The February swell that swept into the East Coast and drifted south made a direct hit on Gisborne. The wonky, wobbly swell hit with such intensity that only few breaks could properly handle the volume of water moving around. The unusual easterly swell direction added to the confusion. But if you knew where to look you’d reap the rewards.
Local surf photographer, Logan Murray, managed to sniff out a couple of spots on the coast that were turning all that swell energy into some pretty impressive barrels.
Needless to say, the usual suspects were zeroing in on the same spots, with Maz Quinn and Ricardo Christie leading the charge in Gisborne.
Here are a handful of images from one of the masters of surf photography. Enjoy.
The slightly unhinged swell needed the right set-up to break cleanly. Photo: Logan Murray
Maz Quinn slotted deep and committed on a solid wave. Photo: Logan Murray
We all wish we'd paddled out here. Photo: Logan Murray
New Zealand's WCT hope, Ricardo Christie, enjoying his backyard. Photo: Logan Murray
Dreamy line-up. Photo: Logan Murray
Here's one for you to mind-surf. Photo: Logan Murray