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SurferGirls Beach Party Sunday 21st November

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The weather turned it on for our Beach Party at Moana last Sunday.  With temperature around 35 degrees, and no wind, 39 surfers, friends, families and 5 surfer dogs, enjoyed an amazing fun filled day in the beautiful clean, clear waters of Moana Beach.  The gorgeous conditions were perfect and even though the waves were only a foot or so, the day was a huge success.  There were plenty of waves rolling through and long boards and soft boards were the way to go.  Although our junior girls Chloe, Zuzu and Alanna kept getting plenty of rides on their short boards! 

A sausage sizzle for lunch was followed by the Leggie Toss - how far can you throw a leg rope?  Fierce competition took place as the leg rope was thrown with some interesting styles being unleased!   SurferGirls President Cheryl tried to pull rank after her first toss was a bit short of the mark and decided everyone should have 2 throws.  But conceded defeat and Hanieh was the winner with an Olympic Games style hammer throw sending the Leggie over 20 metres down the beach!

Exhausted after that event, the crew were given an educational activity in how to conduct a board rescue.   With four qualified surf coaches in the club (Dionne, Leah, Emma and Cheryl), the participants were taken through the procedures for conducting a safe rescue, signalling for help, approaching a patient, assisting them onto the board, and paddling into shore.  The challenge was on as rescuees waded out into chest deep water and rescuers paddled out to their aid.  Chloe and Andrea win the Baywatch Award for fastest time, although we were looking for some slow motion running, hair flicking, and bouncing bodies!

Back for another surf with the swell picking up as the tide started in.  Waves-a-plenty, they just kept coming!  Just one more...

Thanks to Preece's South Port Surf Shop, Surf Culture Australia, Star of Greece Cafe, Poverty Hill Wines, Fly Boardriding and Seaford Gourmet Meats for continuing to support SurferGirls.

A big welcome to all the newies who came along and to the four new members Mel, Alyssa, Andrea and Emma who joined up on the day.  We may have to look at a new member category for Mel's brother, Adam - SurferGirls Roadie!  Adam is awesome with his support for the club and even wore a pink rashie to show his dedication!  Thanks to everyone who turned up for the day.  SurferGirls - WE LOVE SURFING!

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First Club Comp/Rally

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Our first club rally/competition was held down at Middleton along the Day St stretch towards Cliffs.  The surf was pretty small and choppy but enough to catch a wave or two. 

The under 12's hit the water first up with some great waves caught by Zuzu, Iman and Hanna.  We used caddies in the water to support Zuzu and Iman as it was their first competition.  Hanna, more experienced with competition surfing, picked up some great left handers to capture the Under 12's title.  By the way, these girls are only 9 and 10 years old, so it was awesome to see them out there having a go at competition surfing and learning along the way.

Jess and Alanna paddled out for their heats in the Under 16's.  Alanna, having not surfed for about 3 months, showed great style trimming along the face, trying to get something out of the waves.  Jess was able to squeeze a bit more out of the waves and took out first place by only .7 of a point.  Well done girls, great to see some up and coming talent within the club.

The Longboard division saw  5 girls out  there in the first heat - Robyn, Emma, Leah, Alicia and Cheryl.  With the second heat, a few girls had to leave, so we opened up to any of the other girls to have a go.  Second heat had Emma, Leah, Cheryl, Hanna, Zanny and Dee.  All trying to impress the judges on pretty crumbly waves, it was a great display of fun and participation by all competitors. 

The Open shortboard division was a challenging one with the unfavourable waves and a long wait between sets.  But the occasional bigger set came through allowing the girls to rip into a couple of good ones. 

The day, overall was fantastic fun.  The crew that turned up to support and help were amazing.  This is what SurferGirls is all about - everyone getting together, enjoying the surf, some conversation, and making new friendships.
Big Thanks to Justine and Bronny for judging, tallying and co-ordinating the competition and seeing it run smoothly.  Also thanks to judges Dee, Carolyn and Leah.  Troy on the barbie, thanks mate!  And to the parents who support their kids with surfing, you guys are fantastic and we appreciate all the stuff you do for SurferGirls.  

To our sponsors and supporters a BIG THANK YOU for donating some great prizes and continuing to support SurferGirls.
Preece's South Port Surf Shop, Poverty Hill Wines, Fly Boardriding Seaford, Star of Greece Cafe Port Willunga, Surf Culture Australia, Onboard Surf Glenelg, Coopers, Costa Vista Cafe South Port and Seaford Gourmet Butchers.  

