Lay Days at the Quik Pro

Shea Lopez

The author of SURFER's Top 32 Review, Shea Lopez spent 11 years competing on the World Tour and now reigns as our resident expert on the pro surfosphere.

It has been a few days since the first round ran in fun waves at Snapper on the very first day of the waiting period. Since then we’ve seen bad winds and average surf for the Quik Pro event sites. But at other various beaches, within an easy day trip, there have been plenty of playful, pristine lineups out of every kid’s dreams – glassy, warm, blue water ramps in the 2- to 6- foot range (depending on how far you were willing to drive). And lining those same beaches are 5- to 6- foot tan, smoking hot, beach babes – the kind that also fill every kid’s dreams. Not a bad place to be a WT surfer on a few days of R&R.

By now though, everyone is beginning to return their focus to Snapper Rocks and the possible return to competition on Thursday, March 3rd at 8am Australian time, which will be Wednesday March 2nd at 2pm in California. That is when a south swell is forecasted to return Snapper to contestable 3-foot and clean waves, similar to the opening day. Plus, according to the latest weather models, the future looks even more promising. As a high pressure system gets squeezed between a low pressure system to the South and tropical lows to the North and East, that could very well create a southeasterly fetch with enough strength and duration to produce kegging barrels along the Superbank – which is looking primed and ready after days of pumping by the Tweed River Sand Bypassing Project around the point at Snapper. This swell will likely begin to show on Saturday here in OZ, then peak on Sunday and Monday, before hanging around for the foreseeable future, which is more than enough time to cherry pick our windows of excellent surf for the remainder of the Quik Pro.

If the opening event of the ASP World Tour hasn’t caught your attention yet, then keep an eye on the developing weather pattern which could potentially turn the Quik Pro into one for the ages. That should be more than enough fuel to fire up even the most jaded WT followers.