Things are starting to get weird in Australia. With nearly three dozen of the best surfers in the world cooped up in quarantine hotel rooms, after a few days the boredom appears to be getting to some of their heads. We've seen push-up challenges, indoor wall-climbing, a shaved head and a few near injuries. With another week before they're free to roam and fire it up for the Championship Tour next month in Newcastle, here's what's been popping in Australia and around our great and glorious surf world:
CT Athletes Have Landed in Australia
So, who's going to do quarantine the best? Athletes have been making the most of their time indoors and out of the water, staying fit and mentally preparing to compete, while also not losing their mind. It should come as no surprise that reining World Champ Italo Ferreira is on full-energy mode. From all push-ups to endless workouts -- and a backflip or two -- he's leading the charge for the athletes on lockdown. Just try and keep up with the man.
A New Surf Family On Tour
Watch out Wrights, there's a new powerhouse surf family on the CT now with Crosby Colapinto handed a wildcard into the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup presented by Corona, meaning he could get the chance to compete against his brother Griffin. After a breakout winter in Hawaii for both Cola Bros, their confidence is sky high as they're looking to convert that free-surf energy into results in a jersey. Luckily, "the Croz" was already quarantining in Australia, having traveled Down Under to support his brother and get back into the swing of the competitive scene.
Hometown Heroes Take The Podium At Avoca
Molly Picklum just took out the recent Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro . Grinding through a tough Final with CT surfer Macy Callaghan, both surfers are from the Central Coast, making it a hometown win either way. This adds further credence to the region's reputation for developing top tier surfers. It's also home to Ace Buchan, Wade Carmichael and many other shredders.
Meanwhile, Matt Banting took out the Vissla Central Coast Pro. This is a continuation of a hot streak for Banting, who was leading the QS prior to covid derailing contests in 2020. If he can stay hot there's a very good chance we'll see him back on the CT in the not-too-distant future.
Three From Two Johns
While everyone's been posting videos from in their hotel rooms, John John Florence reminded everyone why he's World Number with three smoking waves from the North Shore. How's the man's game going
A Little California Gold
Luke Davis, one of the stars of the docuseries "BILLY," ended the week with a solid edit featuring his winter exploits in California. With a solid run of swell in January, the San Clemente original always does it with style.