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bdeh on January 30, 2013

Hi Ian, I saw this on TV in the News. After bushfires, now you've got to much rain and a storm. The climate is confused, greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on February 1, 2013

As you know Berend we live on a big continent, and the south has suffered from bushfires while the north and east have had cyclones and floods, and droughts continue in some areas, though our recent drought is certainly over.

I didn't see any of this on TV as we had no power, and no communication systems operating after the flood brought down powerlines.

I hope that your winter weather isn't as severe as our weather has been in recent summers, for you live in a 'very engineered' landscape. I still remember the floods of 1953 and 1978 in western Europe.

I too hope the weather doesn't have another brain-snap in the midst of its confusion! ;)


Nick Weall on February 2, 2013

There was some good coverage of this phenomena on UK TV Ian ~ including one clip where some men were standing around in high vis jackets when all of a sudden a car emerged from being completely under the foam and nearly knocked them down ~ crazy driver ~ how did he ever see when driving completely under the foam ~ Live by the sea and accept the risks ~ Our world is a dangerous place these days ~ All the best and my sympathies to those involved ~ nick

Ian Stehbens on February 2, 2013

I saw the same clip, Nick, and could not imagine that someone was so stupid. The foam seemed to be full of kids - at least around the edges where I was so I wouldn't have even thought to tell them to look out for a submerged car. The guys in the Hi-vis jackets were police. I hope they threw the book at the idiot - when they recovered from their surprise. He could not have been said to be driving with due care and attention!


Tom Sellek on February 3, 2013

A phenomenon truly impressive. I hope it will be finished in a short time. Interesting shot, well done Ian

Ciao tom

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2013

It was the first time for me to see this at this scale, Tom. It was quite spectacular, especially when the wind picked up foam and plastered the façades of apartment blocks, covering the esplanade highway.

Warm regards,


Geerten on February 8, 2013


Conquilha on February 12, 2013

Amazing...i see the fenomenon on tv...LK


Buts Yuri on February 12, 2013

Interesting photo! LIKE-6! Many greetings, Buts_YV

Ian Stehbens on February 13, 2013

Greetings Geerten. This foamy smothering does not make one clean. It is surprisingly dirty and sandy. Certainly a phenomenon to remember.



Ian Stehbens on February 13, 2013

Thanks Conquilha. It amazed me, and many onlookers, especially the kids, and the idiots in a car who drove through it... you may have seen that clip on TV!


Ian Stehbens on February 13, 2013

Greetings Buts_YV. I am pleased to show you something quite novel. This was a sideshow to the real weather event that brought record flooding, violent winds and misery to many people.


gezginruh on February 15, 2013

Amazing! Thank you for this sharing dear Ian.

Best greetings GGR

Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2013

This is something I have never seen before, either , but those who live on the coast say they have seen it before. It is unusual and spectacular - and when the strong wind blew, the foam was lift into the air and plastered on the facades of the buildings along the Esplanade.

Warmest regards,


lizab on April 2, 2013

Impressive view, it happens occasionally in some south american beaches too!!

Lecleire Jacques on April 4, 2013

Oh my god !

Ian Stehbens on December 15

Thanks Liz. I am sure we don't have algal blooms and tropical storms in combination on our own.

Regards from Australia.


Ian Stehbens on December 15

Greetings Jacques. Sorry this is a belated response to your comment. If this were to happen on your local beach, Leopold would disappear for a day or so!

Fond regards,


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