22.01.20|Surf Report with John Veage

A good start to the surfing week for Cronulla waxheads with a solid east-nor east swell to help clear the sinus's.

After Saturdays big blow it cleaned up on Sunday for the Nutri-Grain at North Cronulla Beach and Monday morning saw offshore head high lefts reeling down the beach until the dreaded nor-easter kicked in as per usual.

Yesterday saw another good morning with the swell still shoulder high and the winds sou-west after Monday nights super storm swept through causing havoc on the streets of the Shire.

The forecast sees today's 3-4 ft east swell start to drop and swing around to the nor-east as the week progresses kicking slightly on Thursday afternoon before sitting around the 3 ft mark for the rest of the week.

Waves for summer are unusual so dont waste any chance you can to get wet-especially since crowds are down with school kids still away and no weekend contests as yet.

This mornings conditions at North Cronulla Beach.Picture John Veage

This mornings conditions at North Cronulla Beach.Picture John Veage

Eighteen qualified boardrider clubs are ready to do battle on February 15 and 16 at Newcastle's Main Beach when bragging rights as the country's best club go on the line in the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series National Final.

Some of the world's best current, former and up-and-coming World Surf League (WSL) stars will don the comp singlet to help their club in the quest for national glory.

Elouera boardriders are once again flying the flag for Surfing Sutherland Shire after their big win in the Southern Qualifier's last year-CT surfer Connor O'Leary is their main man and will have something to prove getting himself back where he belongs on the World Tour this year.

Burleigh Heads Boardriders Club young gun Liam O'Brien was on the cusp of qualifying for the WSL Men's World Tour in 2019 and is ready to kick start his 2020 qualifying campaign the best way possible, a club win in Newcastle.

"The pressure you experience in the team environment is another level again on individual surfing. Burleigh is a proud club and will be aiming for the win which makes it the perfect event to kick off the year with. For me personally, this event is the perfect start to the competitive season," said O'Brien.

Wildcard nominations are still open to other clubs wanting a crack at the big show.

George Pittar (NSW) claimed victory at the Hydralyte Sports QLD Pro Junior Presented By Hyundai On The Gold Coast. Picture WSL / Surfing QLD / Ben Stagg

George Pittar (NSW) claimed victory at the Hydralyte Sports QLD Pro Junior Presented By Hyundai On The Gold Coast. Picture WSL / Surfing QLD / Ben Stagg

Following the Rip Curl GromSearch National Final which saw six new junior national champions crowned following a handful of exciting finals at Woonona Beach mid January there was more school holiday work for juniors in Queensland.last week,

Sage Goldsbury (Cape Woolamai, VIC) and George Pittar ( Manly, NSW) won the Hydralyte Sports QLD Pro Junior presented by Hyundai on the Gold Coast on the weekend in pumping waves at Duranbah Beach.

The series will now head to Narrabeen in April, followed by Bells Beach in September,where local junior competitors Jordan Turansky (second round) and Jarvis Earle (third round) will have another chance to get some valuable series points.

The World Surf League sanctioned Pro Junior events, which includes 18 and under boys' and girls' divisions, form part of the 2018 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series , provides the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the World Surf League Junior Championships in 2020.