Everyone was buzzing last Saturday morning for a couple of reason. Yes it was comp day and everyone there was frothing as usual (particularly the young groms) but for many of clubs members they were still buzzing after watching the mighty Rabbitohs break the 43 year hoodoo and finally made the GF the night before.
Early on there was some nice clean 2ft foot waves hitting the peak at middle and the guys in the early heats took advantage of it. There were some super fun lefts early on and if you got the right one it allowed you to whack it 3 or 4 times.
Matt O’Reilly found the lefts to his liking and locked in the highest heat score for the A graders in round 1 with a 13.5/20. Other standouts from round 1 included Will Johnston from Junior Boys, Tye Koolis and Zac Michael from Cadets, Troy Futcher and Emma Mcguigan. However it was young Cory Barron from the Junior Boys who scored the highest Round 1 score of any division 13.67/20. He was in sync with what was going on out in the water and tore the left rip bowl apart.
By noon the wind had swung SE blowing out the waves but despite the onshore winds the surfing was just as mind blowing. The semi’s for the Opens was another great heat with 2 points separating 1 to 4. Joey took the heat but Andy beat current ratings leader Karl by 0.09 point. Andy and Joey joined round 1 winners Maxy Mcguigan and Matt O and it was the older boys who took control early locking in some mid range scores. But young Maxy didn’t take a backward step hassling hard. With 4 minutes to he swooped on a nice looking left and set about tearing the wave apart. 3 big clinical hits later it was the wave of the final and the one that took him to the lead. The other couldn’t find a decent one and it was the young 14 year old who won his first ever A Grade event. Well done kiddo.
Cory Barron and Max were favourites to go the 1/2 in the Junior Boys Final. However Will Johnston and Luke Johnson had other thoughts. Whilst all other finalists tried to work the lefts that had served so many so well through the day young Will decided to take on the rights and the gamble paid off. He got 2 great waves hacking them to bits and blew the others away. By the time the others realised it was too late and Will won his first event Junior event of his career. Great stuff buddy.
The Cadet Boys surfed really well and not much separating the finalists. Plenty of waves were caught but Zac Michael and Tye Koolis seemed to pick off the better ones. With 5 to go Zac was in the right place to take a nice little right and he 2 nice turn on the outside then locked the wave through the reform and finished it off with a nice floater and that wave won him the event. Thant makes it 2 in a row for Zac and he is now right in with a chance to take the Cadet title.
Emma McGuigan set the bar high in her semi and was the favourite running into the Women’s Final. But Gretel made her work hard but in the end it was Emma strong turns that won her the event. Gretel was 2nd, Fin 3rd and Harmony 4th. All the young girls have been ripping all year and are surfing has been amazing. They push each other all the time and they have an amazing camaraderie which is so awesome to see.
Young Carmen Lee and Kirra Lowlett took out the Micro Girls and Cadet Girls Finals respectively. For young Carmen it was her 1st ever competition win and she was stoked. Kirra and Charlotte Wilson had a great battle but it was Kirra that took the win by 0.8 of point.
The hotly contested Micro Boys division smashed up the right hander down the beach at south middle. The groms loved the waves with many of them doing 3/4/5 turns on each of the waves. The Final was a corker and it was youngster Grayson Hinrichs who narrowly edged out Koda Killorn in one of the best finals of the day. positions 3 to 6 were so tight that we had a countback to split them up.
Congrats to all the little guy and girls. You ripped hard on this day and are improving more and more each time you compete. Can’t wait to see what you can do in a years time!!!
Joel A’Bell surfed incredibly well to take out the B Grade Final and you Greg Watling made it 4 wins in a row to take out the Grand Masters division.
Congrats to all winners and well done to all finalists
For the full results for each division click on link —-> 2014 06
It was an awesome day. The sun was out, surfing was outstanding, tunes blaring and we all listened to endless renditions of Glory Glory to South Sydney all day. Thanks to Glenn Koolis and Kavlin for doing a bang up job on the BBQ all day. I think Kalvin drank way more cans than he cooked sausages but he was good company to Glenn and those 2 entertained anyone who cared to listen to their stories of the good old days. Thanks to everyone else who helped out through the day. Every little bit you guys do make it easier and more pleasant for everyone who attend the events. Lastly thanks to our comp sponsors The Sands Hotel, Mellick Wealth and SurfWorld Surfshop at Bondi Beach who supplied prizes for this event.
As mentioned this was our last comp at Maroubra for 2014. Our next comp (which is the last comp for the season) will be held at Pacific Palms at South Forster on Saturday 25th October. We will place the details on how to get there and where to book accom on this site shortly.