Tom Hicks full throttle. All photos: Sam Tucker
Lara Murphy, down from the NSW South Coast.
Women’s Logger winner Angela King.
Matt Lumley in the Logger final.
2 July 19
"We couldn't have asked for a better day as far as wind and swell goes, just a pity we had big showers of rain to contend with but better to have those two out of the three any day!"
Victoria's SOUL Longboard Club held its annual Victorian Old Mal Titles and Logger competition along 13th Beach at the break known as Boings.
Although it was originally scheduled to be held at Point Impossible, wave and wind conditions meant that the change was inevitable. Contest director Brian Tucker made the call on Friday night after the heat draw had been finalised and called the contestants in the first heat so the comp could get underway on time at 7.30. Social media was used to alert other contestants and the public about the change.
With a big contingent of interstate and local surfers the comp got rolling in near perfect 1-3 foot waves, just right for allowing some of the best Old Mal and Loggers in the country show their goods, and they certainly did.
High scores were the order of the day and it wasn't unusual to see multiple scores in the excellent range. The experienced judging panel were heard to say “You know you've got good surfing when you're throwing away 8 and 9 point rides.”
The BBQ was keep running nearly all day with bacon and eggs and the famous SOUL Burgers helping to keep the punters warm, but not dry.
As expected multiple Australian Title holders Jack Norton and Ben Considine were the two outstanding surfers on the day and each shared the honours with Jack taking out the Logger side of the comp and Ben the Victorian Old Mal title.
This event has grown in popularity and notoriety and since its move to the June date and has always had good conditions. Being a one day comp there will always be premium on getting entries in as soon as the date is announced so make sure you keep an eye on the dates when they're announced next year. For sure the crew from this year will be.
- WORDS BY ANDREW BROWN, PHOTOS BY SAM TUCKER