9 March 23
From Mick Marlin: The third annual Yals Gals on Mals surfing event was held at Yallingup on sunny Saturday February 25th.
A fun event for women of all ages and abilities attracted 36 entrants.
Event organiser Claire Edwards was supported by the Indian Ocean Longboard Club with members assisting with the infrastructure, ocean safety and judging.
The surf was ideal with head-high waves at main break for the more experienced and waist high waves in the cove for the less experienced.
For many, especially for a contingent who travelled from Bunbury it was the largest surf they had attempted.
Entrants were given a course in judging by Indian Ocean members while several members sat out in the surf as safety coordinators and instructors.
Not strictly a contest, prizes were awarded for best painted toes on the nose, biggest wave, biggest frother, best wipeout and a prize was given to the surfer who kept their floral headband on the longest.
Indian Ocean Club Committee member Chris Tranthem said he’s never seen so many girls have so much fun in the surf.
Ms. Edwards thanked sponsors Dune Distilling Company, Beach Toes by Sambora, Feel Good Inc, Dunsborough Beauty Studio and NISI Collective.
Next year’s event is already on the drawing board and Indian Ocean Longboard Club’s next club contest is on Saturday 18th March.
- Words and photos by Mick Marlin
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