Surf Club #5 kicked off in wobbly, weedy, wind-slop shorebreaks that didn't look too appealing to anyone at first, but as the wind swung offshore, little chocolate peaks started popping up all along the beach. The waves were breaking close to the shore and mostly pretty fast which made for some radical surfing. Girls and guys heats rotated one-for-one so that everyone got to enjoy the peak of the day's conditions.
By the time the finals rolled around, the combination of low tide and strong offshore wind was taking its toll. The swell had dropped considerably, but there were still some clean and contestable waves rolling in.
The men's final saw some great surfing. Ambrose (down from the goldy) surfed consistently all event and maxed out his wave score with a heap of great rides to finish 4th. First time entrant Wispy scored some long noserides, ripping every little left he could find to finish in 3rd. Kai Ellice-Flint, who got a tidy little switch cover up and wave of the day in an earlier heat, battled through after a heavy night to finish with an admirable 2nd place. However overall it was the ever-consistent Matt Sorro who took out the competition with some great positioning and super critical noserides.
1st Matt Sorensen
2nd Kai Ellice-Flint
3rd Wispy aka Christian Barker
4th Ambrose McNeill
The Ladies division was super competitive all day with a really close final. Julia picked off some of the best waves of the day to come in 4th, Cass ripped some solid fade turns and floaters throughout to finish 3rd, Jessamyn scored a heap of quick noserides and little head dips to land in 2nd, but in the end taking out the women's final (and ripping all day) was Maddie Gross, SHE'S BACK!
1st Maddie Gross
2nd Jessamyn Jean
3rd Cass Hurrell
4th Julia Stockhausen
After a long day down the beach Surf Club wrapped up with an arvo BBQ and beers back at the shop followed by a screening of the new Jack Coleman film 'Zone Frequency' - an epic film with some of our favourite surfers and an equally amazing soundtrack!
Special thanks go to Stone and Wood Brewing Company, Atmosea and The Bucha of Byron. Thanks also to all who came and helped out through the day!
Video by Max Alesbury
The fourth surf club meet and first annual ‘away event’ was held halfway between Byron and Sydney and a wonderful weekend was had by all.
Most rolled in to Crescent Head on the Friday arvo, with some lucky enough to catch a late surf on the point. After a quick run around on Saturday morning, one of the local back-beaches was locked in for the competition site - no else was out and although it was a bit wobbly, there were consistent rights running down the beach.
Proceedings got off to a very lazy start, as event organisers were busy in the water, testing the main bank. Surf club is a very casual organisation and the main aim of the day is always to have fun! After a enjoying a nice free surf together, eventually we were all ready to get going - heat one finally took to the water around 8-8:30.
Most competitors were on longboards however there was a mid-length or two in the mix and even a finless foamy. We were stoked to see that this event was the closest yet to a 50-50 representation between the Men’s and Women’s draw with 19 in the mens and 15 in the womens draw. Even new mum Breezy was thrown in to the comp, handing off baby Alva to his dad to successfully surf her way through to the next round!
Half way through the event the onshore came up and the already sectioning peak became a full-on washing machine. By the finals, most competitors were up to their 4th surf before midday (including the first free surf) and with waves breaking all over the place, spaghetti arms were standard.
In the women’s final, Clare, Jessamyn and Cass all dug deep, however Roisin carried on as she had all event, making the wobbly conditions look easy - styling through noserides and drop knee turns to take out her second consecutive Surf Club win.
1st Roisin Carolan
2nd Clare Sullivan
3rd Cass Hurrell
4th Jessamyn Jean
Dom, Jack and Kahu all surfed very well in the mens final and it was very close call, but in the end Myles Doughman took it out. Myles was crowd favourite throughout the event and rode some of the longest waves - tearing through his signature drop knee turns and some sizzling noserides in the final to take home the win.
1st Myles Doughman
2nd Kahu Andronicus
3rd Jack Medland
4th Dom Sullivan
A few beers had already been handed out on the beach and most wasted no time in heading to Andy’s for the BBQ / presentation. Stone and wood’s were on ice and the sun was shining brightly as everyone rolled up. The Surf Club preso is at least half of the fun and this was no exception, inevitably ending up at the infamous Crescent Head bowling club. On Sunday, those who could still lift their arms were lucky enough to score head-high offshore peaks on one of the back beaches and surfed until they could barely paddle in! Celebrations continued for Myles who surfed all day with his car and friends posted up on the beach in front of the peak. What a weekend.
