The 14th Annual Fun in the Sun team challenge lived up to it’s name again this year. Hosted by Caloundra Malibu Club, the two day event on 18-19 October was held at Ann St, Currimundi.
As the aroma of fresh Amore coffee filled the air, spectators took in the action from their grassy hillside vantage point under the Pandanus trees.
With strong southerlies, a building swell and an outgoing tide, the conditions were testing for even the most experienced of competitors. A special mention goes to the junior competitors for their gutsy efforts. I think it’s fair to say that the old mal riders really had their work cut out for them. Catching a wave that linked up and ran all the way through to the beach was no easy feat. Those who were lucky enough to score one, were rewarded with an eruption of stoked hoots from the crowd.
There were 18 teams competing this year with the top 8 teams making it through to the finals. Results are listed below:
Division A Final
1st place – The Five Skins team from Alexandra Headland Malibu Club.
These guys have attended every year since this comp began in 2001. Regular finalists, they were thrilled to take home their first Division A victory this year.
Congratulations Five Skins. A well deserved win.
Pictured Below (L-R Mick Vaisnys, Drew Coulter, Cale Coulter, Josh Berigen and Damien Coulter.)
2nd place – Longstanding sponsors and regular finalists in this event – The Amore coffee team.
(Riders: Pat O’Leary, Gareth Donovan, David Rayner, Jaegan Taylor, Matt Williams)
3rd place – Team Pacer (riding Pacer surfboards)
(Riders: John McMackin, Brett Rogers, Dallas Rogers, Andy Jones, Nick Edgerston)
4th place – Team MS (riding MS surfboards)
(Riders: Jordan Spee, Kai Annetts, Peter Vandevorst, Kale Coulter, Tony Willett)
Division B Final
1st place – Smiling Assassins from Caloundra Malibu Club
(Riders: Kat Hughes, Peter Rea, Alan Sauvage, Glen Frettingham, Justin Healey)
2nd place – Crusty Nuts from Caloundra Malibu Club
(Riders: Steve Miller, Justin Healey, Jack Boyd, Gary Sawdy, Frank Healey)
3rd place – Pacifique Paradise from Pacifique Boardriders, Bundaberg
(Riders: Keith Drinkwater, Tahlee Taylor, Ian Grossman, Eoin Whatley, Graeme Jenkin)
4th place – Noosa Malibu Club
(Riders: Wally Allan, Craig Johnson, Kenny Williams, Scott Ford, Harry Muscat)
During the presentations, everyone held their breath and crossed their fingers while the raffle boards were drawn. This year thanks to Classic Malibu Noosa, there was a performance longboard up for grabs and also generously sponsored by Global Surf Industries, we had a Stand up Paddle Board for raffle. Another lucky competitor took home the Factory Surfboards’ Grugstep log winning it at auction for a great price. It was a well organised event with a great vibe which would not have been possible without the tireless work of the club’s committed members. Thank you so much to everyone who helped out.
Much gratitude to our event sponsors for your support.
A collection of images can be viewed in our gallery. Big thanks to Christo, Noel Brady and Tanya Muscat for your photographic skills and contributions.