CAPTAIN and SECRETARY’S COMBINED Oct/Nov COMP REPORTS
The Club’s October round at Flat Rock was one for the record books. It was a great summer’s day for surfing, the water temp was fresh but not too cold and everyone enjoyed themselves. That’s what it’s all about. The beer was cold and the snags cooked to perfection by Peter Wilcox and Kim Kortick.
I have been reliably told (by someone who was guessing) that this was the first time in club history that three personal bests were racked up in one comp.
Jan achieved her first FIRST in the thirds. Bill scored his first FIRST in the seconds. Not to be outdone, the whole was greater than the sum of the parts as they are the first couple in the Clubs history to both get FIRSTS in the same month’s comp! (Watch out, they’re taking over!) If my mystery history man has his facts wrong, no apologies. It sounds good and I’m not one to let the truth get in the way of a good story! Congratulations troopers!
The Liquid Glass Leggie raffle went to a deserving Peter Wilcox. The Ballina Malibu Burgers winners were Jan Webster, Bill Webster, Frank McWilliams, Alan Rich, Paul Abbott, Paul Bioletti and Geoff Rees. Have fun!
OCTOBER Results 1sts Frank McWilliams 1, Paul Abbott 2, Geoff Rees 3, Alan Rich 4. 2nds Bill Webster 1, Brian Delaney 2, Brian Fryer 3, Bob Wilcox 4. 3rds Jan Webster 1, Marg Bryant 2, Col Harper 3, Bruce Wilson DNS 4. 4ths Paul Bioletti 1, Peter Briggs 2, Kim Kortick 3, Kerry Wilcox 4.
The Club held a rather lacklustre November round at Flat Rock, at least that’s my take on it. The spring winds didn’t do anything for morale even if it did eventually turn out to be a contestable surf day.
Nonetheless, Kai Pick upset Frank McWilliams in the first round thereby allowing a real contest in the firsts. Or so we thought because Kai continued along on his winning ways, taking out the November honours anyway and some Ballina Malibu Burger vouchers. In the lustrous seconds Jan Webster took great delight in beating her hubby Bill. Not only that, Jan’s sister made it a real family affair (tragedy?!) in beating the old men with Kerry taking the fourths out and hubby Pete bringing up the rear with a no-show final. It begs the question, what was Pete afraid of?! Or, in a twist on the old set-up saying, do you beat your husband every Sunday? 2
November comp day There were some good moments
However, it was Frank again who, surfing strongly, went back to his own unbeatable form and also clocked up the top wave score for at least several months during the seconds final. The Liquid Glass leg rope raffle went to the lucky Wilcox family. Last month Pete, this month Kerry. You can fall off now whenever you want, right?
Kim and Bob checking out Bruce’s fin set-up Bruce’s fins 3
Now, a little known fact is that everyone in the comps are surfing for HAMBURGER vouchers from Ballina Malibu Burgers each month. To make it more fair, everyone is limited to three voucher wins in a row at the comps. The good news is that at the December comp almost EVERYBODY is eligible to win one who gets a placing in either of the first or second rounds. Everybody should be happy about that except for Frank McWilliams, Geoff Rees and me. We are ineligible at the last comp and that means that the fourths are getting 3 extra pairs of vouchers given away in their division. Remember cruisers, you’ll have to surf the second round to steak a claim to the prizes.
Spread the love, the loaves, patties and the chips I say.
Kai Pick getting his head into a winning mood Geoff Rees looking to his left
November Club Results 1sts: Kai Pick 1, Alan Rich 2, Steve Watts 3, Col Harper 4.
2nds: Frank McWilliams 1, Paul Abbott 2, Jan Webster 3, Bill Webster 4.
3rds: Geoff Rees 1, Peter Briggs 2, Bob Wilcox 3, Bruce Wilson DNS 4.
4ths: Kerry Wilcox 1, Kim Kortick 2, =3 Mick Wilson (DNS) =3 Pete Wilcox (DNS)
The next club comp will be the last club comp for the 2012 year on Sunday 2 December. Tune in for the final battle for hardware, fame and prizes before the presentation party.
2012 PRESENTATION PARTY
Our end-of-year Presentation Party will be held from 3pm on Sunday 9th December at Terry and Paul Abbott’s new house. Their address is 27 Daydream Ave, West Ballina. Here is where you’ll find it, just turn at the Good Guys roundabout if you’re coming from the beach:
Jan writes about the Preso Party:
From: Jan Webster Sent: Sunday, 25 November 2012 3:35 PM To: secretary Subject: RE: presentation party newsletter info
Al, We have made an executive decision and we will be having cold leg ham- Hot chickens, bread rolls like last year–no barbie necessary! If every couple could commit to either a salad or a sweet or nibbles/yummy things of some description–that would be great, a list will be at the next round. Still BYO grog. Fingers crossed for surf conditions!!!!=
I am hell-bent on getting this out before I go to bed because I want to be able to call this the November newsletter. In the spirit of speed, I will cut out 50% of my babbling on and hopefully that will help me out. Yeah, right!
