Dust off your single-fin board
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THERE'S no doubting the amount of community spirit that exists within our local surfers.
Always looking out for their own, there's no shortage of avenues surfers will explore to help out a mate or a good cause.
This Saturday's Tony Waller Memorial Single Fin Classic is another shining example of the camaraderie that exists between surfers.
Now in it's third year, this event is being used to raise funds for the National Heart Foundation.
The competition this weekend is being held in memory of local surfing enthusiast Tony Waller who died three years ago from heart disease.
Waller's son Bart has taken a strong grip of the reins this year and he says that he can't wait for the weekend's festivities to begin.
"It's a competition but the day isn't held in a competitive spirit," he said of the upcoming event.
"It's more a community social event than a full-on competition.
"We had 50-odd entrants the last couple of years and there should be a bigger number this time around."
Sawtell Surf Club is ready to be rocking under sunny skies all day Saturday with a north-westerly breeze tipped on the long-term forecast. The fun isn't going to just stop when the competition is over.
"We're holding the presentation on Saturday night at the Sport and Rec club on Hogbin Drive, Sawtell, but that promises to be more of a party than an official presentation," Waller said..
"The after party has got a '70's theme and everyone who's coming has already said that they're dressing up for a big night."
For the surfers keen on joining in the action this weekend, there are still spaces left for some late entries.
Prospective competitors can get in touch with Bart Waller on 0424 088 938.
Spectators looking forward to an afternoon in the sun can attend knowing that their needs will also be well attended to as well.