BLESSED JESUS SURF CLASSIC IN TOUGH CONDITIONS
17th September 2013
The 2013 Jesus Surf Classic was definitely one of the toughest to call, with the forecast in the weeks lead up changing dramatically daily. In the end we decided that faith is all about stepping out without having all the answers, knowing that God is in charge. Looking back over the weekend, God definitely guided our decisions and it turned out to be a greatly blessed weekendWith over 100 competitors entered into this years 'Jesus', and with so many messages of encouragement to go ahead from the surf community, it was great to see so many people behind the event.Saturday started in small clean conditions with the sun shining. With the forecast due to worsen for Sunday, we made the call to run all of the u12, u14, u16 and women u18 divisions which meant running two peaks all morning. With the in coming tide came a jump in the waves and we saw some excellent surfing in perfect conditions for the Groms. Stand out surfers on the Saturday were Noah Capps and Joseph Morris in the u12s, who dominated their heats, but unfortunately ran out of steam in the final. Jordan Zervas took the win just ahead of Stanley Norman. Other stand outs on the day was Peony Knight, who continues to impress and took the u18 Womens. The really star on Saturday was Joe Harding, surfing six heats and winning the u14 and u16 divisions with solid surfing all day.As well as all the surfing on Saturday, we set up the skate park which was busy all day as the groms skated between heats and we ran the Big Move Skate Contest.Sunday was a totally different day! With all the Grom and juniors women divisions complete we just had the open, master, womens and juniors to run. But with strong winds and heavy rain due to close in around lunch time we were keen to wrap things up as soon as possible. So the judges knuckled down, running two peaks right the way through and braced ourselves for the rain! Conditions were manageable to begin with as we started with the junior and womens divisions, but as the wind increased there was a jump in the swell making for challenging conditions as the open and masters took to the water. Peony Knight dominated the women's divisions once again taking the win over Lucy Campbell, who also surfed strongly. Brother Taz was a step ahead of the field in the junior division, taking the win ahead of Alex Gibson. The open division came down to an exciting final between Stu Campbell, Oli Adams, Jak Smith, in his first final and Jason Macbroom. In the end Stuart Campbell showed his class and took a comfortable win. It was great to see such a strong field in the Masters division this year, with 16 entrees. Lee Bartlett was definitely the strongest surfer on the day with huge heat totals, but in the end it was Chris Harris who came out on top in a close final. A massive thanks have to go to the judges, beach marshals and spotters, who endured driving rain for the final two hours of the contest and a big thank you to all the volunteers for making the weekend happen.The whole weekend was capped off by surf legend Simon Anderson, influential surfboard shaper and inventor of the three fin set up, dropping in to present the prizes.