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A surfer rides the waves at Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, North Tyneside, as the worst of Storm Barney has passed in most areas
Young surfers, nicknamed ‘grommets’ in local surfing parlance, wait for their friends to finish a post-sunset session on the waves off Wanda Beach in Sydney
Angus Scotney of Great Britain on Wednesday competes in a pro-juniors heat of the Boardmasters pro-surfing competition on Fistral Beach in Newquay, England. The Boardmasters surfing competition has been an integral part of the British surf scene since 1981 and has grown from humble beginnings to one of the biggest events on the British surfing calendar.
A surfer carries his board as he walks along Sydney’s Manly Beach. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said that Sydney is experiencing a record-breaking run of consecutive autumn days above 20C (68F), with today being the 26th consecutive day, breaking the previous record of 25 days set in 1987. The bureau added that it is forecasting that the record late-season warm temperatures will continue.