I’ve been surfing in my mind more than anything else lately but on the few days I’ve had a go at Flat Rock there have been some memorable moments. Shortly after I put out the last newsletter I had just paddled out to the rock, with a few others not far behind even though the waves were ordinary. Sitting out there I noticed, as we often do, a dolphin cruising maybe 10 or 20 metres away. I checked this one out because it didn’t look like they usually do. Usually that means checking out the fin first and foremost. The more I look at this thing the bigger it looked. It was only about 10 metres away from where I was sitting when the penny dropped that I was looking at a baby humpback whale with a beam of about two metres! That is definitely the closest I’ve ever been to a whale in the water. I caught a wave and when I got back out Kim said it had wandered south around the rocks on its way home. A-mazing!
I’ve been closer to dolphins though and I have this idea in my head that I want to surf alongside one while it’s doing an aerial and gently grab hold of its dorsal fin and let it take me for a ride. Just the other day I came close. On a junky wave a dolphin did three aerials along with me but I had a section of soup between us so I will have to keep on hoping and keep on trying. It’s good to know that even if the surf isn’t notable that we still live in one fantastic area just to be at the beach, in the water or whatever.
When I wrote that I am resigning from secretary next year I had one very positive person get in touch to urge me to instead buy that new telephoto lens and keep on keeping on! I was flattered but the lens I had in mind costs over $1000. However, I am still keen to take some more photos. It’s a shame that we really haven’t had anyone with the skills and the time to take over managing our web site. I don’t have the skills or I could maybe be tempted. Everybody that knows how to do it reckons it’s easy. I don’t agree, unfortunately. Which leads me to mention the fact that I did just buy a discount waterproof camera from Aldi just the other day. If I can ever work out how to use it (and not lose it) I will have a go… so put on your best close-up wide-angle smiley faces, I’m entering a new chapter here. It was such a good deal it seemed but then I found out that K-Mart stocks them all the time as well. Everybody can go out and get one or two! Great Chrissie present perhaps?!
We’ve had a few messages by email lately for the club and here they are: 6
From: Brian Fryer Sent: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 5:41 PM To: secretary
Subject: RE: NOVEMBER COMP ON THIS SUNDAY
Hi All, Hope comp went well. No surf at Berry Springs this week and even if there was the crocodiles would get you. Did watch some surfing at the Litchfield Pub on the screen all the way from Portugal. Looked cool! Enjoy the beach. Brian
MESSAGE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARDING WEBSITE
From: ALB Sent: Friday, 23 November 2012 9:13 PM To: Southside; Soul; Saltwater; Pt Macquarie; Point Plomer; Ocean Beach; Noosa; NarrowNeck; Mullaloo; Mollymook; Manly; Mal-Nut; Lennox Head; Laybacks; Gold Coast; Curl Curl; Crescent Head; Cottesloe; Clarence Head; Byron Bay; Burleigh; bondi; Ballina Mal Club; alexandra headland Subject: MESSAGE FROM THE AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARDING WEBSITE
Another year has drawn to a close. The website has grown, with several thousand hits this year. It's all due to the in-put from you guys out there. With the next calendar year fast approaching, it's time to start organising. So if you have any open contests coming up next year, please send me the details and I'll bung them on the site. A few have already got some dates in place.
Have a great Christmas
Now I don’t normally delve into the commercial realm, but this one’s different. Why? Hey! This one’s from my daughter. She asked me to run it and that’s good enough for me:
From: Nikki Rich Sent: Thursday, 4 October 2012 9:21 PM To: BMC Secretary Subject: Re: The Latest Newsletter is now On Sale for Free
Dad, you should put in the newsletter that I can give insurance quotes (just thinking about Brian Delaney’s car accident). Suncorp’s pretty good with claims maybe even could have got them home quicker? Anyways I can give the highest discount I can to friends & family & if it still more expensive then I'm not gonna b offended if no one takes it hahaha.
That’s my girl, great sense of humour too! (did I mention she works at Suncorp?) 7
From: Lee Andresen Sent: Thursday, 22 November 2012 7:35 PM To: BMC Secretary Subject: RE: SURFERS TREE PLANTATHON OCT 28 SUNDAY
22 November 2012 Dear Alan I do apologise for being a bit slack and late in sending this 'thank you' to the wonderful Malibu surfers who helped us so much plant well over 400 trees on Planet Ark National Tree Day a month ago. Will you please pass this email onto them? Also tell then that in the week following their amazing effort our volunteers got more plants into the site and we made well over 500 which was our target for the project. Without a doubt we could not have managed that without the Malibu club's contribution. So thank you all for your work. Since the planting we have been watering them on a weekly basis. And this week a class of 30 Year 10 students from Emmanuel college came for a trip and gave them all yet another bucket of water. So we reckon they're all more or less ready now to survive on their own until Xmas, but we monitor them all every Saturday morning to check their growth, remove weeds, and say 'hello' to them. The survival rate is currently very high indeed and even the few that shed their leaves with shock after leaving their pots are, most of them anyhow, showing new buds so we reckon they'll be okay. We hope this won't be the last time the Malibu folk have come in to help keep Flat Rock maintained as the amazing place it has now become after 20 years of volunteer work. And I'm sure before long we'll find another task you can help us on. All the best, and thanks to everyone. Lee Andresen Ballina Coastcare, Media and Information Officer. 8
And here is my reply, for your info:
From: BMC Secretary
Sent: Thursday, 22 November 2012 10:11 PM To: 'Lee Andresen' Cc: .Ballina Malibu Club Subject: RE: SURFERS TREE PLANTATHON OCT 28 SUNDAY
Thank you for your acknowledgement of the efforts of the Ballina Malibu Club on National Tree Day. Your thanks are very welcome. Nonetheless, it is you and your merry band who deserve acknowledgement above all others for your long standing dedication to enhancing the amenity and ecological attributes of the Flat Rock area we so enjoy. We are merely the recipients of your efforts for the most part. Speaking personally, it was a pleasure to participate in order to acknowledge Ballina Coastcare for all the time and care you all continue to contribute to the beach we all share. So, once again, thank you for putting in so much effort at Flat Rock, on behalf of the Ballina Malibu Club we all do appreciate it.
