Near perfect conditions greeted club members setting up at first light for the second last 13th Beach Boardriders competition for the 2016/17 season.
The light offshore winds that fanned a solid southwest four-foot to five-foot swell had competitors frothing to get in the water.
Comp 5 also saw a new sponsor join the club as we welcomed aboard the team from Monsta Surf and we look forward to a long association with them.
The Juniors and Cadets were first in the water and showed great poise and style in handling the solid conditions with Zeph Lamperd, Harry Dott, Kian Major and Harry Mahoney being the stand outs in the early heats.
It was great to see Elton Robinson back surfing in the Senior Men’s Division, however he experienced strong competition from the inform Shaun Todd, Cam Lamperd and Christian Pritchett who surfed with power and flair demonstrating their great depth of experience surfing Beacon to progress to the finals.
The Open Bs saw a real mix up of competitors. Kian Major stepped up from the Cadet Division and showed a great deal of youthful exuberance and flair as he was pitted against the wily competitive experience of Mark Hutson and the in-form Chris Jansen and Leigh Butcher.
In the elite Open A Division the competition once again was fierce. Former club president Elliott was back competing and made it all the way to the final where he was pitted against current president Banjo Harfield, young gun Danny Dales Sutton and perennial finalist and former club champion Josh Johnson Baxter. On this occasion It was Danny Dales Sutton who was victorious with his maiden Open A win.
While the senior club members were taking apart Beacon a huge crowd of micro grom were ripping very clean two-foot RAAF’s walls. The quality of surfing and confidence shown by these guys and girls is amazing; they are demonstrating a maturity and style well above their years. Ellie Harrison, Zeph Lamperd, Jett storey, Charlie Mahoney, Minnie Vorrath, The Bassett boys, Taz Higgins Bea Conroy, and Banjo Partos-Slattery are among a group of up-and-coming groms who are pushing this group to the limit and showing unbelievable levels of improvement.
If you haven’t got your tickets to the club’s 40th year presentation night at the Barwon Heads Hotel on 24 June, you better get in quick as they’re nearly sold out. The night features ’90s Aussie rock legends Grinspoon. To get your tickets go to www.13thbeachboardriders.com and follow the link to the Presentation Night.
See you at the final comp of the season on 3 June.
Under 10 Mixed: 1 Jerry Kelly, 2 Max Bassett, 3 Harry Farrer, 4 Ted Conroy.
Under 12 Mixed: 1 Jack Bassett, 2 Banjo Partos-Slattery, 3 Taz Higgins, 4 Henry Wright.
Under 14 Mixed: 1 Zeph Lamperd, 2 Jett Storey, 4 Charlie Mahoney, 4 Ellie Harrison.
Under 14 Girls: 1 Ellie Harrison, 2 Minnie Vorath, 3 Bea Conroy, 4 Hannah Lace.
Cadets: 1 Zeph Lamperd, 2 Charlie Mahoney, 3 Sean Rielly, 4 Jett Storey, 5 Kai Coleman.
Juniors: 1 Kian Major, 2 Zeph Lamperd, 3 Jonas Jonson, 4 Mitch Pope.
Seniors: 1 Cam Lamperd, 2 Shaun Todd, 3 Sim Collier, 4 Greg Bassett, 5 Shane Vincent.
Masters: 1 Mark Hutson, 2 Trevor Sopovski, 3 Shane Vincent, 4 Nat Zinn.
Open B: 1 Leigh Butcher, 2 Kian Major, 3 Chris Jansen, 4 Mark Hutson.
Open A: 1 Danny Dales Sutton, 2 Josh Johnson Baxter, 3 Banjo Harfield, 4 Elliott Gray.