Contest one kicked off our 2020 season under blue skies and with great surf at our spiritual home, First Carpark Gunnamatta.
Again the Gunnawatu left was there to provide us with good waves for the entirety of the day, allowing all of our competitors to showcase their talents.
Two time club Champion Cal Nico took the first win of the year in both the coveted Open division and hotly contested over 28s. Hayden Forrest, Lachy and last years club champion Jett rounded out the Open division final in what could become a very similar scenario at the pointy end of the open division this season.
We were psyched to see a well stacked B grade division at comp 1 and in the end big Noodz took it out over Joe Draffin and Tommy Shannon. A special mention should also go out to Cassidy short for making the final and punching well above his weight and years. Here’s hoping too big year for this division as the guys fight it out for the title.
Our Women’s division was dominated by the Fischer sister, in what will be another big year for the both of them. It was Ella who took the bragging rights over sister Brooke and Sophie Thompson. All three of these girls are set for another big year of improvement and we cant wait to watch their progression as the season un folds.
In the juniors and cadets Jake Pancic and Will Watson dominated however both divisions were tightly contested and the level from all the boys has stepped up again. The Groms division was taken out by Alfie Clarke over Clancy Watson, Fletcher Williams and Ruby Armstrong. With a great turnout of Junior’s, cadets and groms at comp 1 we will hopefully see one of the most competitive seasons for our juniors in quite a few years.
Finally in what are sometimes the days most competitive heats we saw Sammy Whittle take out the over 35s for a big win. Heavy hitter Darren Jessop narrowly took down Burto in the over 45s. Whilst the mercurial Kim Shannon took the win over Joe Cervi and Howie in the over 55s grudge match division.
A big Thanks must go out to the committee for running an amazing event in my absence and providing our members with the chance to rip and have a great day at the beach. Contest two is set for March 14th so lets hope for sunny weather and crisp offshores.
In other news we are proud to announce the raising of $700 for the Mallacoota Boardriders club in their bush fire rebuilding effort. This couldn’t have been achieved without the generous support and donations of St Andrews Brewery and in particular Louie Purchase. Thank you guys for your support!
And finally a big shout out to Will Watson for taking 3rd place in the Surfing Victoria round 2 event at Shoreham this past weekend.
Thank you to all the members for getting behind our liveheats system and registering for memberships online. If you need to sign up for our 2020 season, head to Liveheats.com/psc and hit the membership link to join now.
See you all at Contest 2,
Sean ( Pres )
PSC RETRO CLASSIC
25 JANUARY 2020
2020 Retro / Single Fin Contest Report
Our 2020 Single Fin and season opener had some new flavour this year with the addition of twin fins to the contest. As a result the overall level of shralping was increased and made for a very entertaining open division for the entirety of the day. Our Masters and Legends divisions were a purist affair with only singe fins being ridden.
The day started in a controversial fashion with large sets still booming out the back of first carpark, Our experienced wave commissioner Ben Hallam used an iron fist to bring calm to the look out and put the blinkers on as he calmly took his seat behind the contest desk and kicked off the first heat of open. It turned out to be a great call, with the waves on the Gunnawatu bank turning on as the tide rolled its way into a midday high.
Mickdoh, Cal and Maccoy were on a tear in their round one encounter and traded left after left with a strong goofy foot performance that set the flavor for the day, other highlights included LMC back in form on the single fin and Rory Thomas going on an absolute nooner bender on a somewhat controversial new age high performance twin.
The quarterfinals saw the waves turn up another gear and with it the performances. The commissioner came out from behind the mic and lit up his heat on a borrowed 5’2 that would see him through to the finals. Nath Barrett bucking the twin trend sent some huge turns into big sections on a classic single fin and slipping through the back door like an old street cat, Shan Creasey lit up the lefts all the way to the final.
In the seniors, Lance was drawing hard off the bottom on his backhand to take a close win over retro specialist Mark Miccoli in second and club favorite Kerry “F*#k ya love ya” Coombs in third.
