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Matt Hoy’s still got it, as you can see by this ‘Hoy-Hack’.

The annual Ray Richards man-on-man contest has been held over until November 3 after the contest was blown away by a howling offshore wind hit Merewether beach mid-morning.

The annual Ray Richards man-on-man contest has been held over until November 3 after the contest was blown away by a howling offshore wind hit Merewether beach mid-morning.

The contest was aborted mid second round after good mates Luke Egan and Matt Hoy clashed for the first time since their pro-surfing days.

Hoy was narrowly defeated in a tight contest and some observers said the local shredder was underscored on his final wave of the heat.

Former local boy Mitch Ross was the standout performer of the day, posting some of the biggest and most consistent scores of the heats.

One of Australia’s premier surfboard clubs Merewether Surfboard Club will be running the prestigious annual Ray Richards Memorial Man on Man Surfing Contest this Saturday and Sunday at Merewether Beach. The event has been running since 1989, and is the most sought after win of all for members of the club. Past winners have included Nicky Wood, Luke Egan, Chad Edser, Mitchell Ross, Travis Lynch, Craig Anderson, Paul Parkes, Jesse Adam, Ryan Callinan and current Australian Pro Junior Champion Jake Sylvester.

The event is named in honour of Ray Richards, Newcastle Surfing Pioneer and father of Australian sporting legend and four time world champion Mark Richards. Ray was instrumental in the formation of the club and mentored many of the former club champions. The trophy and t-shirt for this year’s event feature Dave Kelly’s iconic image of Ray watching MR go left and Mick Adam go right at a perfect day at Merewether.

This year we have a record field of entries and have broken it into a trials even on Saturday, the qualifiers will meet an invited field of 16 of Merewether’s finest surfers, seven of whom are past champions and includes former Surfest champion Philippa Anderson and Merewether legend Matt Hoy.

Adding to the prestige of this year’s event will be the honour of being the reigning champion during 2014 which is the clubs 50th year. The club will celebrate that event with a reunion at the Newcastle City Hall on the 28th of June 2014 where we expect to have over 1000 members and friends of the club in attendance.

The contest will kick off on Saturday and Sunday at around 8:00am with the champion crowned around 4:00pm Sunday.

We will need plenty of assistance judging so could all club members make themselves available even if you are not competing. Dave will be on the BBQ.

We also plan to have beers up at the Surf Club after the final on Sunday night.

 

Everyone gets a T-shirt designed by Chris Totterman of Foam riders.

 

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Mitch Ross was the standout performer on a wind-blown Sunday at Merewether.

 

 

Grant Sproule
Grant Sproule
grantsproule@throwingbuckets.com.au

Grant Sproule has worked in Newspapers and Surf Media for 22 years and is also graphic designer and photographer. His eye for detail and deep passion for surfing has led him to develop one of Australia's leading Surf Magazines. Grant Started shooting surfing at a young age and is now regarded as an industry pro.

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