Season 2016 got off to a solid start with waves aplenty, a top vibe across the membership and parents and family on deck to take in all the action.
And ACTION was the operative word!
Wave spanking was the order of the day across all four divisions, as longtime members mixed it with a combo of new starters to put on a show that put the WSL tour to shame.
Two time Open Champ, Jarrod Horner, claimed the open honours; Brett Daintry scored first place in the inaugural Over 40s division; Dion Earle was in command in the Juniors; and Charlie Chegwidden reigned supreme in the SuperGroms.
Sure, the winds were side shore; the tide came in and out during proceedings, but the sun was out, the swell didn’t back off too much, and every competitor was hungry to turn on the fireworks.
The hundreds of spectators were oohhing and aahing all day!
The Open Final was something out of Hollywood Western movie, with an all star mix of reigning and past No1s – all of them feverish to get the ascendancy and firing off big manoeuvres all over the shop like scenes from a Tarrentino blockbuster.
The judges could barely separate the BIG SIX, but in the end it was Jarrod who squeeked home from Rhys Moffat, Matty Cook, Defending Champ Tommy Mulder, Joel Moffat and Pete Hvass, in a Return of the Jedi appearance.
And a special mention for new recruit Jazmyn Turner, who along with Mel Withers was a standout performer in the heats of the Open super bash.
The Juniors was no less a battle royale, with Dion wanting to start his 2016 title retention campaign with a major flourish. And he did just that – but with serious offenders such as Koby Nappa (moving up a peg from the Grommets) and Shoes returnee Lachlan Hickey pushing him like a surge of water from a busted dam.
And as for the Gromms, with a tide of new youngsters joining The Force, the scattergun of outrageous manoeuvres had everyone on their toes, with every heat the equivalent of a final.
A charging Charlie claimed 1st place honours but it was a slip of paper between the other five soldiers of fortune, with Luca Durante second, Jarvis third, Luke McCartney fourth, Maxim Rayer fifth and Jetson Kuch sixth.
The new Over 40s division was an instantaneous success, with a swarm of former Open competitors happily transitioning to their own Super League. And every contender put in the hard yards.
Brett Daintry was firing throughout, but biting as his heals were Johnno Bonello, PCC Surfboards Chief and Club Sponsor Patto, Dave Harper, Club Patron John Murray and new recruit Vaughan Cole.
So the dye has been cast…a new season is off and running!
The dates for the second round are March 5-6, with the back-up date March 26-27.
We hail our terrific sponsors – and ask members and families to use their products and services: Dr John Murray, Only Organic Foods, Tina and Nicole’s Home Delivery, Surf Trading Company, PCC Surboards, WJ Partners Accountants, Vestal, Tengirri Surf Charters, Northies, Lipman Construction, Cronulla Travel, Little Parrot and Triple Bull.