Angourie Boardriders pumping
AFTER battling the elements for their opening two rounds, Angourie Boardriders dialled into pumping six-foot (2m)waves at Turners Beach for the latest round of their point-score competition.
Sunny skies, off-shore winds and a strong swell greeted the surfers last Sunday morning and what unfolded during the day was some brilliant surfing and a great family day.
WITH the big swell the younger competitors in the fleas and micros headed to the safer location of Spooky Beach and revelled in the small left handers on offer.
After scraping through his semi-final of the Flea Division on a countback, Dakoda Walters made the most of his fortune to win the final with a polished backhand attack.
He overcame Phoenix Short, who was taking off deeper than most with Kooper Farlow and Reece Boxwell also putting in fine performances in making the final.
Back at the main contest site the tide was dropping and the surf was becoming more and more powerful – challenging not only the skill but bravery of the competitors as six foot sand grinders would test everyone.
The cadet final ended up with a man-on-man final format as surfers were overcome by the driving conditions.
Chargers Seeland Hulett and Drew Vanagas contested the final with Hulett's great wave selection and flowing forehand winning out in the end.
While Hulett and Vanageas took out top billing it was the performance of the youngster Shane Dennis which had the whole beach talking.
He showed bravery and skill beyond his years throwing himself into the biggest waves on offer and attacking the lip with a fearless approach.
The offshore was gone when the opens paddled out for the final, but the power packed peaks on offer made for an amazing spectacle.
After ripping the early rounds and scoring a near-perfect ride with a big tube in his semi-final, Suncha Hulett's luck ran out in the final – finishing fourth.
Ironman Jeames Young who surfed in cadets and opens and at one stage surfed three heats in a row put in a slick display to finish third.
Veteran and former Australian champion Jeremy Walters strung a series of backhand blasts on at least three waves to finish in second place, but it was Mitch Haywood who blew the final away to finish first.
After posting a solid scoring with two massive and critical backhand re-entries he followed up with a huge forehand aerial on a good set before taking the inside apart to seal a comprehensive win on a memorable day for the club.
Suncha Hulett now takes the lead in the Open ratings.