Day 3 is underway, swell has dropped slightly but remains strong and challenging on the paddle-out. Open rounds are underway now.
Quick summary from last nights AGM...
Still sunny and warm with lighter winds today. Solid swell also still hanging in there and ranging in size from 3 to 4 ft. The tide has a significant influence on the standard of the waves with the better waves occurring on the higher tide. The low tide around the middle of the day presented some very shallow banks claiming a couple of casualities and quite a few opting to do the beach run into the corner of the point for the easier paddle out.
Defending world Champ Rees Duncan surfed the highest scoring wave for the day...
Day 2 is progressing with a solid 4ft swell, light winds and marginal banks making for a tough paddle out for those that miss the rips. Stand-out performances so far have been in the seniors rounds with strong surfing by Dave Dinning (Aus), Reec Duncan Snr (Aus) and Matthiew Babarit (Fr). Also impressive has been Fletcher Burton (USA) and Nigel Bryant (NZ).
A dual-bank setup was run this morning to push through the heats. Seniors are into round 2 this afternoon.
Results from the first day of the 2009 World Waveski Surfing Titles are available online in spreadsheet format from here. As mentioned earlier, nothing alarming in the results so far. Looking forward to day two.
Here is a few images from the Worlds opening ceremony... Fletch, Tyler and Brian Howard
...and one of Lance Milnes warming up...
First heats are underway with sunny weather and 3ft onshore conditions. Open qualifiers are up first and so far there have been no major upsets with solid surfing from top seeds who are progressing through as expected.
Xaver Walser, the man behind Subgraviti, has just released his latest addition to his spectacular DVD selection - B-Side
From the E-mail... "Finally, after more than 2 years there is a new waveski movie doing the rounds. This is all in high spirit of the World Championship 2009 starting this weekend in Australia. If you are at the Worlds it your opportunity to get your hands on the new film called B-SIDES. We will have the premier during the course of Worlds, but if you cannot wait you can order it now online though this link or just visit www.subgraviti.com."
If you're not familiar with Xavers work - get over to his website and find out what you are missing.