Nice waves today for mid week surfers

The good size winter waves we had are now a distant memory for Cronulla surfers even though the water is still cool as the weather is warming up.

With small waves over the weekend yesterday's 3ft increase from the south gave us some hope but it was just a remnant of wind swell and its lack of power and onshore winds didn't really give us anything special.

This morning it's a classic Spring day with a clean nor-wester blowing the 3-4ft waves clean as they crash onto the shore break's and it should get pretty good as the tide drops.

The beach is very tide dependant and on the high it doesn't break between North Cronulla and Wanda- with the only waves found on the Wanda bend where there are a couple of good banks worth surfing.

I took todays pics at Wanda where the high tide has made it harder to catch waves but when it pulses there are some good sized sets.

The predictions for the week ahead also aren't too flash with Thursday also having small waves before a sou-easter blows in another small sou-east swell on Friday that runs through the weekend peaking on Sunday around the 4ft mark.

The problem is the winds will also be poor and blowing from the north,nor-east.

Monday looks like the pick of the week with some still remnant swell and offshore winds blowing all day.

Ethan Ewing took out the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita with an amazing display of surfing. Picture WSL / Matt Dunbar

Ethan Ewing took out the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita with an amazing display of surfing. Picture WSL / Matt Dunbar

On the far north coast, Tyler Wright and Ethan Ewing have taken victory at the Tweed Coast Pro on Monday-which was event one of the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing.

Both Wright and Ewing looked destined for victory, each dominating the final day in fun two-to-three foot waves at the beautiful Cabarita Headland in what has been professional surfing's return to the ocean for the first event since March this year.

In what was a rematch from the final of the Maui Pro last year, seven-time WSL World Champion Stephanie Gilmore came up against two-time WSL World Champion Wright .

The pair were the form surfers of the event, both posting excellent heat totals in their respective quarterfinals, the highest of the entire event. In the Final though, it was Wright who prevailed with her powerful attacking brand of surfing, dominating Gilmore with a two-wave combination of 15.67.

The men's Final was a glimpse into professional surfing's future with Championship Tour comeback kid Ethan Ewing facing off with the only international competitor in the field, 2020 South African Tour Rookie Matthew McGillivray.

Ewing dominated from the outset, posting a near-perfect 9.77 single wave score, the highest of the event, for an incredible display of frontside hacks. From that point on the 22-year-old North Stradbroke Islander had the event in the bag, making it the perfect return to the top level for one of Australia's most promising title contenders for years to come.

Former Cronulla Pro Connor O'Leary surfed strong on his backhand and finished equal third with fellow Tour surfer Jack Robinson.

 Maya Gabeira's record-setting wave at Nazaré, Portugal for the cbdMD XXL Big Wave Award. Picture WSL / Poullenot

Maya Gabeira's record-setting wave at Nazaré, Portugal for the cbdMD XXL Big Wave Award. Picture WSL / Poullenot

In one for the woman surfers of the world, the World Surf League announced that Brazilian Maya Gabeira won the 2019 XXL Biggest Wave Award and set a new World Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman.

As part of the Red Bull Big Wave Awards, they validated Gabeira's ride as the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title holder for the largest wave surfed - female.

"This wave was during the WSL Nazaré Tow Surfing contest and although I say I'm not a competitive person, I was very in the zone and braver than I usually am on this day," said Gabeira.

"I was risking more than I usually like to do. When I let go of the rope, I had a feeling it could be the one but wasn't sure. The speed was very high but the noise that the wave made when it broke made me realize that this was probably the biggest wave I'd ever ridden."

Gabeira's record-setting wave measured 73.5 feet, besting her own previous World Record, 68 feet. She broke the record at the infamous big-wave surf break, Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal, on February 11, 2020, as part of the WSL's inaugural Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge event.

Although the men's and women's divisions are separate for this category, Gabeira's ride also beat the men's 2019 XXL Biggest Wave, which was won by Hawaiian Kai Lenny and only measured 70 feet!