Dale Randahl takes out the Gong
The Wollongong open was held on 15-16 July.
light offshore winds blew all weekend which left relatively clean but small 2ft waves.
Due to the lack of swell the competition was relocated from the point to in front of the caravan park at Bulli.
This was convenient as most of the competitors were staying here. The draw of 17 competitors was smaller than usual and this reduced the usual pressure’s to have heats in the water early. After an early surf check each morning competitors were able to grab a coffee and wait for the sun and tide to warm up to some small but competitive surfing conditions.
The smaller waves appeared to tighten the competition up as those competitors known to show their aerial cards seemed to have that taken away. This may be the first comp in years where a single aerial manoeuvre was not thrown down. Waves allowed for multiple turns right through to the beach with competitors relying on re-entries and clean turns in the pocket to impress the judges.
There were a few competitors that really stood out in these trying conditions. Along with their trophies took home some pretty impressive scalps in their bag of fun from this event. Non-more than Michael Jones and Jeff Gray. These guys looked very dangerous in the water. Both really knew where they wanted to be on the wave and were outstanding with wave selection.
The Final results shows that each division had its own story.
Vets was its usual battle of the boys with Garry Ross Trumping Graham Roberts and danger man Jeff Gray for the win but Graham showing he is back from injury making his first Open final in a few years. No doubt there will be more to come. Congrats Graham.
OPEN GRAND MASTERS
1st Dale Randahl 1st Bill Campbell
2nd Bill Campbell 2nd Michael jones
3rd Mark spencer 3rd Mark Spencer
4th Graham Roberts 4th Russell Hudson
1st Dale Randahl 1st Garry Ross
2nd Steve Blatchford 2nd Graham Roberts
3rd Brett Titterton 3rd Jeff Gray
4th Scott murnain 4th Col Sugars
1st Karen Campbell 1st Michael Jones
2nd Savannah Campbell 2nd Brett Titterton
3rd Jeff Gray
4th Brian Spicer
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