By Kiel Begini
Once again the VQS surf series came together at Gunnamatta Beach. Over 100 frothing kids from all over Victoria showed up at 2nd car park ready to show their talent in sloppy 4ft surf. The weather did not go our way we had planned. Rain, strong winds from the south it was almost impossible to set up for the event. We saw how keen those competitors where to surf, we knew we had to make it happen. Local legend Selim drew up the heat draw and we got things under way.
There were still some contestable waves on the day. The Girls Final went off with some big scores. Zoe Clarke from Jan Juc was a stand out, she was posting some huge scores through out her heats. This consistence saw her take out the girls final, she started off with a 7.point ride then found an 8.0 point ride. Matilda McLellan answered back with a strong six but it was not enough to take the win from Zoe. Tobby Volker took third and rounding of that final was Piner Harrison in 4th place.
1st Zoe Caswell
2nd Matilda McLellan
3rd Tabby Vokler
4th Piner Harrison
Every year the grom division seems to get better and better. All the Groms seemed eager to take home the first place trophy and bragging rights at their local hang out spot. Taking top honors was Noah Cooney from the underdog Cody Robinson. Cooney was shredding and left Robinson in second position. Taking third spot was Harry Deroth who came so close to taking top spot himself. Sam Dunlop struggled to find that one high scoring ride so had to settle for 4th spot in the final . Keep ripping Grom’s! Hope to see you all at the VQS Champs in Manly.
1st Noah Cooney
2nd Cody Robinson
3rd Harry Deroth
4th Sam Dunlop
The Juniors Division was full of talent. These kids have made sloppy conditions look like 4foot clean waves the surfers slashed their way threw the sloopy afternoon to post solid scores, but it came down to Jamie Powell taking the win from Tom Antonie with a high score of a 7.5 ride. in third we had Noah Cooney who also won the grom final and Jamie Powell taking 4th position .
You dudes deserve a round of applause!
1st Tristian Forras
2nd Tom Antonie
3rd Noah Cooney
4th Jamie Powell
Pro am final was the for sure the highlight of the day we had young shredder Hayden Forrest up against the old shredder Peter Watts, Hayden was surfing good the whole day putting some high scores on the board and throwing down some bi moves in the final, Peter Watts gave it all he had to try and get in front of Hayden in the dieing seconds but still wasent enough to get in front of forrest, third we saw Jack Winter and running out the final in 4th was Tristian Farrasi
Father of two Peter Watts was ripping all day
1st Hayden Forrest
2nd Pete Watts
3rd Jack Winter
4th Tristian Farrasi
Sand and Beach antics
This kid was keen to do anything for the Skate deck
Run kids run
Local Surfer Eric thought he would wear his super hero costume
Hayden Forrest took home the Electric Volt throw prize of $250 dollars cash for biggest manoeuvre Forrest dropped a huge air reverse to take the cash.
Marti P Stoked as always
A huge shout out to all the people who made this event happen. Selim Dalvean for his amazing help every year Peninsula boardriders for letting us have the beach once again and there amazing BBQ. Tom Rudd for always doing a great job as MC, t and the judges and parents for bringing their kids down for the day. We look forward to seeing you down at the Volcom Champs at Manly Beach on April 13th.