WITH a storm rapidly approaching Thursday morning threw up fun Backdoor to a backdrop of purple stormy skies.
Billabong called the Pipeline Masters off with the approaching storm in mind and right now the whole island is reviving a right old hammering. Hopefully it'll do something about the sand on the reef which is in need of Tweed River style intervention.
Funky doesn't even describe the sand deposits at Pipe right now. "It's looking like a pointbreak every hour" said Ace Buchan."
KICK-OFF for the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Memory of Andy Irons.
Day one at Pipe/Backdoor started off with a bang but Freddy P hit the nail on the head after a morning warm-up saying "It's really north, almost like a pointbreak, I think there are going to be heats where guys get skunked... looking at the charts we gotta go but I think there are going to be some good scores."
There were some good scores and a fair amount of skunking as rounds one and two went down at overhead Backdoor.
EVERYONE was down on the beach at first light to greet the meat of the swell.
Soo much north in the swell it ended-up missing the main event but piling into spots like Rockpiles going triple overhead and smashing people, baords and egos. Looks like more north swell on the way meaning that the place to be isn't going to be Pipe.
"Getting up early to surf as something to treasure that's for sure" said a stoked Parko, just happy to be back surfing.
FOLLOWING six days of torturous calm, a small lethargy relieving north-eastery swell pushed into the North Shore.
Most of the fun went down at Rocky Point and V-land. The funky north and north-easterly swell direction meant Pipe and Off The Wall weren't up to their best with most size at Kammies and Sunset, the site of the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing.
Looking into the middle of next week for the Pipeline Pro kick-off there's a decent pulse on the way for the opening days, peaking on Wednesday in the double overhead+ range. The swell is straight north with gusty southerly winds favouring Backdoor over Pipe.
JUST in time for the comp a Sunset sized swell makes landfall and did enough to get everyone out on their step-ups.
All this week on the Rock it's been fun sized surf. Tuesday's small swell drove everyone to Rocky Point's puntable sections before the main pulse hit on Wednesday. Big enough to get Pipe and Sunset working but not one for the record books.
It's been a decent start to the season but heading into an extended period of small swells it's going to tricky week on the Rock. But it never goes flat at this time of year does it? If it does we'd better think of something. Fishing anyone?