Chunky conditions

LAST weekend the blustery conditions produced some chunky waves and more of the same mid-week.

Over the Easter weekend there is an expectation for some cleaner conditions with some crisp off-shores predicted.

Swell size will be limited because of the southerly direction and the best hope is for the south facing magnets when the swell straightens as it drops.

Most punters will be reaching for their wetties now and contemplating whether or not they can squeeze another season out the rubber body glove.

There is nothing quite like the warmth of a new wettie and the winter chills soon let you know when they have worn out.

It seems the lingering warmth of summer disappears so quick with those first couple of cool changes.

Hopefully there are still a few mild months before we face the full brunt of winter.

There should be plenty of waves about although there will be a lot of surfers scratching round to found a peak, good luck.

Comeback mum wins

Australian Yvonne Byron (Wollongong, NSW), in a major upset, defeated six-time world champion Layne Beachley (Manly, NSW) to win the Prime rated 6-Star women's Bico Classic.

Difficult one metre conditions hosted the year's most important qualifying series event, with the Prime rated 6-Star Salomon Masters also completing its round of 48 on the same afternoon.

The 35-minute final began slowly for Byron, but the reigning Australian champion then picked off the decider's best ride for an eight-point score and surged ahead with another 6.93 midway through.

A former World Championship Tour (WCT) surfer, Byron (then Rogencamp) has been absent from the scene since 1999 when she gave birth to the first of two children.

The 28-year-old mother continued surfing however, and today proved her talent hasn't diminished any.

The result pushes her to fifth on the current qualifying series ratings and has inspired a new campaign in hopes of rejoining the elite ranks.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," began Byron afterwards.

"I won the Aussie titles last year, but I haven't really been competing much since 1999 when I was on the WCT.

"I haven't been talking about it, but my goal if I won today was to follow the rest of he tour this year, so I guess I'll be travelling again."

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