Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Well the weather didn’t cooperate but that failed to dampen the spirits of the competitors and friends who took part in the Maili Masters at Rainbow Bay last weekend.
Although the Maili Masters is based around a chance to compete against other surfers, it’s real appeal is the chance for some of surfings ageless community to get together and reminisce of a simpler era. Surfers like 1963 Australian Champion Doug Andrew now from Qld’s Mooloolaba, who’s highlight wasn’t just winning the O65’s division, but the chance to catch up with Rip Curl founder Doug Warbrick. Or former Australian Champions Noel Woods and Ray Gleave who had won their titles 30 years after Andrew, but were enjoying the atmosphere that surrounds the masters just as much.
And it wasn’t just the older surfers that were enjoying the chance to be part of the Maili Masters, youngest male competitor was multiple & current Australian Champion, Hayden Swan who was stoked to be old enough to compete in the masters for the very first time. Swan went on to win his very first “Murph” the events answer to the “Oscars”
Even after the event had wound down, presentation finished and infrastructure had been dismantled, there were still mates having a chat, reluctant to say goodbye until the next excuse to get together.
Wahines - Sandy Woods
O45’s - Hayden Swan
O50’s - Tony Abood
O55’s - Peter Becker
O60’s - Neville Smith
O65’s - Doug Andrew
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