It’s been a very busy few weeks leading up to the annual Paul Baxter Shield on Saturday July 28th. This is always one of the best days of the year which celebrates the life and times of local surfers that are no longer with us and named after one of the greats, Paul ‘The Animal’ Baxter. You can always find out a bit more about the Animal and the comp at http://southendboardriders.com.au/comps/paul-baxter-shield/ – and most of the fancy dress style photos you have seen floating around on Facebook are from a Paul Baxter Shield day as well.
The day includes a tag-team format where competitors are organized into one of four teams and compete to get their team over the line and named up on the surfboard trophy on display at the Sands Hotel. Added to the mix is that the boards being used are original twin-fin and single-fin boards. Further added to the mix is that over and above the points earned for the team in the surf, there are bonus points on offer for things like eating hotdogs, pass the footy, ping pong and the traditional beer boat race.
This Friday (July 20) 6pm at the Sands Hotel, we will be drawing the names for each of the surfers on the Baxter teams. Surfers names go up on the dart boards so that the captains can select their team by dart – which last year was a comical event in itself
Once again we have been lucky enough to secure the generous support of the Sands Hotel and NG Motek Automotive at Matraville. The money put forward by these two great supporters of the boardriders will help to cover the running costs of the day to ensure that the music (DJ’s and Live bands), the food and drinks and the prizes
keep flowing all day and night.
After the day’s events on the sand, we all head up to the Sands Hotel for the awards presentation and more music, food and drinks. This is where the fancy dress really kicks in two with major prizes on offer for the best dressed male (a surfboard) and the best dressed female ($300 voucher). The theme this year is anything P or B. The live music kicks in here with two Newcastle bands (Rad Religion and the Red Hot Ronnies) and we often find that the crowd gets a bit bigger as well with those who had to work during the day and heaps of friends and partners dressing up and coming along to party, see the awards and shenanigans
So, in summary – practice your footy passing, ping-pong and hotdog eating and come to the Sands on Friday night for the teams draw, meet the captains and find out the 2012 rules/format, then go home and keep working on your fancy dress costume and then come down and take part in the Paul Baxter Shield on the 28th, get your hoodie, then get your car fixed at Nik’s.