North Coast surfers dominated the 2star Ocean and Earth WQS event on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, with Byron surfing magician Yerin Brown taking top honours.
The surf was consistently overhead for the entire event with rippable right handers on offer on a point break near the capital Las Palmas.
The Canaries is strange in contrast to some of the other places I have visited this trip - it's almost what I'd imagine Mars to be like, no trees, dirt and gravelly mountains, very barren surrounds. But beautiful at the same time.
Some of the most powerful waves on offer, a nice change to the typical contest surf we have had this trip so far.
There is also a strong local contingent here. Getting waves is so hard for foreigners. There is no surf etiquette in the water here. You just have to wait and let the locals have the ones they want. We just get what's left! Amazing people all the same. I am staying with a local family, opening their hearts letting complete strangers in, offering food.
They dont speak English either which makes it all the more amazing how we can comunicate on a different level.
Anthony Walsh placed 2nd, with a wave in the last minute almost getting him there. Josh Kerr came third with some crazy, look into the future style surfing and Portugal's Tiago Pires fourth. Jarrad Sullivan came in at 7th, myself at 17th.
- Johnny Abegg
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