2017 VIC TEAMS TITLES
SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER
Saturday December 9th, PSC travelled to Phillip Island in our quest for a fourth straight qualifying effort in the Australian Boardriders Battle.
Low 20 degree air temperatures and a blustery westerly wind impacted on the Woolamai surf to create some tricky conditions. With an early high tide we enjoyed a left rip bowl but it quickly disappeared and all the scoring was out the back on the chunky 4-5ft closeouts.
Caiden Fowler surfed all four skins heats for PSC, winning two and placing second in another two. He was smashing sections out the back with reckless abandon in the best single wave format and the club support was electric. At the conclusion of the skins events he had amassed the most points out of any club.
Hannah Trigger did a great job in the women's division, surfing against 3 Australian Champions. Her surfing looked great and she took an early lead with a strong carve on the inside but unfortunately couldn't find a longer wave and the other girls scored some big turns out the back. Fourth place and we were in equal third heading into the team event. Fortunately the gap wasn't big and the equation was simple - basically whichever club placed first in the team component won the day.
The boys got us off to a strong start with Adam Morris bagging two quick ones and keeping us on track with time. Caiden again blitzed some good turns and Hayden Forrest ripped a long right and strong close out. After the first three surfers we were winning the tag event, however under significant time pressure in the tricky conditions. In years gone by we have finished strong in similar circumstances, but Huey had a different idea this time and as Hydey hit the water with intentions of a quick turn around, the recently re-born rip bowl disappeared. Charli Wookey broke the club's record for most impressive grommet effort with two shoreys in less than two minutes. We were somewhat still in it but with only three minutes for Caiden to find a solid score and an uncooperative rip it was all she wrote.
The other clubs all leap frogged us at the end and we finished fourth. Congratulations to Phillip Island BC and 13th Beach for taking the top two spots.
All clubs called into PIBC's clubhouse for some refreshments before we commenced the bus trip home. Songs were sang and steam was let off ... always a good time.
Thanks to the surfers on the day, to Rod Barber for driving the bus, PIBC for hosting us at their clubhouse, and all who supported and enjoyed the trip home. We'll be back for revenge next year. Surfing Australia article ›
2017 PRESO NIGHT
SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER
Great night had by all who attended the 2017 Pensinsula Surfriders Club 2017 Presentation Night at Portsea Hotel. See final aggregeate results here ›
COMP #7 DONE
SATURDAY 25 NOV
Our final contest for the 2017 season was completed in fun 3ft waves at 2nd car park Gunnamatta. Results at LiveHeats.com/PSC ›
COMP #6 COMPLETED
11 NOVEMBER 2017
The sixth instalment of the aggregate season was completed at first car park Gunnamatta in clean and contestable 3ft conditions all day. Full report to come. Heat Results ›
We made a return to Portsea on Sunday 29th October almost a year since our last event at the picturesque location and it did not disappoint! 3-4ft perfect offshore conditions were on all day with some amazing surfing across all divisions.
The open division started the day with some heat wins from Rory Thomas, Andrew Hyde, Ross McDonald to name a few and then round 2 followed and the usual suspects Lachy McDonald, Adam Morris, Cal Nicolson and Mike Antonie took it up a notch.
With the young fellas waiting to get amongst the pumping conditions it was the Cadets up next and it was all about Max Burton with a long, clean perfect barrel that locked in a perfect 10 and a lot of hoots and yeeews from the comp tent!
The day moved on and more barrels from Rory Thomas, Fraser Ross, Hayden Forrest to name a few and big open face turns on the left and rights from many of the competitors was making for an enjoyable day of spectating and stoke from the beach.
The groms took to the long right handers off the rocks and Taj Farrell again showed some poise to take another win. The girls also had the long running waves to work with and it was a super close result and Vee Thomson took her first win of the year!
With the bbq and cold drinks greeting everyone after each surf a huge shout out to vice Pres Rod Barber for feeding the masses throughout the day with some much needed help from Janey a Bec!
The day was growing long and the storm clouds hovering on the horizon but that didn’t sway the stoke because the waves kept on pumping and the finals were being run and won. Young gun Macoy Noseda charged to his first victory in Cadets, Lance Wheeler impressed on his new Bass sled to take the O/35’s Ronnie dominating the O/55 legends, James Easton the open B and big wins from Jamie Reichelt in the O/45’s and Ross McDonald in the coveted O/28’s!
