G’day world, like walking barefoot on a golf course green is your tremendously sensitive Weekly Wash, keeping you informed with all the surf happenings locally and what's been happening on the pro tour.
Hot weather, offshore breezes and 4ft plus of continuing swell have delivered an epic run this autumn. We even had a few days push through and open up some of the more favoured reefs and beaches. I heard whispers of very rarely surfed coves unbolt their tight grasp and offer waves to those who dared to tread a different path and seek semi-uncharted waters. The forecast ahead looks very promising again for like the 3rd week straight so I have to say again, gawd I love autumn for surfing.
Wednesday, and the ocean decided to roar like a caged lion that had a freshly fed hippo squat on his tail. It was a period for the experienced, but when the dust settled and the ocean cleansed its pallet, our old Ulladulla bombie's canvas was pretty much flawless. Even tho the line up resembled an iced Vo Vo with a hungry, populated crew keen to get amongst the action there was abundance of rides to share around. With plenty of tubes on offer as well as chunky walls to belt, Shaun Dickson was lured from his nail bag, replacing it with his surfboard. A a wise decision this proved to be as he stroked into plenty of thick waves and surfed to a happy exhaustion.
During the week there was a surf comp held at Mollymook beach which had every high school from Bulli to the Victorian border compete. The surf showed up and so did the grommets. In the blue ribbon event, the senior boys, we saw local surf star Luke O'Connell take the win. He also teamed up with fellow local hot rat Aidan Parsons to win the Mark Richards Shield. With such a great result Luke was noticed by the world's oldest and most respected wetsuit company O'Neill and has been offered a sponsorship package which could see great things develop, much like the way Russel Bierke started with the brand.
The 3rd WSL event of the year has kicked off in beautiful Western Australia, with the 1st round in both the men's and ladies completed at the venue North point where the pits were open and wipe-outs appeared regularly. So far the standouts include former world champion Joel Parkinson and wild card surfer and local grom Jack Robinson both whom survived the bubbling boils, wonky tubes and cross shore winds. In the ladies Steph Gilmore continued to dominate her peers with a solid win and Tatiana Weston-Webb was the other who really shone on opening day. Hopefully both Joel and Steph sustain their form and both take home a trophy
Stay classy Milton Ulladulla and if anyone would like to add anything to this column either call into AKWA surf, buzz us on 4454 5222 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next week, stay wet