"Don't Frown During Lockdown" is the latest drop from Mitch Crews. It was filmed at home on the Gold Coast before social distancing rules forced the closure of Snapper Rocks.
"It was such a shame the Corona Open Gold Coast didn't get a chance to run as we had such good banks and plenty of swell," Crews told the WSL. "Hopefully this clip gives everyone a Gold Coast fix and maintains the froth during this crazy process."
Prior to the shutdown the 30-year-old had arguably been in the form of his life. His surfing had the speed and sharpness that saw him qualify for the Championship Tour in 2014. After falling off, last year he finished as No. 34 on the Qualifying Series, having made a Final in the Azores and picking up solid results in Portugal and Haleiwa.
It was his best finish in three years and came at a time when he was considering whether he would continue to surf competitively full-time.
"I changed my attitude last year and decided just to really enjoy the people and the places I visited," said Crews. "I traveled alone more and focused on remembering just how lucky we are to live this life. Maybe that helped with the results."
Crews kept up the momentum in 2020, starting with a potential keeper result at Newcastle before the shutters came down. Yet as the clip shows his mix or power and style remains a perfect foil to the pointbreaks he grew up on.
"It was an epic run of swell, but I've been on the couch for many a week now," Crews said. "It's been nice to chill out and I hope everyone is staying safe so that we can get back to some type of normal reality soon enough."