Light winds and sunny skies graced our second event for 2019 season. With two breaks the full field was split for a few hours to ensure single day completion.
The day’s highlights included: Ex-club champion Mikey Barber’s strong return to form, punctuated by some strong aerial manoeuvres. A great tube ride from Ross McDonald in the dying seconds of his round 1 heat. Ross would go on to make the open final; Junior surfer Jake Pancic’s smooth lines in his early round heats. The high energy battle in the cadet division with Saul Taylor and Cass Short taking it up to eventual winner, Taj Farrell. Max Burton’s gutsy junior win after a shoulder injury. The big guys – Rod Barber Lachie Mason battling it out with some great hacks in the B-Grade final. Ben Fox and Kim Shannon shredding in their respective age divisions. Young gun, 17 year old Jett Dickinson taking out a high-scoring open men’s final with his strong backhand attack. Jett is the youngest open winner in 15 years.
The club will look to run its 3rd event on March 23/24, with multiple back-up dates listed online.
Beautiful conditions and 30+ degrees for the first comp of the season at Rye carpark.
The surf showed multiple faces throughout the day with everything from waist high shore breaks to groomed, head-high walls out the back on the right hander as the tide filled in.
Highlights included Craig Watson’s tube, Tilly and Soup ripping, Archy Wallace’s tube and enthusiasm, Will Watson making multiple open heats, Cal Nicolson’s dominance in the open men’s division, Jett Dickinson making his first final, Sascha Taylor’s return to competition and her brother Saul’s great back-hand reo’s, amazing sunshine, a ripping BBQ and an unlucky head injury to Nick Wallace who won the over 35’s anyway (not to mention Rob Crawley’s boating accident)!
Get well soon you two, and well done to all division winners. An epic first comp at Rye. Full Results ›
Next PSC contest is scheduled for the weekend of 16/17 March with 23/24 as back up.
Supergroms is also scheduled for Sunday March 24th in Western Port.
[ Photos above by Tony Grace ]
PSC SEASON 2019
Its been a great summer of waves so far (sure, the banks are rubbish at Gunna, but if you know where to look you’ve been scoring). Lots of time at our most westerly break for the adventurers, and plenty of swell pushing into the bay.
Thanks to those who attended the 2018 presentation event. It was a great night and feedback has been awesome about the relaxed atmosphere and review by our MC team. As voted in at the AGM we will be pushing the 2019 season forward, finishing in time for a late November presentation to maximise attendance.
The other motion submitted was also approved by the majority of members – that the Australia Day single fin event include retro/twin fin divisions also. Unfortunately due to timing, we were unable to secure a permit for this event but will look to run it over the labour day weekend or later in the year.
Plenty of events coming up, lots of opportunities to surf, socialise and be a part of our great surf community so please spread the word and help us grow the membership. It’s a great club to be a part of. See events schedule ›
I’ll send plenty of text message updates in the lead-up to events and as always you should keep an eye on our Instagram, Facebook and website. See you down at the beach, Lachy
We will be encouraging members to submit payments via our Live Heats portal. Standard membership fee plus a 5% credit card processing charge.
*In 2019, a strict NO MEMBERSHIP, NO SURF policy will be enforced by Ron, Rod and Lachy. If you are signing up via liveheats to surf you must have paid your membership online or present correct cash and form to the treasurer at the beach PRIOR to surfing any heats.
What looked like a very sketchy afternoon quickly cleared to blue skies and sunshine, and members enjoyed great finger food and SAB beers as member Timmy Douglas turned on the tunes with a relaxed acoustic performance.
Presentations commenced with some amazing words about Jane Featherston from the board members and Luke receiving her posthumous Life Membership.
Coombsy did an excellent job with the trophies and Jane’s memorial blocks, and an even better job with some touching words around Janey.
