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