City Beach stoked to get new club
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.
WA’s Lauren Poor is a surfing talent on the rise and is pictured hereduring the Phillip Island Pro this week.