Welcome to this the first surf column of 2008. It has been a fairly bleak start with bad winds and poor surf, but this could still herald a great year of surfing. We just need a few of those cyclones to come moping in and we’ll be away for another great year. Hope you get great waves in 2008. The event has an 11-month waiting period for the one good day of the year when the New Pier just turns on and produces set after set of perfect barrels. Last year’s event was an all-time New Pier best and the contest organisers will be hoping for a repeat.