The waiting period for the Rip Curl Newcastle Cup opens this Thursday, April 1st, or as it’s also known, April Fools’ Day.

Fresh out of quarantine, the surfers who arrived via the WSL’s chartered flight, had only a short window to acquaint themselves with the waves of the Steel City before competition begins.

A Youtube channel known as Novocastrian Waves set up shop on the beach over the week to capture as much of the freesurfing action as possible, which we’ve embedded above for you to peruse, and perhaps inform your pick of who’s going to take this thing out.