Legends drop in at Angourie for a swell time
THE signs were all there.
The maps, charts and a full moon all promised 'all time waves' at Angourie on Monday.
And legends of the surf came without delay and without conferring with each other, expecting six-foot barrels at the Clarence's own Mecca.
But the gods had other ideas and all the science in the world could not make those waves any bigger than about three foot.
Not deterring spectators and surfers alike, a crowd gathered in the scorching conditions to watch, take photos and video of the sea of talent that included Joel Parkinson, ranked third in the world and according to Billabong surf photographer Hilton Dawes, would be world champion if it wasn't for Kelly Slater
“Those guys can make a two foot wave look amazing,” Mr Dawes said of his day spent shooting the stars.
Local world class surfers Laurie Towner and Adrian Wiseman, veteran Gold Coast surfer Luke Eagan and Sean Cansdell, of Mullaway, were among the others as was co-creator of environmental group 'Surfer's for Cetaceans' Dave Rastovich, who was out there for his second day after enjoying the crowded, but bigger conditions on Sunday.
Mr Dawes seized the chance go surfing on the home grown waves, taking a break from his hectic schedule of Hawaii, Tahiti, Western Australia and joined the top riders at Angourie for a fun, but less than spectacular day of waves.
“We were hoping for five to six foot wrapping waves, but we got waves half that size. It was heaps of fun but not what we were expecting,” he said.