A weekend of sometimes pumping, sometimes life and death survival conditions, was the canvas that the 30th Kirra Teams Challenge was painted on.
The Kirra Teams Challenge is one of the most prestigious Australian events for any club to win, and lifting the Kirra Eagle trophy above your head and claim it for your team is a proud achievement in the life of any boardriding club.
What was an amazing feat from the Kirra Surfriders Club, was the fact their major sponsor pulled out, but they still ran the event with full prizemoney and set up. This is testament to the hard work of the Kirra crew and everybody involved. The constant consumption of the goodies from the Kirra food tent made sure everything was going to be alright.
It all came down to the last round with Merewether, Angouire and Coffs Harbour the only teams with a chance of grabbing the win.
Merewether won the event in 1986 and 1987, and have not won it again until this year, and the emotion had clearly overcome the team, in particular one Mr Matt Hoy, who said it was one of the highlights of his surfing career. In the end it was left to the young guns to bring it home, and Jesse Adam, under immense pressure, brought home the bacon for his team, in a wild, rugged and most agree dangerous 6 foot plus low tide onshore Kirra Point, the swell dropping in the afternoon but still thick and heavy.
30 years of the Kirra Teams Challenge and it will be great to see it all go down in 2015 as the 32 clubs that competed this year will surely be back.
Photo courtesy Michael Tobin.