It was news that shook the surfing community across Australia quiet literally from coast to coast.
Chris Boyd, better known to his friends as “Boydy”, was tragically killed by a shark while surfing the popular surf break Umbies, off Gracetown, about 270km south of Perth, on Saturday, 23rd of November.
The 35-year-old, who grew up in Yaroomba, had only moved to Western Australia with his partner Krystle Westwood a year ago, having been a well-loved and respected member of the Coolum Boardriders Club and wider surfing community.
Members of the tight-knit local surfing fraternity have been rocked by the tragic news, but were quick to pay tribute to the plumber and father-of -two.
Coolum Boardriders Club President Daryl Maudsley said the “loveable rogue” had made a significant, positive impact on the Coolum community, helping innumerable young surfers by mentoring them both in the surf and life.
Tom Innes past President of Margret River Boardriders was clearly shaken when he spoke of the loss, “It was a perfect morning he (Chris Boyd) had a fair walk from the car park to that spot. The water was crystal clear, there was 3 – 4 ft hitting and perfect A frame peak.” Tom was confident that Boydy would have been enjoying some fine waves in idyllic conditions.
Coolum Boardriders and Margaret River Boardriders have joined together to pay respect to their mate. Brett Hardy the current President of Margret River Boardriders Club accepted a wreath from the Coolum Boardriders Club along with some sand and water from Yaroomba and it was used in the tribute ceremony, a paddle out for Boydy in Western Australia .
On Sunday morning the Sunshine Coast surfing community held its farewell for the man they lost so tragically in Gracetown, and the sand and water from the waters Chris Boyd died in were released at his favourite place, his home Beach Yaroomba in the paddle out last Sunday morning.
The 35 year old Member of Coolum Boardriders was a great club man and a talented surfer. He was past Club Champion and Club Captain and will be well remembered as mentor to many young surfers.
Boydy … Lived by the sea, died by the sea.
Coolum Boardriders held its Champion of Champions comp and end of year presentations on Sunday the 1st of December.
The novelty comp where all club members surf ing one division against everyone else was as always a great day with fantastic surfing.
The contest finished in the afternoon, once everyone scrubbed up the presentations were at the clubhouse.
The results for the year are posted below.
Congratulations to all
|1st||Jimi Wallace||Kirra Green||Jack Veale|
|2nd||Seb Raubenheimer||Sunny Lidden||Davey Wallace|
|3rd||Kirra Green||Seb Raubenheimer||Luke Philp|
|4th||Sunny Lidden||Davey Wallace||Jaleesa Vincent|
|5th||Daniel Maudsley||Zane Chapman||Chester Rees|
|Divisions||Legends||Cadet Girls||Open Women|
|1st||Chris Barraclough||Jaleesa Vincent||Kara Petersen|
|2nd||Kyle Dellit||Kara Peterson||Amber Dods|
|3rd||Ross Nichols||Amber Dodds||Jo Brebner|
|4th||Paddy Lynch||Kelly Pocock||Kelly Pocock|
|5th||Jeff Prevetti||Majella Torrisi||Isabella Nichols|
|1st||Zane Assink||Grant Jenkins||Grant Jenkins|
|2nd||Jack Wiklund||Craig Masters||Chris Reynolds|
|3rd||Caleb Hardy||John Green||Craig Masters|
|4th||Alexander Nichols||Brett Smith||Brett Smith|
|5th||Luddy Reynolds||Dave Walker||Chris Barraclough|
|Divisions||Mini Groms||Mini Grom Girls||Micro Groms|
|1st||Ethan Trotman||Ellia Smith||Jesse Parkinson|
|2nd||Jye Parkinson||Jade Barraclough||Jett Dellit|
|3rd||Josh Hides||Jordin Steinbeck||Kai Barraclough|
|4th||Justin Reynolds||Ashton Pignat|
|5th||Kurt Hain||Lilliana Townshend|
|Most Improved Grommet||Alexander Nichols|
|Most Improved Cadet||Chester Rees|
|Most Improved Junior||Zane Chapman|
|Most Improved Cadet Girls||Amber Dods|
|Most Improved Mini Grom||Justin Reynolds|
|Most Improved Micro Grom||Jacki Green|
|Most Improved Mini/Micro Girl||Jade Barraclough|
|Rising Star Award||Jaleesa Vincent|
|Rising Star Award||Ethan Trotman|
|Best Club Spirit – Individual||Jeff Prevetti|
|Best Club Spirit – Individual||Natasha Useldinger|
|Rookie of the Year||Seb Raubenheimer|
|Best Club Spirit – Family||The Steinbeck Family|
|Coolum Boardrider of the Year||Isabella Nichols|
|Coolum Boardriders Life Membership||Darryl Maudsley|
|Coolum Boardriders Life Membership||Grant Jenkins|
|Coolum Boardriders Family of the Year||The Maudselys|
|Coolum Boardriders Champion of Champions 2013|
|Champion of Champions Family 2013||The Wallaces|
|Coolum Boardriders Family Tag Teams Champions|
|1st||Justin & Chris Reynolds|
|2nd||Nathaniel Piggot & Ben Martin|
|3rd||Reuben & David Torrisi|
|4th||Jade , Kai & Chris Barraclough|
|5th||Jacki & John Green|
|6th||Reilly & Brett Smith|
Coolum Boardriders next scheduled round will be on Sunday the 17th of November. Meet at the clubhouse at 6.30am for a 7am start.
