Awesome conditions for the first freewave of the season. Plenty of wind, about just right for the 4.0 and SW which is cross-onshore. A good size swell, not too big and not too small. Sun out - at least periodically - 20 plus keen competitors, all more than competent to handle the conditions. A really good vibe on the beach.
The only downside was that it freezing. Not as cold as it has been this year, but still cold enough to make sailing for extended periods uncomfortable. Competition was really well run and organised (cheers Nick Hunn and David Rowe), and we managed to get through the heats reasonably quickly.
The early heats were held in primo Lyall conditions, good grunty ramps, heaps of power. lots of big moves being laid down. Stand outs were Tim Haxell's total disregard for life and limb - launching into huge tweaked end over forwards at every opportunity. Rob H's big shove-it's, and of course Clayton's perfect run of flawless sail away back loops and slashy down the line bashes.
I felt like I was sailing OK too, and was really gunning for the win. As usual Clayton's form throughout the heats showed that he was going to be the main to beat and I went into the final thinking that I would need to concentrate on the wavesailing to stand a chance of getting the no 1 spot. So after laying down my routine of reasonable aerial moves I set about making sure that I had some good waves too.
However, rather than the wavesailing, it was Clayton's impressive planing backloops and big springy forwards on the inside that undid me.
So great conditions and great sailing, but 2nd place for this round.
Time to learn a new move I think . .