Loaded Barrel is a Perth (Western Australia) based photography business and blog focused on ocean sports and beach culture. We give you an escape from the grindstone with images from the beautiful beaches up and down the west coast of Australia plus other locations that combine sun, sand and surf.

Before the dawn breaks on Monday to Friday, our chief lensman, Coops, scours the coastline, camera in hand, looking for the early morning glow, the frothin’ grommet punting airs, a bikini clad mermaid or the regular faces at his coffee haunt.  These images, observations of the ocean conditions and useless titbits of information obtained from a chinwag are the key ingredients of the blog and email newsletter.

Loaded Barrel was started by Coops, A.K.A. Matt Cooper, a New South Welshman who moved to Perth with his family as a lad and was captivated by all things above and below the ocean. Coops was introduced to photography and film SLR cameras as a teenager by his father and went on to study photography through high school. His relationship with the camera has come in ebbs and flows until a few years back when he delved back into some further photography study and moved over to digital SLR cameras. Coops is now an Emerging Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography ("AIPP") and recently picked up a Silver Award at the International Aperture Awards 2010.

Matt Cooper wasn’t always a full time photographer. He’s spent 15 years donning a pin striped suit and sitting in an office dreaming about the waves that he’d missed that day and where his next surf trip would be. Sick of dealing with the peak hour commute and being tied to the desk, he decided to pair his talents with the camera lens and his knowledge of the ocean to follow his dream and start a surf blog - Loaded Barrel was born.

This is an escape for all those people still “tied to the desk”.

International Aperture Awards 2010

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For anyone who likes to surf and wants to maximize their surf adventure when travelling to the West Coast of Australia, we strongly recommend that you consider using Matt Cooper as your own personal guide, photographer and travel companion. In

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