Fun & adventure...great moment.

20 Jan 2012 8:03am

Sebastien from Geneva, Switzerland

Crowded beach after empty ones!
The sea seems not to be flat, it's gonna be an interesting race...

20 Jan 2012 8:07am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

A l'eau et dépêchez-vous ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

20 Jan 2012 8:19am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Cool shot!

20 Jan 2012 8:32am

Ed von Ems from Vila do Conde, Portugal

Man at work!!!!!!

20 Jan 2012 8:47am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Good for the arms !! Lovely shot , I'm waiting for the action , Phil

20 Jan 2012 9:19am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Great composition wit a superb background ! Waiting for your marathon's photos .

20 Jan 2012 9:51am

tataray from france, France

Superbe scène de préparation.. En attendant de belles actions.))

20 Jan 2012 10:58am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

All looks a very serious business !

20 Jan 2012 11:06am

Baldwin J from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great image !! so vivid !!!

20 Jan 2012 11:40am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une belle journée qui s'annonce pour ces participants !!:)

20 Jan 2012 11:53am

Moein from Bandar-e-Anzali, Iran

nice shot :)

20 Jan 2012 11:56am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

An excellent capture and such a wonderful atmosphere. Can see the tension of the upcoming race. Wonderful colours. Very well captured and presented.

20 Jan 2012 12:20pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

fun or heavy work , it is not important . such a pretty place and atmosphere to do everything :)

20 Jan 2012 12:59pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Preparation before the race, superb shot and magnificent background. Good day.

20 Jan 2012 1:10pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That's a really interesting event. It is certainly a very demanding for participants and offers adventure and perhaps danger. Congratulations to the competitors. Nice picture, which tells the incident, which I'd never heard of.

20 Jan 2012 1:46pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

looks like there is lots to talk about, think about and get prepared for, better them than me i think...

20 Jan 2012 2:21pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

They look like a sturdy bunch to take on those rough waters. Love the mist. :O)

20 Jan 2012 2:34pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Great image, these guys must be incredibly fit to undertake this.

20 Jan 2012 2:37pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Stephen, must be quite a challenging race... the atmosphere feels a little tense!:-) Wonderful capture and tonality!

20 Jan 2012 3:09pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting graphic document dear friend! They seem happy ... ! We will follow the event. Best regards Adela

20 Jan 2012 3:45pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful light on this beach! one can feel the anticipation and tension in the air! love the turbulent background, too!

20 Jan 2012 4:18pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of the moment. Nice atmosphere and preparations for the adventure. Excellent. :)

20 Jan 2012 4:23pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

qu'elel chance, chez moi l'hiver est pluvieux, et j'ai une grande envie de sable et de soleil

20 Jan 2012 4:45pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

An image that encourages lingering and interest...lovely muted backdrop accentuates what is happening on the beach. The surf still looks a bit rough and I like the one fellow looking out...contemplating!

20 Jan 2012 5:02pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Love this shot...love the subdued background against the colorful foreground and a very interesting marathon.

20 Jan 2012 5:02pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This has an excellent fusion of foreground detail and beautiful rugged background to tell the "future" story.

20 Jan 2012 5:30pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

There's a story in the making here

20 Jan 2012 5:51pm

Karen Politte from Conway, AR, United States

wow......those guys must be pretty tough! That sea looks a mite angry.....

20 Jan 2012 6:14pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice shot and treatment, a place where I'd like to be at this very moment.
And I also like the background :)

20 Jan 2012 6:14pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful colours and muted light in this misty shot Stephen! There seems to be some trepidation on the part of the participants to enter the fray! ;-)

20 Jan 2012 7:23pm

philippe from moselle, France

vu comme la mer est déchaînée, les esprits doivent être un peu bouillonnants avant le départ !!!

20 Jan 2012 8:32pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Great shot & explanation. You can feel the expectation as these guys prepare for what sounds like a gruelling event.

20 Jan 2012 8:59pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Very nice beach image!!! I like the very colourful foreground contrasting with the foggy background

20 Jan 2012 10:44pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

here we go

20 Jan 2012 10:53pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great PoV with nice DoF! I love the effect the mist has on the rock formations in the background.

21 Jan 2012 12:47am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

Hou la la... le spectacle promet d'être bon...

21 Jan 2012 2:23am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Great job capturing the mood here as these guys get ready. Well done!

21 Jan 2012 4:21am

k@ from Paris, France

Superb with this delicate light on the background, let's go ! Inviting.

21 Jan 2012 5:48pm

Hilde Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Beautiful composition with the busy foreground and background, one colorful one muted. I love it!

21 Jan 2012 9:56pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Wonderful composition showing them getting ready for the event.

22 Jan 2012 3:11pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An entirely different atmosphere than yesterday's post. Must be some tough guys, and gals, doing this race.

26 Jan 2012 3:49am

1/200 second
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