Aussie Ewing crowned world champ

I hope everyone made the most of the new years waves because this week leaves us with nothing to get excited about.

When Swellnet says”Nothing special expected this week” you know they mean it. We have had a small 2ft Nor East swell but it doesnt do much for Cronulla.

The southern reefs have something but everyone knows that and the  crowds are thick and angry,as well as that a shark sighting yesterday morning might put you off.

I took todays pics at 1ft Nth Cronulla and a couple further south but they wont win any prizes.

A southerly change early Thursday morning should generate a slightly bigger south swell for Friday,  picking up to very occasionally 2-3ft sets,winds will  fluctuate all week, mainly light to moderate from the north (becoming fresh into the afternoons) before shifting southerly Thursday. On Friday, the small S’ly groundswell will be accompanied by a freshening NE breeze .

The good news is we’re looking at a solid Sunday afternoon increase in southerly groundswell and at this stage the late session on Sunday could see 4-6ft sets at swell magnets - though there is a risk of southerly winds accompanying the swell increase with Monday looking real good.

Australian duo Ethan Ewing and Macy Callaghan have capped off their competitive seasons, taking out the World Junior Championship (WJC) in Kiama, NSW on Monday. Conditions were not ideal but the world’s best put on an incredible show in the clean 2-foot peaks that were on offer at  Bombo Beach. 

The Men’s final was a showdown between  the No. 1 and 2 seeds and after a day of light winds and  small surf, a front blew through in the opening minutes of the final making conditions tough for the stablemates. Ewing found his two scoring waves early where Colapinto was unable to find any waves of substance, gifting Ewing the win of his career. Ewing now joins an illustrious list of World Junior Champions including Joel Parkinson, Andy Irons and Gabriel Medina just to name a few.

Champions Macy Callaghan and Ethan Ewing with runner-up Mahina Maeda and Griffin Colapinto. Pic: WSL/Cestari

Champions Macy Callaghan and Ethan Ewing with runner-up Mahina Maeda and Griffin Colapinto. Pic: WSL/Cestari

“This feels so amazing,” Ewing said. “Coming into this event as the top seed gave me confidence from the get go and it all just kept running smoothly from the start of the week. It all just went to plan. It was funny because Griffin and I talked about the chances of the two of us meeting in the final early in the week so the fact it happened was really cool. Griffin is a great friend of mine so it is special to share this with him.”

Surfrider Foundation Australia celebrated 25 years in Australia in 2016 with hundreds of volunteers around the country working to protect and preserve our nation’s beaches.

Based in Sydney but with branches in every state, Cronulla Surfrider members placed drain stencils while others collected hundreds of kilograms of beach and marine litter, planted thousands of coastal trees and lobbied for the protection of sharks, protection of Bells Beach and abolition of plastic bags.

Surfrider fought hard for the Container Deposit Scheme that is now being implemented in QLD, NSW and WA, which will help to reduce marine pollution found across Australia's shores.

During this summer Surfrider Foundation asks the millions of people people who will visit many of the nation’s beaches to be respectful of the coast and marine environment.

“This summer we want people to take ownership of their local beach. We owe it to the ocean and to our future generations.” – Brendan Frawley, Surfrider Foundation Australia Chairman