December 2017 – Newsletter

Fellow Loggers,

Well our 2017 competition year is done and dusted, all that’s left is to declare the winners and present the trophies at the Annual Presentation tomorrow arvo’. See the social scene report following for all the details.

Our December comp went well with a good attendance and some sizeable waves, albeit a bit messy. See the comp scene report.

Overall it’s been a challenging year with numbers down in the latter months due to members away traveling, some unfortunate illnesses, as well as time-devouring new business ventures for some members (Frank & Geoff).

Still we managed to surf 9 out of 11 possible comps so that’s testament to our commitment to run comps unless the conditions are unsafe or there’s absolutely no waves.

Over the year we’ve had some really great waves at our local break at Flat Rock, and it’s great to feel comfortable in the water when you paddle out and see your mates there ! That’s why I joined our great club.

I hope you all enjoyed the 2017 competition year and you have a relaxing holiday break. i look forward to caching up and surfing with mates again in 2018! 

See you at the Presso!



Comp Scene

Last Sunday we met for our last competition round of 2017. It was a rainy morning with conditions threatening to go downhill fast with the nor’ easter just starting to blow onshore and the ocean empty except for one super keen longboarder. The surf was a good size of 1 to 1.5 metres but the ocean was messy after the howling nor’ easter on the previous day. Club Captain Steve Watts made the call to go ahead with the comp.

Twelve members competed in improving conditions throughout the morning with the final heats enjoying cleaner waves. Finding good waves in the shifting peaks was challenging, Steve Watts and Phil Geraghty managed to score some standout waves and Col Harper was seen walking the board which impressed the judges. 

After the comp members enjoyed a sausage sizzle and cold beers while Captain Steve declared the day a success and read out the results.


First Division: 1. Steve Watts, 2. Phil Geraghty, 3. Kerry Wilcox.

Second Division: 1. Pete Briggs, 2. Col Harper, 3. Bruce Wilson.

Third Division: 1. Kim Kortick, 2. Equal – Paul Bioletti & Chris Bull.

Fourth Division: 1. Bob Wilcox, 2. Jan Webster, 3. Bill Webster.

Winner of the sponsors raffles:

  • Malibu Burgers – Peter Briggs
  • Coast @ Lennox Café – Chris Bull
  • Barbary Coast Barbers – Steve Watt

A big thanks to all our generous raffle sponsors and our major sponsor Cherry St Sports Club for their ongoing support throughout 2017.

Social Scene

Our final social event for 2017 is the annual presentation of trophies on Sunday 10th December at our major sponsor Cherry St Sports Club. We have booked the board room from 4pm to 8pm. There will be trays of nibbles before the presentation and afterward members are invited to stay on for dinner.

Trophies will be awarded for the following places:

  • First and second places in divisions one to four.
  • Most Improved.
  • Club Person of the Year.
  • Club Champion – Alan Rich Memorial trophy presented by Evelyn Rich.

We hope to see you all there !

See you in the surf!


Chris Bull – Club Secretary.

November 2017 – Newsletter

Fellow Loggers,

Our 2017 point-score competition is down to the wire with just one comp round left for this year with several divisions to be decided in this last round. Remember, with the point score system used in our comps the more times you compete the better your chances of doing well in the annual results, so we hope to see you all at the final round. See the comp scene report below for more details.

Our November social event was a great success with members enjoying the new layout at Cherry Street Sports. Members were treated to a tasty feed and entertained by rocking covers band Fossil Rock. Our final social event will be the Annual Presentation in December. See the social scene below for all the details.

Unfortunately the planned Rescue & Resuscitation demonstration was postponed due to a clash with the Ballina Prawn Festival, we hope to reschedule the event early next year.

Remember this newsletter if produced for the benefit of the members so if you have any stories, pictures etc, anything that you feel might be of interest to the membership feel free to email content to

I hope to distribute our final newsletter in December detailing all the annual results. Until then see you in the surf!



Competition Scene

Members were greeted by good surfing conditions in the 2-4′ range with light offshore breezes at Flat Rock. Everyone surfed well with some stand out performances from Bob Wilcox and Col Harper.  It was good to see Brian Fryer, Mick Wilson, and Phil Calnan back in the water competing! We hear Mick suffered a broken leg rope after his first wave which mean a long swim that handicapped him on the day. Good story!


1sts: 1st Steve Watts, 2nd Jonny Hanley, 3rd Bill Webster

2nds: 1st Col Harper, 2nd Bob Wilcox, 3rd Phil Calnan

3rds: 1st Kim Kortick, 2nd Mick Wilson

4ths: 1st   Byran Fryer, 2nd Jan Webster

Jan making her way back to the point …

Following the absence of catering at the October round Bill Webster did a great job of providing competitors with morning tea, and post comp food and cold beers. Well done Bill!