One heat remained, the open final. Mainstays Cal, Adam, Caiden and Lachy were once again in the biggest heat of the day with title hopes hanging on the line it was a slowish start then the last 10 minuets was insane as the lead changed multiple times and with the Boot looking like running away with the points it was almost déjà vu from last comp, Cal on his backhand zapped consecutive vertical turns and open face hacks to take the win in the final minutes!
All in all a huge day of surfing went down in one of the best events in recent memory and everyone pitched in on the live heats judging system and the pack up at days end was relatively smooth so thanks to all who came down and we will see you on the 11/12th November for comp 6!
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COMP #4 / SAT OCT 14
RYE BACK BEACH
Saturday 14th October / Rye Back Beach
With a decent bank at Rye we completed the 4th contest of the season ( and first after the Winter break ) held in large conditions out the back and a head high bowling right reform on the inside. Results here and heat scores at www.liveheats.com/psc ›
DAWN TIL DUSK / COMP 3
GUNNAMATTA / 20 MAY 2017
PSC Contest 3 / 20 May 2017 / Gunna
Again 2-3ft waves, an offshore breeze and sunshine greeted us at 1st car park Gunnamatta.
With very contestable lefts and rights all day, it was again a great day down at the beach with the Finals running into the evening. Caiden took out the Open just over The Boot in a super exiting battle of the goofys. View Results ›› View photos on Facebook ››
The Season will resume in September after the Winter break, stay tuned ...
PSC Contest 2 / 18 March 2017 / Gunna
Déjà vu, we were again greeted to 2-3ft waves, a light offshore and a cracking day of sunshine, with our new Liveheats running we had our biggest participation in a long time.
On the ye ol right bank out front of first car park, the low tide took it's toll on the wave quality but by mid to late arvo the brank really turned on with rights and lefts proving very contestable for the days finals.
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PSC Contest 1 / 11 February 2017 / Rye
Small 2-3ft waves greeted members and despite the cool breeze, a beautiful day of sunshine encouraged competitors and spectators alike.
Early highlights included an impressive performance from the rejuvenated Groms (13 and under) division, with Taj Barber taking the win on the secondary left hander and young guns Cassidy Short and Max Allen taking up the challenge. The club’s female surfers also showed great ocean management skills and wave knowledge to pick the best of the tricky conditions. New Female Representative Charli Wookey was the victor over Ella de Graaf.
For 2017 the club’s older age divisions have been consolidated to 4, meaning heightened competition amongst over 28, over 35, over 45 and over 55 surfers. Calum Nicolson and Andrew Hyde (both ex-club champions) won the 28s and 35s, with Darren Bird and Gavin Duffy taking the 45s and 55s.
PSC junior divisions are very strong at present with multiple state finalists and state team representatives coming through the system. In a hotly contested Cadet final (under 16s) Max Burton was able to take down his older rivals for the win and an important 2000 points towards the season aggregate. Will Antonie shone in the under-18 Junior division with some powerful surfing, and new member Brett Ryder was the victor in Open B.
The Premier Open A division saw 42 surfers registered and the standard in the early rounds was high with some exciting surfing. After a long day whittling down the field it was Adam Morris who broke through for his first win after 10 years in the division. Also known as “The Boot,” Adam switched into gear when it mattered most, controlling a tough final with great wave selection and strong surfing. He will look to consolidate on his early lead at the next aggregate event in March. View Full Results ›
It’s a big start to the year for the club who will also compete in their third straight National Australian Boardriders Battle final at Newcastle on February 18th and 19th.
On top of that the growing junior development program “PSC Supergroms” had an excellent turnout in some challenging weather and surf conditions on Sunday 12th February at Point Leo. Competitors ranging from Under 9 to Under 15 revelled in the windy conditions at Crunchy Point. The next PSC Supergroms event will be on March 26th.
BOARDRIDERS BATTLE 2017
7 JAN / PHILLIP ISLAND
Woolamai / Phillip Is / Sat 7th Jan 2017
PSC had massive day at the Island for the National Boardriders Battle Vic qualifier! Our team had the momentum from last year to take out the skins heats with great performances from Caiden, Cal, Gully, Georgia and Evy, although Torquay got the jump in the teams with equally strong surfing.
