Flipper back in Ocean Grove

The Grove team for the Interstate Longboard Challenge. 151916

March was a big month for SOUL with a trip to Middleton to defend the Interstate Longboard Challenge title won last year at Ocean Grove.
The Interstate Longboard Challenge is an annual competition between the South Australian Maladjusted longboard club and SOUL held in alternating years in each state.
The first edition in 2012 held in Middleton, SA, was a drawcard, and since then the trophy has stayed with the host club, and this year it was the club’s turn to travel to Middleton.
The comp was run on the Saturday of the long weekend in one to two feet surf at Middleton point. It was a great display of modern and old school long boarding in all divisions from juniors, women and age groups up to over 60’s. What the side lacked in numbers was made up for in the scores, and it managed to win the event and secure the trophy affectionately known as Flipper for another year in Ocean Grove. The side looks forward to hosting Maladjusted at Ocean Grove in 2017.
Saturday 19 March saw the second comp for the year at Ocean Grove Main Beach. Although the weather looked inclement, the choppy three to four feet surf was of a contestable although challenging standard for all divisions.
A total of 28 surfers competed on the day, and all excelled in the tough conditions. To escape the wind, the results were presented at the Ocean Grove Golf Club which was thanked for the use of their facilities. A group had dinner at the Zebra Bar in appreciation of their sponsorship this year.
Comp #2 Results
Open Men: 1st Matt Wright, 2nd Dean Cook, 3rd Trav Reid
Open Women: 1st Mel Renton Wright, 2nd Shelly Wright, 3rd Shannon Firns, 4th Cathy Slevin
Over 40s: 1st Simon Johnson, 2nd Danny Malone, 3rd Dave Cassells, 4th Phillip Dunn
Over 50s: 1st Greg Vick, 2nd Mick Armstong, 3rd Andrew Brown, 4th Larry Hayes
Jnr Girls: 1st Shannon Firns
Logger: 1st Craig Robertson
Reppacharge: 1st Herbie Jercher, 2nd Guy Werner, 3rd Shayne Firns
Next Comp Saturday 16 April. Meet Ocean Grove Main beach 7am.
– Fletch, SOUL president