Almost perfect weather greeted us as we all turned up around 7 am – the surf however was almost nonexistent but showed signs of potential as small but smooth lines lazily made their way into the third walkway and beyond. Given this potential we decided to hold the annual AGM before the contest and give time for the tide to drop and create contestable conditions.
With the AGM out of the way we took up position on the beach adjacent to the third walkway and were treated with surprisingly nice waves, sunshine and favorable offshore winds. Indeed it was a nice day for the beach.
The first heat hit the water a little after eight am and the ever reliable Sean Dry made the most out of the small but consistent sets to take the honors from Muz who landed a couple of nice left handers. The second saw Alex Hay continue his smooth evolution and build on his success at the Five Ways – he took out the heat against Graeme W and Dean H both of which treated us to some nice visuals as they cut up the now consistent swell. The third saw conditions improve a little and Simon C worked a couple of nice right handers to eclipse Marty who created some nice options on the lefts that were coming through. This was Marty’s best result for some time, well done! Mike R won the fourth and again displayed fluency and impressive walking style to eclipse Jayden and Phil C who both finished within a whisker of each other.
The fifth belonged to Rod WA as he used the right hand bank to perfection to land some of the longest rides of the day and impress us with his ability to milk the wave to the end. Mark T came in second with some strong back to the walls and Matt D showed his potential on his superb log to land third. The fifth was a close three way split with new chum Cameron G just eclipsing Phil N and Tim R into second and third respectively – It took the judges 5 minutes to split the second and third positions.
The lack of cooking facilities and catering supplies saw the second round begin immediately with everyone surfing on empty stomachs. The Firsts again saw the big turning Sean D handle now predominantly right handers with aggression and was rewarded with first place over the smooth Rod WA and Alex H. The seconds again proved to be a close affair with Phil N eventually winning out over Mart T and Graeme W. Tim R again showed patience to paddle into some nice out the back right handers and was rewarded with first as he outpointed a fast finishing Mike G and Phil C in the thirds. The fourths was won by Wayne M who made amends for an average first round as he showed great trimming style to take out Chris A and the ever improving Troy M. Brett H was a standout in the fifths and surfed well above himself with some long rides to push Bruce H into second.
Overall it was a really satisfying day and although we missed the gastronomical delights of Rob C everyone was happy to complete a pristine day in quite contestable conditions.
Congratulations to the New Committee and particularly the new President, Lex Evans, who will do a great job upholding and improving on the advances made in recent years. The new committee is President – Lex Evans, Vice President – Mike Griggs, Secretary – Celina O’Gorman, Treasurer – Murray Bleach, Contest Directors – Phil Cullum and Alex Hay, Development Officer – Tim Reilly, Media Officer – Simon Cox
Thank you one and all for your support over the last seven years as an Executive member and I will do my best to contribute to the Club in the best way I can in the future.
Regards, Phil Nicol
HEAT 1 – 1. SEAN 2. MUZ, 3. GARTH 4. ROD WR
HEAT 2 – 1. ALEX H 2. GRAEME W 3. DEAN H 4. WAYNE M 5. CONNOR
HEAT 3 – 1. SIMON C 2. MARTY 3. MIKE G 4. TROY
HEAT 4 – 1. MIKE R 2. JAYNEN 3. PHIL C 4. CHRIS A 5. BRETT H
HEAT 5 – 1. ROD WA 2. MART T 3. MATT D 4. NEIL F 5. BRUCE H
HEAT 6 – 1. CAMERON G 2. PHIL N 3. TIM R 4. STEVE B 5. GODFREY. 6. MIKE N
FIRSTS – 1. SEAN D 2. ROD WA 3. ALEX H 4. CAMERON G 5. SIMON C 6. MIKE R
SECONDS – 1. PHIL N 2. MARK T 3. GREAME W 4. MARTY 5. JAYDEN 6. MUZ
THIRDS – 1. TIM R 2. MIKE G 3. PHIL C 4. GARTH 5. MATT D
FOURTHS – 1. WAYNE M 2. CHRIS A 3. TROY M 4. STEVE B 5. ROD WR 6. NEIL F
FIFTHS – 1. BRETT H 2. BRUCE 3. MIKE N 4. GODFREY