The 11th annual Hurley BL’s Blast Off presented by Beecraft kicked off it’s first day in perfect conditions at Whale Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches today. This year the event has drawn more than 360 kids from all over Australia, as young as just three-years-old up to 14 and is notably one of the biggest and best kids surf festivals in the country. Former World Surfing Champion Barton Lynch prides himself on the unique format of the event where kids get to surf multiple rounds and experience the whole week of activities before the finals day arrives.
“We love the fact that Blast Off takes the pressure off the groms.” Said BL. “The first few rounds they surf, they receive coaching feedback from the judges to help them progress their surfing and learn new skills in a really fun and supportive environment. Win, lose or draw, competing or not, everyone’s having a great time. It’s just a really great family event.”
“Day one conditions looked like they were going to be a challenge , but the kids went crazy and were going for whatever they could find. We did have good banks at Whale Beach; lefts and rights, and the sun was out – as good a day as you can hope for, that’s for sure.”
“The south end was definitely the better of it with some amazing waves rolling through for the kids. We surfed the kids at both ends of the beach but even with such a spread out contest area it was still crowded all over the beach and there was such an electric and excitable vibe.”
Surfing performances right across the board were great as usual with the talent level still being raised every year. Every division that surfed today was really impressive.
Jamie Thompson of Narrabeen was awarded the SunBum performer of the day after dominating his heats in really challenging conditions at the north end of the beach. “He was charging all day and had great wave selection, just really committed to every section.” Said BL.
“Overall I’m so stoked with day one. A key factor for the success of Blast Off is having great weather and light winds, which is what we were delivered today.”