Surfing23 min

The WSL is back and so is No Contest as the Tweed Coast Pro comes alive

It's been a minute, but when the WSL assembled Australia's best surfers for a soft-reopening of competition, the No Contest crew were never going to miss it.
Written by Chris BinnsPublished on
Despite all that 2020 has thrown our way, you can bank on No Contest to keep celebrating competitive surfing no matter the format. When the Boost Mobile Pro was cancelled on the Gold Coast at the start of the WSL season, we still called on our team to pull together an episode full of hot takes and hotter surfing. When the rest of the WSL Championship Tour was abandoned, we switched things up and No Contest Unplugged beamed us into Mick Fanning's home, where the world champ remotely talked to characters like Luke Egan, Brazil's Chianca brothers, and the pride of South Africa, Jordy Smith.
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Now that the WSL is slowly easing back into action, so are we. With the first of three Australian charity fundraising events scheduled a stone's throw from Stab's home base on the Tweed Coast, there was no chance we weren't going to mobilise our partners and get boots on the ground at the Tweed Coast Pro.
While the waves weren't exactly earth shattering, the field of assembled Aussie talent, plus stranded South African Matthew McGillivray, put on a show to remind us just what we've been missing out on this year, and give us a sneak peek of what we've got to look forward to in 2021.
As well as catching up with the competitors, we do a deep dive into the lay of the land and meet a tonne of interesting characters all hailing from the Tweed Coast. Starting with young indigenous rippers the Slabb family, we move on to reminiscing with local iconic freesurfer-come-'90s star Brenden Margieson and his son Micah, and even dig up "defending" champion Beau Emerton... but you'll need to watch the episode to make sense of that one.
There are two more events planned for Oz over the months ahead and we'll be doing our best to cover them for you. In the meantime, hit the triangle in the player at the top of the page to see how things panned out in far-north New South Wales and get excited for competitive surfing to start finding its feet again in the coming months. Enjoy!