Winners of the monthly sponsor prizes were:

Steve Watts – The Coast Cafe

Bill Webster – Barbary Haircut

Kim Kortick – Ballina Malibu Burger

A big thank you to all our sponsors for their support throughout 2017.

Our final comp round is on Sunday 3rd December. We hope to see a big turnout for the final round of 2017.

Social Scene

Our November social event was a fun night with some 20 members and their partners enjoying the newly refurbished premises at our major sponsor Cherry Street Sports Club.

The crew enjoying a tasty feed. Pete Bryant reckons his was the best Seafood Linguini he has ever tasted!  P.S. That’s Phil Calnan’s head at the bottom of the picture. Don’t you hate it when someone take a pic without announcing it! Sorry Phil.

The new club layout features a larger bar service, spacious dining, and more entertaining areas. Being the night of the official launch of the new layout, the club was packed with patrons keen to party. The Cheery Street staff did an amazing job of keeping up with the  throng of patrons! Well done Cherry Street!

Pete & Eric enjoying the new club premises. Check out the table location, front rows seat to enjoy a great covers band!

Local  band Fossil Rock played from 8:30pm to midnight with just one break. They played lots of great favorites and really had the crowd raging. I must make special mention of the BMC members who danced the night away to the very last song – Kerry & Pete, Jan & Bill, Mark M, Bryan & Sue, and Chris & Helen.

The hard-core partying crew who stayed until the end!

Check out this video for a sample of the great music on the night…

Our final social event for the year is the Annual Presentation on Sunday December 10th. The presso’ starts at 4pm in the Cheery Street Sports boardroom. BMC will provide trays of nibbles before the awards. Members may choose to stay on for dinner if they’d like. Trophies will be awarded for all 4 divisions, Most Improved, and Club Person of the Year as voted by members on the day.  It would be great if members wear their BMC club shirts to show Cherry Street we are grateful for their generous ongoing support of our club.

Members Roamings

Brian Fryer and wife Sue are just back from a 2 week adventure tour to Kalimantan in Borneo where they had some up close and personal time with the world-famous endangered Orangutans of Borneo. Brian was really impressed by the level of service offered by the tour company, they felt safe and ate well during their 2 week stay. Being so close to the wild Orangutans will be a treasured lifelong memory.

The new van… 5 star!

Mick Wilson and Rosanna are back home after a 7 week European tour having toured through Italy and France and back home via LA.   Mick is certainly not having any trouble filling his time after his recent retirement, we hear he has upgraded his caravan and headed off with partner Rosanna to Broomes Head for a test run. Enjoy guys!

And we hear Marg Bryant has been off surfing in Fiji with a group of ladies and they had some fun waves.

Member Profile

We welcome new member Will Haylock who joined the club in October. Will is pretty capable on a long-board, we look forward to seeing him in the competition.  

NAME: Will Haylock

ADDRESS: 206/3-7 Grandview Street, East Ballina NSW 2478

PHONE:           0430710508    MOBILE:             0430710508

AGE: 26

ORIGINS: Brisbane

FAMILY: Caroline my Fiancé and 1 Daughter called Manuela

CURRENT JOB:  Managing Director – Haylock Finance (Mortgage Broker)


SURFING STYLE: Short boards, Retro boards and Long boards it really depends on what the conditions are.

QUIVER:  4 Short Board performance thrusters ranging from 5’10 to 6’1, 1 Fish 5, 10, 1 Groveller 6,0 and 1 9,4 beach beat traditional Malibu. 7 board quiver.

STARTED SURFING (AGE & LOCATION): 8 years old at Kirra Beach.  However grew up in the surfers paradise surf life saving club and surfed a lot of the surfers & main beach breaks.

FAVOURITE SURF SPOT: North-wall Ballina or Currimundi Sunshine Coast or Lennox point if its 5 foot plus.




REASON FOR JOINING THE CLUB:  Meet new friends and learn how to hang 10!


Reminder – November Social tomorrow evening!

Fellow loggers,

Our next local social event is at Cherry St Sports at 6:30pm on Saturday 11th November and by chance it is the grand opening of the club’s refurbished premises.

We have booked dinner in the Bistro from 6:30 pm onwards and afterwards you are invited to stay on to enjoy popular Texan band Fossil Rock. The band’s Facebook page  says they are about Straight-Ahead Rock-n-Roll of our youth….. and FUN!

Artists we like include Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, James Hendrix, Aerosmith….

So it should be a fun night in the newly refurbished club premises. We have tentatively booked for 20 people, so if you want to come please let Jan (0427-738-006) or Kerry (0401-710-401) know A.S.A.P.

Hope to see you all there!



