So my first time competing casting at the Long Beach Casting Club last weekend. Entered as a novice division with about 12 other newbie casters. There were seniors, women and open division casters that attracted a bunch of Spey O Rama (SOR) folks like Tommy A (flew in from Norway), Jim Ansite, Mike Ivy, and Whitney Gould. It's a lot different casting in a competition than real fishing but I learned something: Mid belly lines take a lot of practice and I was terrible at it - see video of my floppy casts in the wind: The 63' Gaelforce Equalizer mid belly line proved to be floppy and wind strewn making most of my casts out of bounds (wrong side of the marker). On the second day, I decided to switch over to a real fishing line (Rio Skagit Max Long w/ T14 tip). A real fishing line casted more reliably and cut thru the wind. By switching over to a real fishing line, it put me into 3rd place and was very satisfying having the shooting line rip out off the water! A good weekend for sure! Open division (pro) casters: Poppy from Red Shed who drove his trailer from ID to CA - sold a lot of Gaelforce lines, Meiser, Burkheimer and Winston rods!