Sloppy conditions a challenge
THE March club round of the Evans Head Over 8s Malibu Club was held under very challenging conditions at Main Beach.
Old Huey dished up a plate of sloppy mashed potato with a hefty dash of salty gravy stirred through it.
That is, onshore winds and messy three foot swell which was far from appetizing for the 27 who turned out.
Having said that, the odd set out the back provided some cleaner walls with higher scoring opportunities for those that could find, then stay, in the sweet spot.
That was not an easy task with an outgoing tide.
Incredibly, conditions improved as the tide ran out.
As expected, wipe-outs were a feature of the day. Even Cribby, Gobby and Phil fell victim to the "random pilot ejector".
But the early humour in the water soon disappeared as frustration started to set in.
However, back on land the vibe was convivial and relaxed - completely different to that in the water.
In the Open final Jay got off to a cracker with three good waves in the first five minutes.
Sandshoes obviously thought he had it in the shoe-box with his first two waves because he bailed after 10 minutes and headed straight for the esky for a celebratory ale. Similarly, Phil walked up the beach not long after - it was 1-2 in their books.
Thanks again to the Surf Cafe who donated a $10 voucher which was won by Matt only moments after he'd purchased an "iron man" burger.
Please support the Surf Cafe as best you can because they are donating 10% of all purchases by Malibu Club members back to the club.
Also, the Spar supermarket has pledged its support for the October competition, so let's support it too.
There were plenty of fresh faces at the event and it was great to see a few more numbers in the ladies division.