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Winners & Finalist on Day 4 at Crescent Heads

The Winners and Finalist in a great day of Long Board Surf Competition

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Today we witnessed the best against the best at Crescent Heads in their annual long board competition. Clubs represented included: Burleigh Heads Long Board Club, Noosa Qld., Manly, Old Bar, Skenes Creek Vic., Shellharbour, Coffs Harbour, Mermaid Beach Qld. to name a few. One competitor who was runner-up in the Open Male category had 2 or 3 weeks earlier surfed the infamous ‘Shipstern Bluff’, the notorious surfing slab of Tasmania that plays host to the best big wave surfers in the world.

Final events postponed from yesterday saw a 6.20 am start today. The finals ran continuously at 20 minute intervals. The commentator mentioned that in surf board competition the judging is subjective. That explanation helped me understand why some whom I thought were brilliant were placed 2nd rather than first. Thankfully there was no ‘sheep station’ at stake for the winner.

The pics below are just a sample of finalist and winners this morning.

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Day 3: Crescent Heads Long Board Comp.

 

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Tom Bennett, Grandson of Barry Bennett Surf Boards representing the Manly Long Boarders

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Day 3: A beautiful Autumn day, blue sky and no wind throughout the morning albeit the surf was again small. However all competitors were contesting these events in similar conditions. All afternoon finals were postponed until tomorrow Sunday with the first event scheduled for 6.20 am. It was a challenge this morning taking pics looking into the sun and glare off the water. So tomorrow’s finals will be somewhat similar for photography, we are just hoping the surf is more suitable for the finals for all age groups.

Speaking to Tom Bennett this morning he reminded me that his Dad Greg was getting married in Hawaii this weekend. Greg and Tom use to stay at Mollymook Beach Waterfront and Beach View during Tom’s teenage years. I met Greg’s partner at Glenelg last November and again in March at the Aussie Surf Championships. A lovely lady and we wish them all the best. I also had the chance to meet up with some of the youngsters in the large contingent of surfers up from the Manly Long Boarders club. They featured in yesterday’s Day 2 post.

Finals throughout Sunday morning and the presentation following at the Crescent Heads Country Club. (A big day)

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Day 2: Crescent Heads Long Board Comp.

Annual Crescent Heads Long Board Surfing Competition – Day 2.

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Day 2 of the long board comp. began just after sunrise at 7.00 am and once again continued uninterrupted throughout the day till 4.00 pm. The contestants who had travelled from up and down the NSW coast as well as from Qld. and Victoria were to experience relatively flat surf conditions that deteriorated throughout the day as a slight nor-east wind prevailed. 

Nonetheless full marks to the contestants who persevered and demonstrated their surfing skills albeit in poor conditions.

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Crescent Heads Long Board Comp – Day 1

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2019 Crescent Heads Annual Long Board Comp. Day 1

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Day 1: Today saw approx 25 heats, commencing at 7.00 am and running none-stop through to 4.20 pm with each given 20 minutes / heat with 6 entrants in each heat.  That relates to 150 contestants of the approx. 260 entries in the 2019 Annual Crescent Heads long board comp. with 3 from each heat progressing through to the next round.

The sun shone, there was negligible wind however the surf was quite small. Nonetheless today was all about the elderly, if I may use that term. The majority of heats were for the 55 + age group, the 60+, 65+, 70+ and 75+ age groups other than a few heats of lower and open age groups.

One could not help but marvel at today’s participants. It was mind boggling to see so many ‘elderly’ surfers do what they have done throughout their life, ride surf boards. Although their age was obvious, they were fit and demonstrated some exceptional skill. Those competing in the over 75 age group could possibly have some surfers around 80 or even 80+. The camaraderie was amazing. I even witness grand-children barracking for grand-parents.  

The following are just a small selection of over 1000 pics taken today. When looking at the pics, the surfers demonstrated great skill but had no responsibility for the small surf they inherited.

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Bon Voyage – Sri Lanka

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The Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was found in Sri Lanka

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The Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Starring the Hotel’s only guests’ Grant & Val

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Val wrote: “We are the only people staying in this, once Grand hotel from the 1940’s. It requires much needed repair. We called it the Marigold hotel. I would love to buy it and fix it up to once again be a beautiful Grand hotel“.

This got me thinking. I guess while it is being fixed we swimmers could relocate over there for our retirement. Imagine if you can, Grant becoming Sonny the Manager as the hotel undergoes refurbishment into the “Third Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. Val (Maggie Smith) would oversee the whole restoration of the Marigold Hotel and we could all finally live a life of leisure. As per the script in the earlier movie versions, the retirees find that life and love can begin again in these exotic and less expensive retirement villa’s, this one being Sri Lanka in lieu of India. Could be worth some thought!

Prior to ‘Expressions of Interest’ closing, it is suggested that swimmers discuss the merits of such a move and potential new life-style at the Mollymook Beach Hut cafe over coffee.

Nocturnal Surf Tag

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Nocturnal Night Surfing at Mollymook’s Golfie Reef Break

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Nocturnal Surf Tag begins late afternoon

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The surfing contest continues into the night

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The second annual ‘Nocturnal’ charity surfing contest took place at Mollymook’s Golfie reef break on Easter Saturday that continued into the night under floodlights. Approx. 120 surfers took part in the ‘tag event’. There was a sand modelling contest organised for the children plus live music for the adults.

Contestants paid an entry fee of $50 with proceeds from the nights activities being donated to NOAHS and Jindelarra who had a raffle organised.