While the WSL fought territory battles behind closed doors, and surf fans were marooned at onshore Snapper awaiting a call that would never come, a selection of surfers in the know slipped over the border to score the best waves of the Quik Pro waiting period.

This included Kelly Slater, Matt Banting, Reef Heazlewood, Jack Freestone and more.

Simon ‘Swilly’ Williams joined the group for the sash and shot the images you see above.