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WHO: Un­known Pad­dle Boarder

WHERE: Yep­poon, South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef, Cen­tral Queens­land

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: Lin­coln Ber­toli

WHY: Yep­poon skirts the fa­mous South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef and is home to ar­guably the most north­ern surf breaks in Aus­tralia. How­ever Cen­tral Queens­land's mer­cu­rial wet sea­son has started much later than usual this year, and the heavy rain gen­er­ally makes for per­fect pad­dling con­di­tions the morn­ing af­ter.

"Af­ter a heavy storm, I'm usu­ally lucky enough to get on the wa­ter be­fore sun­rise, if the tides are right, and sneak in a 3 or 4km pad­dle around the head­land be­fore start­ing work," pho­tog­ra­pher Lin­coln Ber­toli says.

"The sky was still rum­bling on this par­tic­u­lar morn­ing in and clouds were clos­ing in from the south as a I turned back for the mouth of Ross Creek where my car - and per­haps more im­por­tantly cof­fee and cam­era - were wait­ing for me.

The brood­ing cloud cover, cou­pled with the grey­ing black rock wall and strip­ing band of clear sky, framed another lone pad­dler snaking his way back to dry land, and I hap­pily squeezed a few frames just be­fore the rain set in once again."

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