Pittwater Life March 2018 Issue


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11-22/3: WSL Championship Tour: Quiksilver and Roxy

Pros, Snapper Rocks, Qld

The World Surf League commences the last of its full-year championship

seasons in the most traditional fashion possible, with a

double header on the Goldie. This sweaty epic of an event may

not start 2019: the WSL plans a complete re-vamp of its schedule,

beginning in February and ending in September, rather than with the

renowned December showdown at Pipeline. The schedule is yet to

be released, so we can’t give you more detail. We can make a few

calls about this year though: the waves will be fun but not epic Gitastyle,

you’ll see the eventual world champs in the semi-finals, and

the women’s will be gnarlier and more competitive than the men’s.


Hopefully this isn’t redundant given the entire preceding column! I

think March will mark a distinct change of season for this coastline.

Sometimes you see the change and sometimes you don’t, and this

year I think we’ll see it – a turn toward cooler days, less humidity

but perversely more rain, and a fair bit of surf, mostly coming from

the southern angle off southerly gales near Tasmania and southern

NZ. In between those south angled swells it’ll be pretty darn quiet,

with clean mornings, light to moderate afternoon seabreezes, and

not much surf at all. This may begin to change again late in the

month with the firing up of the southwest Pacific, but we may not

see much from that until early April. I say ride what you see, and

enjoy the warm water, it’ll be around for a while.

Nick Carroll

Surfing Life

northeast winds and a classic

late-summer bluebottle invasion,

our friends to the north

had the time of their surfing


To be completely frank, it

made Kelly’s pool (the subject

of last month’s column) look

like, well, a pool.

On a climate scale, a lot of

this is to be expected. Meteorologists

were calling out a La

Niña event as early as August

last year, and La Niña always

means warmer water in the

western Pacific.

But La Niña is also supposed

to mean rainfall, for

us. Hasn’t happened. Forecasts

for higher than average

rainfall in eastern Australia

have had to be revised, then

revised again, always down.

Now, La Niña has officially

decayed, and they reckon

we’re in for a drought. This

is why as a surfer, I try to put

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climate aside, and just watch

for weather.

Anyway, TC Gita was a

safety valve of sorts for all

that warmwater-driven energy,

and the southwest Pacific will

be quiet for a while, surf-wise

at least.

But the Pacific heat will

re-build in coming weeks, and

will begin looking for something

to do.

That monsoon pulse is due

back in mid-Pacific in the third

week of March. It may be a

bit late for the WSL’s opening

events (see calendar), but it

won’t be too late for the rest

of us.

Nick Carroll is a leading

Australian and international

surf writer, author, filmmaker

and surfer, and one

of Newport’s own. Email:


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