Report by Brad Beck, all images by Dylan Stephens
So after weekends of South Easters the offshore finally came up and we called the go ahead! Lots of planning and organizing, it was on! Saterday saw tiny conditions and ended up being a joll at Full Stop after the Boardriders annual AGM!
Hoping for the best, and that's what we got - with Sunday producing clean 2/3ft Seals Point. The format was different from a standard comp, and instead everyone got to surf in two heats and their best 2 scoring rides per heat were added up and boom, free surfing for 20min.
The Open division saw Shaun Payne winning in a tight finish over Simon Fish, followed by Goofy Grant in 3rd and Mike Hill in 4th. The 30-50 year olds saw Duncan Scott take the win, with Earnest Bendemann 2nd, local styler Craig Van Greunen in 3rd and 4th American commentator Julian.
The over 50's had froth monster Andy Lenton winning with Phil Honey in 2nd, 3rd was Rodger Parman and 4th Raymond Richie. A bunch of funny falls and turns by the ballies and tight surfing by Open guys.
Big thanks to Josh Enslin and Earnest Bendemann from Billabong for their sponsorship of the event, Mike Beck from Seal Point Boardriders for organising and Jarvi for getting the word out.
Looking forward to next year!
And here's the official wrap from Jarvi. Better late than never ;-)
Firstly, sorry about the delay in this newsletter/results from the event held last weekend. The waves were pumping, the vibe was good, the turnout was excellent, but unfortunately I have been plagued by bad health wasn't in attendance at the event. This newsletter however is not about me and my health complaints, it's about a contest that turned out to be an overwheming success.
As forecast by Eric Stedman, the waves were ok in the morning, but steadily increased throughout the day to finally reveal some flippen good waves for the contest, with everyone getting their fair share of great rides.
In the Open Division it was Shaun Payne who took the win in a tight final from Simon Fish. Grant Beck, Mike Hill and Matt Davis were 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
The 30-50 division was won by the hardened competitor that is Duncan Scott, who made short work of Ernest Bendeman in 2nd, Craig Von Greunen in 3rd, Julian Werts in 4th and Dyl Stephens in 5th.
The 50's and over ballie division was all about Andy Lenton, who took the win from Phil Honey. Roger Paarman was 3rd, Raymond Richie in 4th and Emile Zoetmulder in 5th.
The two girls in the event, Angela Corr and Maria Taylor, both put on red-hot displays of backhand surfing to win their respective divisions with ease.
Shaun Payne won the VonZipper Best Air.
The DaKine Most Progressive Move was won by Nick Godfrey.
Ben Godfrey won the Nixon Surfer Of The Contest.
Newton Johnson Wines gave 12 bottles of their fine Full Stop Rock wine, which were awarded as such:
Willie Futron, Terry Bilson and Dane Von Greunen for funniest wipeouts. Ed Godfrey for the longest bog ever seen, Mike Beck for his bodyboarding skills, Eric Stedman for the most stylish surfer, Mat Davis for the best carve of the event, Roger Paarman and Simon Fish for switchfooting, John Elliot for going missing all day, Josh Enslin for pulling off the weirdest moves of the event, and Graeme Tugwell for his knee-to-stand moves. Well done guys. According to commentator Julian, the highlight was definitely watching Graeme Tugwell stand up on his kneeboard. "He evolved before our very eyes," said Julian. "It was progress beyond all imaginable limits, and Graeme's award was rightly named the 'Evolution Award.'
Thanks to everyone involved - it's a long list that includes Billabong, VonZipper, Nixon, DaKine, Newton Johnson Wines, Ernest and Josh from Billabong, Mike and John from the club committee, Stix, the Beck bros for judging and running the event, Julian for his hilarious commentary, Eric for surf forecasting, The Watch for their jamming tunes, all contestants for having a go (there were 55 entrants), everyone who came down to support, Liesel from Trade Wind Coffee Shop, everyone who helped clean up, and basically everyone who contributed to the cool vibe. Also big thanks to Pierre 'Rot' Van De Walt who couldnt make the event so instead delivered an ice cold case of Hansas for the boys. They went down a treat.
As Eric said afterwards, "what a lekker contest."
Club Chairman Mike Beck would also like to thank me (it's a pleasure), Alex, and the band, as wel as all those already mentioned as well as the locals and surfers.
That's it - keep in touch
On behalf of the Seal Point Board Riders Club.