Your Margaret River region is home to countless attractions that draw visitors from all parts of the world.
This week, as the rest of Australia enjoyed a leisurely Father’s Day, world-renowned big wave surfer, Jamie Mitchell, found himself paddling into massive waves out off Cowaramup Bay at a spot called Cow Bombie.
The break first came to the world’s attention back in 2007, when local winemaker, Damon Eastaugh won the Big Wave Award after riding a wave estimated to be more than 50 feet.
Mitchell had been monitoring the impending big waves from his home in Hawaii and jumped on a plane at the last minute once it became clear this was an opportunity to good to miss.
“I’m really beginning to love Cow Bombie,” says Mitchell, who’s been visiting the region, and more specifically Cow Bombie, for a number of years.
“To get here from Hawaii is such a massive haul but it gives me the opportunity to ride massive open ocean waves, which in actual fact is a rarity in Australia.”
Mitchell and long time Margaret River local and photographer, Jamie Scott, rode out through Cowaramup Bay on jet skis to access the break, which is located a couple kilometres out to sea.
But the trip didn’t exactly go to plan this time for Mitchell, he wiped out on a 20 foot wave and found himself held underwater, unable to move his arms and certain that he’d done some serious damage to his back.
“I’d say it was one of the worst wipeouts I’ve ever had anywhere in the world,” he said.
“I got pushed down so deep my ears felt like they were going to explode. It was pretty harrowing.”
But the finely tuned athlete with nerves of steel survived, and despite having to call it a day after the wipe out, he reckons he’ll be back as soon as conditions allow.
“It’s a unique wave in one of the most beautiful parts of the world,” reckons Mitchell.
“I look forward to coming back every time.”
To see more of Jamie Scott’s images, visit jamiescottimages.com
Weekend surf tip – 12/13 September
More great swell and strong winds are forecast this weekend, so stick to sheltered bays and point breaks for the most enjoyment.