Crisp is the word that probably best sums up conditions that greeted surfers for Saturday’s July aggregate competition.
When I backed out of the garage at home the temperature gauge, was showing 13 degrees, but by the time I reached Possos it had shed 12 of them and, no doubt, would have continued heading south if I hadn’t turned the engine off.
Aside from the temperature, however, it was a picture postcard morning – sunshine, a light offshore and swell; beautiful, clean lines in the 2-3 foot range. A perfect winter’s day.
True, the swell became a little smaller and less consistent as the day wore on, but most rounds enjoyed some decent waves – no small achievement over about 8 hours of competition.
Naturally there were some standout performances – Bob Smith dominated the over 65s – and some close results – Dave Edwards pipping Brett Lalor in the over 50s on a countback.
And the Open final delivered some excellent surfing with the eventual winner, Liam Griggs-Kennelly scoring in the 8s for two waves from all three judges.
Special thanks go to Phil Roache for providing extra warmth with some mobile heating.
Hopefully Saturday’s outing provided an opportunity for surfers to hone their competitive skills before the big outing in a couple of weeks – THE WINTER CLASSIC.
THE WINTER CLASSIC is on 22 and 23 July - be there or be square.
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