08 Single Fin Contest Writeup

Australia Day saw the annual Peninsula Board Riders Seventies Single Fin Classic held at Gunnamatta. Conditions were excellent with solid 3 to 5 ft lefts at first car park. A sea fog crept in early to hold proceedings up until about 10 am when Homer threw the Cadets and Juniors out into the fast improving lefts.

Considering some of the young crew had their first taste of surfing single fins, the standard was amazing and rapidly improved over the days’ heats and finals.

The open heats were hotly contested with Mark ‘Tex’ Walker putting his morning star classic through its paces with smooth backhand precision.

The Over 35’s also was no exception with GT picking off some long ones on his fluted channel bottom classic.

Liam Mac dominated in one of his heats on his extremely rare Michael Peterson collectors dream.

Slim pulled into a clean tunnel in his heat, rewarding him with one of the waves of the day.

The Over 50’s hit the water later in the day with some hard work needing to be done in the constantly changing conditions. Legend Mick Pierce showed he hasn’t lost any of his class and breezed through his heat with 3 solid long lefts to the beach. Skippys wave choice was good and Tony Reid, out of retirement, was surfing as well as his as his up and coming son Joel.

The day saw some old faces come out of the woodwork which brought out quite a bit of reminiscing and tales of old. Phill & Paul Trigger, & Jeff Smith were there & John Jolly came out of shady hollow to compete. Peter Wilkinson appeared out of the blue which was good to see & Phil Grace put on a show on the rights out the front of his single fin. Gracie showed he still has it drawing some clean lines on the clean 3 to 5 ft rights.

The media was in touch with it all with Chris ‘Redeye’ Spielberg putting together another great bit of footage which was enjoyed back at the Clubrooms later that evening.

Male model Vocks and the human microphone Phill Newman kept the commentary going all day, while in the background we took a journey through the seventies from Morning of the Earth to Neil Young and the Doobies, and many, many more old favourites.

Some highlights of the day were Lloydys’ slick backhand tunnel; Piercy’s clean forehand barrel, and Bazza’s ridiculous hat which he wore in his heat !! Also good to see Big Harry back showing how well he can swim and how to drop a Harley in one easy lesson. Just joking big H !

Some magnificent boards were ridden and on show, especially Ronnies’ immaculate Trigger Pintail.

Well done Amy the only girl to surf, who mixed it up with the men in the open heats.

The finals were held with some exceptional surfing being had. The Cadet winners were Jack first, & Max second. Well done boys – a great effort in tricky conditions.

The Junior final was won by Ryan Chalmers who pulled off some great moves, whilst a close second went to Caiden Fowler, with some great wave selections, and third was Angus Forrest, with Tim Williams, Liam Fowler and Sam Wise filling up the minor places. Well done guys on some classic single fin surfing !

Onto the open final with Tex Walker continuing his outstanding domination of the leftstook out first, followed by a well earned second going to Joel Reid, who drew some classic smooth lines just like his old man. Third went to Shannon Creasy with Locky 4th and Luke Williams and Tim Dexter placing next respectively.

The Over 35’s proved to be no different to the whole days high standard of surfing. GT pulled it off with some patient, smart wave selection, closely followed by Liam McCaffity aka Michael Peterson, with Chuck surfing well for third, tube master Slim was 4th, G. Purvis ( Bazza ) 5th and Jacky the rodent Lloyd finishing off the placings.

The long awaited Over 50’s final was taken out by legend Mick “the Master” Pierce continuing his dominance through the days proceedings. Mick was noted to say later that evening that they were some of the best waves he’s had in twelve months. Second was Tony Reid, showing he still has it when it comes to competing in tight finals. Third was Drakey the quiet achiever just pipping Gav Duffy,Howie and Skippy in a well contested final.

All in all it was a great day with some old mates catching up on some old times and some great surfing from Cadets to the Over 50’s. ‘Huey’ blessed us with some excellent waves whilst the weather turned in on once again.

Thanks must go to Howie and the boys for their effort on the day and also to the girls for their work back at the club house that evening, where a quiet beer and burger was enjoyed.

A successful day with some great waves, great surfing and most of all some great fun.

Look forward to seeing everyone next year for another classic 70’s Single Fin Day.


Phill Newman

The Stubby Ambassador