Swell Time For Kirra Teams Challenge
Well the circus is well and truly in town, the event site is up and slightly damaged from Wednesday’s swell surge, but the surfing action does not just begin with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro’s waiting period starting this coming Wednesday. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will see 36 of Australia’s best surfing clubs take part in the Kirra teams Challenge. This is the 33rd year of the event, which is the most iconic boardriding club teams event.
The swell kicked in on Wednesday, and it looks like hanging around right through the event window, and odds on that the event may even be held at Kirra!! The winds look favourable as well so the Kirra Surfriders must be in major froth mode at the moment.
The best surfers who are not on the WSL Tour will be competing for their clubs, and so it will be red hot surfing, former WCT surfers will compete, but the powerhouse clubs of Snapper Rocks, Merewether, North Narrabeen, and the hosts Kirra Surfriders will be some of the favourites. Cabarita and Kingscliff clubs are primed, and whether at Kirra or Duranbah, there will be some awesome surfing going down.
Competition will start from 7.30am Qld Time, and the event will be webcast as well via the Kirra Surfriders Website…
Groundhog Day For Quiksilver Pro??????
Well it happened last year. The surf pumped all the way to the start of the Quiksilver Pro and then was not too crash hot for the rest of the waiting period. Well the swell has hit, but by Wednesday next week, Northerlies are predicted and the swell drops out. Surely not again! There has been some awesome surfing at Snapper over the last few days, and as yet no long term forecast but to say not too much happening for the first few days of the waiting period…. Well at least we got waves!!!
Mick’s Back for the Whole Year!!
Mick Fanning has announced his return to full-time competition on the elite WSL Championship Tour.
“I’ve decided to come back to competition full time and do the Tour this season,” Fanning said. “It was nice to have 2016 off somewhat and decompress, but I’m excited to put the singlet on again.”
The iconic Australian stepped back from full-time competition last year following a 2015 season that witnessed the world-famous shark attack at the J-Bay Open, the loss of his older brother Peter and an emotional Runner-Up finish to the title race.
“2015 was a tough year,” Fanning said. “A lot happened to me on camera and in my personal life. I just felt exhausted by the end of it. Fortunately, I was in a position to step away from the Tour and have some time to myself. I ended up doing a few events and qualifying which was great because I didn’t want to take the wildcard off of Bede (Durbidge) or Owen (Wright). I’m coming into 2017 seeded 18th which will be a change for me.”
The decision to return to the tour in 2017 wasn’t one that Fanning took lightly, but the calibre of surfers taking part on the Championship Tour this season proved motivation enough.
“Even with the 2017 season looming, I wasn’t sure I was motivated enough to take part,” Fanning said. “However, like everyone else I’m getting super excited about this year’s line-up of surfers – it might be the best field from the top seed to number 34 we’ve ever had. I also think it’s the biggest group of legit title contenders we’ve ever seen on the tour ever and I want to be part of the race.”
With 22 elite CT wins to his name and three WSL Titles, he is one of the most accomplished surfers to ever grace the sport, but also believes he has more to accomplish.
“The most important thing to me is to me is making sure my surfing keeps evolving and the tour, now more than ever, is the best place to do that.” Fanning said. “In recent years I managed to find good balance between competitive focus and having fun. Getting switched on for events this year will be the key for me. I don’t think it will be a problem. It’s not in my nature to be half-hearted so now that I’m committed I’ll be doing everything I can to get a win.”
Kelly Slater also has confirmed he is chasing the title, to make it his 12th Title in 2017 and considers Fanning a major threat.
“If Mick (Fanning) is in 100% I’d put him right at the top of the heap,” Slater said. “You’d be silly to not think Mick is Top 3 in the world right now. All things considered. Having won at so many different breaks and being so dominant at places like Bells and Jeffreys Bay, there’s no way he’s not a contender.”
If you are into gambling on surfing…. I’d pick Mick for a world title….
Until next week I’ll catch you in the waves….