Yorkes Surfarama 2017
It wasn't a hard decision to make. Ben had family commitments, same with Ash, so they asked if I'd like to attend Yorkes Surfarama.
It's the best community surf event anywhere around the country, and with a large winteresque swell on the cards the answer was easy.
The Yorke Peninsula community is spread over hundreds of square kilometres, and it's not just those who cling to the limestone coast. Farmers from the Mid North and even crew from Adelaide who feel an affinity with the peninsula are considered part of the community - albeit the extended community. And when the Yorkes mob put on a show, everyone comes together.
The Yorkes Surfarama is an opportunity for families and surfers to catch up, throw in some money for fund-raising projects to preserve and maintain the fragile peninsula coastline.
From kids clown performances and Dreamtime stories to the guitar prowess of local Warooka teenager Travis Collins, and that's all before Beach Leech got the dance floor kicking late into the night.
Then there was the surf. The great thing about Yorkes is that under most winds and swell there is always somewhere to surf. Saturday saw a large groundswell fill in and protected spots lit up under the prevailing south-wester.
Sunday was the day though, with a light offshore wind giving all the reefs across the bottom of the peninsula a proper wax and polish.
It was a great event to catch up with old friends among new ones, sharing experiences that only come from such a great local community.
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