Standout Sessions: Shipsterns Thursday - March 25, 2010.

30 Mar 2010 0

James copped a smack in the head from his board.

James copped a smack in the head from his board.

Marti Para pretty casual on this 5'8" Hayden shred sled.

Marti Para pretty casual on this 5'8" Hayden shred sled.

Another wave another little barrel for Martin.

Another wave another little barrel for Martin.

Sandy Ryan dropping in over the ledge.

Sandy Ryan dropping in over the ledge.

Marti ducking and weaving through yet another Shippies bowl.

Marti ducking and weaving through yet another Shippies bowl.

The boys perilously close to the rocks.

The boys perilously close to the rocks.

A perfect chunky set slips through unridden.

A perfect chunky set slips through unridden.

Sandy slotted on a perfect quite tame looking barrel.

Sandy slotted on a perfect quite tame looking barrel.

Date: - Thursday March 25, 2010.
Swell size and direction: - 6-10ft from the SW at 14 seconds.
State: - Tasmania.

While half the world's WQS competitors were in NW TAS competing in the O'Neill Coldwater Classic the local crew scored an epic session under the radar.

Near glassy conditions greeted us early on Thursday morning March 25. James Holmer Cross, Marti Para, Brook Phillips and Dangerous Dave were present for the sick paddle session at Shipstern Bluff.

The swell was out of the SW at 14 seconds. There was a slight wobble in the swell early, due to the onshore conditions on Wednesday.

Sandy Ryan from Phillip Island put in an impressive shift, displaying outstanding tube riding prowess, while the local lads made it look ever so easy as usual.

Dangerous Dave was the first casualty of the day with a snapped board. That wasn't the end of the drama though. James Hollmer Cross slashed one of his feet apart but kept surfing until his board smacked him just above his eye,resulting in blood gushing out. He was escorted out of there by Brook Phillips who took a few beatings of his own between barrels. Marti P busted his inside fin on his 6'6" so had to resort to using his 5'8" Hayden Shred sled. Describing the take offs as a little sketchy, Marty then went on to say that his board really took off after his initial bottom turn into the pit.

The swell hung around all morning. Low tide was at 11.30 and we all knew that a few bombs would come through. Sure enough at around 11.45 a few larger sets came in and the lads were all over it. Sandy took on the wave of the day and got punished hard.

Sammy the seal showed up yet again and was frolicking in the spa bath on the inside. Sammy always shows up at the right time when there is no sets and he will happily stir up the surfers.

- Words and Photos by | Andrew Chisholm.

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