'Sput? hot at cold Bells
By GARY CHIGWIDDEN
It was cold. Very Cold. But for Byron Bay's David 'Sput' Keevers, it was "perfect Friday" at Victoria's Bell Beach. In fact, with waves up to 10ft, 'Sput' reckons it was the best surf he had ever encountered in a competition. It certainly brought out the best in him. With a minute to go in the final of the Australian Longboard Titles over 45s event two weeks ago, he knew he needed a score of more than seven on his last wave to win. And he nailed it. "I picked up a solid 6ft wave and rode it all the way to the beach," he said. "I won the final on the last wave in the last minute with a 7.5 ride. "It was just classic Bells. It's a big wave and hard to get on to because the wind is coming up the face. "But once you're on it's a medium to full workable wave. There's a lot of wall and face - perfect shapes." "Perfect Friday" at Bells came after a week of very average surf nearby at Janjuc as competitors vied for spots in the finals of the various categories of the titles. All finals were scheduled for the Saturday, but because the surf was so good on the Friday, contest organisers decided to take advantage of it. Luckily they did, said Sput. Because the surf was worse than average the next day and it was freezing. "It was four degrees and sleeting," he said. As it was, 'Sput' wore the warmest wetsuit he could get his hands on during the contest, but unlike some of the other surfers he didn't wear booties or a hood. He just doesn't like them. For 'Sput', it was his third Aussie longboard title, previously winning the over 35s and over 40s titles. His wife, Kris, surfed in the over 35s women's contest and came seventh.