Eli Criaco in action at the Yaroomba Classic. Photo: Jack De Kort
Eli Criaco in action at the Yaroomba Classic. Photo: Jack De Kort

What a classic!

Day one of the Yaroomba Classic surfing event started with a light north-easterly breeze and a beautiful sunrise but, unfortunately, a dismal one-foot swell.

Nevertheless the car parks filled quickly and spectators were not disappointed.

There was a lot of talent in the water and it was amazing to see such small conditions being ripped apart.

But before too long the onshore winds had drifted in taking what juice was left out of the waves and all surfers were challenged to find pockets of wall to score points from.

A rise in swell for Sunday with onshore winds made conditions much more contestable, with bigger manoeuvres and aerials happening all day.

Yaroomba’s Trev Tripcony was in top form and won the two hottest finals of the day, the Impact Surf open men’s and the Salty Dog Cellars senior men’s ahead of defending champion Dane Hamilton in the open men’s and Scott Mitchell in the senior men’s.

Mudjimba president Tony Paris had to settle for two third placings in the open and seniors’, while Yaroomba boy Chris Boyd made his first ever Classic open final.

Marty Simpson took out the masters (over-35) and the grand masters (over-45) titles.

 Long-time local shaper Mick Grace won the inaugural legends division for over-50s.

Mitch Adams had his first win in the juniors (under-18) and Eli Criaco was in sensational form to take out the cadets under-16.

Ziggy Alberts backed up from last year to defend his grommet title while local Coolum boy Kirra Green had a big win in the Under-14 novice section.

Naomi Stevic took out the women’s event from young up and comer Tahlia Redgard from Peregian. The Yaroomba Classic is open only to surfers who live between Twin Waters and Castaways Beach.

This year a record 128 competitors – from eight-year-old novices to 58-year-old “legends” competed in 11 divisions.

Contestants, friends and supporters gathered after the event at the Sol Bar for trophy presentations.

Coolum boardriders president Chris Barraclogh thanked Impact Surf, which sponsored the open men’s, open women’s and masters divisions, and the local Coolum business community who donated thousands of dollars worth of vouchers and prizes for the event. Barraclogh also announced his retirement as contest director of the Yaroomba Classic after six years at the helm.

“I just want to be surfing and enjoy having my three kids down the beach with me at next year’s Yaroomba Classic,” he said.


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