Our team for last weekends Be the influence Boardriders battle surfed the living daylights out of sloppy and small surf at Dbah all weekend to post an other great finish at a teams event. Our team of Jaleesa Vincent, Isabella Nichols, Kirra Green, Eli Criaco, Dane Hamilton, Simon Knox and Dave Reardon-Smith approached the weekend with a great attitude and were always going to do well. While in the top four teams all weekend, the last event of the comp held in 1foot complete slop relegated us to fifth, while a little disappointing to our marauding team still a great result for the club. A special thanks to the support team of the Greens, Nichols, Vincents and of course Amy.
Kelly Norris surfed in the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach in Hawaii, tearing his way to a win in his round two heat to be then knocked in his third round heat in a pretty sus call. Watch the heat yourself and make your mind up, Its on the HIC comp site. Heats on demand rounnd of 96 heat 11.
Congratulation to Ellia Smith winning the Julian Wilson board raffle from last weekend.
On the subject of raffles we are currently selling tickets in the Boardriders Battle Raffle. First Prize a $55,000 Toyota Rav, second $1500 worth of Billabong gear and third place a $1000 worth of Canon Camera gear. Tickets are $5 each with $4.40 going back to the club.
Tickets are available from the Shop in Coolum, Coolum Surf and all committee members so get out there and grab a ticket.
Last weekend the 2nd and 3rd of November the Queensland round of the Be The Influence Boardriders battle ran on the Saturday and Sunday at Duranbah. With the top teams in Queensland competing for spots in the national final at Cronulla in January. With a special dispensation for all the pros to surf for their clubs incredible surfing went down all weekend. With world champs Parko, Mick Fanning and Steph Gilmore as well as pros such as Bede Durbridge, Mitch Crews, Brent Dorrington and a swag of others a formidable field of clubs were in contention.
With Coolums team of Kirra Green, Jaleesa Vincent, Isabella Nichols, Eli Criaco, Simon Knox, Dane Hamilton and Dave Reardon-Smith competing in three different disciplines over the weekend, a pairs event, teams event and a skins event, the team had their work cut out for them. Coolums pairs team of Isabella Nichols and Dane Hamilton nailed all in their path till meeting Snapper Rocks team of Jay Phillips and Steph Gilmore in the Semi Finals, a great effort. Dave Reardon Smith was our skins representative and also or power surfer in the teams event.
In the last round of the day Coolums team after winning their semi needed a second place finish in the teams final to get to Sydney, but the foot high and very ordinary onshore conditions just didn`t allow out team to strut their stuff. With the clubs fourth place finish we missed out on the trip to Sydney but were still rapped with our performance, Being the highest placed Sunshine Coast Club and having relegated some of the top clubs on the Goldy to minor placings, along with our great results in all the other teams events this year the Kirra Teams Event, The Straddie Assault and the Jim Beam Tag Team event, Coolum justified their third place seeding at the event.
President Daryl Maudsley said “ With a highly talented and really enthusiastic team Coolum surfed incredibly well to again end at the top of the field in a teams event. The team attitude and a great group of supporters it was only really the world Champs and pros making the difference over the weekend. Everyone represented Coolum and the Club proudly “. Coolum Boardriders would like to thank everyone that went down on the weekend for their great attitude and watch out next year.
Coolum Boardriders next scheduled round will be on Sunday the 10th of November. If we can organise permits we may run a makeup round for this months missed comp on Sunday the 27th of November. Stay tuned.
