To celebrate the first day of summer, we've gathered a few of our favourite ocean images from some of the world's top surf and lifestyle photographers
When you live in a country that's surrounded by water, you get used to seeing some stunning coastal visages on a regular basis. But despite all this God-given natural beauty, until summer hits, it's easy to forget just how majestic the ocean really is. Fortunately, we've got local photographers of Russell Ord, Bart Celestino, Kara Rosenlund, Andrew Semark and Aquabumps' Eugene Tan's ilk to remind us.
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Add in a few more international experts - Brian Bielman, Chris Burkard, Zak Noyle, Bryce Lowe-White, Gray Malin, D.J. Struntz, Cédric Dasesson, Alan Van Gysen, Grant Ellis and Ryan Craig - and this list of über-talented snappers are enough to remind us just how lucky we are to reside on this gigantic island continent. No wonder Australia produces so many amazing pro surfers.
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And whether you're a surfer, swimmer or sand-lounger - one flick through this wondrous gallery will surely remind you that a trip to the beach is one of the best things about summer. Here's to the next three months of sun, sand and surfing...
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