So… Just back form a week riding the powder in Val Thoren. What a good week.
The village has slipped into dormancy, happily, after a busy summer. The weather is cold, the days are dark and short. There is snow on the ground as I write this post.
The surf has been pretty average for autumn, a few clean swells but mostly junky cross-shore, small period mediocrity. Ive still been getting in, but more out of desperation than desire.
December was a massive month for surf news, with Hawaii firing with epic huge swells. The ASP tour was won by Mick Fanning after Parko stumbled in the Pipe event which was eventually won by Taj, for the first time, with Kelly coming second. Parko, although pipped at the post for the world title, took the Triple Crown Title for a second year, after Sunset and Haleiwa both produced quality entertainment.
And finally, the Eddie ran. 5 years in the waiting, with 30ft+ swell, it went off, massively, with Greg Long winning in the last heat to steal 1st place form Slater. Epic.
I watched all 8 hours straight on the web, one of the best live streams ive ever seen.
I was doing some tidying-up the other day and found these shots from the end of summer, and so thought I should share them.
Hope you like the flash-back to a warmer, sunnier Beadnell.
So, back to reality. at least the winter solstice has now passed, and its officially getting warmer and lighter everyday.
The New Year will bring new swell.
See you out there. :)