Big Bay Classic (or Classic Moves Win the Big Bay)
The Cape Doctor has started to make its presence a little more known, Big Bay taken over by a Euro storm held an almost epic classic. Simon Hurrey reports from the Blue Peter Bar...
I was reluctant to enter as I’m on holiday and anyone that knows me can vouch for the fact I am not the most enthusiastic when it comes to competing. Also, it’s not just a local competition, there are the world’s best wave sailors here every winter, all eager to win this “friendly" local comp…
Luckily, on the day of the competition, perfect mast high sets were rolling in and there was 5.0m weather to accompany it. Having the opportunity to sail Big Bay at mast high with only 4 people out at a time was too good to miss.
I had a couple of easy first rounds and scored aerials on most of my waves. Unfortunately I then came up against Proffitt in the 3rd round, can you believe it? Every competition! We had a close heat and I felt I was in the lead with 3 waves and 1 jump. I did a safe forward but then crashed my high back loop, only to see Mr. Consistent stick his perfectly. Simon leaves the competition =9th.
Ben then goes on to face Tine Slabe in the quarter-finals, sails a solid heat and loses on jumping. This caused a ruckus. Everyone thought Ben had one, but it was the giant that is Tine getting to the semis.
The next day we spent surfing the last of the big swell until Sunday bought the wind back. There was no time for the double so they held the finals which Kevin Mevissen won. They also held an expression session, which has some amusing judging decisions. New school pushies, shakas, backies, air chachoos, clew first backies all going down to 1 handed forwards and cheese rolls.
All in all a good contest which was well organised, really good fun but needs a bit of modernisation judging wise. The quality of the conditions on the first day made it a lot of fun.