history of the club since 1980
1980/ 81 The
Merimbula Sailboard Club was formed by a handful of keen surfer/sailors.
We held a competition at Easter 1981 and Mike Maguire won.Another contest was held in the November
to coincide with first Rip Curl multi fins sailboard classic
to be held in Torquay. We got t-shirts from Dare Jennings of
Phantom, called the contest the Wave Flight contest and made
our own poster. 36 sailors arrived most of whom were on their
way home from Torquay. An expression session was held when the
SE wind came up and democracy ruled as we voted for the best
sailor at Pambula pub. Scotty won, or was it Mark...??
November '82 Midget's
company "Surfblanks" sponsored
us. There was now a contest circuit, Torquay-Merimbula-Sydney.
Dare gave us a cool poster (bears on thong) and 50 sailors
plus Randy Naish competed in an expression session at the airport
beach.We voted at the pub... won by Mark Paul
November '83 Features, cat poster,
serious waves at the Bar, Mallacoota, Ford Oval.Craig
Yester, Richard White, Suzie Gedayloo, Malte & Klaus Simmer,
Randy, Alan Cadiz, Fraser Black, Clare Seeger. It was won by
Craig Yester and Clare Seeger (uk)
November '84 SW
winds sent the event to Mallacoota. 6ft swell plus 25knot SW
winds at tip beach made
for a mega day for Midget, Wylie & Scotty on the bear away
peaks. This was followed by excellent days at Fordys. Won
by Midget, Scott & Wylie, Santha
November '85 saw a new level of maturity
for the event, a new level of inspiration, a new poster, by the
newly emerged from the darkest recesses of Africa,100%Mambo,
the big beat from the heart of the (surfwear) jungle. It featured
the ashtray and the three legged dog. This bought a new level
of sophistication to the event..love him or hate him?
Some asked "what's a three legged dog got
to do with wave sailing?"
Well plenty of course and thus the mission
to convert the culture
praise ashtray, praise Mambo. As
if an omen, ashtray let loose with 12" of rain, floods and soapy
water and waves too big to measure on any contemporary scale.
Midget broke 5 masts, Ricky didn't drown, Maui Meyer won from
Scotty, Dave Sheen emerged from W.A. Santha won womens, Josh
Adams won juniors, and Tommy Peterson tore up the poster as a
protest over the trash we let into our club... and he only had
November '86 The biggest and best..10ft
waves. 4.2m sails for 3 days. We sailed Tura, main beach & the
Bar. Sonya nearly drowned, Hopf ripped to beat Wylie & Mcgain,
Santha won the womens again.
November '87 most perfection, 101starters.
SW bear aways from 8 am turning south later & harder NE bear
aways from 10 am. Classic Fordys then later SE at the Bar...jellyfish.
Rohan wins overall from Josh Adams who put on the most awesome
display of wave sailing not equalled to this day
November '88 saw the Mambo helmet
that reappeared at Sydney 2000 olympics. 175 sailors including
Jason Polakow & Mark Angulo, all anxious not to miss another
'87. We sailed Tathra in NE small swell. Rohan took his 2nd title,
Jason the juniors providing a glimpse of things to come, Priscilla
November '89 the Jason era, 2 doggies
poster,190 competitors, Jason blew all away!
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