Straight from Brownie's release: "Cold day = Hot surfing"
On one of Victorias coldest July days on record, the SOUL longboard club held its monthly comp and were greeted with fantastic conditions. With a building 2 to 4 ft swell and off shore conditions the club could not have asked for more, despite the cold. Hot surfing was the result of these conditions with all divisions getting good waves during their heats allowing all surfers to show off their skill with some great longboard surfing on display.
This comp also sees the running of the Murfs inter club Old Mal division. With heats and a final there was plenty of action going on with the old boards, with great skill and finesse being shown by all riders. This division was taken out by the ever skilful Ben Considine who joins an exclusive list on the perpetual trophy.
Most surfers seem to agree that it was warmer in the water than out. Getting changed both into and out of the wetsuit without freezing provided its own challenge’s.
The July comp also coincides with the mid year function held in the evening. The Ocean Grove Surf lifesaving club was the venue this year and over 50 members and their families turned up for some live music, food, drinks, chat and some good stories. A special presentation of a towel donated by Looking Smart and a cheque to pay their entry fees provided by the club was made to the members going to the Aussie Titles in August.
The club is off to Kennett River for its family weekend on the 26-27th July
Next club comp is August 17th. Meet Ocean Grove Main Beach 7am.
Swell Day For SOUL
The SOUL Longboard club recently held its club comp at the Ocean Grove Main Beach. This comp was not one of the normally scheduled monthly comps, but a make up comp for the 2 that had been missed earlier in the year due to poor conditions.
Things didn’t look to good to start with as the swell wasn’t great but the decision was made to run on the hope that thing would improve. And they did. Even though the start of the day was surfing into the low tide, the waves improved in size and direction and when the incoming tide came in the afternoon there was a consistent 1 to 1.5 metre swell coming through. The later finals also had to contend with a large backwash from the breakwater wall. Fun to watch, and surf in.
The club continues to draw big numbers of competitors and there were over 50 on this day. First heat was up and running at 8 am sharp and the last final was judged about 5 pm. A big day for all.
One of the highlights for the day was the number of Junior Girls in the comp. With 8 of them competing it meant that they could have heats and finals rather than just a straight final. Well done to Abby Firns, Kristi Page, Courtney Mercer, Morgan Griggs Kennelly and Ali for making the final.
The Women’s division is also getting more numbers and it was a good final between Mel Renton-Wright, Morgan Griggs Kennelly, Georgia Willard, Kylie DeCosta, and Lou McSween.
Kennett River weekend 26-27July low tide about 9.30 am book your cabin or site mention SOUL club and they put us all together same deal spit roast tea Sat nite on the club hope we get heaps of numbers always heaps of fun
Last year performed a "vein,vidi,vicci" and brought back the trophy to the beautiful shores of our well beloved Southern Ocean. This year we will challenge Maladjusted and Malladiction in the TAG team challenge and again be victorious. So come and join us on 16th of February at 7:30 Ocean Grove main beach for plenty of surf and come and cheer our troops.
Bull making sure the troops will surf for the win or die !!!!
Chris Meir getting his board ready in time and Cookie giving him a hand.
2013 SOUL Tag Team Marines:
Junior Boys: Ben Considine
Open Men: Myles Fletcher
Open Men: Anthony Brown
Open Women : Melanie Renton -Wright
O'35: Dean Cook
O'50 : Chris Meier
O'60: Gus Angelton
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