Posted in: At large.Tags: Lennox Head, Seven Mile.
There were blown out shoulder high waves last night, but this morning they’re gone and Lennox is offshore, super clean and so tiny no one was in the water from the point to the far end of 7 mile beach. Off for a sniff around soon, so maybe another postcard or two later…
Have a great Wednesday everyone!
Teaser set at empty 7 mile beach this morning
Lennox Head unoccupied at 0700
Posted in: At large.Tags: Lennox Head, Lennox Reefs, SE-1.7m-14s.
Looks like a fun morning coming up for those of us fortunate enough to be on the far north coast this morning. Swell up this way is 1.7 metres at 14 sec from the SE and that’s translating into shoulder to head plus along the reefs at Lennox and similar up at the point. This morning’s shots were taken straight across the street from our digs and as you might imagine, there won’t be any useless driving around before paddle out time today.
From the forecast it looks as though Sydneysiders won’t be lacking for surf opportunities either. Swell’s about the same size there but more SSE. Wind’s offshore too. So get out there if you can and I may file another missive later if I’ve something else to share!
Lennox Reefs 0740
Time to go to school
Busy at the point
Zippering sections at Lennox Reefs this morning
Posted in: On the road.Tags: Boulder, Lennox Head.
Looks as though it’s a good morning to be somewhere other than Sydney. Not that Rob’s pics make it look bad or anything, but it does seem smaller than I’d have guessed. Lull before the big swell maybe…
Here’s the Bureau’s call
Sydney Coastal Waters, Broken Bay to Port Hacking and 60nm seawards:
Thursday until midnight: Wind: NW 5/10 knots, tending S/SW early, freshening to 15/20 knots during the afternoon and 20/25 knots at night.Sea: less than 1 metre, rising to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon/evening. Swell: S 1 to 1.5 metres. Isolated early thunderstorms.
Friday: Wind: S/SW 20/25 knots, easing to 15/20 knots later. Sea: 2 to 2.5 metres abating 1 to 2 metres later. Swell: S 2 to 2.5 metres.
Saturday: Wind: S/SW 20/30 knots.
Next tide is a low a little before 1pm.
Meanwhile, a hundreds of kays to the north…
Just scoped out the beaches from Flat Rock to Lennox Head reefs. Tide was pretty high, so only one person in the water at Lennox Head itself, but I’d say as the tide drops it should start getting interesting because there are some shoulder high sets around the place. Over at Boulder there was the usual crew of a dozen or so. Quite fat there and seemed to be only one peak for everybody to share. Flat Rock was quite fat as well. Looked like maybe with a mal or SUP it’d work. The fatness also prevailing at Lennox reefs. Reasonable number in the water chasing the odd shoulder high plus set. Wind offshore to start with, so looked fun for the mals and SUPs.
Got some pics to share, which I’ll post an hour or so after this goes live. Hope to have more pics later today as we’re going to run up to Byron to catch up with Byron Bay Today’s maestro, Ben.
Have yourself a top old morning and keep the diary clear for next week as it shows every sign of being an exceptional one…
Posted in: Contests.Tags: Jack Freestone, Lennox Head, Rusty Gromfest.
Rusty Gromfest 2008
Lennox Head NSW Australia
July 11-14 2008.
Lennox Head, NSW — Six champions were crowned on the final day of competition at the Rusty Gromfest today, catapulting their names, and careers, to surfing folklore.
In deteriorating 1m conditions at Lennox Head competitors took the standard to another level, showing skill, poise and maturity.
The blue ribbon divisions, the 16 years boys and girls, were taken out by Coolangatta’s wonder-kid Jack Freestone and Newcastle’s rising star Phillipa Anderson.
Freestone, who didn’t catch a wave until four minutes remaining on the clock in the final, was cool under pressure, meticulously reeling his counterparts in with ease.
“I just couldn’t get a wave,” Freestone said.
“I didn’t freak out, I just stayed calm and waited for the right wave and it paid off in the end.”
Jack Freestone (Coolangatta) takes an amazing double win of international “Grom” events by taking out the prestigious Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Head today.
Heralding his place amongst the best juniors in world, Freestone backed up his win at the Occy Grom Comp with a resounding victory at the Rusty Gromfest.
“I never dreamed that I could win both events,” he admitted after defeating Mitchell Baker (Cowes, VIC), Guillermo Satt (Chile) and Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW) in the final.
“It’s just an amazing feeling – I’m so stoked right now.”
Phillipa Anderson (Newcastle, NSW) was victorious in the under 16 years division, capping off an outstanding Rusty Gromfest campaign.
“I’m so stoked,” she said after accruing 10.40 (out of a possible 20) in the final.
After finishing second last year in same division, Anderson was ecstatic to go one better.
“I finished second last year. It was definitely my goal to take it out this year, to do it is amazing.”
“The standard is so high and with all the international crew it makes it such a good event,” Anderson added.
Georgia Fish (Flinders, VIC), Lyla Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) and Naomi Stevic (Castaways, QLD) finished second, third and fourth respectively.
Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW) confirmed the buzz surrounding his emerging superstar status with yet another big junior title.
Surfing immaculately on his forehand throughout, Banting accrued a score of 16.50 (out of a possible 20) including an impressive nine-point ride that secured his place on the prestigious honour roll.
Fellow superstar Tyler Wright (Culburra Beach, NSW) continued her dominance of junior female surfing, with a decisive victory in the under 14 girls.
Dominant throughout the entire event, Wright was pushed all the way by Sarah Mason (Tugun, QLD), Manuel Hereiti (Tahiti) and Eden Putland (Currumbin Waters, QLD), but was just unstoppable in the end.
Karelle Poppke (Tahiti) took out the under 12 years girls division with a commanding display of innovative surfing.
Accruing a total heat score of 13.65 (out of a possible 20), Poppke accounted for Zoe Clarke (Jan Juc, VIC), Laura Poncini (Moffat Beach, QLD) and Olivia Wheeler (Coolangatta, QLD) who finished second, third and fourth respectively.
In the 12 years boys division it was another international competitor taking home the trophy as South African Benji Brand won the hotly contested final.
Brand was a standout throughout the entire event, using a powerful repertoire to take the title from event favourite Michael Wright (Culburra Beach, NSW), Nic Doran (Caloundra, QLD) and 10-year-old ace Jack Robinson (Margaret River, WA).
Event Brief: Rusty Gromfest 2008, original and most prestigious internationally recognized gathering of excellent young surfers (344 of ’em) competing on the great beach break surf surrounding Lennox Head. This is the 13th year of this event which has an outstanding honour role of previous winners which include Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore – the current Men’s and Women’s ASP World Champions.
This year’s Rusty Gromfest sees competitors from England, Peru, New Zealand, Tahiti, Chile, South Africa and Bali diverging on Lennox Head over four days of exciting competition