The second round of the Queensland Junior titles ran at Duranbah last weekend with Coolum Surfers all going well. Isabella Nichols again dominated the under 18 girls to take out the state title. Isabella is also in the state team for nationals and has also picked up a wildcard into the Quicksilver Roxy Pro trials next year. Jaleesa Vincent dominated the day in the under 16 girls convincingly winning the round, and placing second in the State Placings. Jaleesa will also represent Queensland at the Nationals. Kara Peterson and Amber Dodds finished second and third in the round with Amber finishing second in the state and Kara third. Zane Assink loved the crowds at Dbah and finished fifth in the round and Second in the under 12`s in the state. Ellia Smith surfed her heart out to finish with a second place in the under twelve girls, then with a nail biting finish she missed out a state title by 0.3 of a point. We think she should have been given an extra point just for that smile. A great effort from all our surfers who went down.
The Straddy Assault runs this weekend with our team all ready to give it a great shot. The Teams event runs on the Saturday with the pairs event on the Sunday. The contest is always a great weekend and with the best surfers from Noosa to Ballina competing the surfing is always red hot. We wish all the guys and girls the best.
The Be the influence Boardriders Battle will run on the 2nd and 3rd of November amd promises to be bigger than Ben Hur. With a over a hundred thousand dollars in prize money the event has rounds in each state finishing with the finals in Sydney. The contest has suveral different formats so it should be interesting. With all the major pros competing for their clubs, Parko, Fanning, Bede, Mitch Crews, Occy and a host of others the standard of surfing will be great. We will be having training on Tuesday the 29th to get the team used to the format.
Next Comittee meeting will be on Tuesday the 22nd at 7pm. All members and interested parties are encouraged to attend.
Finaly a huge shout out to Tim and the crew at Dominoes Pizza in Coolum. Tim and the Store have come on board as our major sponsor for the club for 2014. We cannot
thank Domioes enough as their sponsorship enables the club to compete at all teams comps both junior and senior helping to nuture some of the great surfers we have around Coolum.
The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle includes a Monster Raffle giveaway with one lucky ticket holder to drive away in a Toyota RAV4 AWD. Online tickets are $5.00 each (open to public) with proceeds going back to the grassroots Australian boardriders club of your choice!
Tickets are available from our Club president or click here http://www.surfingaustralia.com/monsterraffle/
Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre will be running the below camps this summer. They are offering all Queensland surfers a discounted rate when booking 2 or more surfers in to these camps at a time.
A brief description of up-coming HPC Summer Camps are as follows:…
U/18 – 5 Day Technique Camp: December 16th – 20th 2013
U/18 – 2 Day Technique Camp: December 21st – 22nd 2013
U/18 – 3 Day Air Camp: January 6th – 8th 2014
U/18 – 5 Day Technique Camp: January 6th – 10th 2014
U/14 – 2 Day Grom Camp: January 11th – 12th 2014
U/18 – 3 Day Air Camp: January 12th – 14th 2014
U/18 – 3 Day Technique Camp: January 13th – 15th 2014
U/18 – 5 Day Technique Camp: January 13th – 17th 2014
U/18 – 3 Day Elite Camp January 20th – 22nd 2014.
For further information or to make a booking, please contact Cameron Mills at Surfing Australia. Cameron’s details are noted below.
High Performance Centre Coordinator
PO Box 1613
Kingscliff NSW 2487
T: +61 2 6671 0000
M: 0416 943 578
F: +61 2 6674 8907
Coolum Boardriders ran the micro and mini groms contest last weekend, October 6, but due to a minute swell the juniors and opens have been postponed. We will look at perhaps running the comp on Sunday the 27 th of October, but that has to be confirmed. Our next scheduled club round will be on the 10th of November.
The swell though small last weekend provided the perfect canvas for our mini and micro groms to absolutely go off. All the kids are progressing so quickly with some very stylish surfers emerging. A great day was held by all, thanks to everyone who made it such a success.
Results: Under 12 Mini Groms. 1st Ethan Trotman, 2nd Jye Parkinson, 3rd Josh Hides, 4th Ben, 5th Justin Reynolds.
Under 12 Girls Mini Groms. 1st Ellia Smith, 2nd Jade Barraclough
Under 10 Micro Groms. 1st Jesse Parkinson, 2nd Ashton Pignat, 3rd Kai Barraclough, 4th Jett Dellit.
Micro/Mini Grom Rep Final. 1st Harry Crokham, 2nd Aiden, 3rd Liam Previti, 4th Reill…y Smith.