MC’s Joel Reid and Sean McDevitt then rolled into our special awards and lifted the mood with excellent banter and presentations. By the time aggregate divisions rolled around every competitor was interviewed and the crowd laughing at the two clowns on stage doing their thing. Special mention to Joel and James for their assistance with trophies.
Congratulations to our Division Champions –
Open: Calum Nicolson / Womens: Hannah Trigger / Juniors: Charlie Lucas / Girls: Brooke Fischer / Cadets: Jake Pancic / Senior Mens: Cal Nicolson / Masters: Shan Creasey / Grand Masters: Craig Burton / Legends & B Grade: Jamie Reichelt.
More food, great tunes from Rennie and Shanza and a late finish for some.
Awesome to see everyone there and thanks for a great year. [ Lachy, Preseident PSC ]
PSC CONTEST 5
GUNNA / 18 NOV 2018
Despite a slow start, and some funky conditions, comp 5 was run last Sunday in clean 3-4ft waves at Second Carpark.
Great performances across the divisions and an enjoyable afternoon with a few bevvies on the deck and back at the clubhouse.
Full report to come, and results withheld until Preso. Photo by T Grace.
NOV 24 : Aus Boardriders Battle : Island
DEC 8 : Working Bee : Clubhouse
DEC 15 : Presentation Event : Clubhouse
PSC CONTEST 4
GUNNA / 21 OCT 2018
Back to first car-rie. We took advantage of the same banks at Gunna for Contest 4, the left rip bowl out the front and the right off the rocks, 2-4ft light onshore, but super-fun waves again all day, the sun shining and beers flowing.
Cal again ripped the lefts apart and took out the Open Division, over Hayden, Lachy and Sean. We also saw the grommets Jake, Willem, Taj, and Archy shredding the right, making the waves look like overhead drainers. Full results at liveheats.com/psc
Thanks again to our main commitee - Lachy, Joel, James, and Rod for their continual work keeping the comps running smoothly.
And our Sponsors - Bass Surfboards, Mornington Mazda, St Andrews Beach Brewery, Betta Home Living Rosebud, Premier Roofing, The Snake Hole, Inferno Creative and RVCA. Photos of the day by @PeninsulaSurfShots ›
PSC CONTEST 3
GUNNA / 6 OCT 2018
After the Winter break the club got back to work with a great day of pumping waves at 1st car park Gunnamatta. With a rip-bowling left and a fun right over the channel, the Strait turned it on with sick waves all day.
Cal Nicolson took advantage of the smoking lefts and took out the Open Division, pipping a firing Sean McDev, young gun Charlie and Big Mike. Other division winners included Hannah Trigger, Jake Pancic, Charlie Lucas, Nick Wallace, Luke Featherston and Jamie Reichelt, and Jackson Trotman
Thanks to our Commitee for running another great event and our Sponsors - Bass Surfboards, Mornington Mazda, St Andrews Beach Brewery, Betta Home Living Rosebud, Premier Roofing, The Snake Hole, Inferno Creative and RVCA. Photos above by Tony Grace and Hanna.
Welcome back to Season 2018. It’s been a cold winter with plenty of swell, and a handful of highlight days on the beach breaks in between. Hopefully you’ve been getting wet.
We are about to launch into a very busy second half of the year. The Victorian Teams Titles is this Sunday 9th of September at Bells Beach. PSC will be taking a strong team and encourage any members who want to support to come across and join in the fun on the beach.
Three aggregate comps, the Australian Boardriders Battle Qualifier (at Phillip Island), three Supergrom events and two Presentation events will see out the remainder of the club’s season. Bring it on.
A massive thanks to our sponsors and supporters. Please reciprocate their generosity by using their businesses and services where possible. The contributions they make keep our local surf community ticking and ensure a successful season each year.
Look forward to seeing everyone down the beach, Lachy.
Saturday 26th May saw the club return to competition at Gunnamatta's first carpark. A breaching Southern Wright whale signified the start of heats as perfect 2-4ft waves greeted competitors. Despite the freezing early temperatures, the morning surfing saw plenty of highlights.
