January started with a bang as good size swells hit our shores, a little larger than expected for a typical summer pattern.
Groms were particularly stoked as both reef and beach breaks turned it on for the entire school holiday period.
Autumn was the stand out season this year, as it usually is.
Not only did Surfer’s Point host the Margaret River Pro, but it turned on brilliant conditions for the entire event.
We saw the historic shift to North Point, the Box goin’ off, and of course Main Break didn’t disappoint either.
Kelly Slater showed his true colours by finishing his knock-out heat and paddling over to a few lucky punters at Southsides.
Memories were made as he caught a couple of waves, chatted to local groms in the line-up, and then made his way in to the waiting crowds.
In August, we heard the news that Margaret River had cemented its’ spot on the World Surfing League Tour for the next two years, which was fantastic news for the town of Margaret River and the entire South West region.
Get yourself down to Surfer’s Point next year from April 11 to 22 to witness a truly world class surfing event.
Winter was a little slower on the whole with a lot of rain and on-shore winds.
We were still treated to a few stand out clear sunny days with solid swell but it was a pretty long winter.
And of course there were the rumoured 20-foot plus winter swell days, which did see a few of the bigger wave spots really fire.
Spring started well, especially at a few of the beach breaks as the sand shifted around resulting in some nice peaks that held for a few days and then shifted on.
You had to be at the right place at the right time, but if you were, there were a few choice spots that really turned it on.
Summer has been hit and miss so far, with some hot, glassy sessions on show for the early risers, but also windy, on-shore, cold fronts hitting the coast just to keep things interesting.
Here’s to an epic year of surf for 2018, with swell, sun and wind all hopefully lining up to give us a memorable year to come.
Kelly Slater showed his true colours by finishing his knock-out heat and paddling over to a few lucky punters at Southsides. Memories were made as he caught a couple of waves, chatted to local groms in the line-up, and then made his way in to the waiting crowds.
Stay safe in the water and enjoy all that this amazing stretch of coast between the Capes has to offer. And for all things surfing in Margs, go to surfingmargaretriver.com.