WSL versus KSC????

The victorious Merewether boys after their win in the 2014 Kirra Teams Challenge… It was 30th year of the event, and Merewether’s 50th year as a club. Can they do it again this year?

Well yes that is an Easybeats classic song, but Friday is definitely on my mind for this weeks column. The WSL event has been given a 2 day extension, with the lay day Tuesday means that they will have to surf all day, every day from Wednesday to Friday to get the event completed. Also add to that, the 31st Kirra Teams Challenge will be running from Friday to Sunday, which means that somehow these two events will have to find two different places to surf.

Unfortunately for the Kirra Surfriders, this means they will have to play second fiddle to the WSL, so if Kirra is pumping, you can almost guarantee that the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro’s will finish at Kirra, and the Kirra Teams Challenge will have to surf the next best thing. This being said, if the predicted swell doesn’t turn up, Kirra may be looking for somewhere or anywhere to hold their event, with the Pros sure to be at Duranbah.

The swell from the massive cyclone forming between Vanuatu and Fiji is expected to hit on Friday, with the swell building to a decent size from Thursday on. Latest predictions as I write this column, the latest predictions have the real swell arriving on Monday, kicking Sunday afternoon, 2 metres plus with a solid 13 to 15 second period by Monday morning.

So what will be on offer for the World’s best surfers? Well looks like, if as predicted, that they will be surfing a 1.5 to 2 metre East to North East tradewind swell, that will slowly increase until Friday. On the low tide that will produce some quite good waves, particularly if the sand, as it has been doing thanks to the pumping from the sand bypass project, comes around from Froggys to behind the rock.

So who will be the favourites? To me it is a bit of case of those who get the waves on Wednesday will be able to get the better quality of waves reducing the luck factor. Put it this way, if it is cooking I will stay with my picks of Mick Fanning for the men, and Stephanie Gilmore (Who else could I pick other than our guitar-playing Tweed Coast Super Surf Girl!!). Me for one I hope the waves pick up enough for both events to get waves.


Mick Fanning pulling in deep at Kirra… Will he be the only Kirra member to get kegged at Kirra on Friday??

13 is Lucky ???

Kirra Team Challenge contest director, John Robin is probably cursing his research in numbers! I talked to John last week, he and the Kirra Surfriders crew were frothing on the predicted swell and a chance for the event to be held at Kirra again this year. Last year was scarey conditions with 8 foot Kirra with onshore conditions, when Merewether won, taking the Eagle back to Newcastle.

John told me…. The event starts on Friday the 13th; this is the 13th year he has run the event, this is the 31st year of the Kirra Teams Challenge (13 backwards), and 13 goes into his age 5 times…. Hope that is lucky for the Kirra boys and girls!

The Kirra Teams Challenge is an awesome event, with 38 clubs from all around the country coming to compete once again to win one of the most prestigious teams titles in the World. 31 years of the event, and it does mean something special with clubs from Western Australia, South Coast of NSW, Sydney, and all the way north to Noosa competing. It has no WCT surfers allowed to compete, but the action will be red hot on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend. Go and check it out it will be, as always an awesome display of surfing. Also some mug who writes a surfing column every week will be on the microphone for my 13th year of commentary…. Lucky I’m still there… Catch you in the waves.