When you tune into Sunrise every morning, you’ll see the show’s adorable larrikin Sam Mac presenting the weather.
But after a year away from our great state, the beloved personality has returned in movie segments over the past week right here in the Wild West.
And from the sounds of it, it’s not a moment too soon.
“It’s so great to be back in WA,” Mac told The West Live host Ben O’Shea on Friday morning.
“As you know I lived in WA for several years…so going for so long without being able to visit was quite difficult and quite disappointing. I couldn’t wait to get home. »
Mac revealed that the crew would go no more than two months without a visit to the west in the pre-COVID days, but with border restrictions preventing domestic travel, it seemed the absence had made the meteorologist’s heart more affectionate.
Mac opened the segment with some behind-the-scenes details about what his “tough gig” entailed, including popping wine bottles in Margaret River in the early hours.
“Yeah, it’s part of my contract,” he joked.
“It’s part of the culture of WA. You’re going to Margaret River, you have to taste the wines.
“You’re basically saying we’re p…heads,” O’Shea shot back, before submitting that he was “not going to deny it.”
On a more serious note, Mac shared the deep impression Busselton Jetty had made on him, calling his first visit to the iconic structure “one of the highlights by far”.
I don’t think you’re ready for that pier.
Turns out Mac is a pier enthusiast. The personality was so impressed to learn it was the second longest pier in the world that he hatched a plan to help put the southwestern city on the map for good.
The longest – Southend Pier in the UK – is 2.16 km compared to 1.84 km for Busselton.
Highlighting the mere 300m difference, Mac suggested, “Let’s get our good Bunnings together to buy some wood and stretch it.”
He was so enthusiastic about the plan, in fact, that he channeled Beyonce in an impromptu song: “I don’t think you’re ready for that pier.”
Looks like Busselton Tourism has sorted out its next campaign.
Stepping away (reluctantly) from the subject of piers, Mac revealed a number of other highlights to WA visitors.
A trip to the sandy state wouldn’t be complete, he said, without a visit to Shelter Brewing Co in Busselton.
“It’s going to do some really big things.”
West Australians know our sunrises are some of the best in the world, and Mac agrees.
“In this work, we see a lot of sunrises. It’s part of the gig,” he said.
“But I haven’t seen one this good in a long time. The colors we saw from the pier above this water at the beach. Oh my god, that looked spectacular.
Although he hasn’t been to Broome for four years, he revealed the resort town of Kimberley is one of his favorite places in Australia – one of his top three no less.
Next on his list to visit are Esperance and Exmouth, the latter highly recommended by O’Shea as the best place to swim with whale sharks.
Mac wasn’t so sure though, citing “Bulgegate” as a reason to avoid getting into wetsuits in front of the cameras.
“I think our viewers are still recovering from that,” he told O’Shea.
“Bulgegate” refers to an unfortunate incident that unfolded during an interview with pro surfer Tyler Wright in March 2021.
While he had good intentions, the segment quickly went off the rails when Mac modeled the jumpsuit that left little to the imagination.
“I have to show you the back… It’s zipperless,” he said.
However, it was the front of the suit and a certain area that caught everyone’s attention.
“I can’t watch it,” host David Koch said, covering his eyes with a piece of paper, as the studio burst into laughter.
“Hopefully they don’t shrink when wet…that’s where the shrinkage in the water might work to its advantage,” he joked.
A producer then stepped in to hand Mac a “no trespassing” sign for cover.
“How good HD guys,” he joked.
Sam Mac will be back in Perth in October for the Telethon.
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