There’s waves galore on the North Shore

Gary Kewley
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Friday - October 17, 2008
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Aussie Kieren Perrow gets high at Sunset Beach

Howzit, surfers and beachgoers!

Waves galore! The North Shore had its first real swell with superb conditions and town has stayed up long after bedtime. This means everyone is happy on every shore. The good news is the forecast models show no signs of stopping its swell production. Stoked!

The first big wave-riding competition of the season is coming up Sunday (Oct. 26) and continues through Nov. 10 at Sunset Beach. It’s the 25th annual Xcel Pro. Owner Ed D’Ascoli is proud of this achievement and grateful to the surf and North Shore community for the amazing support all these years.

It seems Sunset is happy, too, as less than a handful of years haven’t gone off the hook with at least 8-footers to ride. The playing field is huge - up to two football fields. The waves jack and bend with a mind of their own. The surfer’s job is to avoid getting caught inside while nailing the best waves in a short time span. The wave isn’t easy, as the photo shows - even pros like Kieren Perrow get their share of wipeouts and embarrassment.

The best deal is to get your tail up there and feel it and see it all.

But don’t worry if you cannot make it up there. It’s going to be live again on the World Wide Web - log on to and click the surf link. Surfing Live will be bringing it.

This year should be special with a good long-range forecast expected. These guys surfing in the Xcel Pro will grab valuable points in the World Qualifying Series for next year’s tour. Plus, those who perform well here not only get the points (and cash), they get something that’s priceless ... RESPECT!

I’ll have a nice interview with Xcel Ed when I return from a surf trip!

See you back here next week in MidWeek!

GQ, dropping in 4 U!

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