bass-coast-surfers-up-and-riding-in-2014Sophie Bolam and Lilly Sharples head for the water in the opening event of the season for the Bass Coast Board Riders last Sunday at Inverloch. m474314

THE Bass Coast Board Riders officially started its surfing season with a junior competition for its Under 16 surfers at Inverloch on Sunday.
Thirty competitors hit the waves in an event aimed at participation and enjoyment.
The heats and finals were hotly contested, with some great surfing shown by the regions’ up and coming surfers, despite the onshore wind and smallish swell.
The Under 14 boys section was particularly exciting, with the boys in the final doing a great job in difficult conditions. These young surfers showed some amazing talent, and very little separated the top three placegetters.
Club president and event organiser, Allison O’Halloran-Sharples, congratulated and thanked all participants on the effort and enjoyment shown on the day, and the sponsors who provided some great prizes.
“It was fantastic to see the participation, and to see everyone having a crack. You’re all showing great improvement, and it’s exciting to see you all come along so well. Keep having a go, and keep working on improving your surfing,” she said.
She also thanked Surfing Victoria’s Max Wells, who provided guidance on the general running of the comp, and tips and advice to the parents judging the heats and finals of the event.
The junior board riders train on Friday nights. The club has two more contests planned, to ready its members for the next surf comp season.
New members are always welcome, however the Grom Squad program is open to Bass Coast Board Rider members only. Membership is $40 for a family, $25 for individuals. Surfing Victoria membership is also recommended. Surfers must be aged nine and over, able to swim 50 metres in open water, paddle into and ride unbroken waves unaided. They must also have their own equipment. More pictures in this weeks edition of the Sentinel-Times.