Saturday’s May competition defied the odds and provided some challenges for what was a very well supported event.
Surfers were greeted by a beautiful morning with light offshores, but the forecast looked a little ominous with an increase in swell predicted during the day as well as a change in wind direction and strength.
In the end, despite a couple of passing squalls, the wind remained mostly offshore almost to the end even if the forecast swell failed to arrive.
The waves were, a bit like the writer, small but perfectly formed and prone to frequent lulls.
Consequently wave selection - or just getting a wave - proved critical throughout the day and a couple of competitors came up short in their heats.
Surfing had to adjust to the small conditions with few opportunities for big turns and plenty of noseriding as the best way to chalk up points.
Despite, or perhaps because of the small and inconsistent conditions, the competition was quite fierce in some of the divisions, but then the competition in some of the divisions is always fierce.
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1 Riley Taylor