The 25th annual Yaroomba Classic surf event was run and won over the weekend, with perennial competitor Dave Reardon-Smith taking the 2012 title over 32 of the best local surfers – including defending champion and fellow Yaroomba surfer, Trevor Tripcony.
The ‘locals only’ favourite event was moved to Coolum for Saturday’s heats but with lighter easterly winds returning, surfers headed back to Yaroomba for Sunday’s all-important finals.
“On Saturday the surf, although messy, was well and truly contestable and as usual some serious ripping went down,” said Coolum Boardriders President Daryl Maudsley.
“With the Yaroomba surf a punchy two to three feet on Sunday, the surfers attacked the waves with gusto. Conditions improved all day and the finals were held in clean conditions and allowed for some great surfing.”
While Dave Reardon-Smith’s (aka Reardo) Blue Ribbon win effectively relegated last year’s champ to 2012 runner-up, Tripcony had his revenge with a win over Scott Mitchell in the Senior Men’s division.
An action packed all-Coolum Junior men’s final saw Jake Vincent edge out Kirra Green for the win, with Jimi Wallace placing third and newcomer Lolox Mardiana taking fourth in his first Classic.
Lolox hails from the tiny island of Nusa Lembongan (off Bali) and Coolum’s Fairweather family has sponsored him as part of the Lembongan Surf Team.In January, he was part of a team visit that saw Coolum swimming sensation Remy Fairweather take home the Junior Encouragement Award at the elite ‘Sports Star of the Year Awards’.
“We have a long association with this Balinese Community and help out sponsoring the Lembongan Surf Team,” Ann-Maree Fairweather explained.
“Lolox is our sponsor son and we brought him to Australia to get a secondary education and coaching for his surfing talent. He is now a much-loved member of our family and a new member of Coolum Boardriders.
“We were thrilled with the results from his first Yaroomba Classic on the weekend.”
The Junior women’s final was just as hotly contested, with Jaleesa Vincent showing some inspired surfing to join her brother on the divisional podium and take out the title win, while also finishing runner-up in the Open Women’s division behind title winner Tara Hellar.
Junior Men’s runner-up Kirra Green redeemed himself in the 16 and Under boys division, taking a narrow win over Taj Conaghan with James Harrison and Luke Philp placing third and fourth respectively.
In keeping with tradition, the ‘Legends’ division saw some of the area’s favourite long-term locals go head to head, with Peter McNamara snatching the title from defending champion Mick Grace, while in the Masters final, Dean Parkinson took first in a down-to-the-wire battle with Paddy Lynch.
While the weekend was a serious showcase of the area’s pool of talented surfers, there was also plenty of friendly fun on the beach and awards such as Best Wipeout, Contest Spirit and Best Crumbed Sausage were just as highly prized as the divisional wins.
The surfing fraternity will gather again this weekend for the region’s inaugural ‘Super Grom Surf Off’, which kicks off at Coolum Beach on Saturday 10 November.
The event will see 32 ‘surf stoked’ grommets from as far as Lennox Head in Northern NSW showcase their talents across four divisions, including: Boys 9 & under, 11 & under, 13 & under and Girls 13 & under.
Along with his mum Nola, Coolum’s Julian Wilson, hero to the younger generation surfers on the Coast, has lent his support to the event with a sponsorship for the most promising young surfer on the day, while also donating one of his ‘pink’ boards to be raffled for the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Full Yaroomba Classic results, along with links to photo galleries, can be found at www.coolumboardriders.com