PHOTOS | Southerly to change conditions

Its been a relatively poor start to the start of the surfing year for Cronulla surfers with an onshore wind pattern settling in on Christmas Day and blowing ever since.

We did have a couple of morning offshores but the high-pressure system sitting on us didn't send us any swell except on Monday morning when we did get a little four-foot spike.

Yesterday's clean morning conditions have been replaced with a southerly change overnight that is due to blow all week before finally turning back offshore on Sunday.

Today's waves are pretty average and sitting around the one-two foot mark-its onshore and the tide was low so not much to talk about.

In some good news the swell will slowly pick up today before peaking on Friday around the shoulder-high mark and the swell direction will also swing around to the south which might move the sand around a bit and hopefully make some banks up the beach.

The water temperature is as good as it gets and if you can escape the morning low tides, it might be more valuable for finding some corners.

In BREAKING news- As a result of Hawaii's announcement of all surfing competitions' suspension until further notice yesterday, the upcoming Championship Tour event, the Sunset Open -- scheduled for January 19 - 28, 2021 - and the Big Wave Jaws Championship Pe'ahi have been cancelled.

The WSL has also decided to postpone the CT Santa Cruz Pro, scheduled for February 2 - 12, 2021.

The decision to postpone the Santa Cruz Pro, the last planned event of the US leg of the Championship Tour, is based primarily on the surge of COVID-19 cases in California. The postponement is also heavily influenced by the length of time our athletes have been away from home, and by the complexities of global travel during this pandemic, which would have caused significant logistical challenges for athletes and staff to travel home and return to California for the event.

Kalani Ball wins the Australian Open of Surfing event at Cronulla last year.Picture John Veage

Kalani Ball wins the Australian Open of Surfing event at Cronulla last year.Picture John Veage

In an ambitious plan, Surfing NSW has announced its 2021 events calendar and over 40 events are already confirmed to be taking place over the calendar year, with proceedings hopefully getting underway in February.

Benchmark events on the calendar include The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series (Mad Mex Maroubra Pro, Great Lakes Pro, Port Stephens Pro and Vissla Central Coast Pro), the Australian Open of Surfing series, the Australian Surf Championships and state title events for all disciplines of surfing - shortboard, longboard, SUP and bodyboard.

Cronulla doesn't see any contests until October, so there shouldn't be too much disruption for the local Surfing Sutherland Shire Club schedules, but the COVID-19 situation is continually evolving so anything can happen.

Jarvis earle flies high.Picture John Veage

Jarvis earle flies high.Picture John Veage

In some late 2020 news, winners in all divisions of the 2020 YETI Australian Junior Online Surf Championships were crowned in late December.

It was a good effort from all competitors who took part in the championships and their video teams, the surfing was of the highest standard and showcased the depth of talent across the country.

The event hosted 162 of Australia's top juniors in a head to head online surfing competition. Individual glory and bragging rights as the overall champion state and over $30,000 in prizes were up for grabs.

Cronulla goofy Jarvis Earle finished runner up in the top U18 Men's behind Sol Pogue-Englert - from WA (15.86 - 15.57)

He also won the Pics Peanut Butter Male Performer Award given to the most outstanding overall performance. He won a $1000 entry fee for the 2021 competitive season across State and National programs.

The winners of the Under 18 and 16 divisions in the 2020 YETI Australian Junior Online Surf Championships have been selected in the Australian Junior Surfing Team to compete at the 2021 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.