As always - anyone and everyone is welcome at surf club. It is a great way to get to know those faces that you always see in the water! Details on the next comp coming soon (tentatively 27th of October).
Photos by Mike Porter & Wild Things
Comp Wrap by Cass Hurrell
Photos by Caigan Meade
Oo la la Belongil you delightful place by the sea, a wonderful morning we scored indeed. Blue skies, offshore winds, an incoming tide, serving up super fun two foot a-frames. Plenty of parking and dogs can run freely... what more could you ask for on a Autumn Sunday?
Surf club members (and a few new faces) joined us with their logs, some dogs, and a few tiny gremlins! Fresh parental's tag teaming as mum and dad took turns surfing. The heat draw filled up by 7:30am with 5 mens heats and 3 womens heats ready to take to the water. Once again the running order rotated between mens and womens heats and the judging panel was mixed up too. The fellas judging the fellas and ladies judging the ladies - eight waves were allowed and the top two counted. With dreamy aMAYzing conditions, and the great mother serving up clean consistent waves, everyone enjoyed the chance to entertain and boogie on their surfing board. Throughout the whole morning we saw high-quality wave riding. Solid yet ever so graceful drop knee turns and smooth hanging fives and tens. Entertainment plus!
Women's final was super fun, almost call it Team Atmosea final. If there was an award for rookie of the year, it would already go to Eb. Eb has found her way to the nose, hanging five and her pure stoke flourishes. Bri and her signature steezy take off is best described as crouching tiger - she grabs the rail and bottom turns, fluidly riding the face of the wave. Maddie and her eccentric style always keeps us entertained, so bloody great to see her back in the ocean post birth of her babe Blue. Me, I found my lefts (all day), chucking in a few rights to mix it up. Always loving a cutty and cross stepping trim trimity all the way, hoping to hit that end section to the beach. Clareo’s ever so smooth take offs, fives, cut backs where flawless - sticking 99% of every section of the wave saw her take out second place. Ro Ro.. wowsaz. Solid as a rock, in a fem way, watching her effortlessly stride to the nose, ten toes curled as she stands tall doing absolutely nothing at all. Drop knee turns, walking back to the nose with speed, power and flow earned first place in the Womens final.
1st Roisin Carolan
2nd Clare Sullivan
3rd Cass Hurrell
4th Brianna Occonnell
5th Maddie Gross
6th Eb Gracie
The Mens division was hotly contested on Sunday, there were new local faces and guys from as far as Vicco. Reed and Jaya were real stand-outs through the early heats and it was great to see a few Juniors put on a show in the Open Mens division. Conditions were pretty interesting by the time the mens final came around, the water was draining off the bank fast! Myles was calling it "Palmy club closeout conditions", but that didn't stop the guys turning it on. In fact it just sped everything up! Zac ripped his Old Mal all day and made it look way too easy to finish 6th over all. Saxon made the trip up from Sydney for the day and was a stand out in each of his heats, some epic turns and tens landed him in 5th. Joey picked off some perfect little waves through the final with one of them providing a sneaky little head dip, earning himself a 4th. "Cass's" left was well and truely given a work out by Locky as well, he was all over the place on Sunday, every time you looked at the left he was floating a section, or on the right he was pulling through some sort of angry switch cut back which landed him a 3rd on the day. Myles hung out the back through the finals picking off the bombs, going for fast 10's then rushing back to turn off the bottom into Big floaters on the closeout sections. In the end it was Kai who took it out, sitting a little further inside and managing to select some long rides with plenty of turns, 10's and heels all the way to the beach.
1st Kai Ellice-Flint
2nd Myles Doughman
3rd Locky Hill
4th Joe Hoffman
5th Saxon Watson
6th Zac Arena Foster
After the finals wrapped up it was back to Wild Things (Surf Club HQ) for a barbie, with the yummiest buns from Bread Social and some Stone and Wood on tap. A surfed out bunch enjoyed a couple of drinks, and the good mellow vibes were flowing. BIG thanks to the local companies sponsoring the event, Stone and Wood, Bread Social, Indosole and also to the Daily Bar and Bucha of Byron keeping us fuel'd through out the day, and Feel Good zinc protecting us from the elements. Thanks to everyone for coming along and making it such a fun day down at the beach.
