Classic Oz Day

Classic Oz Day

THIRTEENTH Beach Boardriders annual Australia Day Retro Classic was held in quality waves at the club’s marquee wave, Beacon.
Over 50 competitors were greeted with six hours of low tide, overhead sets, light winds and all-time vibes.
Nostalgic surf rock set the tone for the day as the crew reminisced over shapes, designs, outfits and styles of forgotten eras.
With an emphasis on style, power and flow, the standout performers from the early rounds included Tom Harrison, Simon Forward and Henry Hutchins, but it was Grant Stringer on his early 1980s twin fin that stole the show.
As midday struck and the quarter-finals draw locked in, the traditional Beacon-Golfies milk run took centre stage with Robbo claiming victory in rather dubious fashion. He would again taste victory, winning the pre-final doubles sausage-eating competition with partner-in-crime Bronson Field.
As the final hit the water the sea breeze had kicked up causing conditions to deteriorate but the good vibes were no less intact.
The six man final was all one-way traffic with the New Zealand born McKenzie Bowden single-finning his way to clear victory in front of Josh Wood, Banjo Harfield, Grant Stringer, Vanda and Henry Hutchins. The calendar remains active with aggregate contest 5 scheduled for Saturday February 8 and the Jim Beam surftag in South Australia March 8-10. Hit the facebook page for details.

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