2018 Junior Wavefest
Date: Sat 17th or Sun 18th March - depending on the best conditions
Start Time: TBA
Location: TBA in days leading up to event
Entries: $12 for one division, $22 for two divisions (2 divisions max.) Online entry form and payments coming soon.
Membership: $30 Individual / $100 Family of 4 or more
The count down for this year's Junior Wavefest is on grommets! Put aside your game consoles, wax your boards, hassle your parents and start prepping. We'll have prizes, give aways, club champs to crown, good times and a kitchen full of fairy bread ready to go. There's the usual under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 divisions plus the non-competitive push-in and rookie expression sessions if competing isn't your thing. These days are soooo much fun and new members and faces are always welcome. The online registration form will be available here soon. You can enter up to 2 divisions and all participants will need to join as members to take part (see online Membership Form button just above our sponsors logos).
More details coming soon.
Retro Comp 2018
When: Fri 26th Jan 2018 (Australia Day)
Australia Day has produced primo conditions for this year's Retro Comp which was enjoyed by a small field of single and twin finners. We had it all, sunshine, perfect rolling lefts and rights all groomed with a warm offshore breeze - made to order for hanging five, drawing out soul-arching turns and dropping the odd switch foot (the red hot manoeuvre for milking extra points on the inside).
The day started off with club prez Peter Bolt sorting out the heat draw to form the four teams. As far as I know the only team to officially name theirselves were the Nose Picks. I'm guessing the other's were too busy working out which were the best boards were before the board draw got underway. The rules briefing was short because there aren't really a lot of rules - two one hour heats and one surfer in the water at a time from each team who tag teams their next team mate when they think they've had two half decent waves. The best two waves of each surfer in a team is added up to make the team's score. Luck fell the Blue Tubes way at the start - bagging the first board pick and prize board (Breuker's Star board - this thing is old, thick, yellow with a big old single fin but it's smooth as silk and deceptively manoeuvrable). Despite the board advantage for blue, Aido started impressively for the Mellow Yellows milking the style, length of ride and number of turns criteria to the max. - a performance even more impressive when you consider he was trying to keep his whole outfit from falling off at the same time rocking chopper sunnies, a mullet wig and a 30 year old wetsuit and Aussie flag shorts. The groms with all their new-age fan dangled high performance board experience actually took the retro style right up to their elder statesmen churning out some graceful turns with effortless flow and flair. Sasha Roberts set the standard with the highest score of the day and nailing it with her double whammie claim to double the highest scoring ride. This sent the Blue Tubes into a narrow lead at the break.
The Green Meanies came out fighting hard in the second round to take it up to the leaders with Bolty, John Luca, Lily and Summer Shepherd producing some very fine, consistent surfing across the whole team. The Nose Picks and Mellow Yellows worked hard to claw back their deficits but in the end to no avail. as the Blue Tubes narrowly held on to the lead by half a point over the Green Meanies at the final siren to claim the finest trophy in surfing.
If you haven't done a retro mark it down in your diary for next year as this possibly the best day on the calendar.
Big thanks to Retravision Albany for getting behind our event including all other major and minor sponsors. Your support is greatly appreciated.
1st. Blue Tubes* (Zavier Utber, Sasha Roberts, Darryn Oostdam, Ian Minter)
2nd. Green Meanies* (Lily Shepherd, Summer Sheherd, John Luca, Peter Bolt)
3th. Nose Picks (Holly Minter, Angus Spencer, Jeremy Spencer, Jack Driffell)
4rd. Mellow Yellows* (Lily Minter, Aido Shepherd, Jack Kuret, Bryn Roberts)
* team names completely made up for the artistic impact of this article - you could refer to them as the Blue, Green and Yellow teams if you wish ;)