Happy to say and see that Surf Club is definitely finding it's groove, as we all look forward to our wintery next gathering - tentatively a Sat/Sun late June.
Comp Wrap by Cass Hurrell
Photos by Kane Skennar
Sunday 17th March, kicked off the first semi-competitive social comp presented by Wild Things - Surf Club.
Surf Club is a local comp to bring the longboarding community together around an event with judging criteria that is relevant to the way everyone we know is surfing. Judging was based on the variety of manoeuvers both classic and progressive, performed in the critical section of the wave with speed, power and flow, while giving a nod to traditional Australian surfing.
Swell conditions on the day directed us to a super fun clean A-frame beach break and Heat 1 of the Open Mens draw was underway by 7.30am. Keeping the flow fair, Heat 1 of the Open Ladies followed, continuing to alternate through out the day. We were stoked to have a strong lineup of local crew, as well as some international surfers, such as Robin Kegel, Robin Falxa, Jared Mell and Lola Mignot taking part in the first comp.
The sun was shining, eskies were full of Bucha, Daily Bars were getting passed around freely, the surf was on, Sunday morning Surf Club meet was off to a fab start. As the tide was on it's way out we saw plenty of head dips, sneaky barrels, critical nose rides and and some explosive styles and manoeuvers that definitely pushed the boundaries of modern longboarding.
The Women’s final was welcomed by the dead low tide. We saw, Lola gracefully making her way to the nose hanging 10, Clareo super clean critical turns, Ro's signature drop knee, Eleanor hanging 5 on her back hand and I (Cass) was forever chasing the lefts tucking into some decent close outs. End result, Surf Club women’s final dominator was Jessamyn Jean. Jean's last wave the highest score, tucking into a close out barrel riding switch and sticking it, the crowd cheering as she popped out of the white wall of foam.
The Mens final was right after the womens, still not far off dead low tide, and all competitors on 9ft plus boards. The standard of surfing was fantastic however it was those hunting out the set waves that seemed to pull the best scores. Max's strategy of hard bottom turns and blasting off the top didnt quite pay off but he did score a few quick noserides before the closeout, Robin Kegel managed a few classic cutbacks and critical tens on some smaller waves. Kahu surfed consistently well throughout the comp to come in 4th. Myles Doughman flying through some of the biggest suckiest sections of the day on the nose into his huge signature drop-knee turn took out third place. Jared Mell from California was everywhere, with a variety of critical noserides, in between a few headdips and barrels, landing himself second place. However to take out the win it was Jack Medland from WA who picked brilliant waves that allowed him to surf to the criteria, pocket turns, critical nose rides, fast cheater fives through steep sometimes seemingly unmake-able sections. Both finals had only a couple of points between 1st and 6th, ridiculously close, with both needing count backs to decide the final placings.
Surf Club was wrapped up by 1.30pm just in time for the tropical downpour, yet the clouds cleared again as we met back at Wild Things later arvo for the after party. The BBQ fired up, thanks Trevor's Meats and Bread Social. The Balter beers were on ice and flowing down nicely.
DJ Molly (aka dj fun mum) sided with DJ Myles shred lord Doughman, spinning classics that had everybody in the mood to PARTY! An Art show by Robin Falxa and Rebecca Abayarri decorated the walls and in true Wild Things style, Surf Club's first after-party celebration was well under way. Surf Club's Jack Lynch MC’d the presentation ceremony and the winners took home handmade foam trophies by Paige Miller. By this stage there was a full house! Dom Sullivan's film, Sun Damage premiered to a room of surfers hooting and hollering.
At 9pm (and luckily after the movie) the rains and wind hit. The palm trees going mental and half the induzzy was in a black out, enforcing Surf Club party to an early end. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, agreed Andy. It was great to see everyone coming together and celebrating the longboarding community and safe to say the first Surf Club meet was an overall success!
Thanks to all who joined and spread the Surf Club word as next comp is confirmed for Sunday May 5th. Yew see y'all there!
1st Jessamyn Jean
2nd Lola Mignot
3rd Clare Sullivan
4th Roisin Carolan
5th Eleanor McCready
6th Cass Hurrell
1st Jack Medland
2nd Jared Mell
3rd Myles Doughman
4th Kahu Andronicus
5th Robin Kegel
6th Max Tynan
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