Thursday 18th January – After a week of cold weather and no waves we’ve finally arrived at the highly anticipated leg of our trip – the Gold Coast.
The Kustom Jetty Pro in Bells saw waves no bigger than a couple of feet with freezing cold winds and blowing hard onshore the whole time we were there. The waves were so bad they called the contest off twice! With early knockouts for our boys they were eager to get back into warmer waters and despite surfing good in their heats Mustafa, Dylan and Gazali all came stuck at the last minutes of their heats to the likes of Brent Dorrington (AUS) and Brent Jackson (SAF) who eventually took out second place.
Staying on for a few more days hoping to get more waves because everyone was saying “swell’s meant to pick up in a few days” (the Torquay myth) however we did managed to get a fun day at 13th Beach. The water on this day was so fresh and clean the boys were just stoked to get the two hour window of offshore and sunny surf in.
The rest of our stay was spent groveling at Jan Juc and barbequing with the local lads.
Shout out to Wade Lewis (Quiksilver Art director) and Jeff Rowley (Quiksilver staff and mental big wave charger), everyone at the Quiksilver head office and the boys at Torquay Board Riders Club (BRC) store for being so helpful and accommodating to the Bali crew.
So here we are on the Gold Coast and staying at the Quiksilver house at Currumbin Beach. The swell has picked up today with a fresh 2-3 foot south swell. We surfed D-bah this morning with fun wedges saturating the stretch of beach enabling the boys to get some good hacks in.
Yesterday with the hint of a new swell we headed down to Ballina (an hour and a half down from Byron Bay) and scored some uncrowded and decent beachbreaks. The peak we were surfing was riddled with dolphins who just kept hanging off us, checking us out for about an hour swimming around and underneath us. It was the first time the boys had surfed with dolphins which made the experience even more special for us all.
Well that’s it for our OZ trip update for now. The wave’s looks like its picking up and rumours Saturday could be good. Which is good news as the Quiksilver Indo team will be competing in the Currumbin Alley Classic.
Go team Indo!