RESULTS
Under 12's (Total of best two waves over 2 heats)
First - Hanna Maddison-Tennant 13.16 points, Second - Iman Koutsoukou 11.08 points, Third - Zuzu Garcia 9.41 points

Under 16's (Total of best two waves over 2 heats)
First  - Jessica Heyer 14.7 points, Second Alanna Boron 14.0 points

Longboard (Total of best two waves over 2 heats)
First - Cheryl Buck 21.09 points, Second - Emma Setchell 16.6 points, Third - Leah Enthoven 15.65 points, Fourth Dionne Cunningham 7 points (only surfed one heat), Fifth - Hanna Maddison-Tennant 5.25 points (only surfed one heat), Sixth - Robyn Brown 5.16 points (only surfed one heat), Seventh - Alicia Hesling 4.43 points (only surfed one heat), Eighth - Zanny Twopenny 3.2 points (only surfed one heat)

Open (Total of best two waves over 1 heat only)
First - Cheryl Buck 11.5 points, Second - Hanna Maddison-Tennant 5.25 points, Third - Carolyn Coleman 4.65 points, Fourth - Leah Enthoven 4.1 points, Fifth - Alicia Hesling 3.95 points, Sixth - Zanny Twopenny 3.3 points, Seventh - Emma Setchell 3.05 points  

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Girls Get Into It and Coastview Women's Classic11th and 12th September

➢     The Wrap Up

The all girls surfing weekend kicked off on Saturday with 20 girls and women participating in Surf Culture Australia's Girls Get Into It learn to surf day.  After gearing up with boards and wetties, the girls were given a safety briefing about the surf conditions and  then tracked down South Port's steps to face their first challenge of the day - getting across the Onkaparinga River!  The recent rains, outgoing tide, strong current and soft sand made crossing the river a bit tricky, but once over the other side the real surfing action began.   Beginners were put through all the basics with Suzie, whilst the intermediates hit the water with Dee.  The waves were around 1.5 ft, perfect for learn to surf.  The swell picked up to around 2.5 ft later in the afternoon and the second session was conducted in front of the surf club further along the beach.

Sunday saw the running of the Coastview Women's Classic Surf comp.  This is the only all womens/girls surfing competition held in South Australia and featured several event divisions - Open, Seniors, Longboard, Under 18, Under 15 and Novice.  The contest was run at Port Elliott - The Dump, where the conditions were perfect with clean offshore winds and 4 to 5 foot waves lining up beautifully.  SurferGirls members Cheryl, Hannah and Tyler competed with Cheryl placing 5th in the Open, 2nd in the Seniors and 3rd in the Longboard.  Hannah took out the Novice division to claim her first event win with a cash prize of $50 plus a bag of goodies.  Tyler came in 4th and would have to be awarded with the most number of waves caught with a tally of around 15 waves in the 20 minute heat.  Well done to all the girls who competed. 

Christine Cox Memorial Trophy
Sadly earlier in 2010 the event founder and Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Member Christine Cox lost her battle with cancer.  In her memory the Cox Family and Surf Culture Australia introduced a new trophy to this year’s event.  The Christine Cox Memorial Trophy for Most Inspirational Performance at the Women’s Classic.  The trophy is awarded to a surfer who displays Some of Christine’s qualities including courage, determination and dedication to surfing.  The inaugural winner was Jamie Buchanan of Port Elliott.  The U15 finalist really stepped up to outside of where she was comfortable and put on a determined display of surfing in the heavy waves.  Keep an eye on this young surfer and her peers, they will take surfing in South Australia to the next level!

The weekend festival of women’s surfing concluded with a great meal at Coastview Motor Inn / Costa Vista Café with presentation of awards and trophies.  Any girls who placed in the finals who were unable to make presentations can contact Surf Culture Australia to arrange collection of trophies. Images from the weekend can be found at www.surfcultureaustralia.com.au   

Big thank you to Preece's, Coastview Motor Inn, Fly Boardriding, Surf Culture Australia and especially Mark Orr for putting on this event.

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Mother Nature smiles upon SurferGirls! Sunday, 22nd August – Surf / Coaching and Lessons Goolwa Beach South Coast

➢     The Wrap Up

The south coast showed us some beautiful conditions for our coaching day at Goolwa.  Light off-shore winds, swell presenting some 3 to 4 foot sets out the back, creating some perfect waves for our group. The sun was shining as is often the case when SurferGirls get together - Mother Nature smiles upon us!

Twelve girls attended the event and most stayed for both sessions.  Thanks to all girls being patient with Dee as it was the first time driving the bus and trailer down and took a little longer than expected.

Thank you to our over seas guests who joined us on the day from the UK and whose smiles said it all, and welcome to new member, Mia who absolutely ripped it up, hard to believe she has only been surfing 6 months.

Apologies from Cheryl whose connecting flight out of Sydney from Cairns was delayed, having to stay overnight in Sydney. (pretty devastated to miss a SurferGirls event!)
Thanks to our amazing sponsor Mark Orr and Surf Culture Australia for use of the bus, boards and wetsuits.  Thanks to Suzie for helping with coaching.
To all the regular girls that attended thank you for making it a great day.  You are all amazing and you all Rock…

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