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Seaspray on my windscreen

April 1, 2014
Click on this screen saved image to link to ABC Open and watch the audio slide show about the day.

Click on this screen saved image to link to ABC Open and watch the audio slide show about the day.

Burleigh Heads. 6.30am. March 16.

The surf is seven to eight foot, with even bigger sets.

Whether it’s the cardiac jump off the rocks, the tsunami sweep, the northerly wind or the dugong size chop in the waves, nobody on the hill is waxing up their board to surf out there.

In the head of every surfer, the risk assessment score of a mangled jump off, being swept to oblivion, or a late-take-off-board-flicking-monster-drop in front of a crowd of hundreds is somewhere between 9.4 and 9.6.

The prospect of making a very public balls-up on these feral monster waves is almost as scary as being the first man on the dance floor at a nightclub.

The packed hill of onlookers can see two guys out there in the morning glare, floating far out over the wave tops where the clean-up sets break.

The surfing websites have tracked these swells since they were whipped up by Cyclone Lusi in Vanuatu, so the 3G-literate crowd on the hill watch like it’s Sochi.

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