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Mollymook Ocean Swimming

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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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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.

Swimmers trip to Narooma and Mystery Bay

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Mollymook Ocean Swimmers excursion to Narooma, Mystery Bay and Central Tilba.

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Wagonga Inlet, Narooma – ‘Open Water’ Swim 

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Photos and commentary courtesy Greg Young: Mollymook Ocean Swimmers enjoy a great weekend away. The group began by meeting up at Mogo for coffee before driving onto Narooma for a swim in Wagonga Inlet. Entering the water at the jetty near the bridge they were greeted by a local seal, string ray and plenty of fish. The water in Wagonga Inlet was a beautiful crystal clear turquoise colour, that had a serenity and calming effect. In fact the name Narooma is said to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘clear blue waters’.

After the Narooma swim , they all went to Tilba Valley Winery , for wine samples and a late lunch , before heading to Greg’s property for camp fire BBQ dinner and camping.

The following morning it was off to Mystery Bay for a swim. Some swam in the inner channel whilst others took to the area out past the rocks. Next stop was Central Tilba for coffee and breakfast, prior to their journey back to Mollymook. Brief but a great weekend away, enjoyed by all.

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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.
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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.