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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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2019 Annual Mollymook Ocean Swim

 

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers – 2019 was our biggest turnout of local swimmers.

The 2019 Annual Mollymook Ocean Swim was undertaken by 189 swimmers in near perfect ocean swimming conditions. Winner Jordan White completed the 2.2km  swim in 25:13 The following link for the full list of results:  Mollymook Ocean swim results

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Mollymook Surf Club GOLD 2019 Aussie titles

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GOLD, GOLD, SILVER, SILVER & SILVER to the Mollymook Surf Club athletes.

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Mollymook’s medal winners celebrate their success in the beach Flags events

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U/17 Male: GOLD medal to Sammy Zustovich and SILVER medal to Jack Bridges 

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A momentous day for the Mollymook Surf Club at the Aussie titles. All five entrants for the beach flag events progressed through the many heats to qualified for the finals. Viz. Open Female: Kate Lewis and Payton Williams, U/19 Female: Payton Williams, U/19 Male: Brock Scrivener, U/17 Male: Sammy Zustovich and Jack Bridges with Sammy also contesting the Open Flags.

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Mollymook athletes won medals in four of the six finals run under floodlights at this gala Saturday evening event. Sammy won GOLD in the U/17 male and SILVER in the Open male flags. Brock won GOLD in the U/19 male flags, Payton claimed SILVER in the U/19 female flags as did Jack Bridges claim SILVER in the U/17 male flags.

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Full credit to their coach Daniel Robberds who was instrumental in achieving these amazing results from brilliant young athletes causing Mollymook, Mollymook, Mollymook to resonate among the huge crowd present throughout this evening event.

Mollymook GOLD at 2019 Aussie Surf Titles

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GOLD, Sammy Zustovich, Mollymook Surf Club – U/17 Beach Sprint, BEST in AUSTRALIA.

(140 entries in U/17 Male Beach Sprint).

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U/17 Male GOLD MEDAL, Sammy Zustovich, Mollymook Surf Club. 

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U/19 Female SILVER MEDAL, Payton Williams, Mollymook Surf Club

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2019 Aussie Surf Titles on the Qld. Gold Coast attracted 6500 competitors from over 200 clubs throughout Australia.

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Today the Beach Sprint Finals took place at Broadbeach whilst many of the water events were transferred to Kirra Beach due to the surf conditions.

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Mollymook Surf Club was represented in the beach sprint finals by: Payton Williams in the U/19 Female finals, Brock Scrivener in the U/19 Male finals and Sammy Zustovich in the U/17 Male finals . 

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To appreciate the magnitude of their efforts, the U/19 males had 83 entries, the U/17 males 140 entries and the U/19 females 71 entries. Heats were initially run with 9 in each heat and the first 4 progressing through to the next round.

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It was ‘nail biting’ stuff with the best in Australia competing in the these finals.

Payton Williams was the first Mollymook Surf Club athlete to line up in a star studded field. There was nothing in the finish with Payton claiming the SILVER medal.
Brock Scrivener was Mollymook Surf Club’s second finalist. He put in an awesome performance just to miss out on a placing as the top five sprinters crossed the line almost together.
Sammy Zustovich was Mollymook Surf Club’s 3rd finalist to line up at the start. Absolute blistering pace saw Sammy cross for GOLD in another star studded field.
There’s more, continue reading.

2019 Aussie Surf Titles – Day 3

Dani Holt, Mollymook. Her first race at the Aussie Surf Titles.  A BIG Surf had arrived overnight. 

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Waves breaking out beyond the swim buoys

2019 Aussie titles day 3

Danielle Holt of the Mollymook Surf Club competed in the U/17 Female surf race. There were 5 heats with upwards of 30 girls in each heat with the first 15 proceeding through to round 2. Dani missed out by only two places. The surf conditions were appalling. Full credit to Dani (competing for Warilla) for such a gutsy swim in such difficult conditions.

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2019 Aussie Surf Titles – Qld.

 

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Mollymook 200 years Male crew: 5th in the Final

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Dave Tudor-Jones: 5th, Final 45-49 Years Male Board Race

2019 Aussie Surf Titles, Broardbeach Qld. Where the BEST compete against the BEST!

Mollymook’s 200 year Male Boat crew put in an amazing effort against the best in Australia to come through the 3 heats and qualified for the semi-finals. In the semi they put in a blinder and came home in 1st position. In the final they had some incredible competition, they held their own in the lead group on the trip to the turning buoy but did not get a good run home and finished 5th. A fabulous effort. (Crew members: Russ Bartlett, Paul Newman, Craig Matthews, Kevin Whitford and sweep, Gus Brook.)

