Primitive Winter Update 2014
After a classic Queensland summer that lingered well into autumn, most people now need a coffee to defrost in the morning and protection from elements in the form of their favourite wetsuit, even if we are in the “Sunshine State”.
The swell event of the winter season has just lashed the entire east coast, with classic spots from Noosa to Ulladulla receiving pumping waves. The strong southerly ground swell also wrapped into various nooks and crannies along the coast to light up your favourite novelty waves. While the Long Wave Trough producing the swell wasn’t ideally positioned for those of us north of the border, conditions were much more manageable with fun sized waves on the points and the beachies with protection from the southerlies.
Western Australia and Indonesia are in the middle of a bountiful period with back to back swells and classic conditions. Punters who pulled the trigger on an Indian Ocean surf trip anywhere from The Maldives to Sumbawa in the peak season so far this year will have come away satisfied, and the forecasts show no sign of this abating. There’s still time left to get your slice of tropical perfection this year!
At present the ASP World Tour has just finished up South Africa for the first time since 2011. While the new management this year has sometimes appeared more like a 90s NFL broadcast than the Australian filled commentary of yesteryear, Zosea have undeniably done the surfing world a favour by fronting up for the Jbay Open. The conveyor belt of storms along all southern latitudes continues to produce across the hemisphere, with the roaring forties and furious fifties whipped up a classic end to the event this past weekend. The Australians made the epic 8 ft conditions look manageable, with standouts Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright and giant killer Matt Wilkinson, who took out Kelly Slater in round 3 rounding out the Semi Finals. For everyone that witnessed the Finals day it was definitely one to remember.
In the end it was the Cooly kids who put a stop to the barnstorming backhand efforts of Wilko and Owen. The years and countless hours of surfing the points, eventually shone through for Mick and Joel in the perfect, yet difficult conditions with Joel even posting a perfect 10 in his semi final. There can only be one winner as the say and the ever consistent arsenal that is Mick Fanning was the last man standing at J-Bay for 2014. Mick was on the best waves in the final and the final score line reflected it. Joel couldn’t continue his dominance of earlier finals and finished second in the event and now sits in the same position on the ratings heading to Teahupoo. Highlight # 231 for the weekend was the heritage round with Tom Curren and Occy winding back the clock. Tom ultimately the victor taking down the heat posting a perfect 10 to boot. The perfect fit for the perfect contest!
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