Jingle bells, send us swells, make COVID go away… It’s safe to say that 2020 turned out to be a lump of metaphorical coal. Between contest cancellations, Pipe Masters dreams and Olympic false-starts, beach closures, surf mag shutterings, severed contracts, surfing bans, overcrowded breaks, travel prohibitions, and mid-contest shark attacks, 2021 promises to be nothing short of a diamond in comparison.
With the countdown to the New Year on, things are already starting to “slowly” look up. Red Bull has led the way with innovative swell-based contests. Our screens have been commandeered by creative YouTubers following in the footsteps of Jamie O’Brien’s incomparable antics and subsequent media blitz. Travel closures and contest cancellations means that, like us, the pros are able to spend more surf time with friends and family – and we might be wave sharing with our heroes at our home break. And, as we patiently await herd immunity, we can distract ourselves with the unhaltable power of nature’s winter swells currently gracing our shores.