The Rainbow Beach Boardriders Memorial Classic was held at Double Island Point; with the weather on their side and waves to surf, it was bound to be a great day.
Categories in the Surf Classic consist of Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Cadet girls, Womens Masters, Opens, Old Farts and also Cadet Males. Unfortunately we didn’t have any Cadet males this year due to end-of-year functions. There’s always next year.
“Arriving at the beach by 7am, as the tides were really high over the weekend, it was great to see familiar faces coming back to surf and remember loved ones lost,” said organiser BJ Parton.
“Everyone pulls together on the morning setting up heats and prepping judges.
A big thank you to Simon Mahony and Jake Parton they get the ball rolling every year for us.”
Graham and Kristy Pamenter prepared breakfast and lunch for the day, not to mention dinner after presentation. “They are an amazing family for all their help, thank you,” said BJ.
“It’s great to see everyone’s surfing still and watching the younger generation progress and now surfing against our generation from 20 years ago.
“It’s a great environment to be in and around. With only a few dings, a broken fin and a bit of sunburn we could not ask for a brighter day.”
The boardriders would like to thank 7th Wave for the generous prizes, the Shell service station, Epic Adventures for sponsoring all second-place with wax ,and $20 cash prize.
“Ed’s bakery have come through every year with help and beautiful bread,” continued BJ. “The butcher has also supported us every year – the steaks were amazing!”
The Sports Club, Sea Salt Beach Shack, Rainbow Beach Pharmacy, Rainbow Beach Wholesalers, and the IGA for all the soft drinks.
Thanks also to Ice Works, the Rainbow Beach Surf School for wax, the Rainbow Beach Community News for placing our stories and supporting us throughout the year.
“And last but not least,” added BJ. “the Van de Vorst, Hanlon, Findlater, Badcock, the Lind and the Parton families for handcrafting all the trophies this year – two big thumbs up for you all.”
Finally, the winners for the 2017 Memorial Surf Classic were:
Junior boys: 3rd Billy Bob Snape Cadet, 2nd Josh Pamenter, 1st Rory Mick
Girls: 3rd Arwen Van De Vorst, 2nd Evey Hanlon, 1st Kyani Parton
Ladies: 3rd Elise Hanlon, 2nd BJ Parton, 1st Charlie Cesar-Arteaga
Masters division: 3rd Pete Van de Vorst, 2nd Jake Parton, 1st Smiley Mick
Old Farts division: 2nd Charlie Hill, 1st Rob Snape and
Opens overall: 3rd Anthony Dargusch, 2nd Simon Mahony, 1st John Dargusch.
Best Barrel went to Terry Van Oirschott (In memory of Bo who passed away last year on the day of our Memorial Classic in a tragic car accident. He will never be forgotten. Bozos barrels!), Highest Scoring Wave went to John Dargusch and Best Wipeout went to Mason Bignell. He ate more sand than last year!
See you all for the next comp. Aussie Day, January 26, beach front, 8am sharp!