Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Updated: December 17, 5:28 PM ET
Darryl "Flea" Virostko soul sacrafice at the 2004 Eddie.
The Triple Crown season is done and over. The Nelscott Reef tow/paddle spectacular wrapped early this year. The Maverick's Contest is struggling to get a sponsor, and by the looks of things won't run this winter. And then there's the Eddie, which unless Waimea tops 20+ feet won't run either. If you have a daily surf blog to write these next couple of months it may be a bit lean, but if you don't give a flying f**k about competitive surfingbig-wave or otherwiseyou're stoked not to be bogged down in the minutia of heat scores, bragging rights and silly oversized checks.
That said, for those hunkering for a competitive fix, there's the Billabong XXL Awards, which is always fun. New frontiers continue to open up as Tasmania, West Oz, Europe, and of course Hawaii and California are all boasting some serious contenders. There's still a couple more months on the waiting period, but you can always check out BillabongXXL.com to stay abreast of the situation.
Nate Yeomans lifting off at the 2008 O'Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro.
The 2009 ASP World Tour doesn't kick off until Snapper Rocks at the end of February, but never fear, there are more World Qualifying Series and Pro Junior events than anybody can stomach. Firstly, come the start of January the world's best grommets will be headed Down Under for the Billabong World Junior Championships in Narrabeen. Then a couple weeks later the World Qualifying Series gets underway on January 12 with the O'Neill Sebastian Inlet Pro. Last year Pat Gudauskas won it, which looked like the start of something good for the San Clemente lad. Unfortunately for Pat by the end of the 2008 WQS season he missed qualifying for the Big Dance by only two slotsfor the second time in his career.
So there you go, there are a few things to wrap your competitive mind around. If I were you I'd take advantage of the winter swells and empty lineups and get off the computer, but if you just can't get enough contest surfing at least there are a few things for you to be looking forward to.