In the juniors, Nash Carne took the win on a self made school project twin fin. Whilst Ronnie took out the grand masters over Burnsy in a heat that might have caught the judges napping. Cough cough…..
The Final was a solid battle with some fresh faces to the big heat of the day. Mickdoh, Shan and the commissioner all battled hard but couldn’t keep their earlier momentum against an ever clinical Cal Nico, who took out the event in fine form and on a borrowed board.
A huge shout out to the committee for getting the event started and to all of our new members who came to hang out a meet the crew. A big thanks also to Louie Purchase from St Andrews brewery for the keg set up at the clubhouse afterwards for all to enjoy.
To everyone who made it down I’d like to say a big thank you for what was a great day at the beach with our community
What a great year of waves we had in 2019. Although Gunnamatta never really had a bank until the start of winter, Rye carpark had some classic days to provide us with some amazing conditions for two out of our first three contests. From winter onwards First carpark saw classic conditions especially through September and October. It was always great to be out in classic Gunna surf surrounded by plenty of PSC members and loved friends.
Looking towards an exciting 2020 for the club I’d first like to say another big thank you to our outgoing president Lachy McDonald for leading the way the past two years. His dedication to our community is something all members benefit from and I wish him plenty of more success in the water in 2020.
As most members are aware, Melbourne’s new Urbnsurf wave pool is offering the states boardriders clubs the chance to hold their own surf comp at the venue.
This promises to be one of the more exciting events in recent years and we hope its the stimulus for many past members to re join and compete in the 2020 season.
We have already opened the link to pay online for your 2020 membership via Liveheats.com/psc
Of course 2020’s remaining contests will be held in the best conditions we can provide for members, something we have achieved with great success of the past five years. With a few small exceptions. After breaking the glass ceiling at comp five this year, It would be great to push for more competitions in Westernport bay and build on the positive feedback we received after the last contest.
We will be looking to commence the 2020 season early in the new year, until then I would like to wish all our members past and present a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Stay safe and happy surfing! Cant wait to see you all at the beach very soon.
Sean McDeviit ( PSC President 2020 )
23 NOVEMBER 2019
Thank you to all who attended the PSC 2019 AGM. We are stoked to welcome our 2020 committee:
President: Sean McDevitt
Vice President: Rod Barber
Treasurer: Ronnie Gorringe
Secretary: Michelle Winch
Contest Director: Ben Hallam
Assistant CD: Hayden Forrest
Junior Rep: James Easton
Committee: Ross Moresi, Clayton AA, Ryan Chalmers, Adam Morris, Cal Nico, Morgan Winch
16 NOVEMBER 2019
2019 PSC Presentation Event
Another great night for the Club, utilising one of our major sponsors events spaces at St Andrews Beach Brewery, great food and atmosphere! Then kicking on at the clubhouse to wee hours of the morning!
A huge congratulations to Jett Dickinson, our 2019 OPEN MENS Champion and Ella Fischer, our 2019 WOMENS Champion.
Other division winners included:
Junior Boys: Jake Pancic / Junior Girls: Brooke Fischer / Cadets: Willem Watson / Open B: Lachie Mason / O'28: Lachy McDonald / O'35: Ben Fox / O'45 Rod Barber / O'55 Jamie Reichelt
Best Judge: Joel Wookey /
Best Club Person: Ross Moresi /
Best Committee Member: Sean McDevitt /
Most Improved: Joel Corboy /
Encouragement Award: Troy Jessop /
Encouragement Award: Brook and Ella Fischer.
16 OCTOBER 2019
After the easiest start to a season in years, we are now struggling to run the 5th comp prior to our presentation event (November 16th).
Let me explain ...
Post-AFL Grand Final and once school holidays were complete we have had a couple of dates proposed for comps. The weekend of October 5/6 was a very tough call with Ben and Sean doing a great job to postpone as the long period swell was too strong for the ocean beaches and easterly wind no good for Flinders.
