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ENDING a stunning 2017 season in style,
three-time World Superbike Champion Jona-
than Rea took out the runner up spot in the
prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
He finished just 3000 votes behind Olympic
gold medallist Mo Farah.
Rea is an official honorary Phillip Islander, af-
ter being presented with the keys to Bass Coast
by Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield in early 2017.
Taking second position in such a mainstream
event, it’s clear Rea’s achievement of taking
three back to back MOTUL FIM Superbike
World Championships has impressed the Brit-
ish public on a phenomenal scale.
Humbled with the award, it was a fantastic
way to end a season which saw the Northern
Irish rider take 16 wins, 24 podiums and six
Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, Jona-
thon, who is married to Phillip Island’s Tatia
Weston, said he was taken back by the result.
“It really means a lot and to do this for motor-
cycling is great.
“It’s been a great way to cap off 2017. It
doesn’t get much better than this.”
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By Ed Amorim
Ed Amorim 0409 406 005
Cape Woolamai - Phillip Island
SANTA works very hard all year long and
has a really hard job delivering presents all
around the globe.
Every once in a while, however, he likes to
take some time out to refresh and have fun.
Since his house at the North Pole is so cold
and blustery most of the year, what could be
better than a getaway to a warm and sunny
beach on Phillip Island for some fun and great
surfing before delivering toys and gifts?
Someone spotted him catching some waves
at Woolamai on Christmas Eve morning.
Surfing at the Island is an annual tradition
for Santa so keep your eyes open next year
and you may be able to catch up with the jolly
old fellow for a surf session.
Hope everyone had a very special Christmas
and is well prepared for 2018.
We wish our families all the best, lots of
surf, good waves and good vibes.
Take care of your wetsuit
The wetsuit is the best invention to protect
surfers in cold water so here are some good
tips to look after it.
A big thank you to the American inventor
Hugh Bradner who in the spring of 1951 while
working to improve the equipment for US
Navy frogmen developed the first Neoprene
wetsuit made from heavy rubber or plastic.
At the same time the modern version of the
surf wetsuit is credited to another Califor-
nia surf legend and passionate surfer, Jack
O’Neill who wanted a way to extend the length
of time he could spend in the cold Pacific
Here in Australia Anchor Wetsuits is the old-
est wetsuit manufacturing company, founded
Here are a few tips to prolong the life of your
• Always rinse your wetsuit with freshwater.
• If you’re the type that likes to peel off your
rubber in the shower, try not to blast it with
ridiculously hot water. Neoprene’s is fairly
• Always use a big plastic tub for changing.
• When shopping, keep in mind the tub
should be big enough for you to stand in and
get changed out of your wetsuit. Utilising the
tub will save your suit from the oils and as-
phalt on the ground in parking lots. If you’re
not an urban surfer, it’ll spare you from stand-
ing in a mud puddle. The tub is also handy for
soaking your suit when you get back home.
• Always hang your wetsuit up to dry. Once
a wetsuit gets that sour mildew smell it’s al-
most impossible to get rid of it. Avoid the
problem by hanging up your wetsuit after ev-
ery session. Draping it in half at the waist is
the best way to hang it to dry. The legs and
arms should both be able to hang freely and
drain. Avoid hanging it from the shoulders as
this will stress and stretch out the rubber.
• Avoid drying it in the sun. The UV rays
and heat break down the rubber and age the
suit faster than normal. Instead, find some-
where nice and shady with a good breeze.
• Never, ever put your suit in the dryer, even
on low heat.
John John Florence wins
back-to-back World Titles
Pipeline is the best place on the planet to
be a surfing fan and watch the final and de-
cisive event of the year, and there’s no better
time to be present than at the Billabong Pipe
Master, the pivotal season-ender that serves
as the ultimate decider during World Title
This year was one of the best with four
contenders for the title: Julian Wilson (AUS),
Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Brazilian Gabriel Me-
dina all great to watch in action through the
heats until the final day when local boy John
John Florence earned his second straight
World Title in front of his hometown crowd.
Naturally, his fans were fired up about it
and so was John John.
The new triple crown winner is Griffin Co-
World Surf League 2018
new list determined
The world’s best male and female surfers
have been decided for next season, the 2017
World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour
(CT) season has come to a close, with John
John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS)
both defending their respective maiden world
surfing crowns to become two-time WSL
Champions. The 2018 elite men’s Champion-
ship Tour (CT) will be contested by the WSL
top 34, made up of the top 22 finishers on
the 2017 CT season, the top 10 finishers on
the 2017 Qualifying Series (QS) and two WSL
Santa took time out from his busy schedule to surf the waves at Woolamai on Christmas Eve.
Santa surfs Phillip Island
RIGHT. Jonathon Rea, second right, pic-
tured at the prestigious BBC Sports Person-
ality of the Year event held in December.
Jonathon was voted second most popular
sports personality in Britain, by the British
public, just behind Olympic gold medallist
Rea’s success hailed
by British public
THE Phillip Island Tennis
Club has completed anoth-
er successful Tuesday night
men’s competition with the
recent Grand Final play off be-
tween the teams finishing first
and second on the ladder after
a 12 round ‘home and away’
Some very exciting tennis was
on display during the final with
competition leader Wahoo (Ron
Walker, Peter Williams, Henryk
Struk and Peter Innes) defeat-
ing team Marlin (Paul Mannix,
Thanh-Thuan Nguyen, Michael
McLeod and Brad Evans).
It looked as though Marlin
may have caused an upset as
they were very competitive and
led by one game, two sets all,
after the doubles segment.
However, Wahoo put paid to
the challenger’s efforts by
comfortably winning all four
This is an intra-club com-
petition which, this season,
was comprised of five teams of
four playing one set of singles
and two sets of doubles at the
club’s synthetic-grass courts in
Chapel Street, Cowes.
Following a brief recess over
the festive season, it is expect-
ed the next season will com-
mence shortly after the start of
the new school year.
Meanwhile, weather permit-
ting, men’s social tennis and
grading hit-ups will be held
at the courts on Tuesday eve-
nings from 6.30pm commenc-
Anyone interested in playing
in the coming autumn season
(which will be a doubles only
competition) should attend
these hit-ups or leave their
contact details with John
O’Brien on 0419 104 259.
Pictured are the winning team “Wahoo” in the Phillip Island Tennis Club 2017 Spring Men’s
Night Competition. They are from left Ron Walker, Henryk Struk, Peter Williams and Peter Innes.
Tennis night comp winners
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