Team lives the dream
A TEAM of Agnes Water surfers are just back after a dream tour of the rich reef breaks of the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia.
Well-known Discovery Coast brothers Roark and Thane Schultz, Jeff Hill and Johny Lynch made the epic trip and scored some good waves.
“It wasn’t quite perfect, the conditions weren’t a total glass-out, but it was good and there was plenty of swell,” Roark said.
“It was mostly lefts, but some great waves.”
The boys said they surfed head-high and better waves most days and just missed an epic fifteen-foot swell in the week before they arrived.
But with clean water and no crowds at their isolated surf camp, apart from a couple of Swiss surfers, they had a great couple of weeks away.
They said the only real downside was the long trip, the occasional touch of Bali belly, a few scratches on the reef and a boatload of Brazilians who got a bit greedy in the line-up.
BACK home and it looks like we are in for a bit of swell over the weekend and into next week. A big high pressure system is going to blast the coast and send some swell our way.
The points and protected spots out of the south-easterlies will be the go. Tannum and Bargara will probably have half-decent waves.
WHAT a couple of weeks on the ASP world tours. The boys and girls are going at it (in the contests that is) in Portugal and the groms are into some quality waves in Bali.
Mick Fanning blew the world title race wide open again with his win in France, and is now chasing down Jordy Smith and Kelly Slater in Peniche. Fanning scored a couple of great tubes in France, but the pick was probably Slater’s in the semi-final where he slipped down the face recovered and was slotted for ages.
There is big swell predicted so it will be good to watch on the web or Fuel TV. In the women Aussies Steph Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons are the ones to watch as they battle for the women’s crown.
Gilmore had a commanding lead coming into Portugal and the mid-season lay-off, but Fitzgibbons is ripping.
The world junior title too is pretty exciting with a couple of groms destined for the dream tour in a couple of years – if not sooner.
Aussie Jack Freestone is a freak and US starlet Conner Coffin too was ripping at Keramas in the chocolaty right-handers.