Surf Report with John Veage: Northies Alley Masters all comes down to experience

The oldest surfer triumphed over the youngest surfer in the final of the 28th annual Northies Alley Masters at North Cronulla Beach on Saturday.

Three-time Masters champion Matt Griggs took home the trophy again after a hot final in deteriorating surf conditions which allowed 12-year-old Jarvis Earle to almost cause a massive upset.

Held in clean one-metre waves, the freshening nor-easter caused havoc with last year’s winner Jarred Hickel unable to catch a good scoring wave.

In the action: (Above) Matts Griggs celebrates with the Alley Masters trophy alongside runner-up Jarvis Earle at Northies on Saturday. (Below) Griggs in action during the event. Pictures: John Veage

In the action: (Above) Matts Griggs celebrates with the Alley Masters trophy alongside runner-up Jarvis Earle at Northies on Saturday. (Below) Griggs in action during the event. Pictures: John Veage

It was a double victory in the under-13s and under-16s finals with the dynamic natural footer Jetson Kuch sweeping both divisions.

Meanwhile, Australian pro surfer Laura Enever and Hawaii’s Coco Ho have announced their entry in the new WSL Sydney International Women’s Pro at Cronulla in November.  

Enever, ranked 11th on the Championship Tour, won through to the quarter-finals at the Swatch Women’s Pro in Trestles, California, after beating Ho in round four.  

The Sydney International Women’s Pro, part of the International Beach Festival, will be the final QS6000 event of the year where surfers can earn points to qualify for the 2017 CT Tour.

With athletes from eight countries already registered in the event, officials are expecting an extremely competitive field. 

Tuesday morning surfers who read web predictions before the old school surf check,would have missed out on an epic little ESE secret swell that really gave Cronulla surfers some good waves.

The whole beach for the early had good 4/5ft lefts peeling down it, only killed by the incoming tide and onshore breeze.

Swellnet didnt really pick it up saying” Tuesday is looking at a general easing swell trend across the region. South facing beaches should see early 2-3ft sets but it’ll abate slowly during the day-A broad trough is then expected to develop across inland NSW coast on Wednesday, freshening northerly winds about the coast ahead of a late - possibly overnight - westerly change. Surf size will be small with mainly residual SE swell.”

They got that right with today’s waves sitting around the clean 2/3 ft mark and coming from the Sou-east.

The end of the week looks more promising with a solid swell due on Friday tapering into the weekend so we should have some good waves.

The world juniors have some nice waves as the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship was officially declared open in the town of Ribeira Grande in the Azores, marking the largest gathering of junior surfers in the history of the event.

Following the Opening Ceremony, 12 heats of U-18 Boys and U-16 boys took to the water in each of the event's two podiums, kicking off the first edition of the competition in the era of Olympic Surfing.

In attendance at the Opening Ceremony were 371 athletes from 39 National Surfing Teams that had traveled from around the world to compete for Gold Medals and represent their nation. 

Day 4 of competition of the 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship is being streamed live on www.isaworlds.com!

Meanwhile the big boys have three contests to go after Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Tyler Wright (AUS) claimed victory today at the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles, Stops No. 8 and 7 respectively, on the World Surf League  Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour  in three-to-four foot  waves at the famed cobblestone break of Lower Trestles.

Jordy Smith (ZAF) secured his fifth Championship Tour win , and his second at Lower Trestles, following an exciting match-up against 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS).

Tyler Wright (AUS) claimed her fourth Championship Tour victory of the season in an all-Australian Final against six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

Till next week-keep surfing! 

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