Ballina Malibu Club
Alan Rich, Secretary
That’s it from your Secretary, see you at the Party if not before!
(This was sent out by the Secretary already for starters)
I’m not sure if this is a newsletter, a newsletter instalment, or what – but in the spirit of getting this to you before our blood alcohol levels completely return to normal (whatever that may be, when you think about it), you can consider this MBT Wrap-Up Report from Socially Inclined Queen Jan to be whatever you want it to be. The main thing is that it is now in your inbox. Okay? Okay!
Thanks Jan for bringing the camera… although when the newspapers get hold of the photo and run it of Bad Boys Mr Farrell and Mr Harper with open beers in the back of the bus, their dreams of being able to hope to control those 5-day a week high school rear-seat rioters will probably be gone forever and ever. Thanks to Eric too!
Mysterious Bus Tourer Alan. 9
Plenty of Good Cheer!
THE Official Report:
From: Jan Webster Sent: Sunday, 21 October 2012 8:35 PM To: ballina malibu club Subject: MBT-wrapup
The Social Committee was very happy with the number of mystified travellers that joined the bus at various locations on Saturday evening.(in fact picking everyone up was a little bit of a mystery to others too!)
The journey progressed well and the food was scrumptious at "The Federal" (this is not Federal the town), where everyone got an opportunity to talk and meet with others they may not have known so well. Even the weather behaved itself and turned into a beautiful evening to be out and about.
All thanks to our very clever bus driver Eric, who got us all safely to our next destination of Bangalow where a choice of desserts and further drinking was dispersed with Footy and Dancing for those inclined. (we have no pictures of those dancing but it is understood that they enjoyed the music very well!)
Before we knew it ,it was all over -suddenly we were home- a bit of a mystery in itself! Thanks again from your ever diligent Social Committee. 10
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SOCIAL ROUND UP FOR THE YEAR
"SAT NIGHT 10th NOV AT THE ''MUMTAJ'' INDIAN RESTRAUNT IN THE RAMADA COMPLEX. The plan is to MEET AT THE RAMADA FOR A COCKTAIL AND WATCH THE SUN GO DOWN OVER THE RIVER."
Well there was a thunderous looking sky and a cool wind so we didn't get to see the sunset over the river as we had ordered.
We began with the odd drink or two in the Ramada where we all eventually caught up with each other. We wandered next door to find the Indian restaurant in full swing, so we fitted in quite well.
We had to be seated at 2 tables as we had opted for inside, which was just as well due to the 11
inclement weather (can't have everything). Fabulous, tasty food and lots of it!!! Before we knew it we had come to end of the arrangement and the rain had begun. So far there have been no complaints (I don't know about that other rowdy table!).
Thanks every one for your attendance once again- it's the people make the club!
The Social Committee.
Editor’s note: this reminds me of a dinner at Noosa after the Wrecks and Relics a couple of years ago. Being a Norteamericano (Gringo, North American), I talked Bruce Wilson and Paul Bioletti into dinner at the Mexican restaurant. It turned out that they were both quite apprehensive because they weren’t Mexican food aficionados and didn’t want to scald their mouths on anything hotly seasoned. I promised them that I’d guide them through the menu safely because hot food didn’t like me at all either. We all had a great meal and they were pleasantly surprised to survive unscathed from their trip to Mexico.
I guess that must have turned the corner for them because I was not at all game to try Indian food like they did (see the photo). Don’t ask me about long ago when I decided to step up to a medium hot dish, instead of mild one, at Ev’s favourite Indian restaurant. That was the last time. I’ll never 12
forget it, as much as I’d like to, but don’t ask me to relive the story for you. Ask Ev. She’ll be happy to share my pain with you.
Pam Harper. One year ago on November 24, 2011. We’re thinking of you, Col and family. You’re the ones who miss her the most, we know, but remember, we do too.
October, gone and forgotten: Phil Calnan and David Zeman.
November, gone and possibly best forgotten: Kerry Wilcox and Eric Walker
If I’ve left you out this year, feel privileged. You’ve now got an extra year up your sleeve to do what you want with. Who said I never gave you any presents? That’ll be a wrap until the next one. As I say:
Party Hardy Everybody