Shaun in top form to reach quarters
By TOM WOODS
SURFING and Easter is normally the perfect combination.
It's a time of year where plenty of swell and perfect winds are highly likely.
Most of us have the time off and it's our last chance to enjoy the warm water left over from the summer months.
The water is still amazingly warm but the swell let us down this year with Easter Monday been the only day with quality waves.
If you got up early enough there were some clean four-five footers on offer, it was a welcome surprise after the first three days of the long weekend produced one-two feet at best.
Easter is also the time of the famous Bells Beach Classic in Victoria.
The long running WCT event started last week and is still in progress at the time of writing.
Our local hope Shaun Cansdell is going well, taking down some of the highly fancied surfers.
He has had narrow wins over CJ Hobgood and Paulo Moura in rounds three and four and will meet Luke Stedman for a chance to go into the semi finals.
This is only his second event as a qualified WCT surfer and he's already got himself to the finals end of the competition.
Kelly Slater, Andy Irons and Joel Parkinson are also in contention and will go into the final rounds as favorites.
Bells Beach isn't the only Easter surfing event.
Bryon Bay annually hosts the Easter Classic; this year it was re-named the Ben King memorial after the popular Byron surfer passed away earlier in the year.
Coffs local Madison Williams surfed right through to the final where he placed fourth, also making the trip was Heath Joske and Mikey Curnow who both got through to the semi and quarterfinals respectively.
Longboard Pro Harley Ingleby from Emerald Beach has been on the road lately, filming with American cinematographer Steve Cleverland and Santa Cruz surfer CJ Nelson.
The filmmaker is putting together his next movie, which will feature these guys surfing down the New South Wales East Coast.
Mullaway surfer Angela Keighran continued her run of impressive results last weekend at the Billabong girls Easter surfing festival held on the Sunshine Coast.
She did well enough to maintain her number seven position on the Women's Pro Junior tour finishing in ninth place.
Surf conditions: As mentioned above, Monday was our only great day over the last week.
Small but surfable waves followed but nothing too exciting.
Looking into the weekend we are going to see a building southeast swell, however it will come at a cost of persistent onshore winds, wave heights will rise from Saturday onwards and it looks like the rest of the working week should have some medium size surf.
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