With a 2nd we qualify for the nationals next month in Newcastle on the 18th-19th Feb and you can catch all the action live on Fox Sports! Big thanks to all the members who made the journey to the beach to support the team and all the online support throughout the day!
The big day was finally upon us for Battle of the Bay and the Christmas Party with the weather turning on! The swell was solid with 8ft sets and lets be honest the heads was on the cook although that didn't stop members from PSC and 13th meeting at Rye ocean beach for a friendly day of competition, novelty events and a BBQ snag!
With 3ft peaks on the inside sand bank surfers from both clubs went on a tear and notched up points to see a close finish and in the end PSC taking the win!
Following the event at the beach was our annual Xmas party and with many hours of hard work the club turned into a mini festival with the ramp, front bar, grass area, stage and food trucks creating an enviroment that many enjoyed with music from local and interstate bands and DJ's into the night.
With people traveling from all coast's and the city to come together for a great celebration it was good to see such a strong social vibe at the best clubhouse in Australia! Thanks to the committee who with hours of hard work behind the scenes throughout the year really made each event hastle free and easy to enjoy.
Next up will be our title defence for the Australian Boardriders Battle on Jan 7th on the Island! Merry Xmas and a happy new year! Ben
Our annual awards night kicked off at the Portsea Hotel in the primo surroundings of Port Phillip and Portsea Harbour. For the third time Caiden Fowler took out the Open division title with a stella year, just pipping Mikey Barber and Calum Nicolson in the final few rounds, with Lachy MacDonald, Angus Forrest, and Adam Morris filling the top six places. Taking out the Junior title was Gully and the Womens division was won by Charlie. View full results ›
FINAL CONTEST DUSTED
Saturday 12 November
With an early start we were underway at 1st car park Gunna with a great left hand bank out the front with clean 3ft waves peeling on the higher tide. The bank held up for the day with the wind picking up around midday yet with an early finish we managed to beat the NW change. Full report to come. Results held until Presentation Night on the 25th November. Peninsula Surf Shots / More photos ›
After checking Gunna early in the morning and witnessing the northerly generating a spray longer than Huey's beard, the call was made to head to Portsea Back Beach, where we were greeted to a protected 3ft a-frame bank straight out the front of the surf club. After a slightly delayed start, we we're soon up and running in our new hood.
The bank itself held up most of the day and the venue turned out to be a great option for future contests. Great surfing by all th regulars including Caiden, Mikey, Calum, The Boot, Hayden, Angus and more ›
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Saturday 24th September saw the 2016 PSC Aggregate season resume with Comp 5 of the season and the first instalment of the PSC Triple Crown.
Our WQS campaigner Caiden took out the Open in clean 3ft conditions at 2nd car park Gunnamatta.
Gav Duffy / More photos at Facebook ›
After a Winter break, the club is ready to resume our aggregate season for 2016 with the upcoming PSC Triple Crown of Surfing commencing on Saturday 24th September, with backup 8/9 October. We've got heaps of prizes from RVCA, STAPLE SEASON, and our new major sponsor BASS SURFBOARDS. With half of the season complete, Membership will be HALF PRICE for new members!
We also have PRESO NIGHT booked in for 25th November and CHRISTMAS PARTY on the 3rd December, after the Battle of the Bay.
Morgan Winch / More photos at Facebook ›
Greeted with solid 4-6ft swell, clean conditions and low tide mid morning, we surf very contestable peaks out the back with some fast hollow rights. This was the choice of the open surfers most of the day with some big turns and the odd tube.
The new group of girls had a super fun reform on the lower tide and made the most of the opportunity to surf one of the more challenging beaches on our coast and they did so very well. The level of surfing going down in the Cadets and Juniors is on the rise with a few making it through to the semi finals in the Opens (Jett & Gully) and in the finals the young lads put on a show with big turns on the right that got much better with the afternoon high tide.
The older divisions saw some great contests going down in tricky rights and the banter was in fine form! To close out the day the Open final was another level again with huge surfing from Mikey, Cal, Angus and Mike with the rights providing big walls and double ups to the beach. With a big turn out for comp #1 it was a rad day and I'm sure everyone is looking forward to the next comp! Tim Antonie pictured above on a boomer by Morgan Winch