Was wondering how the EP team was doing at the SA Longboards at Vic, so tracked down manager Michelle Hill for an update. Here we go...
"So far so good. We had a fantastic day today with some real standouts! All of our juniors (under 18) and Boys (under 15) are through to the Semi-finals. It’s an amazing accomplishment and they have all surfed their hearts out and made us very proud...Standout's so far have been Steven Sawyer, Galad Smith, Josh Macwilliams, the Van Risjwick brothers and Dane Van Greaunen. Dylan Macleod is thru to the Semi's in the open division and Masters. Jonathan Hill has also put on a sterling performance this year and joins Dylan in the qualifying final with still there safety net in place. Michael Hill and Brad Beck also got through their heats today to advance to the reprocharge semi's in the open division.
Also our superbly talented team of grand masters unfortunately lost one of their own today but Duncan and Andrew Scott and Kimbal Whitfield are all through to the Semi's after putting on a fantastic display of old versus new school surfing making them a force to be reckoned with for the title. Greg Smith surfed amazingly posting some huge scores in his heat also seeing him comfortably advance to the semi's. Craig Van Greunen also displayed some powerful back hand surfing in his division today making him a genuine favourite for the title in his age class.
Tomorrow (Friday) we kick off with the ballies with Dave Hill, Gavin Seaman and Dave Lippy all ready to do battle with the old Vic locals from the Southern Cape team. From there we will be heading straight into semi-final action with the possibility of final heats as well.
On a more serious note we were chased out the water by what looked to be a large shark this evening. The contest was called off at once and will resume again after the managers meeting tomorrow morning. It’s scary stuff. One local resident says in all his 30 years at Vic, he has never seen a shark... makes you wonder!!!
Big swell predicted for Saturday!"
Good luck to all our surfers - get your grubby mitts on that trophy ou's, and mind the finned friends.