Wild and scatter gun swell saw the Club’s array of Juniors, Opens and Masters competitors go on the front foot for the March world tournament.
The Reef that Rules had no excuses as competitor after competitor went ballistic, with an array of manoeuvres that WSL surfers can only dream about.
There were barrels, slashes, head-dips, floaters, straight-handers, down the line charging all over the shop, with the judging team hooting along with a heavy weight spread of club and non club spectators.
In the Juniors, the No 1 position was grabbed by Kash Brown, followed by his younger brother Zai Brown, Jaya Wardana and Ryan Van de Weegan
Topping the Juniors slash, bang approach was never going to easy, but Open competitors dug deep to find a heavyweight string of eye-catching moves that produced a non-stop flow of lip-smacking turns and cutbacks, head-dips to die for, round house slashes that Kelly Slater would be hard to top.
Claiming the No 1 slot was Jarrod Horner, followed by Tommy Mulder, Blake Sawtell and Luca Durante. So strong and committed was the wave charging approach, the judges were unable to stop awarding 9s and 10s for manoeuvre after manoeuvre.
It was the sort of wave crushing that saw Masters competitors frothing and paddling hard to get into the line-up. And once there the ultimate take no prisoners clicked in big time!
The Top Four weren’t just Masters, they were Masterly, with the judges finding it difficult not to score 8s, 9s and 10s on a grand scale. Guy Turner was running the tournament but found enough left-over strength to grab First Place, just ahead of Steve Cryer, Donn Salisbury and Robin Moore.
So now it’s on to April for Contest No 3. The two dates are 4-5 and 25-26.
A big thank you to the Club’s major Sponsors:
Karan Murray, wife of the Club’s Patron for Life Dr John Murray
Mel Hatheier, of McGrath Real Estate
The Perfect Wave
banner image courtesy of Ian Macca MacDonald