2019 Crescent Heads Annual Long Board Comp. Day 1
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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2019 Annual Long Board Competition at Crescent Heads
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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Peter the Priest with a little encouragement from above takes on the BIG Surf at Mollymook
Peter the Priest
Peter the Priest enjoying some vocational leave from his posting in Victoria provides some leadership for the Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. With flippers fitted he takes his old faithful ‘surf-o-plane’ and heads out back. He was so far out at one stage we were almost losing sight of him. Nonetheless it soon became evident once the sessions began to roll out back that he had positioned himself to catch a beautiful wave providing a huge run in. Bumpy at times and almost lost in the broken water, Peter emerges triumphant. He was soon providing instruction to some of the ‘Kamikaze’ surf board riders on how to best tackle the big waves. Even Big D was seen asking for some advice.
Big seas test the most skilled
Only skilled surfers braved the treacherous surfing conditions today at Mollymook. The winds had abated somewhat however the southerly winds of previous days had caused a massive swell to pound the entire NSW coastline. Throughout the morning there was a fair amount of surf carnage with boards going in all directions. To the ‘Board-Ski-Swim’ team they braved the elements undertaking their morning training. In particular we witnessed some gutsy performances from some of the young male and female teens among the team.
Margaret River, Prevelly ‘Main Break’ – AMAZING!
Mollymook Beach Waterfront residents visit iconic surfing breaks in the Margaret River area.
The town ship of Margaret River is about 9 Km or so inland from the coastline. It has many surfing breaks up and down the coastline, some breaks are up to a Km off shore and the Bombora’s are well off shore requiring a jet ski to reach.
One local (formerly from Merimbula) said the surf was much bigger this past Saturday. Hard to imagine. It was jaw dropping stuff just watching these that I photographed yesterday, Tuesday. At a guess I would say they exceeded 20 feet / 6 metres in height. A bucket of water is heavy, so imagine the weight of water when one of these waves unloads on you. Big wave riders numbered about 8 at any one time on this Prevelly main break at ‘Surfers Point’ throughout the day. The paddle out was a long arduous effort. The Prevelly ‘Boat-Ramp’ had two main breaks. We also drove to Gracetown and saw numerous softer breaks of various sizes attracting lots of riders including kids about 8 years old.
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East Coast Low produces ideal surfing conditions at Mollymook
Kamikaze surf break
The ‘East Coast Low’ during the past few days was not as damaging as its predecessor last month and created excellent surf conditions at Mollymook beach as well as the kamikaze surfing break. (Pics taken yesterday, Sunday July 10) (Click on images to enlarge)
East Coast low continues to abate & the surfing conditions improve
A mans best friend looking for its master
As the ‘East Coast Low’ abates along the NSW coastline the surfing conditions improved dramatically, although there were still some wipe-outs along the way. Nonetheless the seasoned surfers enjoyed some great surfing.
East Coast Low brings a Massive Surf
East Coast Low – Bawley Point on Monday June 6
Bawley Point on Monday June 6
A low pressure system moving south from Queensland and down the NSW coastline brought damaging winds, heavy rainfall and a dangerous surf to the NSW South Coast. Abnormally high tides contributed to the dangerous surf conditions.
East Coast Low brings Extreme Weather to Mollymook
East Coast Low hits Mollymook Beach
East Coast Low – dangerous surf conditions
A low pressure system moving south from Queensland and down the NSW coastline brings damaging winds, heavy rainfall and a dangerous surf to the South Coast Tourist mecca, Mollymook. Abnormally high tides are contributing to the dangerous surf conditions with Mollymook beach almost deserted and a few brave-hearts taking time out for coffee at the Beach Hut cafe.
The severe east coast low is predicted to be fiercest on the NSW South Coast on Sunday evening, with electrical ‘Black-outs’ already occurring mid afternoon.
Mollymook Surf Highlights: January – March Qtr. 2016
Dolphins surfing the waves at Mollymook beach, January 2016
Mollymook Beach Australia Day, January 2016
Great surfing conditions prevailed throughout the January – March 2016 quarter, with amazing water temperatures around 22 to 23 c. During this period the Mollymook Surf Club attained their best ever results at the South Coast Branch Surf titles, followed by the NSW Country Titles and the ultimate, the NSW State level against some amazing competition.
Mollymook Reef Breaks – Kamikaze & Golfie
Easter 2014. Mollymook turned on some awesome surfs, day after day. Here are a mix of images taken at Kamikaze and Golfie reef breaks. What I found so incredible as I sat out the back taking some images and talking to surfers young and old surfing the dangerous Kamikaze Reef Break included two 12 year old kids and another just 14.
Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla
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