Eighty spectators and competitors descended upon Back Beach on ANZAC morning for the 5th Annual Geraldton Christian Surfers Competition and Novelty Beach Games Day.
The morning began with a tribute to our ANZAC’s with a briefing, last post, flag raising and competitors entering the water to Advance Australia Fair to honour our heroes through a traditional surfer memorial service.
The surfing competition began with three divisions then followed: 5-8 year old Micro Groms; 9-12 year old Super Groms and 13-18 year old Cadet Groms.
The surfers cruised up and down the epic offshore waves throwing in impressive turns wherever possible with a few barrels and an aerial maneuver displayed.
MicroGroms Champion: Ned Osborn
MicroGroms Runner Up: Leon Plummer
MicroGroms 3rd: Gus Osborn
MicroGroms 4th: Liam Liebenberg
SuperGroms Champion: Jake Hagen
SuperGroms Runner Up: Jed Hagen
SuperGroms 3rd: Mylee Grant
SuperGroms 4th: Payton Ovenden
CadetGroms Champion: Mac Carter
CadetGroms Runner Up: Jed Taylor
CadetGroms 3rd: Josh Stanton
CadetGroms 4th:Jak Farrell
Finally the competition ended with a Tandem Ride Expression Session included:
Best Wave: Went to Kim Overden with his son Paydon who achieved a tandem shoulder lift
Most Committed: was achieved by Mac Carter and Jed Taylor
Inguintity Prize: Louise Turner and her rashie covered dog, Goofy
Longest Ride: Jesse Carter and Josh Stanton
Aussie Mateship Award: Max Hirschhausan, Seth Boothman, Isaac Harrington and Ben Harrington all rode a wave on the same board.
Presentations of prizes were given at Geraldton Foreshore that evening followed by a viewing of the surf documentary, “Beyond Sight”.
Christian Surfers Geraldton president Nathan Boothman again was impressed with the community spirit around this event. "I want to thank God for the amazing day and the huge effort from all our volunteers."
As event organisers, Christian Surfers Geraldton also want to thank sponsors including Midwest Surf School, BLS Construction, Strathalbyn Christian College, Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club, Sticky Feet Wax, Willocks Surf, Geraldton Surf and Sail, Lighthouse and Baptist Church Youth Groups.
People looking to learn to surf can call Midwest Surf School on 0419 988 756 or for fortnightly surf adventures can call Nathan from Christian Surfers Geraldton on 0422 428 972.