LAYNE Beachley just couldn’t help herself.
The seven-time world women’s surfing champion made the trip from her Sydney home to Newcastle for a corporate gig on Tuesday.
Beachley, 44, was obviously distracted by the spring swell before addressing a breakfast put on by a steel products company at Merewether Surfhouse.
“How on earth am I meant to work and focus under these conditions?” she asked via Facebook.
“Waves are pumping at Merewether today while I'm busy being MC and keynote speaker at #colorbondsteel 50th birthday celebrations.
“Celebrating and recognising the support and loyalty of the customers, partners and suppliers ... Once my work is done, I'm out there!”
And out there she was, as these exclusive pictures by Grant Sproule from Throwing Buckets online magazine show.
Beachley, of Manly, took to the Merewether waves for a 45-minute session that impressed locals.
If he was looking, friend and fellow former world champion Mark Richards would have been able to spot her from his verandah.
Richards and Beachley, along with racing journalist Gary Harley, have featured together in a series of television commercials for the Burton family’s Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota dealerships, which are sponsors of long-running Newcastle event Surfest.
Water temperatures on Wednesday are expected to hang around 15 degrees.
The swell will between 0.8 metres and 1.2 metres is expected to slowly drop from the south-south-east, with a freshening offshore wind eventually turning west at 10 to 15 knots.
Once the tide comes in South Newcastle, The Cliff, Dixon Park and Merewether will be the early picks before the Cowrie Hole and Bar Reef improve towards the midday high.