Waves poured on to the Reef that Rules to get the 2019 World Championship race off to a grand start.
After a long break from competition, members across the three key divisions unleashed a parade of power-packed, dynamic and sensational wave gouging that had a big crowd of spectators clapping and shouting.
It was a combative, take no prisoners approach that put the WSL coverage in the shade.
Every manoeuvre known to man and woman was paraded, giving judges a hard time to pick the top performers in every heat.
With the new timing machine, courtesy of Brett Dainty, adding a layer of professionalism, members new, old and young carved up a non-stop parade of right-handers running down the line.
The Junior showdown was a classic, with Zai Brown edging out Sam Cornock, Joel Cornock and Kash Brown in a barnstorming final that saw the judges calling high marks for every ride.
The Open clash was a gangbuster, with the scores sea-soaring with every new wave as the Club’s most senior and powerhouse competitors pushing the limits with screaming cut-backs, powerhouse slashes, head-dips and eye-quenching barrels.
In the wash-up, Drew Kelly got the thumbs up to edge out young gun Luca Durante, followed by Matty Cook and Charlie Chegwidden.
Not to be out gunned, the Masters tornado for supremacy was a like a Western shoot-out (minus Clint Eastwood), Brett Daintry grabbing first place ahead of newly minted Life Member Chris Durante, followed by Marty Shipley and Guy Turner.
All in all a Grand Turino start to season 2019, with a great buzz, super enthusiasm, and the whole team of members, family and new starters charging in the ocean and hollowing out loud on terra firma.
The next charge of the Light Brigade at the Pavilion is scheduled for March 2-3, with the back-up date of 9-10.
Stay focussed, stay happy, stay safe, stay waxed up!
Our Patron for Life, Dr John Murray, would be stoked! We miss him so much, and always will!!
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