Glyndon Ringrose carves through the waves at the Surfing Teams Challenge at Cape Woolamai on Saturday.
THE Island Surfboards team won the second annual Surfing Teams Challenge, which celebrated the second anniversary of the declaration of the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve on Saturday.
Eleven teams, made up of 99 competitors battled it out throughout the day in often challenging conditions at Cape Woolamai under the watchful eyes of judges Pal Caninas and Craig Clark in front of a large, supportive crowd.
Once again, it was a very close competition with only a few of points between winners.
Island Surfboards won the Dave Fincher Memorial Trophy as winners of the challenge.
Sandy Ryan, who posted the highest individual wave score of the event, accepted the award on the team’s behalf.
Emotions ran high in the room as Dave’s daughters Rebecca and Michelle presented the trophy they made for the event.
Sandy thanked everyone, saying he was honoured and that Dave Fincher was a huge hero of his and had been sorely missed on the day.
The Archysurf team came second with the Wave Pinchers team captained by Walter Fincher and containing the most juniors in one team finishing third.
Contest organiser Geoff Owens said it was a very close competition.
“There was only one point between the second and third teams and only two points between the second and winning team,” he said.
“This competition is a wonderful showcase of our community and surfing community. People enjoy the format – it’s fun and inclusive.
“Craig Clarke has been a judge for 20 years and had just been at Bells Beach and said the showcase of talent on the day here is second to none.”
The super groms shone through with a fantastic display of enthusiasm and skill, which shows that the future of Phillip Island surfing is in very safe hands.
It is hoped the Surf Teams Challenge will continue to be a regular event on the surfing calendar.
Information and ongoing updates about the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve can be found on Facebook – ‘Phillip Island NSR’.