26.12.18-Surf report with John Veage

Cronulla had a visit from a whole bunch of Surfing Santa’s and a few bad elf’s last weekend- dropping in before Christmas to cause some havoc and spread some cheer.

 Started by Jon Hayman 4 years ago, this year the Surfing Santa’s joined up with Blake and his Cronulla Surfing Academy and raised $1600 for Project Youth.

Conditions weren't pretty on the weekend but on Monday the wind swung off shore, they towed the sailing boat of the beach and the banks all lined up giving us a great day of waves.

I took todays pics at Wanda on Monday where there is a couple of good looking lefts- I am now down the coast with everyone else.

There was still a few nice waves around for Christmas day and the forecast is for this 2-3 ft swell to hang around all week with today's little spike the biggest day we can expect.

The winds are also expected to be kind every morning so get up for the early and clear away your hangovers-low tide is in the morning and water temperature is sitting around the 22.5 mark.

The 2018 World Surf League  Championship Tour  season has come to a close with Stephanie Gilmore  earning her record-equalling seventh World Title and Gabriel Medina  winning his second World Title. Now, the 2019 Championship Tour will challenge the world's best surfers, including a new crop of rookies who are officially solidified for next year.

Wade Carmichael of Australia Picture WSL / Cestari

Wade Carmichael of Australia Picture WSL / Cestari

Wade Carmichael (AUS), 26, is the 2018 Rookie of the Year. Carmichael’s first season on the Championship Tour was a rollercoaster as the Central Coast native suffered four early Round 2 exits, but managed to balance it with excellent results. His talent shone first in Brasil where he reached the Final and in J-Bay where his signature powerful carves fit right in.  

The 2019 men’s Championship Tour class will be contested by the WSL Top 34, made up of the top 22  finishers on the 2018 CT Jeep Leaderboard, the top 6 finishers on the 2017 Qualifying Series (QS), and two WSL wildcards.

2018 Top 22 CT: 

Gabriel Medina (BRA)

Julian Wilson (AUS)

Filipe Toledo (BRA)

Italo Ferreira (BRA)

Jordy Smith (ZAF)

Owen Wright (AUS)

Conner Coffin (USA)

Michel Bourez (PYF)

Wade Carmichael (AUS)

Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)

Kolohe Andino (USA)

Mikey Wright (AUS)

Willian Cardoso (BRA)

Sebastian Zietz (HAW)

Michael Rodrigues (BRA)

Jeremy Flores (FRA)

Adrian Buchan (AUS)

Griffin Colapinto (USA)

Adriano de Souza (BRA)

Ezekiel Lau (HAW)

Yago Dora (BRA)

Joan Duru (FRA)

2018 Top 10 QS (minus double qualifiers from CT):

Seth Moniz (HAW)

Ryan Callinan (AUS)

Peterson Crisanto (BRA)

Jesse Mendes (BRA)

Deivid Silva (BRA)

Ricardo Christie (NZL)

Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)

Jadson Andre (BRA)

Soli Bailey (AUS)

Jack Freestone (AUS)

WSL Wildcards:

Kelly Slater (USA)

John John Florence (HAW)