Boardriders pray for a break
PACIFIQUE Boardriders members have their fingers crossed the strong gusting winds whipping Bargara will subside before tomorrow's competition.
A solid one-metre of swell is rolling in to Mon Repos and Nielson Park Beach, but south-easterly winds of up to 30 knots have made surfing conditions less than favourable.
Secretary Daren Keena said members had uttered a few quiet prayers to the surfing gods in the hope of securing some clean breaks.
With the club's annual presentation night fast approaching, this weekend's event could be the last opportunity surfers have to post competition points before the end of the season.
“We'll be wrapping up the competition in November so there's only going to be time for one or two more comps,” he said.
“The club hasn't held one since June so the guys are itching to wax up and get out there.”
Keena said the race was now on to notch up late-season points towards the overall club championship competition.
“This might be the last chance they get so I think the guys will be out trying to impress,” he said.
Making an appearance in Pacifique Boardriders competition for the first time will be stand-up paddle board riders.
The traditional Hawaiian surfing style has made a resurgence in Bargara and will be represented at future competitions in a new category.
Keena said the addition of the discipline to competition had created some controversy, but members had finally yielded to mounting pressure.
“We have been dreading this moment for a long time,” he joked.
“In the end there was too many of them and we just couldn't say no any more.”
The competition starts tomorrow at 7am at Mon Repos Beach.