The Islands of OZ- raw, moody, beautiful, dramatic and totally unique to Australia. Summersite is embarking on a lifestyle film and photo odyssey exploring our rare and magnificent islands of OZ. This is Rottnest Island with Billabong surfers Ellie Jean Coffey and Flick Palmateer.
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Local West Aussie Flick Palmateer gives us her insight into the island of "Rotto". This is day 1

"Rottnest will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve been coming here ever since i can remember and some of my best memories of WA were made here. My first trip with my family was when I was six years old. We stayed at Thomson Bay and it still seems the same now as it was then. For such a popular area of Australia to remain relatively unchanged over that period of time must be rare.
It’s the perfect escape - there’s no cars, the beaches and scenery are stunning, I find it easy to switch off and ignore things like the lure of the internet and the comparative speed of life on the mainland.
For me it’s like my perfect holiday, it combines my favourite things - surfing, exercise, bronzing, swimming and snorkelling, fishing and solitude. Incredibly, getting there is quick and easy.
I now have a whole stack of new memories from this trip - seeing Rottnest from above has given me an even greater appreciation of a place I thought I already knew so well. The aerial photography is breathtaking. Rottnest is truly a slice of heaven." - Flick.

Early birds on the wave hunt
Photo - Cait Miers

Day one started before the crack of dawn. Jumping on our bikes and riding out to Stickland Bay (Strickos) to check the surf. The sunrise was amazing and and lit up the salt lakes all different shades of reds, oranges and yellows.
Photo - Cait Miers

Flick hunting waves at Strickos // Billabong Surf Capsule
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Once you reach the turn off for Strickos the road turns to sand - very hard to ride your bike through unless you’re very co-ordinated - Ellie and I chose to walk .. ha ha.
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Ellie Jean Coffey
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Flick Palmateer ready to attack
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Flick bumside reo at Strickos
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Solitude surfing
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The surf was small but we made the most of it. I think one of the highlights of this day for me was seeing Strickos from an arial perspective. When we were surfing I could tell the water was clear but from the air it looks spectacular!
Photo - Apertunity // Drone Pilots Australia

We surfed until about mid-morning then rode back to the settlement to refuel for the afternoon.
Photo - Cait Miers

Morning glow
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First time onto the island - Ellie Jean floats into a dream
Photo - Apertunity // Drone Pilots Australia

Because of the prevailing southerly winds in Western Australia we chose to explore a few of the beaches that are north-facing on the island and protected - Geordie Bay, The Basin (probably one of the most photographed beaches on Rotto) and Pinky’s on sunset.
Photo - Cait Miers

You can stumble on to this kind of perfection all day
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Ellie Jean - Billabong womens
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Flick
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Ellie Jean // Billabong surf capsule
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Rottnest Island - Ellie Jean Coffey and Flick Palmateer salute // Billabong surf capsule
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Ellie Jean seduced by Geordie Bay, Rottnest Island
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Ellie - Billabong womens
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Warming up in the afternoon sun // Billabong women's and beach tent by Ginger and Gilligan Supply co
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Flick and Ellie
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Pinky's beach walks // Billabong womens
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The light in the afternoons in WA is amazing - so dreamy and golden. We finished up on Pinky’s watching the sun go down with a beach walk and a bit of lighthouse exploration.
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Bathurst Lighthouse
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Pinky's afternoon perfection - Rotto
Photo - Cait Miers

Watch the film of Flick and Ellie at the bottom of this article.
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Featuring // Felicity Palmateer @flickpalmateer & Ellie Jean Coffey @elliejeancoffey
Style // Billabong Womens Australia @billabong_womens_australia
Film and edit // Apertunity & Drone Pilots Australia. @apertunity_ @drone_pilots_australia
Photography // Cait Miers @caitmiersphotography 
Styling // Olive Cooke @olivecooke
Music // "Planet Absorbed" by The Jim Mitchells of Third Eye Stimuli. @jim.mitchell
Producer // Jon Laurenson / Summersite @summersite 
Location // Rottnest Island @rottnestislandwa