G’day world, penetrating into your cranium like an ice-cream headache is the brain numbing weekly wash, keeping you informed with all the surf happenings locally and what's been happening on the pro tour.
Just as we again became accustom to our step up gun surfboards due to the pounding seas, which climbed into the eight foot range last week, it was suddenly whisked away quicker than Jarrod Hayne’s dream of becoming a pro netballer for New Zealand.
Sadly it was a pretty poor start to the surfing week, with a bitterly cold westerly wind so icy it could have frostbitten an esky. The brutally strong winds also blew any chance of waves late in the working week, with last Wednesday and Thursday flatter than a deflated Bridgestone tyre. The waves did return though on Friday and hung around for the duration giving us all a chance to sneak a few tasty watery delights.
With the winter conditions in full swing just climbing into that wetsuit can be a challenge, especially if it is wet. Simon Kinch was undeterred by the weak threat of a wet wettie as he fearlessly readied himself for an early morning surf at Buckley's Inlet, as normal the reward outweighed the sacrifice as Simon prevailed in the long winding right handers, enjoying the fruits of his mantra of get out there without a care.
Jason Treweeke found a bit of fun just a little north-east of his home dwellings in the form of a classic right hand peak. Getting amongst it early, Jase beat the majority of surfers to the waves as many still laid passively in their warm slumber dreaming about the waves Jason was stroking into. It didn't take long though until word slipped out and the morning emptiness was just a mere memory which was etched in his mind for the rest of the week
Mick Fanning has put the memories of last year's near miss with a shark behind him with a spectacular win at the World Surf League event at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. Fanning beat good mate Julian Wilson in a tight semi final heat before posting a combined heat score of 17.70 to beat Hawaiian, John John Florence in the final.
Wilson and Fanning were matched up in last year's now famous final at Jeffreys Bay where a large shark bumped Fanning of his board, forcing competition to be abandoned. "It was an emotional build up coming into this," Fanning said shortly after the win. "Having my semi final with Julian (Wilson) was a really special moment. I'm just stoked that I came back and was able to right the wrong for last year. That was always my plan."
Fellow Queenslander Joel Parkinson said he remained in South Africa after himself being eliminated to watch his long time friend's progress.
Despite being eliminated in the earlier rounds, Australia's Matt Wilkinson retains the world ranking lead heading into the next event at Tahiti's infamous break, Teahupoo. The event also signalled a welcome return to form for 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, who surfed his way through to the quarter finals before being eliminated by Australia's Josh Kerr. Slater said Wilkinson would start to feel the heat coming into the Tahitian event given he was now being trailed by Florence.
Stay classy Milton Ulladulla and if anyone would like to add anything to this column buzz us on 44545222 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org till next week, stay wet.
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