The conditions allowed for a varied mix of surfing. On the one hand, there were the guys with retrospective flair, and plenty of style – on the other, there were those who refused to change their approach and looked like they were on modern thrusters. Some blokes banged the sections, some trimmed past them, but both were equally amusing. Local Burleigh surfer Tom Woods pulled off an air reverse over the rocks – WA lord Creed McTaggart was supremely smooth in the tube – the girls too, were impressive in the peelers. The junior division showed that appreciation for vintage craft will be alive and well in the future. Only time will tell which groms dedicate themselves to the craft. It was an incredible couple of days for the spectators too. Fathers, sons, mothers and mates roared for their friends as they hot dogged down the point, and the noise reverberated through the apartment buildings on the hill. A major highlight of the event was Tom Carrol’s performance in the old boy’s division – he rode a wave from out the back, all the way through to the inside, where he stretched five for what seemed like a full minute. The ‘manoeuvre’ set the crowd afire, and all felt lucky to have witnessed it.