City Beach stoked to get new club

POST Newspapers - - Arts - By CAMERON BED­FORDBROWN

Con­struc­tion of a new club­house for the City Beach Surf Rid­ers will start next week at City Beach Oval in Fred Bur­ton Way.

Club pres­i­dent Mark Thomp­son said the club had been op­er­at­ing out of a makeshift sea con­tainer af­ter its last club­house suc­cumbed to con­crete cancer.

Mem­bers were “suit­ably stoked” to be mov­ing into their new per­ma­nent home.

“We have a good re­la­tion­ship with the Cam­bridge coun­cil and they have been very sup­port­ive over the years,” Mark said.

“The new club­house is a vote of con­fi­dence for the club.”

The $50,000 struc­ture is ex­pected to take six weeks to build.

The state gov­ern­ment and Cam­bridge coun­cil pro­vided fund­ing.

City Beach has en­joyed a good sea­son of com­pe­ti­tion.

“We had a great start to win­ter with ex­cel­lent waves at lo­cal breaks, but things have gone a bit quiet over the past month,” Mark said.

The club has two events on the cal­en­dar left, one at Rot­tnest and hope­fully one at City Beach if the bank next to the groyne starts to work.

Club rip­per Matt Del­roy-Carr is lead­ing the open rat­ings.

The re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion by Amer­i­can Kelly Slater and Hawai­ian John John Florence at the Pipe­line Mas­ters next month af­ter in­jury lay­offs will make for an even more ex­cit­ing end to this year’s world cham­pi­onship tour.

Slater is a seven-time event win­ner and while Florence is yet to win the mas­ters, he has won four Pipe Pro lesser tiered comps and is recog­nised as one of the best surfers at the world’s most dan­ger­ous surf break.

Their de­ci­sion to com­pete will add ex­tra ex­cite­ment to the three-way ti­tle race in­volv­ing rat­ings leader Brazil­ian Gabriel Medina and com­pa­triot Filipe Toledo, who is tied in sec­ond place with Aus­tralian Ju­lian Wil­son.

Medina will win his sec­ond world ti­tle if he places first or sec­ond.

If Medina places third or worse, Toledo or Wil­son will be in con­tention, but they will have to win to take out the ti­tle.

Both Slater and Florence can play spoiler roles and will more than likely surf against the ti­tle con­tenders in the early rounds.

The Pipe­line Mas­ters is the most pres­ti­gious event on tour and the one all pro-surfers want on their win­ning re­sumes.

The heav­ing peaks and shal­low reef hold gen­uine fear for any surfer brave enough to tackle its hol­low tubes.

Six surfers have died at the in­fa­mous break since 2008 and world tour surfers like Aus­tralian Owen Wright and Bede Dur­bidge al­most suf­fered ca­reer end­ing in­juries there in re­cent years.

WA’s sec­ond most ac­claimed event on the lo­cal surf­ing cal­en­dar, the Mar­garet River Clas­sic, will take place at Surfers’ Point next Fri­day.

It’s the 37th clas­sic and WA’s top surfers will be go­ing all out to win and gain wild card en­try into next year’s World Surf League cham­pi­onship tour event, the Mar­garet River Pro.

Wild­cards will be given to the win­ners of the men’s and women’s di­vi­sions and a chance to com­pete against the world’s best surfers with home surf ad­van­tage.

Six di­vi­sions will be held, in­clud­ing lo­cals only short­board, over 40 and 50 men’s short­board, un­der 21 men’s short­board and open men’s and women’s.

Pic­ture: WSL/Liam Robert­son

WA’s Lau­ren Poor is a surf­ing ta­lent on the rise and is pic­tured heredur­ing the Phillip Is­land Pro this week.

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