Our mid-winter Tourno turned out to be the biggest of the year. We started at 7 am to accommodate Tim Reilly’s Junior squad, who provided us with some great entertainment , and as the morning rolled on there were forty surfers that graced the Curly Waves.
The surf was around three to four feet on an incoming tide and there was almost no wind until about 11 am. Some nice right handers predominated the morning and held constant until the last of the finals.
It was warmer in the water which was about 18 degrees, well above the 14 degrees we were experiencing on the hill.
The Juniors went last this time and was a combo of our own and the Junior squad that came down to taste the different Curly conditions. Will Crowe showed us some nice walking and bottom turns and displayed the form that got him into the Finals at the recent State Titles. Good to see local lad Tom Bennett take second just ahead of Taj who did a mercy dash to surf with us after a footy game earlier in the morning.
The Seniors took to the water at 7:30 and Alex continued his solid form to take the first heat. The ever reliable Jason won the second and admitted that the conditions were a bit more challenging than they looked from the bank. SimonC nailed the third and Rob C was again the master of the outside break to take the fourths. Doc landed a screamer of a wave on the bell to just eclipse Tom on a count back in the fifths whilst Ed C showed us he’s lost nothing since we saw him last year to nudge out Mike R in the sixth. Sean Dry was too good in the seventh with his aggressive style and his walking of the board. Good to see Mike B back in the ranks following a pretty hectic year.
Rob C excelled in the catering ranks and must have anticipated that the cold weather would fire up the appetites. Mike R got on the BBQ early and cooked brekkie for the crew and the food kept rolling through most of the morning. The Coriels are doing a magnificent job with the catering.
The rising tide filled the break out a bit as the finals started and a SE wind began threatening the contestable conditions we had experienced to date. Steve B again improved dramatically on his first round and showed real commitment to take out the Fifths just ahead of the ever improving Rod W. Griggsy also showed his true ability in winning the Fourths with some solid off the tops whilst Mark T put in his best for the year to grab second. Neil F displayed his local nouse to land some outside bombs to win the Thirds just ahead of the ever strong Graeme W. The Seconds saw Tom L exact some satisfaction to win just getting ahead of Mike R in a very close contest.
The firsts were met by some really cranky conditions as the threatening SE mangled the break and it was every man for himself. Simon C was totally unhappy when he creased his board whilst attempting a backhand snap and ended up a creditable Fifth after changing boards midstream. Sean Dry was the winner just edging Jason in a closely fought display – The “Big Fella” is coming good at the right time and we wish him all the best in the upcoming Australian Titles.
We will have the team for the Five Ways up on the web site next week and ask all to get down to Longreef on the 9th of September to see the Curly Club take on the other Longboard clubs on the Northern Beaches in the annual shootout. We are aiming at improving our third placing from last year. Tom Leach has been appointed team captain and will run a training day for our team before the Five Ways. Keep your eye on this space.
Keep the training up guys and look forward to catching up at our next Club comp that will be on August 26th
– Regards, Phil Nicol
JUNIORS: 1. WILL C 2. TOM B 3. TAJ ( 10 POINTS) 4.JAYDEN ( 8 POINTS) 5. BEN (6 POINTS)
HEAT 1 – 1. ALEX 2. JOSH 3. NEIL F 4. GARTH 5. ROD W
HEAT 2 – JASON 2. LUC A 3. GODFREY 4. DEAN H 5. MIKE N
HEAT 3 – SIMON C 2. MUZ 3. DARREN 4. PHIL C 5. ANDREW M
HEAT 4 – 1. ROB C 2. BRETT H 3. PHIL N 4. GRIGGSY 5. STEVE B
HEAT 5 – DOC I 2. TOM L 3. GREAME W 4. MARK T 5. TROY M
HEAT 6 – 1. ED C 2. MIKE R 3.CHRIS A 4. MIKE B 5 TIM R
HEAT 7 – SEAN D 2. PETER H 3. MARTY K 5. MIKE B 6. CONNOR
FIRSTS – 1. SEAN D 2. JASON 3. ROB C 4. DOC 5. SIMON C 6. ALEX 7. ED C
SECONDS – 1. TOM L 2. MIKE R 3. MUZ 4. LUCA 5. PETER H 6. JOSH
THIRDS – 1. NEIL F 2. GRAEME W 3. CHRIS A 4. PHIL N 5. MARTY K 6. GODFREY 7. DARREN
FOURTHS – 1. GRIGGSY 2. MARK T 3. PHIL C 4. TIM R 5. GARTH 6. DEAN H
FIFTHS – STEVE B 2. ROD W 3. TROY 4. CONNOR 5. MIKE N 6. ANDREW M