 

Similarly Dave Tudor-Jones in the 45-49 male events put up an huge effort in the heats to qualify for the semi’s and then the final of the board race to finish 6th. Later in the ski race he qualified 6th in the heat, followed by a 5th in the semi and 10th in the final. Likewise in the iron-man Dave came in 10th.

The quality of the competition can be seen from entrants such as former Australian Iron-man champion Guy Andrews winning the 45-49 Male iron-man and Grant Kenny winning the 55-59 Male iron-man events.

2019 Broulee Ocean Swim

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Broulee Bay to Breakers Ocean Swim: The Movers and Shakers

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Photo credit John Hicks. ‘Five year Swimmers’ presented with shirts to honour their five years of continuous participation. Mollymook swimmer Ray Ackerman (3rd from the left) competed for the sixth time this year.

 

Tim Mooney sourced the above pic and filed this report on the Broulee Ocean Swim:

“A small crew from Mollymook swam in this years Broulee Bay to Breakers 1.4km swim. (the actual distance was 1.525km as swum). Perfect conditions were a treat to swim in for the record 400 plus registered swimmers. A tiny swell made navigation between the oversize bouys a no brainer. A large number of safety craft were on attendance and things went relatively smoothly. On the home stretch there was the occasional wave but for the majority of people it was a swim all the way. The water temp was 21.6 and the swim time air temp was 19. All competitors received their 2019 t-shirts (see person far right in pic) along with other sponsored goodies.

Post swim presentation was well attended and several drink and food stations throughout the club house provided hearty BBQ delights. The surf club bar opened soon after the race completion. A relaxing time was had by all”.

Mollymook Swimmers results:

Lena Rassmann, over 20, 23:08, placing 2/21

Greg Young, over 40, 22:27 (adjusted time), placing: 5/43

Tim Mooney, over 60, 27:09, placing: 5/28

Ray Ackerman, over 70, 36:57, placing: 6/10

2019 NSW State Surf Titles Update

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Some Mollymook Ocean Swimmers Row Boats

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The Mollymook Ladies getting smashed by a vicious shore break

 

NSW State Surf Titles – Masters Day 1 & 2

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2019 – NSW State Surf Championships – MASTERS Competition, Days 1 & 2.

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Coogee Competitor winning the 30-35 years Female Flags

Above is an example of the skill evident among the MASTERS competitors at the NSW Surf Championships being held at Swansea-Belmont’s, Blacksmiths Beach. In very tough competition Mollymook competitors made numerous finals and were reward with Bronze medals in the 2 km Beach Run and the Ski Relay.

Clean Up Australia Day – A great success!

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach, Collers and the Cemetery

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Education Program Manager, Australia wide for ‘Take 3 for the Sea’, Monica Mudge was at Mollymook this morning and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the number of volunteers who turned up for today’s ‘Clean up Australia Day’ at Mollymook Beach.

The backbone of the Mollymook Beach clean up was and usually is the Mollymook Beach Ocean swim group and their spouses/partners. Today the swimmers commenced their morning swim early to ensure they were ready to start at 8.00 am. They were also joined by some members of the public as well as the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ surf club nippers led by youngster Julie Armstrong.

With such a large turn out of volunteers, they were able to collect rubbish along the entire length of Mollymook Beach from the north end to the south end, around to Collers Beach, the Golf Club course and parking area, the cemetery and adjoining  streets/gutters/path ways.

Rubbish included a bike riding helmet, old discarded building items and some old clothing. Volunteers mentioned that the worst offenders were those leaving their cigarette butts everywhere. Other volunteers mentioned how this year the cemetery was no where near as bad as past years with the amount of plastic flowers blown all over the cemetery. Being so close to the ocean this type of un-managed rubbish which finds its way onto our park lands, beaches and even into the ocean was less than past years and gratitude was expressed towards those that have taken this issue to heart.

Volunteers enjoyed coffee, muffins & freshly baked scones provided gratis by the Mollymook Golf Club at the conclusion of the ‘Clean Up’.

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach. Sunday March 3 at 8.00 am

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Clean Up Australia Day – Mollymook Beach.

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Mark the date: Sunday March 3

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Meet at the Mollymook Surf Club at 8.00 am

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Plan to finish at 9.00 am “Many hands make light work”

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Followed by Coffee and cake at the Golf Club for all helpers

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Could the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers and Take 3 for the sea supporters let Moni or Ken know if you can help so we can provide numbers to the Golf Club.

 

Mollymook Swimmers – Christmas & New Year

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Traditional New Year’s Day, ‘Length of Beach’ swim at Mollymook

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Some of the 40 or so New Year’s Day swimmers

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year Award

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Garry Hunt, 2018 Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year.

