Waiting for those northwest swells

Gary Kewley
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Friday - September 26, 2008
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It’s not likely we’ll see another run of surf like town had in early September until next year

Aloha, surfers and beachgoers! This past week saw the overall tiniest surf on all shores all year.

Oh, well, stuff happens. And as we all know, the surf will come - it always does. In fact, as of Thursday we started surfing fun north-angled waves again, and this weekend should get a small boost in town. There are more good times for most shores next week as well. For those wondering when the 8- to 10-foot NW swells will hit ... so are we. So far, we are below fall averages.

It’s onward and upward for the world’s best now in France for the Quiksilver Pro at Hossegor. Now that I just looked at the forecast, they will have a winner of event No. 7 out of 11 by the time you are holding this issue. It won’t be long before these amazing athletes are in our own back yard - mid-November through Dec. 20 - for the Vans Triple Crown.

This year one cannot speak of pro surfing without mentioning the Kelly Slater factor. In fact, he may already be the world champ. You see, I’m writing on Tuesday and tonight they should get enough surf size to finish. If Slater wins the Quiksilver Pro, and No. 2 Taj Burrow falters before the semis, we have a new champ. This is unlikely as Taj is on fire. But it’d be another ridiculous record, as no one has ever won surfing’s most-esteemed title with four contests left!

Log onto http://www.surfnewsnetwork.com to get all the scoops. I’ll be watching to see how my words pan out.

Coming this weekend is a cool event. Local Motion, BayVI (basics) surf wear and SNN are teaming up for the second annual “Paparazzi” shoot out at Kaisers. The idea behind it is simple: Regular surfers get professional shots of themselves. But it does-n’t stop there - each of the 48 surfers will get coverage in Heavywater Mag with a chance at a double-page ad! All levels are welcome and so is the good vibe. Food will be in hand and music in ears. Ron, the owner of BayV1, loves to do grass roots stuff ... you know, get back to the basics. Let’s hang out in the water and have some fun - plus some extra splash. I’m always wearing their super comfortable stylish T’s. From what I hear they’re not stopping there - be ready for the BayVI line of trunks coming soon. I claim support for our young local surf companies dropping into the surf brand wave. It is not easy.

Hey, it may be a month away but I gotta say the Xcel Pro presented by Honolua Surf Co. will light up Sunset Beach from Oct. 25 to Nov 10. I promise that by then we will have surfed near 10-foot NW swells in the country. And, with Ed D’Ascoli’s luck, we’ll see some more 10-foot swells firing down the line for this Four-Star, 80K, WQS event! The Xcel Pro is the official kickoff of the big wave competitions on the infamous North Shore. Plus, this one’s special - it’s the 25th annual! Hard to get my head around that number, but that’s a fact. It will be live streaming worldwide once again, too. I can feel the blood rushing and the butterflies flying.

OK, that’s it for me and you this week in MidWeek. Be sure to be back here where you belong - same time and same place next week.

GQ, Dropping In 4 U!


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