This is How Good Snapper and D-Bah Have Been

Jason Lock

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Updated 225d ago

A solid south easterly swell has pulsed into Snapper Rocks and D-Bah over the past two days - and when that stretch switches on, are they the most shapely waves on the Aussie east side?

And isn't this typical? Kirra, Snapper et al light up just before the Quik Pro comp launches. It's almost as if Snapper is cursed to run in sub-par conditions when it is finally called on, with decent swells usually arriving either side of the event window.

Parko's grown up with this set up, so when it's on, he can sneak a few past the crowd.

Parko's grown up with this set up, so when it's on, he can sneak a few past the crowd.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Chart for Snapper on Wednesday. That swell direction whipping across Australia's Gold Coast.

Chart for Snapper on Wednesday. That swell direction whipping across Australia's Gold Coast.

If you can stomach the sheer throng of bodies (''sharing is caring'', says Leo Fioravanti about the recent run at Snapper) then you'd have been in the mix for a 5.5ft@11 seconds swell on Wednesday, and similar yesterday – though with stronger, more easterly winds. That isn't a bad thing, helping to groom those head high tubes, which we love to see in full frame, as we're sure you do too.

The Gold Coast sure does live up to its name.

The Gold Coast sure does live up to its name.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Our Tasman Sea swell chart from the morning of Wednesday March 8. You can see that low pressure system churning a few miles out, which creates what you're about to witness in the pics below.

Our Tasman Sea swell chart from the morning of Wednesday March 8. You can see that low pressure system churning a few miles out, which creates what you're about to witness in the pics below.

As the circus is in town, it's no surprise this recent run was sampled by an all-star cast including Parko, Caio Ibelli, Sage Erickson, Conner Coffin, Malia Manuel, Leo Fioravanti, Mick Fanning (attempting a Mason Ho style shortboard cross step, we see you) and more – as caught by lensman Juan Medina.

The best thing? Looks like there's still more to come today. Stay tuned.

Conner Coffin and Snapper Rocks are a sublime combination.

Conner Coffin and Snapper Rocks are a sublime combination.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Caio Ibelli flairing well and truly above the lip.

Caio Ibelli flairing well and truly above the lip.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Mick's cross-step attempt. Seems the 2016 down-time's allowed Fanning to perfect certain aspects of his surfing.

Mick's cross-step attempt. Seems the 2016 down-time's allowed Fanning to perfect certain aspects of his surfing.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

There's something so classicaly white lightning here. Fins free, drifting the tail to re-entry. Mick's back.

There's something so classicaly white lightning here. Fins free, drifting the tail to re-entry. Mick's back.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

© 2017 - Juan Medina

© 2017 - Juan Medina

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Leonardo Fioravanti at Snapper.

Leonardo Fioravanti at Snapper.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

One top turn with Sage Erickson.

One top turn with Sage Erickson.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Malia Manuel threads the needle.

Malia Manuel threads the needle.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

An aresenal that includes a strong air game, Leo Fio's 18-years-old but is able to throw it with the greatest.

An aresenal that includes a strong air game, Leo Fio's 18-years-old but is able to throw it with the greatest.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Parko on air traffic control.

Parko on air traffic control.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

That backwash at Snapper.

That backwash at Snapper.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Steph Gilmore.

Steph Gilmore.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

Head around the corner the day after and D-Bah lit right up yesterday.

Head around the corner the day after and D-Bah lit right up yesterday.

© 2017 - Juan Medina

© 2017 - Juan Medina