It’s was a time before the tweed river bypass, the Superbank, the WSL and Kelly Slater water-filtering advice on Instagram. Snapper Rocks was frequently a burgery right point and once in a blue moon a hollow left. The left still makes a cameo when a slug of sand is deposited wide of the point but fails to fill in closer to the rocks.

However, you don’t get it with Chris Bystrom’s wonderfully deadpan narration, dolphins jumping on cue and Bonga Perkins fist-claiming through grab-rail closeouts.

With the sand looking decidedly sparse, could this be the year that the Quiksilver Pro goes down in lefts?