Newsletter October 2017

Fellow loggers,

Well it’s been an off again, on again, competition scene over the last few months with conditions proving difficult for the running of our monthly competitions. Too big, too small, too windy, you name it, it’s been thrown at us. The September round was eventually cancelled altogether after 3 postponements. See the comp report for all the details of our October round.

Our social year is coming to an end with one social event left before the annual presentation. We’ve only booked for 20 seats at our next event so please let the girls know asap to avoid missing out! See the social scene below for details.

Our VC Steve Watts is keen to prepare members in case of an emergency at the beach. He has offered to run a rescue and resuscitation training session. See the details below.

The number of members competing has dropped markedly towards the end of this year, in order to grow participation your committee is keen to know the reasons. We invite members to speak with a committee member to help us run your club for you.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.




Vice President’s Report

Greetings fellow loggers,

On a lovely Spring day last Sunday we were able to hold our October club round at Flattie with around 15 or so members turning up for the event. Some of us chose not to surf due to injuries and just help out on the day with the running of the heats. That’s what I like to see even if you’re not surfing at least your contributing to the club by turning up and lending a hand, good on you guys.

A big welcome goes out to our two new members Will and John who surfed well on the day and had no problem fitting in with the group. We hope to see more of you guys at our future events.

With both our Captain and Vice Captain absent it was Bill Webster who stepped up on the day in order to run the comp thanks Bill as always you did a great job mate. Also to Peter Bryant no matter what the weather is like he is always reliable to ensure the clubs trailer is on hand thanks Pete.

Just another two comps and that’s it for 2017, gee this year has gone fast.

That’s all folks just a few brief words from me and see you all at the next club round in November.



Competition Scene

Thankfully we were able to run the October round last Sunday in small, clean conditions on the beach breaks out front.  Around 10 members turned up hoping to get a comp under our belts and Hewie did not disappoint.

Numbers were down again this month but it was a fun day for those who could make it.

We managed to form two heats of 5 competitors with extended 30 minute heats to take advantage of the small turn out and give competitors plenty of time to get two good waves on the judging sheets. The second round saw the combining of firsts & seconds and thirds & fourths to take advantage of the small turnout on the day.

Our Risk Manager, Col Woodbry, making the treck back to the point after a long wave to the beach.

It was great to see Nick Steele back in form and Club Captain Ed Riordan has been on the recruiting trail with two new members rocking up to join the round. A big welcome to Jonathan Hanley and and Will Haylock, two local guys who can really toss a long-board around. Will & Jonathan impressed the judges so much so they score 1-2 in the ranking on the day. These two guys will certainly raise the level of surfing in the club and challenge the existing membership. It’s will be an interesting year next year!


Firsts/Seconds: 1. Will Haylock, 2. Jonathan Hanley, 3. nick Steele, 4. Mark Muszynski, 5. col woodbry (DNS).

Thirds/Fourths: 1. Peter Briggs, 2. Bill Webster, 3. Chris bull, 4. Bob Wilcox, 5, Col Harper (DNS).

Our esteemed judges keeping a close eye on competitors.

With Acting Club Captain Steve watts away a big thanks goes to Bill Webster for standing in and organising the heats.

Unfortunately with the conditions on the day forecast to be poor the catering after the event was not prepared, but your committee will definitely ensure the next comp is fully catered with the usual food and drinks to which you are all accustomed.

Our next comp will be on Sunday 5th November. Turning up late can lead to postponed or cancelled events when numbers are down, so please arrive at 7:00 am sharp to ensure the comp runs on time. 

Social Scene

The annual Woolgoolga weekend away is on this weekend. We hope you guys get nice weather and fun waves!

Our next local social event is at Cherry St Sports at 6:30pm on Saturday 11th November and by chance it is the grand opening of the club’s refurbished premises.

We have booked dinner in the Bistro from 6:30 pm onwards and afterwards you are invited to stay on to enjoy popular Texan band Fossil Rock. The band’s Facebook page  says they are about Straight-Ahead Rock-n-Roll of our youth….. and FUN!

Artists we like include Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, James Hendrix, Aerosmith….

So it should be a fun night in the newly refurbished club premises. We have tentatively booked for 20 people, so if you want to come please let Jan (0427-738-006) or Kerry (0401-710-401) know A.S.A.P.

Hope to see you all there!



P.S. Our annual presentation night will be held at Cherry St Sports on Saturday 10th December, we have booked the Board Room for the presentations from 4 to 7pm. Dinner will be in the boardroom for any who wish to stay on.

Safety Session

Vice Captain Steve Watts is keen to help members become prepared in the event of an emergency at the beach. Steve has offered to conduct a brief Rescue & Resuscitation session at Shaws Bay on Saturday 11th November at 2:00pm.

Steve will be conducting a demonstration of how to use a long-board to safely rescue a person in trouble in the water and how to perform CPR.  This brief course would be of benefit to everyone as these skills and knowledge can be applied in your every day lives to save someone.  Your committee will be attending and all members are invited to participate. Call Steve for more information on 0455-891-499.

