Photographer's Note

This photo of a surf boat race was taken at South Port Beach in South Australia.

Surf Boat rowing has been an integral part of Australia’s' iconic Surf Life Saving movement since 1905 when double ended planked whalers were used for rescue. Now used for competition only with fiberglass boats equipped with carbon oars the boat area of a Surf carnival is where the action is. Starting in the shallows in heats of six the crews leap into their boats rowing out through the break urged on by their sweep to the turning buoys some 400 meters out to sea. Turning the cans they head for home chasing any wave the sea will offer to be first to the line back at the beach.

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