2017 club champion Adam Morris showed his skills in round 1 with the day's highest heat total of 17.10 points out of a possible 20, but was unfortunately eliminated in a later quarter final. Past champions Calum Nicolson and Mikey Barber also set the performance bar high as the waves improved throughout the day on the lower tide.
The growing Women's, Junior Girls and Cadet Boys divisions all relished the user friendly waves and stand-out performances from Hannah Trigger, Brooke Fischer and Will Watson saw them take the respective victories.
As the tide filled in through the afternoon the waves slowed down slightly but excellent surfing prevailed and the marquee divisions raised the performance level as daylight began to fade. The senior men's division saw Cal Nicolson take a narrow lead over his competitors early and he couldn't be caught. Unfortunately the back to back heats took their toll and he was 4th in the Open final which was taken out by an energised Mikey Barber over Sean McDevitt and Lachy McDonald.
The day was one of PSC's best in recent seasons with great waves and weather all day. Spectators and members gathered at the PSC clubhouse afterwards for presentation.
Division winners included Mikey Barber, Hannah Trigger, Willem Watson, Charlie Lucas, Brooke fischer, Cal Nicolson, Shan Creasey, Craig Burton, Ronnie Gorringe and Jamie Reichelt.
The club now enters its winter break with a recommencement in early October. PSC Supergroms will also re-start then.
Despite a shakey start in the morning weather wise the Peninsula finally turned it on late morning with the offshore kicking back in with 4ft plus sets at Rye Back Beach for the rest of the day.
It was a pleasure to watch proceedings in what was the best conditions we've seen in a while. Taking out the Open Division was ex champ Caiden Fowler over Calum Nicolson 2nd and Joel Wookey 3rd, with Hannah Trigger taking out the Womens.
The Peninsula's Womens Team have taken out the Victorian leg of the Australian Surf Tag Event in epic conditions at Rye Back Beach, smashing Torquay with 29.69 pts to 10.33 pts. Former Winter Olympian Hannah Trigger posted the highest score in the final, 10.5. The team including Hannah, Vee, Claudia, Nina and Charlee charged the big and chunky conditions. In the mens division, Torquay (94.34) finished ahead of PSC (88.34) with 13th Beach Boardriders (48.47) finishing third and Peninsula B fourth.
"We are stoked to be going to the Australian Championships next month", President Lachy McDonald said. "Winning the Women's division and coming second in the Men's is a great effort from our club so we will have a big squad heading to the Gold Coast. We were one good wave short of the win today in the Men's and look forward to testing ourselves against the country's best".
On Saturday 27th January we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2017 season on the beach at Rye. View meeting minutes ›
As soon as the AGM was complete we jumped into our annual Single Fin Classic, which was contested in clean 3-5ft right handers at Rye Back Beach, on a perfect, 30 degree day. View photos on Facebook ›
Many members took the opportunity to compete in multiple divisions and maximise time in the excellent conditions and guys like Tex Walker and Max Burton capitalised with strong finishes across the board. Highlights included:
- Coombsy's wipe-out on a well-overhead bowl.
- Max, Macoy and Charlie picking the most modern outlines and riding them like conventional shortboards.
- Lance's over froth - can't get the guy down!
- Gonga, Daz and Ev ripping on the shortest boards they've ridden in years.
- Rory Thomas' switchfoots and Shan Creasey's soul-arches.
- Nath Barrett combining rad style and some solid turns to beat us all and take his first open win.
- Having a beer with everyone who came back to the clubhouse.
Established in 1974, Peninsula Surfriders Club is one of Australia's premier boardrider clubs with a long tradition of success in National competition with a strong focus on junior development. Based on the on the Mornington Peninsula VIC Australia, our home break is Gunnamatta Beach with our clubhouse on Truemans Road, Fingal