Donaghy rules the waves

RIDING HIGH: Andrew Laverge cresting a wave during the East Beach Easter Surf Classic last weekend. It was part of the Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival Picture: JON HOUZET

LOCAL evergreen ripper Andrew Donaghy once again ruled the waves in the East Beach Easter Surf Classic last weekend, winning the open section of the competition – one of several sporting events tying in to the Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival.

“Despite poor weather, the waves were big and rather wild the opening day. Many guys struggled to get out to the back. It was a hard physical battle,” Kowie Boardriders Club (KBC) chairman Warwick Heny said.

“As expected, the surf calmed down for the finals on Sunday and good to excellent waves peeled down the sandbank, making for some good and radical surfing.”

There was a festive atmosphere on the shore, the parking lot choc-a-bloc with spectators, and the beach café doing steady business with coffee, breakfast rolls, hamburgers and cooldrinks.

Just down the beach the rubber ducks were in action in a circuit race, and although some concerns were expressed by KBC announcer Mickey Witthuhn about surfers getting too close to the rubber ducks, or the rubber ducks being too close to the surfing, but no harm was caused and there were no hard feelings.

See the full story in this week’s Talk of the Town.

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