Beware the big green monster: The Right gets nasty in heavy swell on WA’s south coast

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The Right is a notoriously heavy reef break off the south coast of WA.
Camera IconThe Right is a notoriously heavy reef break off the south coast of WA. Credit: Trent Slatter

In his years of visiting The Right, surf photographer Trent Slatter had never seen it looking quite like this.

The Right is a notoriously heavy reef break that presents a dangerous challenge for even the most experienced big wave surfers.

Its location, somewhere between Denmark and Walpole, is a closely guarded secret among those brave enough to ride the beast.

After a “very iffy” decision to go out to The Right on Sunday, Slatter was rewarded with a fresh perspective on one of the world’s heaviest waves.

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The Right on Sunday, August 22.
Camera IconThe Right on Sunday, August 22. Credit: Trent Slatter

“It was a very dicey call,” he said.

“It’s just a combination of never giving up and sometimes ocean rewards you.

“I haven’t seen anything like it in five years down there.

“The greenness of the water. With the rain coming down through that stream, sometimes it can be Coke-bottle brown, sometimes really blue.”

Jake Osman, Zac Haynes, Tom Forward and twins Ellie and Laura Macauley joined him on the water on Sunday.

While they tried to surf the slab, Slatter did his best to capture its power on camera.

“It’s a brief two-to-three-hour window that the guys are chasing out there,” he said.

“You get some of the biggest barrels you can see in Australia. To be honest, it’s a world-class wave,” he said.

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