After two days of onshores and small wind affected waves the tide has turned for Cronulla surfers with some nice offshores predicted and a new rising swell.
This morning through the mist and rain we see a 3-4ft south swell wrapping into Bate Bay with an expectation of 4-6 ft by nightfall.
The winds are also expected to be blowing from the west for the next week so things are looking good, just like last weekend where a clean groundswell and hard offshores pushed through.
The banks at North Cronulla are non existent and breaking out the back,so it looks like Elouera and Wanda are the spots to go to where there are some average looking lefts and a few right shories on offer.
The swell prediction is also good with the 4-6 ft waves set to hang around for the week even picking up slightly on Sunday.
The daily crowds exercising have returned-even with Covid restrictions in place but there are also no contests allowed this weekend so all the beach is fair game.
Molly Picklum and Callum Robson have claimed the biggest victories of their careers at the Oakberry Tweed Coast Pro Qualifying Series 5,000 event in tricky two foot conditions at Cabarita Beach.
With Challenger Series qualification on the line, the stakes were high and the women's Final saw two of Australia's most promising young talents go toe-to-toe with eventual winner Molly Picklum coming up against Cabarita local Zahli Kelly in a battle that is sure to continue for years to come.
Picklum's powerful rail game and smooth transitions between turns was rewarded by the judges and the 18-year-old Central Coaster will finish the season in top spot on the regional rankings and now shift her focus to CT qualification through the Challenger Series.
In the men's Evans Head competitor Callum Robson came into the contest sitting at 19 on the Australia / Oceania Regional QS Rankings and in need of a solid result at Cabarita if he wanted to find himself a spot on the CS in 2021.
The pressure never seemed to phase the powerful young natural-footer as he carved through the field to set up his first QS final against good mate Mitch Parkinson.
In the Final, Robson continued his form, never looking in doubt as he built towards his winning total of 12.94 and moved from 19th to 4th on the rankings.
" It was awesome to share a final with Mitch. We surf a lot with each other and he has been on fire here so I was definitely nervous coming up against him. I'm looking forward to seeing how I go on the CS now against all the best internationals." Robson said
Cronulla young gun Jarvis Earle got through one heat before being outclassed by runner up Parkinson and Kiwi pro Billy Stairmand.
After six events in Hawaii, Australia and California, surfers will now compete at the Olympic's for the first time.
Gold medals and national pride will be on the line but a month after the Olympic Games conclude the first ever WSL Finals will crown surfing's world champions in a one-day, winner-take all event.
The Brazilian men have a stranglehold on the WSL Leaderboard,with Gab Medina becoming the first male to clinch his spot for the Rip Curl WSL Finals.
Italo is still holding onto the number two spot and Toledo's victory, his second of the season, has moved him up to third on the leaderboard, giving Brazil the top three positions.
Griffin Colapinto has jumped into fifth with Aussie rookie Morgan Cibilic in fourth.
In the women Carissa Moore has booked her place and is looking at potentially capturing her fifth World title.
Johanne Defray has climbed to second with her win and Sally Fitz ,Tatiana Weston-Webb and Steph Gilmore round out the WSL Final 5 at the moment, as they are starting to create some separation from the rest of the pack.
With the Championship Tour hitting the pause button until after the Olympics, the next stop will be the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver, which doesn't start until August 10.
This gives all the surfers, or at least those not competing in the Olympics, a little time to hit reset and steady themselves for their final charge down the homestretch.
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