Compiled by Gary Stephens
AT THE halfway mark of the 2015-’16 season, it was third time unlucky as far as the conditions went for the 13th Beach Boardriders.
The swell was small and the strong wind out of the south west forced the club to hold the comp at Ocean Grove.
The onshore conditions didn’t deter competitors and again there was a solid turn-out of members who used the conditions to look for ramps to bust some airs, which made for an interesting days watching and judging.
The Super Groms revelled in the conditions and put on a fine display of surfing trying to impress the senior members.
Final results were:
Open A: 1st Josh Johnson-Baxter, 2nd Shawn Todd, 3rd Tom Harrison, 4th Gus Harfield.
Open Women: 1st Imogen Werner, 2nd Jemima Hutchins.
Open B: 1st Tod S., 2nd Sam Fitzgerald, 3rd Lois W., 4th Jimmy Adam.
Seniors: 1st Shawn Todd, 2nd Shane Vincent, 3rd Christian Prittchett, 4th Damien Robertson.
Masters: 1st Craig M., 2nd Shane Vincent, 3rd Andy Barlow.
Juniors: 1st Harry, 2nd Declan Bradley, 3rd Jack Priestly, 4th Lochie Ritchie.
Cadets: 1st Emma Walker, 2nd Charlie Mahoney, 3rd Sean, 4th Harry Dott.
U14: 1st Zeph, 2nd Charlie, 3rd Sean, 4th Jet S.
U12: 1st Jack, 2nd Isaiah, 3rd Mahani, 4th Francis, 5th Charlie, 6th Banjo, 6th Jet.
U10: 1st Jerry, 2nd Monty, 3rd Ted, 4th Fred, 5th Max.
A very big thanks to Billabong for sponsoring this event and their ongoing support over many years.
It’s been a big month for the 13th club, we had a number of stoked groms compete and achieve success in the Micro Grom Cup at Ocean Grove.
Billy and Ellie Harrison both place third in their respective divisions at the South Oz Gromsearch.
Also Billy, Ellie and Henry Hutchins have just returned home with the Victorian State Team from the Aussie Title on North Stradbroke Island, where Billy finished third in the Under 16 Division and has made the Australian team for the next world titles. Well done everyone!
In the recent Original Source Boardriders Battle, held at Smiths Beach in unruly onshore conditions, Team 13th finished fourth in a tight final behind Peninsula Boardriders, Portland and Phillip Island clubs.
The club’s next event is the Annual Australia Day Retro Challenge.
This is an open event with the public most welcome to enter. There will be a small entry fee for non-members and all contestants must ride pre-1980 boards.
So get out your old twinnies and single fins, get your Aussie Bogan on and have some fun on the beach. Register by 7am on the day and check out our Facebook page for more details.
Hope the New Year’s filled with lots of epic waves.