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Mollymook ocean swimming

The Mollymook ocean swimmers are not an organised group. They are simply a number of local Mollymook Milton Ulladulla citizens joined by numerous other ocean swimmers holidaying in the Mollymook Milton Ulladulla area who enjoy an ocean swim each morning. They meet at the Mollymook Surf Club – 6.45 am week days & 7.00 am – weekends. There is no water safety,  each person chooses individually whether or not to swim in the prevailing conditions and if so the distance they swim and understand they swim at their own risk. Most endeavour to swim in pairs or groups and numbers vary from 4 to 6 in the winter to say 40 during summer.            Link to Mollymook Ocean Swimming Posts           

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Adios Claire and Bon Voyage

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The Mollymook Ocean Swimmers say ‘Adios Claire and Bon Voyage’

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers with Claire at her send off

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Lovely people are always welcomed by the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. Such was the case with young Claire who hails from West Berlin in Germany. Having completed her work commitments caring for some young Aussie kids in her ‘gap’ year between high school and Uni studies, she now plans to travel with some girl friends up the east coast to Cairns, then across to Darwin and hopefully spend some time exploring the Kimberleys in W.A. A precious young lady who only learnt to swim freestyle back in March 2019 and then competed in the April 2019 Mollymook Ocean Swim. 

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Dolphin day at Mollymook Beach

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Sunday morning at Mollymook Beach – the dolphins put on an incredible display.

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The playful dolphins at Mollymook Beach

Mollymook Ocean swimmer John Holt along with his fellow IRB trainers Mark Green and Bruce O’Sullivan held their final training session for the trainee IRB Drivers at Mollymook Beach. The public spectators were well outnumbered by the playful dolphins in the water. Whilst the trainee IRB drivers demonstrated their skills, the dolphins were at their playful best.

Even the seagulls took time out to watch the action that included trainee IRB driver Jon Louth under the watchful eye of John Holt, Mark Green and Bruce O’Sullivan.

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Celebrating the Moon landing

 

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The morning after a memorable weekend.        Pic credit: Laura’s mum Monica Wallace

 

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Gavin and Laura – Baby Shower

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John Sarich (Smeeth) and Ken

 

A memorable weekend.

Gavin and Laura hosted a fabulous lunch time ‘Baby Shower’ gathering at the Milton ‘Harvest Bar’ to begin the weekend of celebrations. The food was literally laid on. Just ask John Holt and Ken who were still bloated the following day after eating far too much food. Laura looked amazing! The baby is due in 4 weeks time. Speaking of Laura, this morning was her 29th birthday and being so far advanced in her pregnancy she elected not to follow the tradition of her fellow female swimmers on this special day. 

John Sarich (Smeeth) the originator of the Mollymook Ocean swim group called in to say hi. John was on his final trip down south, transferring his belongings to his new abode in outback Charleville Qld. John looked a picture of health and is so excited with this next chapter in his life, exploring the remote areas of this vast land of Australia.

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Moon Dancing to be led by Mike Gaffney

 

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Moon Dancing led by the effervescent Mike Gaffney accompanied by the Blue Moon Cafe band all the way from Canberra.

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Mike Gaffney and  Bernard Jones have combined their talents to put together a promotion for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.   

No skill is required to ‘Moon Dance’, free tuition will be provided by Mike and Bernard.

Time & Place: The Mollymook Surf Club, Sunday 21 July from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Purpose: It is a mid-winter fund raiser, as well as a ‘fun-raiser’ for the Club,

Cost: $10, and people are asked to bring a plate to share. 

Drinks can be purchased from the bar (No BYO)

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Mike and Bernie are hoping that a broad cross section of people will attend, and especially the swimmers, partners, family and friends.

 

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Editor: Ken Banks  Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla and operator of  Mollymook Beach Waterfront.

Another memorable day in the Mook

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Mollymook Swimmers making News today in the ‘Mook’

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Celebrating today: 25th Wedding Anniversary, Jason & Moni

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Ed chooses the surf board rather than body surfing

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Life in the Mook during Winter

Kath and Kim: ‘What about me’? 

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Kath and Heather 

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Heather and Kath

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Apologies: After reading yesterday’s post of local swimmers holidaying elsewhere, I received an email from Kath and Kim, ‘What about me’? Kath wrote: “Heather and I are having a fantastic time  in this beautiful ancient land. Deep rock pools on the plateau, waterfalls, cruise along rivers, spectacular sunsets, flight over Kakadu and great company”! 

The swimmers back at Mollymook truly do miss you both and look forward to your safe return from that ancient land, to ‘Life in the Mook’ as Katie would put it. Fabulous coffee at the Mollymook Beach Hut cafe and great company.

Things to do – Winter in Mollymook

Things to do. Mollymook Residents enjoying winter

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Things to do in the Winter at Mollymook. Tim goes body surfing

 

Florance Head Walk – Morton National Park

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Issi takes a stroll along Mollymook Beach on Saturday morning and captures this lovely Sunrise

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Issi’s Sunrise pic

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The Queens Birthday long weekend began with this glorious sunrise (above) followed by some nice weather and a walk in the Morton National Park.

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2019 Mollymook Surf Club Presentation

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Mollymook Surf Club Presentation: Season 2018 – 2019

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President Rod Austin officiating at the Mollymook Surf Club Auditorium, venue for the 2019 Presentation Evening

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Saturday evening June 1 saw the Mollymook surf club auditorium packed for their annual presentation evening. Awards included: Surf Rescue Certificates, Bronze Medallions, IRB Crew, Silver Medallion for Beach Management, Advance Rescue, Rescue Watercraft Operators, Assessors awards.

Awards for ‘Senior Lifesavers of the Year’ went to Dave Johnson and Stacey Wilesmith whilst ‘Patrol Service Awards’ were as follows: George Kolek: 40 years of 100% Patrol Service, Dave Burke: 30 years of 100% Patrol Service, Kevin Whitford:  25 years of 100% Patrol Service, Les O’Sullivan:  20 years of 100% Patrol Service, with National Medals to Tony Ireland, Annette Chapman, Bruce O’Sullivan and Sue Whitford.

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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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Crescent Head Annual Long Board Competition

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2019 Annual Long Board Competition at Crescent Heads

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The annual long board comp is scheduled to start tomorrow Thursday and run through to Sunday. The Crescent Heads caravan park is full to capacity with mums and dads, retirees, workers, teenagers and youngsters all preparing to compete in this prestigious annual event.

The surf is its usual predictability, not big but the usual long slow right handers attractive to walking the plank and hanging five whilst some actually hang ten.

One of the first persons I met after arriving was Dick Davenport from Mollymook, a regular surfer at the Mollymook Golfie Reef Break.

The water temperature is in the pleasant 20’s  and the surf is teaming with fish. The following pics were taken today, prior to the commencement of events tomorrow, they show the talent attracted toward these types of surfing conditions.

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Chris enjoys ‘A Moment in Time’

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A ‘Moment in Time’ – May 2019

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Chris celebrates -milestone birthday 60

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Chris and Sue with the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers

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Sue sent in these two pics above of birthday boy Chris on his 60th, celebrating at the Mollymook Beach Hut cafe Monday, May 13 with fellow Mollymook Ocean swimmers. Sue mentioned that this fabulous cake was the first cake Chris had ever made, and he iced it himself! It was an almond meal and walnut layer cake with cream cheese and butter icing, happily devoured by all.