Surfing Morning Glory
Morning glory brings gliders from far and wide to surf spectacular, rare cloud formation
Posted on 05.10.2017
Like surfers scouting for the ultimate wave, gliders have travelled nationwide to soar across the Gulf of Carpentaria’s rare roll-like cloud formation known as the morning glory.
The long rolling clouds often appear in northern Australia during spring, when cool ocean temperatures meet with warm land temperatures.
Geoff Pratt, from Cairns, has been making the annual pilgrimage to Burketown for the Morning Glory Festival for the last 20 years, and said it was always worth the effort.
“When I was a child, I always wanted to fly, and I finally got to actually fly like the eagles do,” he said.
“The morning glory phenomenon — it’s like the ultimate way for glider pilots.
“Surfers go all over the world to catch that ultimate wave, well this is pretty much it for me, and it’s different each time. It’s always special.”
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