US veteran CJ Hopgood at Huntington in the Open, with the pier in the background.
US veteran CJ Hopgood at Huntington in the Open, with the pier in the background. Contributed

Swell is back for weekend after a great run of waves

AFTER a couple of days off the swell is back in a small way for the weekend.

We've had a great run of waves and as the last of that groundswell died, another began almost immediately when the wind strengthened from the south-east.

The water is still an acceptable 20 degrees, though the wind-chill factor will mean rubbering up.

The boys and girls from Tide N Turn are holding their monthly club contest at the Agnes Water main beach from 7am Saturday.

Get down there and register, or at least have a bit of a look.

Three club members - Chloe Geck, Kailah Rodger and Charlie Trumper - have made the Capricornia team to contest the Queensland schools titles on the Gold Coast next week. More on their progress in Surf's Up next Saturday.

Over in California, the US Open of Surfing is well underway at Huntington Beach, with all the razamattaz you would expect.

The women's event is crucial to the outcome of this year's world title, with current ratings leader our own (Aussie) Tyler Wright through to the quarter-finals in tricky inconsistent surf in and around the iconic Huntington pier.

Compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons, still an outside shot at the crown, also is through, as is Hawaii's Carrisa Moore.

The Gold Coast's Steph Gilmore was down to fight through the loser's round to get to the quarters.

In the men's event, 11-time world champ Kelly Slater was knocked down to a loser's heat by Aussie Ace Buchan.

Other Aussie chances Julian Wilson and Bede Durbidge will have to fight through the elimination heats.

On the Gold Coast this weekend the Coast of Origin Interclub Series - State Challenge will see the best of the club sides from the Goldy and Sunny coasts plus Straddy do battle in what could be some good waves.