No Contest 2021: Australia Surf Video Highlights
As we all know, 2020 has been a strange year for the world, and surfing has been far from spared. In some parts of the planet, participation has exploded as lockdowns led to exemptions from exercise and surfing became the stress relief of choice. As a result, we saw the stocks of gear dwindle with boards and wetsuits flying off the racks. In surf-centric zip codes, numbers in the water had never been greater, while for the far corners of the planet, a year of canceled travel plans saw empty lines like never before.
Four months after most of the CT contestants left Hawaii, the WSL concocted a bold plan to revive the 2021 Championship Tour in Australia. Two charter flights, endless testing and 14 days of government-imposed hotel quarantine later, the world’s best surfers have finally been reunited in the hardcore surfing town of Newcastle, NSW.
From one hardcore surf town to another. After Newcastle the peloton headed two hours south to North Narrabeen, the scene of our host’s famous junior victory, and who better to introduce us to this famous stretch of Sydney sand than the woman who had just been announced as wildcard for the Rip Curl Narrabeen Classique?
We meet Enever North Narrabeen’s comrades at the local surf club, the heart and soul of any Australian seaside community, and hear about Narrabeen’s surfing history. These days, Enever is focusing on the Big Wave Kingdom and we are seeing a screening in his hometown of his recent film Undone, which is met with incredible reception from his peers.
As we left the East Coast, the main talking points revolved around whether or not someone can derail Gabriel Medina or Italo Ferreira, if anyone takes up the challenge Carissa Moore is throwing at their competition, and if Australian rookie Morgan Cibilic can maintain his sparkle and surprising form. Hit play on the video above to take a look at the evidence for yourself, then get ready for the upcoming West Australian episode of No Contest.