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The Rock-itt : November 2011
Bilgola Surf Boat Carnival Saturday 29th October 2011 It was a magic day for the kick-off of the summer surfboat competition at Bilgola Beach which saw 68 crews in competition. The Gods were in a good mood sending a 10 knot nor/easter and a high tide which kept water on the bank for most of the day, the only negative a small surf with a nasty shore dump, but apart from that, conditions were quite pleasant. The crews had arrived early allowing the competition to kick off bang on 8am and ran through until just after lunch with the conclusion of competition between 1:30pm and 2:00pm. There were few dramas, although a couple of casualties were incurred when the shore break rolled the Avalon wom en’s U23 boat, sending a couple of the women’s crew off to hospital. Palm Beach are boasting 20 crews, making 5 finals and winning 2. Newport and Bilgola clubs are also up in numbers which will give them plenty of fire power as the season unfolds.Open Men and Open Women finals could easily be the line-up for the state, ASRL Open, or National titles without prejudice of a K.O .D. at all. Smokeys to watch at this early stage of the season not including the usual suspects that is are, North Curly Jungle Touches, Newport Makos, Mona vale Grey (not quite black), also Bilgola Black in the open women’s with Mitchell Foran (the protégée) giving it to his m aster, Donny McManus on the way home from the cans....South Curly blitzed that final ! Early Smokey in the women’s; Palm Beach Pure Blonde Bilgola Benny’s plus the usual suspects. The final event (Open Final) was just unbelievable with six boats crossing in a blanket finish. It was a unanimous decision by both towers although Manly who said that they were on the same wave as Bilgola was left to ponder their disappointment. Overall another great start to a season promising to shape up to be another cracker. Report by Pete Johnson Photos by Bill Sheridan