The Snowy McAlister Classic 2014 Wrap Up
[Photo: (top) Ladies Finalist Sam Walker (above) Winner of 2014 Snowy McAlister Winter Classic Roisin Carolan copyright Bangalley Creative]
The 27th annual C.J. Snowy McAlister Winter surfing festival was held this long weekend, 7th-9th June 2014, at Manly Beach. This year also was the celebration of the 50th year since the 1964 World Title that was held at Manly Beach and was won by Palm Beach (NSW) local Midget Farrelly.
The Manly Malibu Club put on a fantastic event each year and 2014 was no different.
The ladies division has been held since the first event in 1987 when Donna Elliot took out first place. This year the ladies division presented by Dripping Wet Surf Manly, had 16 competitors from all areas of the east coast of Australia as well as Manly locals.
Conditions for the heats were tough on a dead low tide and 30 knot SW winds on Sunday morning, but the girls managed to pull some fantastic manoeuvres out of some very testing waves. Semi-final conditions were better with a mid-tide and slightly bigger swell. In the finals the best 6 girls put on a brilliant show with so many skills demonstrated with style and precision in front of a big crowd. Sam Walker from Freshwater nailed a number of tight turns on tricky waves. Lara Murphy from Bondi held the nose on a number of left-handers and Byron Bay youngster Roisin Carolan got some of the biggest waves of the heat travelling to and from the nose with with determination and grace. It was a tight match up with each of the finalists grabbing wave after wave right up until the final buzzer.
19 year-old Roisin Carolan won the 2014 ladies event. She said after her victory “It’s cool to win the Snowy… it was my first proper longboard comp when I was 11 so it’s really special to me.” When asked what’s next for Roisin… “I want to improve my surfing, and have fun while I’m doing it. I really want to explore different surf spots as well and push my boundaries by riding some bigger waves.’ Look out for her crusin’ and carving up Australia’s east coast on a traditional log or modern mal.
Well done to all the competitors for such fab display on one of Sydney’s most popular beaches. So great to see so many girls enter in this year’s event. See you next year.
Final Results 2014:
1st – Roisin Carolan
2nd – Sam Walker
3rd – Jenna Bilton
4th – Lara Murphy
5th – Meghan Knox
6th – Paulie Pullman