Byron brilliant at Masters
BYRON Bay surf club collected the lion's share of gold at the Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Masters championships at Kingscliff yesterday.
With competitors of all ages from over-30 to late 70s, there were champions of old and not so old and an allsorts of shapes and sizes.
The Bay was so strong across all age divisions and disciplines that the tri-colours easily accounted for Coogee and Queenscliff to claim the champion club title.
Col Mustoe and Geoff Brodin went one-two in the 50-54 years age group in the board race with Stockton's John Anderson third.
"I was in their wash at the cans but they just put the pedal down and were gone," Anderson said after the race.
Mustoe had been a longtime Bay competitor before heading to Western Australia to work as a lifeguard but his return was timely.
Rivalry and camaraderie between Mustoe and Brodin has been ongoing with the pair sharing the spoils in the past two major events.
Brodin won the 50-54 board at NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks in January but Mustoe returned fire with a solid win yesterday.
"Geoff and I have been competing for many years ... we've had a few good battles over the years," Mustoe told The Northern Star.
"I'm happy to beat him, it is a rare thing."
The duo will head to the nationals at Kurrawa next month looking over their shoulders.
Former Grange paddler Gavin Hill, who is now with Surfers Paradise, now qualifies for their age group.
"The competition will be that much tougher again and there are some fast Queensland guys," Mustoe said.
Brodin said Hill had only been beaten once in the masters' arena. "That was in Western Australia and he went to grab the (board) handle and missed and finished second," he said of Hill. "I've been on the same wave as him, in board relays and everyone is beatable but every nationals is different. Sometimes you can have a good start."
Cudgen's Jan Giels had a golden day collecting three individual gold medals, a team gold along with silver on the surf ski.
Giels won the 60-64 rescue tube race, board and surf races and teamed up with Karen Powell and Joanne Colja to win the 150-years-combined board relay. Evans Head-Casino surf boat crew won the 180-years-combined race at Fingal Beach.