June Long Weekend 2nd-4th June 2018
Sun 3rd: Presentations, party and pizza at the Boatshed (comp surfers: free entry including 1 x entry into custom AIDO board raffle, non-surfers: $5 entry on night which also includes 1 x entry into custom board draw!)
1st Place Open Men's: $1000 CASH
1st Place Open Women's: $1000 CASH
Prizes for age group divisions and placegetters
1 x Custom AIDO surfboard to value of $750 to be raffled on presentation night.
Location(s): TBA in days leading up to event
Days and start time: TBA in days leading up to event
Entries close Wed 23rd May 10pm
$35 for 1 division, $45 for 2 divisions (includes t-shirt)
ABR Membership required ($30 individual or $100 family)
Kitchen Note: Unfortunately there will be no food or drink available for sale at this years Wavefest so all competitors and spectators will need to BYO.
2018 Wavefest Entry Form
2018 ABR Membership
The Albany Boardriders Wavefest is WA's premier open surf comp on the South Coast and it's about to come of age celebrating it's running for the 21st consecutive year! It's coming up fast on the June long weekend Sat 2nd - Mon 4th. With plenty of prizes, $1000 cash for the open men and open women and with the opportunity to win a custom made Aido surfboard it's sure to capture the interest of some of the the best surfers from Esperance to Walpole and beyond. We will be looking to run over the Saturday and Sunday to finish with the Sunday night party at the Boatshed which will include live music. The comp has run into Monday in the past however and may do again if conditions dictate. All participoants will need to register online before the cut off date and you will need to become a 2018 ABR member to take part if you aren't one already (follow the online registration link on this page if needed). This year's event is shaping up to epic so come along and help us celebrate the Wavefest's 21st birthday and entry into adulthood.
Under 10 Boys
1. Jethro Simmons
2. Storm Pietropaolo
3. Kalgan Simmons
4. Louis McLean
Under 12 Boys
1. Tyce Shepherd
2. Zepher Simmons
Under 14 Boys
1. Noah Amess
2. Zen Shepherd
3. Jed Cummuskey
4. Lucas Ross
Under 16 Boys
1. Noah Madaffari
2. Noah Amess
3. Jacob Chrimes
4. Ewan Maisey
Under 18 Boys
1. Ewan Maisey
2. Jacob Chrimes
3. Flynders Amess
4. Gianluca Gutierrez Contreras
Under 10 Girls
1. Maisie Mitchell
Under 12 Girls
1. Freya Mitchell
2. Sapphire Shepherd
3. Lily Kuret
4. Chloe Ross
Under 14 & 16 Girls
Under 18 Girls
1. Evie Dupuy
2. Holly Minter
3. Pemba Spargo
4. Sascha Roberts
5. Lily Shepherd
Retro Comp 2018
When: Fri 26th Jan 2018 (Australia Day)
Australia Day has produced primo conditions for this year's Retro Comp which was enjoyed by a small field of single and twin finners. We had it all, sunshine, perfect rolling lefts and rights all groomed with a warm offshore breeze - made to order for hanging five, drawing out soul-arching turns and dropping the odd switch foot (the red hot manoeuvre for milking extra points on the inside).
The day started off with club prez Peter Bolt sorting out the heat draw to form the four teams. As far as I know the only team to officially name theirselves were the Nose Picks. I'm guessing the other's were too busy working out which were the best boards were before the board draw got underway. The rules briefing was short because there aren't really a lot of rules - two one hour heats and one surfer in the water at a time from each team who tag teams their next team mate when they think they've had two half decent waves. The best two waves of each surfer in a team is added up to make the team's score. Luck fell the Blue Tubes way at the start - bagging the first board pick and prize board (Breuker's Star board - this thing is old, thick, yellow with a big old single fin but it's smooth as silk and deceptively manoeuvrable). Despite the board advantage for blue, Aido started impressively for the Mellow Yellows milking the style, length of ride and number of turns criteria to the max. - a performance even more impressive when you consider he was trying to keep his whole outfit from falling off at the same time rocking chopper sunnies, a mullet wig and a 30 year old wetsuit and Aussie flag shorts. The groms with all their new-age fan dangled high performance board experience actually took the retro style right up to their elder statesmen churning out some graceful turns with effortless flow and flair. Sasha Roberts set the standard with the highest score of the day and nailing it with her double whammie claim to double the highest scoring ride. This sent the Blue Tubes into a narrow lead at the break.
The Green Meanies came out fighting hard in the second round to take it up to the leaders with Bolty, John Luca, Lily and Summer Shepherd producing some very fine, consistent surfing across the whole team. The Nose Picks and Mellow Yellows worked hard to claw back their deficits but in the end to no avail. as the Blue Tubes narrowly held on to the lead by half a point over the Green Meanies at the final siren to claim the finest trophy in surfing.
If you haven't done a retro mark it down in your diary for next year as this possibly the best day on the calendar.
Big thanks to Retravision Albany for getting behind our event including all other major and minor sponsors. Your support is greatly appreciated.
1st. Blue Tubes* (Zavier Utber, Sasha Roberts, Darryn Oostdam, Ian Minter)
2nd. Green Meanies* (Lily Shepherd, Summer Sheherd, John Luca, Peter Bolt)
3th. Nose Picks (Holly Minter, Angus Spencer, Jeremy Spencer, Jack Driffell)
4rd. Mellow Yellows* (Lily Minter, Aido Shepherd, Jack Kuret, Bryn Roberts)
* team names completely made up for the artistic impact of this article - you could refer to them as the Blue, Green and Yellow teams if you wish ;)