VIVE LA FRANCE: Brazilian Gabriel Medina slotted at the Quiksilver Pro at La Graviere.
VIVE LA FRANCE: Brazilian Gabriel Medina slotted at the Quiksilver Pro at La Graviere. Contributed

After swell drought you may score small waves this weekend

AT last, there are a few little waves this weekend, so get into it while it is there.

We've had weeks of not much to nothing in terms of swell with winds from the north - a horrible combination for surfers.

The kite-boarders have been having fun, but that's not much in the way of consolation for surfers.

The wind swung around on Thursday night-early Friday, depending on where you live in central parts.

We didn't get anything in the way of much-needed rain, but the wind change was a relief.

Nothing much to report Friday morning, but by the afternoon there were a few tiny sliders for big boards.

But on Saturday and Sunday you should score a few waves, albeit a bit on the small side.

The holidays are just about over, so hopefully next swell will see more in the way of waves and less in the way of crowds.

Women vie for world titles

NO competitive surfing at home this week, but over in Europe it's all go as the contenders and pretenders vie for the pro surfing world titles.

The women are in Portugal for their final event of the year, with Carissa Moore (Hawaii) and Tyler Wright (Aus) locked in a battle for the crown.

It may already be decided as you read this, with the women surfing in round two last night.

All the big names made it straight through to round three as round two was due to hit the water in small beachbreak conditions.

The other Aussie contender, Sally Fitzgibbons, would need to back up her win in France last week with another victory - and both Moore and Wright would have to be knocked out early.

Aussie in with a shot for Quiksilver Pro France

THE men were due to begin the quarter-finals as I am writing this - again all three of the world title contenders; Mick Fanning, Kelly Slater and Joel Parkinson still in the hunt.

The others with a mathematical chance going into this event; Jordy Smith and Taj Burrow were eliminated in round 5.

I get the feeling from watching the event that the winner of the Quiksilver Pro France will be Queensland's own Julian Wilson, Hawaii's John John Florence or Argentine-born Brazilian Gabriel Medina.

These three seemed to be the form surfers going into the quarters.

But rookie Felipe Toledo too could cause an upset with his air game in the small conditions and you can never discount the old war horse Slater or former Coolie kids Fanning and Parkinson.

Aussie Kai Otton is the long shot.