Riding this wave to victory is Yeppoon’s Brett Murray, a local surfer competing against old friends on a beach he knows and loves, to win the Yeppoon Surfing Festival at the weekend.
Riding this wave to victory is Yeppoon’s Brett Murray, a local surfer competing against old friends on a beach he knows and loves, to win the Yeppoon Surfing Festival at the weekend. Calderon Surfing Queensland

Cheeky Murray takes the title

LYING on his surfboard paddling through the swell, Brett Murray was in his element and on a mission to find the perfect wave.

After all, he first picked up a board and learned how to surf on the very same stretch, the Big Dune surfing reserve at Farnborough Beach, Yeppoon.

Brett, 32, was in the water competing in the 2011 Yeppoon Surfing Festival at the weekend against some long-time friends and good surfers from the south.

Finding that wave was everything in the competition, and lucky for Brett, it was what scored him the 13.67 points to win.

“The conditions were really tough, but everything came together on Sunday,” he said.

“I got one really good wave and that’s what saved me. If anyone got that wave they would have won.”

Brett only recently returned to live in Yeppoon and it was his old mates who pushed him into competing.

“It was a bit cheeky, I had only just come back to town,” he said.

He said the weekend-long festival was competitive, but a social event as well, as there were kids and dogs and people with tents watching the action.

The winners were:

 Shortboard Open Men – Brett Murray; Under-18 Boys – Blake Portch.

 Open Women – Kim Everitt; Under-18 Girls – Danya Belot.

 Longboard Open Men, Anthony Bonney; Over-40 Men – Pat Eastwood; Over-50 Men – Dean Parkinson.

 Open Women – Simone Beasley.

 Under-13 Boys – Zac Close; Under-13 Girls – Ocea-Lily Everitt.



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