Old mal loggers

Old mal loggers

THE SOUL Longboard club ran the 2014 Victorian Old Mal and Logger titles on Saturday the 28 June.
The contest was scheduled to be held at Possos, but with lively weather pattern and forecast shifting winds the contest director made the move to Boings at 13th Beach.
This turned out to be a good decision as the combination of incoming tide and steady swell meant nearly all heats had some great waves. The big swell during the week had shifted some of the sand and made for some great banks for the comp surfers. Most of the competitors surfed in both divisions and so on a couple of occasions there was a slight delay while surfers swapped boards to compete in the next heat, but overall the heats were run through at rapid fire pace as there was a big day of surfing all told.
The event attracted some of the best exponents of Old Mal and Logger styles of surfing in the state both young and old, and it was good to see they younger crew on the old surf craft.
During the day it was interesting to see the same names continuing to get through their heats and as such the same four competitors battled it out for the final in both Old Mal and Logger titles.
Ben Considine, Chad McLaughlin, Matty Shay and Ben Jemmett had all surfed seven heats and semis by the time they got to the final so fitness was going to play a part in it. The weather had slowly been starting to turn for about an hour before the final but it held off just long enough to still have some good waves for all surfers to ply their trade.
At the end of both finals the results were the same for both classes. Ben Considine continued his winning form to take out first place from an always stylish Chad McLaughlin. Matty Shay showed that he is putting together some nice traditional style and moves to take third place from Ben Jemmett who surfed really well in his heats with some great nose riding on display.

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