Mick McGuire.
Mick McGuire.

McGuire's giant year

GYMPIE kneeboard surfer Mick McGuire is living every surfer’s dream – travelling in pursuit of the perfect wave and catching up with mates.

The Gympie surfer thrives on competition and while winning does not top his list of priorities, his talent ensures he is always in the hunt.

McGuire has just returned home from a trip to Phillip Island a fortnight ago where competed in the final contest of the year.

And what a year it has been for McGuire, whose results show dramatic improvement from last year.

At Phillip Island, McGuire experienced mixed results.

In the open division, he was knocked out in the first heat.

“I had been having a good year in the open division until Phillip Island,” he said.

“We had good clean, but small, two foot surf.”

Despite his result falling short of expectations, McGuire had plenty to be content with.

“That night we all got together to have some laughs, fill the belly and plan for next year,” he said.

Making up for his early exit in the open division, McGuire returned the next day in the veterans division and found his groove.

“The swell dropped to one foot,” he said. “It was still rideable but definitely favoured the smaller blokes like myself.”

From a field of 24, McGuire made the final and finished third.

“Topped off a good weekend and two week holiday,” he said.

McGuire’s year started back in May with a competition in Wollongong, where he surprised himself finishing 19th in the open division from a field of 40.

The outstanding result, however, was tainted with a seventh place in veterans.

Next up was another outing in September for the combined New South Wales and Queensland State Titles at Coffs Harbour.

In conditions producing three to six foot waves, McGuire managed second place from the Queensland competitors and ninth overall.

“My best results in four years of competing,” he said.

The Gympie surfer now must wait for a couple of weeks before learning how he has finished overall.

“I suspect I was just beaten into third place by 10 points for the Australian Veterans Championship,” McGuire said.

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