Bargara surfers compete in event
Three teams from the Pacifique Boardriders Club of Bargara have again mixed it with the best in the 2010 Fun in the Sun State Team Challenge on the Sunshine Coast.
A total of 19 teams from throughout the state converged on Anne Street Reef Caloundra Surf Break for the event.
Pacifique club president Keith Drinkwater said everyone expected Burleigh Heads, Noosa, Alexandra Headland and Classic Malibu of Noosa to dominate the tournament as their teams were made up of “some of the best surfers in Australia''.
After two days of fierce competition, and Pacifique 2 team of Eion Whatley, Tahlee Taylor, and father and son Glen and Ed Cunningham and Bill Rehbein wound up a close and distinguished second to Classic Malibu.
They finished with a hefty 345.8 points, an agonising 1.2 behind their Noosa rivals.
Each team registered in the challenge had to include an under-18 boy or girl, an open woman, an open nine-foot (board length) man or woman, an “old mal'' (board manufactured in 1963 or earlier) and an over 45 man or woman, and their team proved to be a perfect blend.
Drinkwater said the five all “surfed brilliantly''.
“They also did the club proud, as did all the Pacifique crew who surfed in our other two teams at the event. Our Teams 1 and 3 finished very close to the top eight finalists,'' he said.
Rehbein was also a key man in Team 1, together with father and daughter duo of Brett and Casey Hensler, Tracey Dunn and Ian Groszman, while Team 3 comprised Whatley, Julie McDonald, Graeme Jenkin, George Cunningham and Drinkwater.
A delighted Drinkwater was not surprised by their strong club showing after a group of their surfers beat heavyweights Caloundra in a duel on their home base three months earlier.
“All Pacifique representatives also enjoyed themselves to the max and they can't wait for next year and hopefully going one better,'' he said.