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Daredevils in Western Australia have been braving waves as tall as 18 metres – more than five storeys – as a swell caused by a low-pressure system over the Indian Ocean swept the coast.
One surfer broke his leg in Margaret River as he came crashing down ‘probably the biggest wave ever ridden in Australia and got pummelled by 15 metres of whitewater.
We sent the celebrated surfing photographer Russell Ord into the mix to document the infamous break known as ‘The Right.’
Photographs: Russell Ord for the Guardian.