Next Meeting :- Thur 14th April
Sailing Club @ Golden Beach Short St, Golden Beach
Next Comp Day :- Sunday 15th May
This newsletter is a tad late, so we’ll call it the March/April newsletter.
By now I hope everybody has checked out the new website.
New member Pete C offered his services which were gladly accepted by the committee. He has created something special.
Let’s also acknowledge the time and effort Julie K put into the original website. It was all new and experimental when she first set it up all those years ago. So, Julie, on behalf of the committee and all the members, thanks heaps for the tremendous job you did.
March Comp day — Sunday 27th
Held in very ordinary conditions at Neill St, Dicky Beach. Small, bumpy, sloppy, windy and just about everything else that makes rideable waves non rideable. Shouldn’t complain (well there was a bit of rain also) we did manage to hold the comp and complete both rounds. As usual the cream rises and the best surfers found the best waves. The results have been added to the points tables.
April Comp day — Sunday 3rd
What a difference a week makes. Larger, smoother, nicer lines, offshore winds, conditions that make some good rideable waves greeted us. The call for an early start to get the best of the higher tide paid off. All the heats in Round 1 scored pretty good surf. Highlight of the morning was the men’s open heat with current club champion, Pat, three times club champion, Justin, wannabe club champion, Dean plus the other young guys all having a good dig. Pat over Justin in a close one.
Round 2 started about the same time as the strong SE started and coupled with the dropping tide, conditions deteriorated very quickly unfortunately.
The main aim of the comp directors is to have as many comps as possible this year following a couple of lean years. Good work on Sunday, Chris and crew. And thanks for everybody showing up and setting up early.
Noosa Festival of Surfing
Some good performances from the Caloundra members. Julie Starr-Thomas reached the final of the Senior Women’s as the top qualifier and finished a very good 3rd.
Back on the competition scene after her Uni studies, Monique Keane was runner-up in the Open Women’s final. Beth Palmer continues her good form finishing 5th in the U18 Girls final.
Other good results :-
Kat Hughes, semi-finalist Open Women’s.
Justin Healey, round 2 Open Men’s and Old Mals.
Pat O’Leary, quarter-finalist Men’s Pro Division.
Barry Davis and Darryl Meredith, round 1 Over 60 Men’s
Agnes Water Comp
The following is an article penned by Mark H
Waiting for the wind
Most of the usual suspects plus a couple of first timers headed up to Agnes for the comp in early March.
Friday was hot – when we got out of the truck at Bundy for lunch it was really humid – a lot more than down here when we left. John R’s crew went early and by the time we arrived they were settled in with the air-con on and keeping their fluids up. Surf was about 1-2ft, wind very light onshore and the NOF had been run and the boys were packing up. Our crew settled in and claimed beds – air-con on, Steve decided a cool drink was needed, Kat went for a surf and said it was ok – we were all sweating (literally) on the forecast SE wind change to arrive. Greg’s crew arrived just after dark.
Saturday waves 1-2ft, wind none – hot, damn hot – the comp was down on the beach break and depending on the tide there was a few runners. Whitey (Agnes) on the mike was calling the southerly change in all day – and by about lunch time it started to puff and mid-afternoon it was blowing, raining and getting cold – like jumper cold! The last heats were moved down to the point as there were a few small ones coming through. The rain came down that night – I’m glad we weren’t camping.
Sunday waves 2-3ft, wind SE – cold, rainy. Comp at the point, inside (no sand outside) and a good left over a bit, the early semis and finals had the best of it, the wind got stronger later. The open men’s final was a cracker again this year. Glenn C and Drew (2 of the older guys had a close tussle), Luke and Fraser both had some huge nose rides and old skool moves, but Mitch and Brett both went at it with some big moves and progressive longboarding. In the end one of Brett’s won it for him but it must have been close, as were some of the others.
Over 50s heats: Greg 5th, John R 4th
Over 40s heats: Tony B 6th, Lance R 5th, Glenn R 4th (who was that masked man?)
Over 50s final: Steve 1st
Over 40s final: Steve 2nd
Open women’s semi: Jacqui 4th
Open women’s final: Mon1que 1st, Kat 2nd
Open men’s final: 1 Brett White, 2 Mitch Surman, 3 Luke Potter, 4 Fraser Biden, 5 Drew Coulter , 6 Glenn Cunningham.
Thanks to Reef 2 Beach and the Agnes crew for another great comp and a fun weekend.
Your tropical correspondent, Mark.
As part of the Sunshine Coast Council’s safety requirements, the club was required to source a “rescue board”.
Peter K just happened to mention to “EH Dave” that the club required one of those rescue boards. A couple of days later, thanks to “EH Dave“ and his neighbour Barry, we now have one. Thanks boys.
QLD Longboard Titles
The titles will be held on the Sunshine Coast on May 21-22.
The club will once again pay the entry fee for current financial members.
Note: you need to be a member of Surfing Queensland.