Community backs club?s rescue call
MINNIE Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club surfboat captain Tony Benfield said the Club has been overwhelmed by the response from the local community following the recent accident that cost the Club their number one surfboat.
"The Club is well on the way to raising money to purchase a new surfboat," Benfield said.
"Several local businesses and a number of local business people have donated sums of money to the Clubs surfboat appeal.
"The Club is reluctant to publicly acknowledge the details of these donors until promised funds are finalised and the appropriate funds have been raised.
"Also, some of the donors have requested that their names be suppressed and that they 'just wanted to make a donation to a worthy cause in recognition of the good job that the lifesavers at Minnie Water-Wooli do considering their circumstances'."
The circumstances are an obvious reference to the fact that the Club's surfboat rowers have performed remarkably well in such an old boat and not having access to the technology that is available in today's modern surfboats.
This and the fact that they perform voluntary surf patrols at Minnie Water Beach working out
of three shipping containers is evidence of their drive to succeed.
The surfboat rowers are persevering in their 12-year-old training boat asd an interim measure and can't wait for the day when they can have access to a new modern surfboat and the latest design and technology.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the surfboat fund should contact Tony Benfield on 0408404788 or club president Peter Grainger at Bailey & Gough First National Real Estate in Grafton.
Small wave plague
FOR the second consecutive day competitors have been plagued by tiny waves at the Billabong Pro-Teen Series in Wollongong which again relocated from the preferred location of Sandon Point, to the beach break swell magnet of Bulli.
Despite the lacklustre 1-2foot (0.5-1m) conditions, Northern NSW surfer Chris 'Chippa' Wilson (Cabarita) went absolutely ballistic in the meagre waves, blowing apart the best of what was on offer and winning through to the third round with the highest heat score of the event so far of 15.40.