The morning started out with a still, “It’s a beautiful new day” type of feeling. Maybe it was the jet lag finally wearing off, or maybe it was the warm welcome of this Southerly flow. The air was a friendly 80 degrees, the conditions pristine, and unfortunately, the Superbank had not yet come alive. Ever seen a flawless one foot wave? Because I saw like seventy today.
Jack Freestone keeping loose and spruced before his main stage debut. Photo: Sherm
Guess who showed? Kelly Slater, fresh off the plane. Photo: Hammonds
But the lack of swell didn’t stop everyone from fitting in a few warm-up sessions. Snapper was packed to the brim with grinders, the bank at Greenmount was absolutely perfect, and D-Bah looked like the best Huntington Beach you’ve ever seen. But the best surfers in the world didn’t come here to grovel.
Mitch Crews, suspended in his own little slice of paradise. Photo: Hammonds
Mitch Coleborn, a short ride away from the contest. A long way away from any complaints. Photo: Hammonds
The coming days look more promising, with clean conditions continuing as well as a few little pulses of swell. Check back first thing tomorrow as we could see the start of the 2016 WSL season. –Dayton Silva