Member Profile

This month we welcome newcomer Jonny Hanley.  Jonny and his mate Will competed in our last round and really impressed the judges. We look forward to seeing Jonny at our next round.   

NAME: Jonny Hanley

ADDRESS: 35 Oakwood Drive, Ballina

MOBILE: 0419 012 661

AGE: 28

ORIGINS: Cornwall, UK

FAMILY:  Wife, two older brother, one young sister, Mum – Heather Riordan, Stepdad – Ed Riordan

CURRENT JOB: Business Banking Manger, NAB

TIME ON NORTH COAST: Moved to Northern Rivers in 2001 (16 years)

SURFING STYLE: Regular,  normally a short boarder, new to longboarding

QUIVER:  4 x shortboards from 5’4 through to 5’11, 1 x 9’ long board

STARTED SURFING (AGE & LOCATION): as young as I can remember in Cornwall, UK


FAVOURITE FOOD: Anything with Noodles

FAVOURITE MOVIE: The Truman show

FAVOURITE ACTIVITY (BESIDES SURFING): Being out in nature, bush walking, fishing, kayaking

REASON FOR JOINING THE CLUB: Get move waves when out at Flat Rock

Member Roamings

Member Mick Wilson and partner Rosanna are on another FET (Fantastic European Tour) traveling through France and Spain and torturing us daily with pics of amazing views and fabulous french food and wine. Safe travels guys! We hope to see Mick back competing next season!

We also hear VC Steve Watts and wife Carmel are off enjoying a cruise. Have fun guys!

Social Event – Saturday 11th November

Hi Folks,

Our next social event was to have been at the  Che Bon French restaurant at Tintenbar, unfortunately a large group booked ahead of us and the restaurant is now fully booked on that date.

After considering various other dining venues it was agreed we should send some business to our major sponsor, Cherry St Sports, so we enquired and coincidentally Saturday 11th November is the grand opening of the club’s refurbished premises.

We have booked dinner in the Bistro from 6:30 pm onwards and afterwards you are invited to stay on to enjoy popular Texan band Fossil Rock. The band’s Facebook page  says they are about Straight-Ahead Rock-n-Roll of our youth….. and FUN!

Artists we like include Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, James Hendrix, Aerosmith….

So it should be a fun night in the newly refurbished club premises. We have tentatively booked for 20 people, so if you want to come please let Jan (0427-738-006) or Kerry (0401-710-401) know A.S.A.P.

Hope to see you all there!




October Comp postponed to Sunday 15th October

A handful of super keen members fronted up for the October comp last Sunday morning. The conditions were quite favorable with 2-3 ft  clean lefts and rights breaking just out front with the usual crowds in the water absent for a change.  Unfortunately the poor turnout made it impossible to run the comp so it was postponed to this coming Sunday 15th October.

Despite the comp being postponed a quick hand count resulted in agreement to enjoy a social surf together. A handful of members hit the water for some fun  clean waves and a chin wag. It was a beautiful sunny day with clean 21.5 degree water and fun waves too good to  pass up.

It is very disappointing to have reasonable surf conditions but insufficient members to run our compeition. Please make an effort to participate otherwise the long term future of YOUR club is uncertain.

We hope to see more of you at the next round!



October Comp Round scheduled for 8th October

Hi Folks,

Just a quick reminder our October Comp Round is NOT on this coming weekend as we moved it to the following Sunday, 8th October, to avoid a clash with the Evans Head Malibu Classic.

Conditions are looking good on Saturday for the Evans Classic so do yourself a favour and check it out if you can! Read this recent article….

I hope to see you all on Sunday 8th October.




September comp round cancelled!

A small crew of just 9 members fronted up at Flat Rock last Sunday morning hoping to finally score some decent waves for our postponed September round.

Unfortunately Hewie was again not co-operating with the crew greeted by strong southerly winds and small swell. After 3 attempts and subsequent postponements it was unanimously agreed to cancel the September round and hope for more luck next month.

Please note the next comp is scheduled for the second Sunday of October, being 8th October, due to a clash with the Evans Head classic on the October long weekend.

Hope to see you all there!



PS our next committee meeting is scheduled for 6:00pm Monday 2nd October at Cherry St Sports for anyone interested.

September Comp Round postponed to Sunday 17th

A dozen or so keen members fronted up last Sunday for the postponed September Round. Unfortunately Hewie was not co-operating again with large swells sweeping wide past Flat Rock point.

One young fella decided to give it a go, he sprinted down to the water’s edge and started paddling, gotta appreciate his enthusiasm. After 30 minutes he was still only half way out the back so we decided to give it  a miss and reconvene this Sunday 17th September.

Hope to see you all there for another try!