Last weekend (October 12/13) we had a state round (open) @ Jan Juc on Saturday and the scheduled teams event on Sunday was postponed due to very small surf. The committee scrambled hard to get a permit through Parks Vic for the Sunday but were unfortunately denied as Parks now has an 8 weeks application process, and no flexibility.
This weekend (October 19/20) we have a large swell accompanied by onshore winds forecast (WSW cross/onshore at Pt Leo). Tony and the crew at Pt Leo foreshore have been awesome and granted us a last minute permit for either day and Sunday is still a real possibility to run... but the committee is concerned that the 11am low-tide will see the Point / Hump almost unsurfable for a couple of hours at least. Further to this, poor weather could be an issue. We will update all members via text, social media and the website on Thursday.
If we don't run we have the below dates:
Saturday 26th October (Sunday 27th is the Postponed VIC teams titles event at Jan Juc). At this stage the forecast for both days is 4-6ft and WSW winds... no good for Gunna, too small for Westernport (all day).
Cup Weekend - no contest / no permits. Sunday 10th November (Sat 9th is the ABB teams event at Phillip Island)
What else do we have for the 2019 season ?
Saturday 16th - PSC Preso @ St Andrews Brewery.
Saturday 23rd - PSC Single Fin / AGM
Saturday 7th December - PIBC hosting us at their clubhouse - charity / fundraiser surf event for Matt Ando
If anyone has any queries or feedback feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org... as you can tell we have been working hard to get the best day for all members for comp #5.
Should we commit to November 10th we will be forced to run in whatever Huey serves up.
**We are in the process for applying for 2020 dates with Parks Vic and will apply for dates Surfing Vic schedule events on in case they are cancelled (very rare).
Cheers and see you soon, Lachy and the 2019 PSC Committee
Winter Update 2019
What a Winter, absolutely freezing and the banks aren't great but if you don't mind a trip to the West Coast (or a high tide bash in the bay) you've had a great time.
Looks like we've lost a bunch of members to the snow with Tim Antonie and Sean McD enjoying classic Australian conditions over the last weekend.
Where are we at for club stuff? Click the below link to read our latest club newsletter.
PSC CONTEST 4
19 MAY 2019 : GUNNAMATTA
Another epic day of sunshine and waves at First CP Gunnamatta on Sunday 19th of May.
The main left hander provided plenty of sections and even the odd tube (go Sean!) for our members. Well done to Nick Wallace whose backhand attack stormed to victory in both the open and over 35 divisions.
Other winners included the coach (AKA Ron Gorringe), Cal Nico, Will Watson and Joel Corboy.
Thanks to Rod, Cal and Ross Moresi for a great effort on the BBQ all day and to Adam for providing the beverages and rounding up the faithful for a return to the clubhouse.
The club will now move into its annual Winter break. Photo by T Grace.
PSC CONTEST 3
23 MARCH 2019 : RYE
In excellent conditions the club held its 3rd aggregate event at Rye Ocean Beach.
Morning rain threatened but with infrastructure in place members enjoyed a great day and the sun broke through at midday. An early low tide saw some tricky rip-bowls, but with an increasing swell and high tide the surf fired in the afternoon with 4-5 foot left handers running along a groomed sandbank.
The day’s highlights included: Luke Chalmers entry for wipeout of the year, running out of water on a critical section and copping a cut to his leg in the process. New member Pedro Lani’s vicious backhand attack en route to his 4th place finish on debut. Sascha Taylor’s late drop and swooping bottom turns, and the enthusiasm of the female divisions to tackle the exciting conditions. Willem Watson again tearing through the cadet field to find a victory.
Young guns Macoy Noseda, Charlie Lucas and Jett Dickinson again making it through multiple heats in the open division.
Jett’s excellent scores in the open final, a huge 16.9 total to take the win for the second consecutive event.
The contribution from committee and club members to set-up in the dark, run split heats for 3 hours and finish before the south westerly change at 3pm.
Enjoying a cold drink in the shade at the clubhouse as the sun beamed down after the event.
Some exciting aggregate races are taking shape with all divisions close. The final two events will be crucial to decide the club’s champions for 2019.
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