Another solid ground swell hit the South West’s west coast beaches on Thurs 8 June 2017. Conditions at Yallingup main break were great with winter sun and off-shore winds. It was a feast for local young guns Karl Leavy, Mick Watts and Peter Arnold and veterans Andy Jones and Rich Myers.
Rich Myers – Andy & I were the oldest and coldest surfers out there. The real rippers were talented SW locals Karl Leavy, Mick Watts and Peter Arnold….they surfed the waves properly!
In my opinion, Karl Leavy is the best surfer at Yalls these days. Karl is WA’s Kai Lenny (Hawaii). He reads Yalls better than most. His different approach to riding big waves has made him stand out. He is a waterman to the max.
Karl has been collaborating with Chappy from Chapstar Surfboards to develop an innovative surfboard than will enable him to ride big waves at Yalls in a better way.
Quindalup craftsman Loz Smith captured these images of the action at Yalls. Unfortunately there are no images of Andy Jones and Karl Leavy in Loz’s photo-shoot.
Photo: Winter sun and waves at Yallingup. Loz pic.
Photo: Mick Watts taking the drop at Yalls. Loz pic.
Photo: Peter Arnold lining up the wall at Yalls. Loz pic.
Photo: Peter Arnold in full flight at Yalls. Loz pic.
Photo: The Shaana Café crew at Yalls. L-R Chiara, Fonzie and chef Mich. Loz pic.
Note: Shaana Café has closed for winter and will re-open in September.
Photo: Rich Myers doing what he does best at Yalls. Loz pic.
Photo: Rich Myers bottom turn. Loz pic.
Rich Myers – I think my mate Andy got cleaned-up by the following wave. It’s funny because he talked me into going out there! The previous Sunday, the waves were much bigger and I talked him into going out. Then it was my turn to be cleaned up. I took a huge set wave drop then straightened off and got cement trucked on the head. I was held down in Yalls black hole before being washed up on the beach in Grannies Pool. Karl Leavy and Damon Oats were the stand outs that big day.
Photo: a happy Richie with his 8’2” DMD big wave board post surf. Loz pic.
Photo: Rich Myers with his favourite girls Anne and Sinead on the deck at Yallingup. Loz pic.
Rich Myers – I was happy to get two good waves before having to get back to the Rest home before the nurses found out. Ha!