Jeff Rowley Albatross Paddle
JEFF Rowley's Solo Paddle In at 'Albatross' during the recent Australian winter swell.
A series of low pressure systems in the Southern Ocean caused a large swell to hit the southern coastline of Australia in July 2012, perfect for an outer reefbreak in Victoria named 'Albatross', notorious for the giant birds swooping at surfers.
Jeff Rowley paddled out solo on a 9.8 rhino chaser and took 30 minutes slogging against the rip to reach 'Albatross', which is located approximately 2- 3 kilometres out to sea. Jeff said, "I've been waiting months for the Southern Ocean to come alive. When I saw the weather charts I was prepared for the biggest and best day of the year in Australian waters".
On catching the waves, Rowley said "Albatross is a challenging wave, you're so far out to sea and there is nothing to line up on or get your bearings, just the waves. It took me over two hours to catch my first wave, but it was well worth the wait -- that was the wave of my winter so far".
© 2013 Jeffrey Rowley