The word “seafoam” might call to mind a posh shade of light green that would color, say, select Restoration Hardware or J. Crew products. However, for seaside dwellers along a stretch of Australian coastline in New South Wales, the term quite literally describes the frothy substance that completely covered their beaches after a nearby storm stirred up the Pacific.
In this case, storms off the New South Wales Coast and further north off Queensland had created a huge disturbance in the ocean, hitting a stretch of water where there was a particularly high amount of the substances which form into bubbles.
As for 12-year-old beachgoer Tom Woods, who has been surfing since he was 2, riding a wave was out of the question.
“Me and my mates just spent the afternoon leaping about in that stuff,” he said.
“It was quite cool to touch and it was really weird. It was like clouds of air—you could hardly feel it.”