SurfStock on regardless of weather

A Blessing from surf god Huey is all that can be asked for this weekend’s festivities.

Kirra SurfStock director Andy McKinnon is hoping for a big swell but no rain this weekend as he vows the inaugural event will go ahead rain, hail or shine.

“It is all shaping up well; nothing is stopping us now,” Mr McKinnon said.

“The swell forecast is encouraging for Kirra today with south-easterly winds and a pumping south-easterly swell for tomorrow.

“I think Huey may be listening.”

The bureau of meteorology was yesterday predicting showers for today and tomorrow.

“I’m praying to Huey to bring the swell, but hold the rain,” Mr McKinnon said.

Coolangatta’s Joel Parkinson, who used to surf the iconic waves as a teenager, threw his support behind the Kirra cause yesterday.

He joined 90.9 Sea FM morning crew Paul, Moyra and Baggs outside Kirra Surf Life Saving Club yesterday for a live broadcast to discuss what Kirra Beach meant to him.

“I grew up in a house not too far from Kirra,” Mr Parkinson said on the radio.

“I can remember getting washed up on some rocks, so I would have to paddle out down near Bilinga. It’s good to see the rocks are coming back and the sand is shrinking up a bit.”

Parkinson and fellow local Mick Fanning are currently facing off in a battle for the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship, which will be decided next month.

In line with SurfStock festivities, surfing legend Bob McTavish yesterday afternoon launched his new book Stoked! and signed autographs at the Kirra Surf Club.

Last night Kirra Surf Club also held the “Legends” Fundraiser for the Surfrider Foundation, which celebrated 25 years internationally.

Program

Today

9am-5pm JR Surfboards Kirra SurfStock Junior Teams day 1 club comp, Kirra Beach.

5pm World Longboard Champion Beau Young musical performance, Cafe Le Monde.

6.30pm Sandra L Rodgers launching latest book Waves of Torment, Bilinga Surf Club.

7pm Matthew Pitts launches latest CD “Ride”, Cafe Le Monde.

9pm-11pm, Tim Bonython’s Surf Movies, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. BYO chairs, blankets and pillows.

Tomorrow

8am Currumbin to Kirra Denis Callinan GC T.O.P. Beach Walk Greenline SUP Race.

10am Kirra Beach Care hosting a planting session, North Kirra.

10am Beach Volley Ball competition, Kirra Surf Club.

12pm Miss SurfStock Quest, Kirra Beach.

1pm – 7.45pm Free live music on Kirra Beach.

1pm to 1.30pm Dan Hannaford & Dave Murray

1.45pm to 2.15pm GAS

2.30pm to 3.00pm Cupids Bullet

3pm to 3.15pm Westerly Windina

3.15 to 3.45pm Minus Equilibrium

4pm to 4.30pm Tokyo Beef

4.45pm to 4.15pm Isaac Paddon

5.30pm to 5pm The Genes

6.15pm to 6.45pm Birdy and the Quiet Excitement

7pm to 7.45pm Max Judo.

(All NSW times)



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