Young cat Cale Coulter in fine trim, surfing for MS Surfboards in Division A. Photo: Christo

Saturday, 1 November 2014

As the aroma of fresh Amore coffee filled the air, spectators took in the action from their grassy hillside vantage point under the Pandanus trees. 

And the 14th Annual Fun in the Sun team challenge sure lived up to it’s name again this year.  Hosted by Caloundra Malibu Club, the two-day event on 18-19 October was held at Ann St, Currimundi.

With strong southerlies, a building swell and an outgoing tide, the conditions were testing for even the most experienced of competitors.  A special mention goes to the junior competitors for their gutsy efforts.  I think it’s fair to say that the old mal riders really had their work cut out for them.   

Catching a wave that linked up and ran all the way through to the beach was no easy feat.  Those who were lucky enough to score one, were rewarded with an eruption of stoked hoots from the crowd.

Fun in the Sun is a team challenge – your team competing against other teams rather than individuals. 

Teams consist of five surfers who must each represent one of the following divisions:
Junior 18 & under (M or F) or Female of any age
Old Mal (M or F)
Open (M or F)
Over 45 (M or F)
Open Logger (M or F)

There were 18 teams competing this year with the top 8 teams making it through to the finals.  Results are listed below:

Division A Final:
1st  The Five Skins team from Alexandra Headland Malibu Club.  These guys have attended every year since this comp began in 2001.  Regular finalists, they were thrilled to take home their first Division A victory this year.  Congratulations to Damien Coulter, Drew Coulter, Cale Coulter, Josh Berigen and Mick Vaisnys.  A well deserved win.
2nd  Longstanding sponsors and regular finalists in this event - The Amore coffee team. 
3rd  Team Pacer (riding Pacer surfboards)
4th  Team MS (riding MS surfboards)

Division B Final
1st Smiling Assassins  from Caloundra Malibu Club
2nd Crusty Nuts from Caloundra Malibu Club
3rd Pacifique Paradise from Pacifique Boardriders, Bundaberg
4th Noosa Malibu Club.

During presentations, the raffle boards were drawn (Classic Malibu Performer and a Global Surf Industries SUP Board).  Another lucky contestant took home the Factory Surfboards’ Grugstep log winning it at auction for a great price.  It was a well organised event with a great vibe which would not have been possible without the tireless work of the club’s committed members.  Thank you so much to everyone who helped out.

Much gratitude to our event sponsors for your support.  Especially the following major sponsors:
Classic Malibu, The Factory Surfboards, World Surfaris, Global Surf Industries, Da Bomb Surf, AJC Electrical, Souls Thongs, Liive Vision, N & P Site Boring, KFC, Seakeeper   , Clipsal   

Fiveskins:   Mick Vaisnys, Drew Coulter, Cale Coulter, Josh Berigen and Damien Coulter
Amore Coffee:  Pat O’Leary, Gareth Donovan, David Rayner, Jaegan Taylor, Matt Williams
Team Pacer:  John McMackin, Brett Rogers, Dallas Rogers, Andy Jones, Nick Edgerson
Team MS:   Jordan Spee, Kai Annetts, Peter Vandevorst, Kale Coulter, Tony Willett

Smiling Assassins:  Kat Hughes, Peter Rea, Alan Sauvage, Glen Frettingham, Justin Healey
Crusty Nuts:  Steve miller, Justin Healey, Jack Boyd, Gary Sawdy, Frank Healey
Pacifique Paradise:   Keith Drinkwater, Tahlee Taylor, Ian Grossman, Eoin Whatley, Graeme Jenkin
Noosa Malibu Club:  Wally Allan, Craig Johnson, Kenny Williams, Scott ford, Harry Muscat

 - Report by Jodie Brady

Kai Annetts, another classy young stylist (there’s a few of them around the Sunny Coast). Photo: Noel Brady
Eion Whately stepping up for team Pacifique Paradise. Photo: Noel Brady
Fiveskins, A Division Champs: Mick Vaisnys, Drew Coulter, Cale Coulter, Josh Berigen and Damien Coulter. Photo: Christo
Moody or what? A photo with everything – including Mitch Surman pulling in. Photo: Noel Brady


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