Woolgoolga master surf boat conditions
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE old boys always have a trick or two up their sleeve that the young guns still don't know and this was proven on Saturday afternoon during the NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.
The Master's final of the surf boat competition saw the Woolgoolga team rule their own beach by catching what was easily the wave of the day when they barely had to put in any work from the moment they turned at the cans.
Turning in third place behind the quick starting Minnie Waters/Wooli and Wauchope/Bonny Hills, the Woolgoolga crew finished easily ahead of their rivals to claim a gold medal on home turf.
"I wasn't a member of the club when the last country titles were up here so to get a medal up here in the country titles is fantastic," said one of the crew members Wayne Bailey.
"I just can't believe the amount of people that are here on the beach."
Five foot surf with a metre of swell created the golden ride for Woolgoolga and although most of the finals were won by boats on the south end of the course Bailey refused to believe that they received any favours from the draw.
"We copped that howler on the way back but I wouldn't have liked to have been going out there with that one," he said.
"It's been patchy all day and we were lucky with the timing of the wave."
As hands were being shaken afterwards, even the vanquished had to acknowledge the gem that the Woopi crew caught.
The sweep from Minnie Waters/Wooli was half cursing his own luck when he saw the wave building, tried to get on, missed and then could only look on in jealousy when he saw Woolgoolga grab the ride of a lifetime.
He said that once he saw the back of the Woolgoolga boat go up he knew the race was all over.