A group of guys and girls from Forster Bodyboarding Club headed to Port Macquarie for the 29th annual David 'Goose' Gosby Memorial bodyboarding contest over the weekend.
Held in small conditions at Town Beach on the Saturday and slightly bigger, windier conditions at Lighthouse Beach on Sunday, the long-running event proved a happy hunting ground for a number of Forster competitors.
Gemma McEnallay made a name for herself by surfing her way to the cadet final after only deciding to enter the contest that morning.
Her run through the draw caught the eye of Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association president Clayton Pickworth, who was impressed with her efforts.
"She came with a friend and ended up getting fourth in the cadets from a beach entry so the chicks were holding their own," he said.
Fellow Forster groms Jazmine Nielson and Jakob Gray also impressed, finishing fourth and sixth respectively in the grommet division.
Former Australian women's bodyboarding champion Millie Chalker finished third in the open women's, while her father Shane finished third in the masters and Thomas Donnelly also claimed a third in the drop-knee.
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With the contest attracting more than double the entrants it attracted in 2018, Mr Chalker said it was good to see a number of Forster bodyboarders making it through to the final.
"It's always good when a local gets a result at a bigger contest," he said.
"To make a final at this event, it doesn't happen easy."
Much like Forster's own Jeff Wilcox Memorial, Mr Chalker said the Goose Gosby Memorial is an event with a lot of history that serves to bring the tight-knit bodyboarding community together.
"It's a great vibe," he said.
"It's a very social event."
In 2019, an overall champion will be named for the first time from the combined results posted at the Jeff Wilcox Memorial, the Goose Gosby Memorial and the soon to be run Matt Barron Memorial on the Central Coast.
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