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Organiser and Host Sean, with Mike on the guitar

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An elated ‘Swimmer of the Year’: Garry Hunt

2018 Mollymook Ocean Swimmer of the Year.

Spontaneous thunderous applause greeted the announcement of Garry Hunt as the 2018 Swimmer of the Year.

Garry was a unanimous choice for this year’s coveted trophy. Regarded as an all-round champion individual. He greets everyone with a smile and never has an ill word for anyone. Furthermore, he is a determined swimmer who never gives up regardless of the conditions.

Dolphins, a morning visit to Mollymook

Another glorious morning at the beach with the Dolphins 

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Playful dolphins this morning. One dolphin was madly flapping its tail which is an indication it was possibly giving birth to a baby dolphin. The flapping is reportedly an aid in the birth process.

  To view a dolphin giving birth: Click on this: YouTube video of a Dolphin giving birth  

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Swimmers Christmas party: Save the date, Saturday December 22, 2018 at the Surf Club upstairs with a planned start at 6.00 pm. Pot luck evening meal, so bring a plate and some nibbles. Also bring your own alcohol, glasses, crockery and cutlery. For more info speak to our organiser Sean.

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Updating the action during the past 2 weeks

 

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Tony Ireland – Bondi to Bronte Ocean swim

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John and Sean – L’Étape Australia

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Tony Ireland traveled to Sydney at the weekend to compete in the Bondi to Bronte ocean swim. Tony finished 6th in his age group.

John Louth, Sean Pidcock and Mark Stewart traveled to Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains at the weekend to participate in the L’Étape bike ride. (The Ride is 108 km and next year they are planning to do the actual L’Étape Race over 170 km) 

The 170km Race route is as tough as a mountainous stage of the Tour de France. It is held under full Tour de France Professional conditions and runs on fully closed roads whereas the shorter version of the Race, the 108 km Ride is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and experience of L’Étape without the added pressure of the final Col de Kosciuszko climb.

L’Étape Australia provides amateur riders with an experience as close to riding in the Tour de France as it is possible to get with fully closed roads and a mountainous course that is the equal of a mountainous stage of the Tour de France.

In 2016 and 2017 L’Étape Australia was the largest Tour de France event held outside France.

International versions of L’Étape are held annually in various countries around the world to give local riders a Tour-like experience. Events are staged in countries such as Australia, Colombia, Brazil and South Korea among others.

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Mollymook U/19 Girls BRONZE – World Titles

Inspirational Teenagers! (To good a story not to share)

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Kyla Wall, Chloe Scott, (Sweep) Marty Drysdale, Mia Garin & Eliza Green

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Mollymook come from behind to claim BRONZE

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The Mollymook U/19 female boat crew win BRONZE at SLS World Championships, Glenelg Beach S.A.

This was undoubtedly the most inspiring effort I (Ken) have witnessed in my 60 years of surf association & competition.

On Friday the teens were scheduled to compete in 3 heats to determine the top 12 crews that would proceed through to the semi-finals scheduled for Saturday. However Thursday and Friday’s master’s events had to be all crammed into the Friday due to the disruptive weather earlier in the week. This resulted in our teenage crew of 16 and 17 year old girls having to compete in 3 heats, a semi and a final all on the Saturday. A monumental task, a massive undertaking for these youngsters, who it is understood were the youngest crew competing in the entire carnival.

The difference a day can make: Saturday arrived and the surf was absolutely flat, there was to be no luck like catching a wave, the best rowers would win the medals. Marty mentioned that “they didn’t come with high expectations, but to see how they would fare against the best crews”.

In the 3 heats during the morning they gained a place in each heat thus qualifying for one of the two semi-finals that would pitch the 12 best crews against one another. These were the last few events to be decided on the Saturday. With little time to recuperate after the third heat, the youngsters lined up for their semi-final. Would fatigue now take its toll some wondered?

The surf was flat and the wind had disappeared, there would be no respite to be had from runners or such like, every race was pure hard slog. In their semi they came from behind to claim 2nd position and a place in the final. It was an amazing effort!

The final can be seen in the various pics below.

Their start was like ‘poetry in motion’ brilliant! They reached the first ‘gate’ buoy just behind the leading bunch. Then out to sea they reached the turning buoy in about 4th or 5th position, their turn was executed perfectly.

They were 4th at the gate buoy on the way home just behind the New Zealand crew using the Henley boat with possibly 80 metres left to row. Pure guts and determination is the only way you could describe their final effort as they clawed their way up to be equal with the 3rd boat (New Zealand) and then managed to pull away over the final 30 or so metres to claim 3rd and a BRONZE medal.

1st position and GOLD went to Dicky Beach, Qld. SILVER to St Kilda, Vic. BRONZE to the Mollymook youngsters and 4th Waimari Beach Surf Club, New Zealand competing in one of the boats made available on loan by the Henley S.A. Surf Club.