The 16th Annual Burleigh Single Fin Contest

WOW!, First I want to thank Burleigh Boardriders for putting on a spectacular weekend event and one of the best surfing contests I have watched in a lot of years. Also to BILLABONG for supporting it. They are doing it tough along with everyone and I really hope that they can bounce back into one of Australia’s best CORE surf-brands like they once were.

That said, I can’t believe the things I was watching the boys do on a single fin. Now, rules are simple. The board has to be pre 1985. Simple. Until you put some of surfings biggest legends, local rulers and world-class professionals on them. They were turning, carving and airing their way through their heats in some very fun 3-4ft barrels. It was a blast just watching drawn out bottom turns, full rail arcing top-turns and speed lines through the pits. I was even cheering!! With Big Louie Egan and Ash Humphries running the show all that was needed were waves to win. Here are some pics from the 2 days and I also want to finish with a shout out to Peter Roberts. He was the first person I knew who told me about surfing in Indo while I was an apprentice  more than 20 years ago and was an absolute legend to me and my dad for many years. RIP Pete.

I look forward to getting back my Film from the lab. So many to come and they all start arriving this week. Crossing my fingers I have some good ones.

Wave coming Groms...

Wave coming Groms…

Only the strong survive.

Only the strong survive.

Nice line for anyone..

Nice line for anyone..

Strong glass, weak fin.

Strong glass, weak fin.

Sin city from the headland!

Sin city from the headland!

Classic single fining.

Classic single fining.

Clint getting barrelled into the Semi's.

Clint getting barreled into the Semi’s.

Pick a board.

Pick a board.

Single fin love ONE.

Single fin love ONE.

Two!

Two!

Barrels everywhere.

Barrels everywhere.

YEww...

YEww…

Watching them turn those things was impressive.

Watching them turn those things was impressive.

Clint on his way to the Semis.

Clint on his way to the Semis.

The crowd was filling in.

The crowd was filling in.

Hiding from the blazing sun.

Hiding from the blazing sun.

Clint, waiting for his quarterfinal result.

Clint, waiting for his quarterfinal result.

The booths.

The booths.

All pre-1985

All pre-1985

Sone crackers here.

Some crackers here.

Pick a board!

Pick a board!

Backhand sliding.

Backhand sliding.

enjoying the view!

Enjoying the view!

Burleigh headland rocking!

Burleigh headland rocking!

They were all here to watch.

They were all here to watch.

Such a rad event!

Such a rad event!

Check out that wave!

Check out that wave!

Sophie was even loving it!

Sophie was even loving it!

So was this girl.

So was this girl.

How good is his style.

How good is his style.

Another perfect little barrel.

Another perfect little barrel.

Turn.

Turn.

Good looking board.

Good looking board.

Whack!

Whack!

Forward!

Forward!

One.

One.

Two.

Two.

Three.

Three.

Four.

Four.

Wide angle.

Wide angle.

In there son.

In there son.

Lunch time over in the park. Its such a beautiful place.

Lunch time over in the park. It’s such a beautiful place.

Loads of people.

Loads of people.

Grrrrrr,

Grrrrrr,

Huuuuuu!

Huuuuuu!

All day these were being ridden.

All day these were being ridden.

Deeper and deeper.

Deeper and deeper.

Thats a bottom turn.

Thats a bottom turn.

Lovin it!

Lovin it!

Single fin love

Single fin love

This board looked amazing.

This board looked amazing.

Clint into another one.

Clint into another one.

Another perfect bottom turn.

Another perfect bottom turn.

Set up that pit.

Set up that pit.

and in there!

and in there!

Gold Coast water clarity has been amazing lately.

Gold Coast water clarity has been amazing lately.

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Lots of these going down in the sun.

Lots of these going down in the sun.

Yewwww.

Yewwww.

Styleman.

Styleman.

So easy to watch!

So easy to watch!

New school the old way!

New school the old way!

All seem so stoked to be be there.

All seem so stoked to be be there.

Getting ready for his final!

Getting ready for his final!

So was th epark.

So was the park.

Getting ready to put on a show.

Getting ready to put on a show.

The peanut gallery starting to heat up!

The peanut gallery starting to heat up!

Whack!

Whack!

Ripping.

Ripping.

Was great to see backhand surfing in the final!

Was great to see backhand surfing in the final!

Arrrggggg,, So good to watch,.. I'll say it again!

Arrrggggg,, So good to watch,.. I’ll say it again!

Great lines.

Great lines.

Bazza's

Bazza’s

turns,

turns,

turnssss..

turnssss..

Deep one!

Deep one!

Another perfect setup!

Another perfect setup!

Another perfect little barrel!

Another perfect little barrel!

into a turn!

into a turn!

Clean style!

Clean style!

Intense moments.

Intense moments.

Bottom turn.

Bottom turn.

top turn..

top turn..

Going for it!

Going for it!

Landing perfectly!

Landing perfectly!

In there.

In there.

Closeout turns.

Closeout turns.

More Barrels.

More Barrels.

Rasta stoked to see his competitor doing his best to win.

Rasta stoked to see his competitor doing his best to win.

Getting deep.

Getting deep.

Draw it out.

Draw it out.

Yewwww.

Yewwww.

One,

One,

two,

two,

Three!!!

Three!!!

Rasta, on his way to Surfers and a win.

Rasta, on his way to Surfers and a win.

Best barrel. I agree,. This kid  must have had 5 mins worth of Barrels on Sunday.

Best barrel. I agree,. This kid must have had 5 mins worth of Barrels on Sunday.

Grommet talk.

Grommet talk.

Big things to come.

Big things to come.

In total awe.. ME too!

In total awe of a LEGEND.. ME too!

Winner of the Groms, being a grom.

Winner of the Groms, being a grom.

Can't wait to get my 120 back.

Can’t wait to get my 120 back.

Jack and Dave.

Jack and Dave.

Everyone so stoked.

Everyone so stoked.

Good final.

Good final.

Shocked??

Shocked??

Occ to Rasta. Rad....

Occ to Rasta. Rad….

Yea Rasta.

Yea Rasta.

Seemingly happy.

VERY happy.

Nice Prize.

Nice Prize.

Ash, Well done mate. Including the beers.

Ash, Well done mate. Including the beers.