A Weekend of Barrels in Wild West Oz

Jason Lock

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Updated 39d ago

An autumnal pulse lit up the shores of West Oz on Friday for one of the first solid sessions of the season. And while it may have been a little ragged around the edges, a few gems tore into The Box amidst the chaos. Other locales along that diverse stretch delivered too, including a not-so-well-known left hand slab.

“Friday looked like the first day of real grunt and the carparks showed that, filling up before the sun had come up,” says Tom Pearsall aka the highly double-tappable @driftwoodphotography_mr who spent nine hours in the water and then six more on Saturday to bring all you see throughout.

Spot guide: West OZ

A rather active system pulsing into West Oz on Thursday evening.

A rather active system pulsing into West Oz on Thursday evening.

“First light showed a lot of energy with some of the staples of the region delivering sets in the 10-12ft plus range. The buoys pushed over 4m as a bunch of locals eyed The Box, watching devastating waves pinch, with the odd diamond that looked (kind of) make able.

“As always those were enough to get the crew out into a surging, boiling lineup, far from the perfect predictable slab it can be. A game of cat and mouse ensued as all who ventured out felt the wrath and (some) the reward.”

Lined up.

Lined up.

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Forecast: The Box

Saturday, the conditions cleaned up thanks to a night of offshore wind. Enter Jay Davies, Zac Haynes and local shredder Jerome Forrest.

“Jerome had his eye on a little known slab perfect for a goofy foot. We decided to take a gamble and, in crystal clear water, an extremely photogenic session went down with only the resident dolphins as witness. True Autumn begins.”

Jay Davies.

Jay Davies.

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As for the swell? Friday began with a south westerly swell rifling into the coast, capping out at the 12ft@15 seconds mark, with light but scattered wind. Saturday morning, waves were groomed by the offshore wind before it swung around early afternoon, with the swell peaking at 8ft@13 seconds in the morning.

For more about West Australia, go HERE.

Jack Challis.

Jack Challis.

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Zac Haynes.

Zac Haynes.

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Jerome Forrest.

Jerome Forrest.

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Jed Mattinson.

Jed Mattinson.

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