Surfcoast Longboarders Feb. Comp report..

Despite the lack of surfable conditions we still had a great turnout for the first gathering of the year for the Surfcoast Longboarders Club. Bud fired up the barbeque and old members welcomed the new ones. In particular, it was exciting to see some new juniors joining us this year. 

Contest director Laney explained how judging works to the newbies and how the new priority system will work under contest conditions. This is currently being used at State and National levels and is working well so will be integrated into our club events this year.

Live Heats, a new software that was trialled end of 2017 has allowed efficiency with scheduling the heat draws and competitors and supporters can follow the action live on their phones. This will continue to be used, so competitors need to sign up with Live Heats and register by 5pm the Thursday before comp day. Reminders and links will be provided via email and Facebook.

Despite the 1 foot of onshore chop, we all had the chance to drool over Gus’s new board, won in the annual board draw and shaped to perfection by Greg Brown. Some lucky winner will have the chance this year too but we look forward to seeing Gus shred on this one over the coming months.

Things to look forward to in coming months include;

  • Wild Women on Water, next month 3rd March. Get your entries in now for this fun event to support women's surfing and local charity Bethany. Categories include Junior women, Open women & Over 40 women plus the legendary Expression Session and a Short Board Category too. Male club members will be supporting on the day and surfing their heats on the Sunday.

 

  • Surfer’s Rescue 24/7 A program run by Surfing Victoria based on the fact that over half of all water rescues are performed by surfers. This course offers the opportunity to be formally trained in basic board rescue techniques and CPR to help keep people safe on unpatrolled beaches. Stay tuned for details.
  • Victorian State Titles: A number of our club members will be competing in the first round of State Titles February 24th/25th.  SCLC has a history of being strongly represented at both State and National Levels and we encourage all our members to have a go or come and support the club. Participation is crucial at this level for maintaining spots for Victoria at the Aussie Titles. If we don’t get the numbers our spots go to other states so let’s get in there and support all Victorian surfers.