Day 1 (Wednesday) Competitors were greeted by clear and sunny skies, with a small spike in the swell (2-3ft) for the Juniors to hit the water. Joel Vaughan took to the water surfing in the All Stars (individual) and was the standout surfer through the heats and semi-finals. His 9.0 point ride in his semi winning the Air Asia sponsored ‘wave of the day’. By the time the final came around, the wind had come up and the quality of the waves deteriorated. Joel tried in vain to pick off a quality wave, as the time got away from him he was unable to find the required score, finishing in 3rd place. A great result – well done Joel.
Day 2 (Thursday) however, didn’t live up to the expectations of our Senior surfers. Zac Paterson and Harry Carpenter arrived at the beach to find a very small and gutless 1-2ft of swell. Harry surfed his All Stars Heat early in the morning and after catching a decent first wave, sat with priority for a long period of time to no avail. Time ran out and his back-up wave was not enough to get him through to the semi’s. In the MR Shield (Tag Team) Heats, Zac and Harry combined well in the difficult conditions to scrape through in second place and move onto the semi’s, whilst avoiding the repechage rounds. In their semi they got off to a good start but the ‘Surf Gods’ failed to provide for them under the priority system. The swell went flat in the back half of their heat and with time running out they were unable to get the necessary score to progress to the Final.