Last Sunday saw a green light for the Flat Rock Invitational bodysurfing competition.
Located just off the populous Newcastle foreshore, Flat Rock is reef break that delivers a pitching barrel drawn off the sea grass covered rock, that then backs off a bit as it hugs and wraps down the reef.
A nice nugget rolls in
It’s a perfect wave for a bodysurfer looking to start under the lip and then finish with some free style moves down the line. With a 3ft SE swell and offshore winds the conditions were perfect.
In the slot
Many competitors had travelled in from far and wide to join a strong local contingent. Some so strong, neoprene was deemed an unnecessary luxury despite the biting westerly winds!
The event itself, has a real community feel to it. Centered around its organiser, the incomparable force of nature that is Greg Mayers. Greg has run this competition for the last ten years and it is a tribute to the likeable old barnacle and sign of respect or dare I say fear, that he has been able to secure year on year exclusive event access
This camaraderie can also be felt through the format of the event, with each competitor participating in a minimum of two heats. Meaning even if you didnt place you would still get an opportunity to share a few more waves with fellow bodysurfers.
In the end, it was still a competition and the highest ranking across the two rounds would meet in the final. Standards were really high and in a tightly contested final – it was local favourite and 2x time previous winner, Peter Sperling who would seal the deal and his third trophy with some excellent wave riding.
Greg Mayers and winner Pete Sperling
Has spent over 30 years of his middle aged life trying to spend more time in the ocean. Likes to surf, bodysurf, free dive and pretend he enjoys chasing big waves.