Jemma Ellis drops in during the Clarence Head Longboarders first lcub day of 2016.
Jemma Ellis drops in during the Clarence Head Longboarders first lcub day of 2016. Di Ellis

Grommet hits bombs in longboard event

SURFING: Clarence Head Longboarders made their long awaited return to the waves at the weekend for the club's first club day of 2016.

It was a great turnout and the beautiful weather, warm water and clean surf only enhanced the already good vibe.

While it is usually the O'Neil boys who notoriously tackle the big waves, the stand-out performance of the day was from Ellie O'Neil who successfully took off on one of the bomb sets.

You could have thought you were at a football game with the roar from the crowd of onlookers.

Ellie, being fairly new to surfing, showed that with a bit of practice and persistence great things can be achieved. With a strong turnout of women, the boys were almost outnumbered.

Neil Biddle, Jo Dimauro and Leigh Chiplin did a great job in the club kitchen feeding not only all the club but most of the visitors to the beach, while Wombat provided his usual entertainment of big moves, big wipeouts and aerial upside down displays.

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New members are always welcome, with no experience needed. Club days are every third Sunday of the month.

Phil Cochrane was participating in the disability surfing 'Keenans Classic' at Turners Beach on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Phil Cochrane was participating in the disability surfing 'Keenans Classic' at Turners Beach on Saturday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

FEBRUARY'S meet was brought forward due to the Rob West Dunga Day old surfboard rally, and Disabled Surfing event to be held next weekend, February, 20-21, at Minnie Water.

The Rob West Dunga Day seeks to raise as much as possible for the Disabled Surfers Association Far North Coast branch, combining their love of surfing classic boards with helping those who are less fortunate.

Surfers register for either the Old Mal or Pre-1978 Shortboard main events with all proceeds from the $35 entry donation going to the DSA.

The DSA Hand's On day will be held at Minnie Water on Sunday.

Volunteers are welcome to this rewarding event. If you are not experienced in the water help is always welcomed on the beach.



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