G’day world, more satisfying than popping bubble wrap is your Weekly Wash, keeping you informed with all the surf happenings locally and what's been happening on the pro tour.
Do you recall the song Four Seasons in One Day by Crowded House? Well stretch that to a full 7 days and it pretty much summed up our week. We had quite a lot of promise early in the week with a little east swell that was welcomed with a gleeful hoot. We saw the warmest July day on record then those strong chilly westerly winds crept up out of Thredbo's esky and blew a jet stream of icy air which in turn flattened the seas.
As soon as the wind abated the waves started to stride in with more penetration than a Scottish marching band piercing your ear drums when you’re hung over. There was a very strong south swell eclipsing the 8ft plus range at Golfy on Monday ... four seasons in one week.
Golfy was nothing short of spectacular on Monday morning as the new swell grew out of the south and aimed its energy upon our fabled break. So many great waves were ridden so I think I will do a quick play by play of one particular set that came thru the line up. Firstly the outside bombies lit up like New Year’s Eve fireworks with a violent pulse. A few anxious moments later those very waves stacked the horizon and searched out surfers keen to ride them. The 1st wave of the set was a rampaging bull of a thing 8-10ft and aggressive.
Sitting further out the back than anyone else Rhys Williams was in the prime position, he swung his monster gun around and stroked hard as he skated down the monster like a kid riding roller-skates with one missing wheel. As Rhys made his bottom turn the 2nd wave unfolded fury and it was Jeff Mack's turn to drop from the heavens onto the watery mountain. The 3rd wave evolved and Leo Page screamed at the beast like an over-hyped soccer mum whose child just kicked a goal in the grand final. He gathered his cool, took a deep breath and charged it without hesitation. All 3 surfers gathered in the shoulder after defeating the set and huddled together chiming kumbaya my lord in thanks.
Hurley Surf club is coming this Friday! From 6pm the Hurley Printing Press will be in store at AKWA Surf where local surfer crew can come in, eat pizza, print a custom tee and sign up for coaching the following day with some of Australia's most high profile surf coaches including former world champion, HPC coach and WSL commentator the legendary Barton Lynch!
There will be 3 sessions on the Saturday starting at 7am, 9am and 1pm; for more info buzz Akwa Surf. The Hurley Surf club’s purpose is to help you progress your surfing and have more fun in the water and give you the opportunity to create your very own personalized T-shirt so this is an event you do not want to miss out on.
Holey Toledo batman, Filipe Toledo went absolutely crazy in the line-up at Jeffreys Bay to dominate this year's event. Toledo went up against rookie Wade Carmichael in the final who Toledo has never lost to. Actually he has never lost a final in his career but Carmichael put up a solid fight, earning an 8.00 early in the game. Unfortunately for Carmichael, Toledo's relationship with Supertubes is undeniable. While visibly tired and fatigued from his previous semi-final heat, Toledo managed to push through, scoring both an 8.50 and an 8.30 for the final win.
"To be honest, I'm so tired right now," he said after his win. "I was trying so hard to push through that heat but there were a few times that I just had to stop for a minute. I have so many crazy emotions. I feel like it's my turn now. Everything is clicking and feeling good. At this point I'll do whatever it takes to win the heat, whether that's running on the rocks or breaking my board. My plan was to come here and come out on top and I'm glad I was able to do that."
Stay classy Milton Ulladulla and if anyone would like to add anything to this column either call into AKWA surf, buzz us on 44545222 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Till next week, stay wet