Fully suited Brian Kuit - runner-up in the Over 50 and third in the Open Men’s (and giving away a few decades). Pic: Paul Sgouromallis

Monday, 31 July 2017

It certainly lived up to its name. The Surfcoast Longboarders Winter Classic delivered a weekend of spirited competition in clean waves with a huge dollop of fun – and all in a good cause.

Surfers from both the East and West Coasts joined in the annual event that aims to make the most of Victoria's mid-winter conditions and raise money for a local charity. This year the club's nominated charity is the family of club member Joe Arena who passed away last year.

As always, the Classic is punctuated on Saturday night by a charity auction, which is almost as much fun as the surfing. The evening at the Front Beach Café was a hit with a truckload of surf-related gear on offer. Bidding was fast and furious with the result that the night raised upward of $5000.

But back to the surfing. The weekend forecast promised clean conditions, but the swell outlook indicated it would be too small at Point Impossible, so contest director John Lane made an early call to relocate to the club's second option – The Spot.

And what a great option it turned out to be with variable wind that was mainly offshore and a consistent 2-foot swell, and occasionally bigger sets, rolling through all day. Consequently we were able to power through the divisions and run semi finals in all, leaving the finals to be held on Sunday. With some quality waves available the standard of competition was high across the board with everyone enjoying the opportunity to show off their style.

Sunday looked somewhat ominous, with a dropping swell that was almost non-existent around Torquay. So it was back to The Spot, which lived up to its name and produced more clean, 2-foot plus waves.

With some of Australia's best longboard talent in the water, the surfing was a joy to behold. Open winner Liam Griggs-Kennelly scored a number of 8s with Luke Lalor, Brian Kuit and John Lane hot on his heels.

All in all it was a great weekend of surfing and an excellent warm up in beach breaks for the contingent heading north to the Australian titles next week.
 - story by Shane Castleman


1.    Liam Griggs-Kennelly, 2. Luke Lalor, 3. Brian Kuit, 4. John Lane
Open Women:
1.    Morgan Griggs-Kennelly, 2. Anne Stephenson, 3. Tina Ballard, 4. Amy Hackett
1.    Luke Lalor, 2. Billy Whitton, 3. Grant Price, 4. Tina Ballard
Over 35 Women:
1.    Mel Renton-Wright, 2. Anne Stephenson, 3. Heidi Atkins, 4. Lissie Doyle
Over 40:
1.    Steve King, 2. Paul Sgouromallis, 3. Tom Bellasai, 4. Matty Wright
Over 50:
1.    John Lane, 2. Brian Kuit, 3. Grant Price, 4. Brett Lalor
Over 60:
1. Bud Wite, 2. Graham Galbraith, 3. Bob Smith, 4. Freddy Moutray
1. Hugh Taylor, 2. Ted Murphy, 3. Riley Taylor

Luke Lalor - Logger winner and runner-up in the Open Men’s. Pics: Paul Sgouromallis
Open Men’s winner Liam Griggs-Kennelly.


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