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Contest Directors Report Sunday 21 November

Global Surf Industries 2010 Manly Festival of Surfing

A fine and sunny all day with light NE winds and slight swell, as the final day for GSI’s Manly Festival of Surfing kicked off!

Finals for the Rip Curl Queen and King of the Beach was first in the water with Layne Beachley dominating the surf to take out the Queen of the Beach for the second time in a row- promising to compete until she makes it a clean 7 wins! The Rip Curl King of the Beach had the lead change multiple times between Beau Mitchell, Richie Lovett and Nick Riley. After an entertaining stoush Richie Lovett look out the converted yellow rashie with Beau second, Nick third and Blake Levett fourth.

In the spirit of the festival we had friendly surf off for the 4 Pines Brewing Co. Decades of Legends. Gary Birdsall who competed in the 1964 World Titles and Ray Moran jumped on a board, both almost 70 years old. Simon Anderson, Baddy Treloar, Bruce Channon and Nick Carroll showed they certainly haven’t lost it from the old school crew. Then Barton Lynch, Layne Beachley, Jack Enthwhistle and Kingsley Looker from the younger crew all having fun in the sun.

Next we had a display of old hollow timber boards the Old Manly Boatshed’s Tooth-pick Surfboard riding, with displays from Tom Wegener, Matt Fleming, Andrew Callaghan and David Callaghan.

The Quiksilver Air Show was on next with the young grommets showing us the new style of getting airborne with speed and skill and making the jumps look so easy anybody could do them. Young Ben Hamilton pulled the biggest air in this event and Beau Walker runner up.

The GSI Finless Seaglass event was up next with young local Scott Walker taking this one out with Blakey, Jamie Willems and Spencer Hayes in good form as well.

The Wharf Bar Celebrity Surfing exhibition had a variety of competitors from ex World Champions Layne Beachley, Barton Lynch and Damien Hardman to iconic surf industry legends, surfer and shaper Simon Anderson, Baddy, writer Nick Carroll with the addition of 4 x Olympian downhill skiing Steve Lee. For a change of pace we brought in our own politicians of Mike Baird and Tony Abbott. We also through in some TV personalities such as Lochie and Andrew Daddo and Dave and Pete Evans, with the boys having a humorous time in fun little waves to finish off the day.

Overall, the festival was a great success and as the slogan goes “Life is better when you Surf”

Lynden Riley – contest director