It's not a mirage, it's swell: surfers happy with waves
AT long last, a decent groundswell hit the coast and all points north and south of the Gladstone region got good waves yesterday.
Hopefully there will be more today and something left for the weekend.
After months of northerlies and little or no incoming groundswell, it has been a bit of a grovel on whatever is available with the windblown offerings.
There is nothing like a long, strong groundswell on a point break.
Speaking of the weekend, the Tide N Turn Boardriders are hosting their monthly contest at Agnes Water tomorrow. Meet in Tom Jeffery Park at 7am.
While on contests, the world pro tour moves to California for the penultimate contest, the Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz, next week.
While a number of the big names headed for the US pretty much straight after the Portugal event, many were in the Canary Islands this week for the 6-star contest at San Juan.
Those who are on the bubble of the ratings and may not re-qualify for the tour next year are hoping to gain access via the qualifying series rankings, with 22 from the WCT tour plus 10 from the WQS making the cut in 2013.
Those who don't have to worry about chasing extra points are the contenders for the 2012 world title, with 11-time winner Kelly Slater, two-time winner Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and rookie John John Florence the only real chances of taking the crown.
Parko is in pole position going into Steamer Lane, with Slater about 5000 points back and then Fanning and Florence right on his tail.
If Parko wins his first event for the year in California, it could be just about over going into the last event at Pipeline.
But the most likely outcome will see it will come down to the last contest, for one of the most exciting finishes to a title race in years.
And in a real Gladstone region aside to the world title race, our own surf legend Wayne "Grom" Mellick will be there at Pipe to see it all unfold.