Surfers tested by tricky conditions in memorial event
TRICKY surf conditions greeted the surfers last weekend as The Clarence Head Longboarders held the second running of The Al Richards Memorial Longboard Contest.
With onshore winds and a dropping tide surfers were pushed to the limit with waves not giving much scoring potential.
As usual the cream rose to the top and at the end of day we had an overall winner with Joel Skinner taking out the first place.
Skinner also managed a double header by taking out the best wipe out award which we are sure he won't be bragging about.
Other winners on the day were Pete Kelly who surfed out of his skin to take out second place, and to prove this was no fluke he also won the best nose ride for the day.
Neil Biddle proved he was not only good with the tongs at the barbecue but knew his way around the board to take out third place.
Matt Foster put on an impressive display and was rewarded on the day with the wave of the day award.
The encouragement award went rightfully to the youngest and cheekiest members of the club Clancy and Ned O'Neil who showed some of the old guys where the future of longboarding in Yamba lies, these two surfed like seasoned pros and made it clear to everyone they will be a force to reckon with in the future.
The day finished with a dinner and presentation at The Yamba Bowls Club where Al's wife Annie and son Steven were on hand to award the winners.
This event will be held annually and the club is already looking to make it bigger and better next year thanks to all those who made the day possible.