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Bodyboard champs crowned on Sunshine Coast

Theo Hinchliffe © Whitmore/Surfing Queensland



Stealth Queensland Bodyboarding Titles

Surfing Queensland
Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia
7 - 8 June, 2014

Tricky conditions met Queensland’s best bodyboarders

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 June, 2014 - The Stealth Queensland Bodyboarding Titles concluded today with the second event of two state qualifiers being held on the Sunshine Coast. Tricky conditions met Queensland’s best bodyboarders this morning at notorious bodyboarding hotspot “Ann Street” Reef at Dicky Beach. 

Shelly Beach’s Zac Sonner was the first of the blue ribbon Open Men’s divisions to take out a Queensland State Title in the Drop Knee (DK) division, having surfed two aggregated score finals today. 

A late afternoon pulse in swell assisted Sonner, 27, in putting on a powerful display of drop knee boardriding to score a two-heat total of 20.5 to best Gary Thatcher (Highworth, QLD -20.04), John Childs (Buderim,QLD - 13.3), Luke Jackson (Everton Park, QLD - 10.27) and Ashley Brown (Ballina, NSW - 8.57).

Kingscliff brothers Santo and Buzz van der Wall launched into a sibling battle royal in their aggregated dual final of the Grommets Under 14 division with elder brother Santo coming out with a win in today’s event. The two however are now tied for the Queensland State Title, which will now but decided on a count back during the week.

Jasper Hinchliffe (Kingscliffe, NSW) dealt the event’s biggest upset by taking out the reigning Australian Junior Champion, Calen Jordan (Palm Beach, QLD) in today’s Junior final. Jordan placed fourth in the hotly contested bout after coming out of the gates early with two high scores. The final went to Hincliffe however with less than two points separating all four finalists.

The Hincliffe dominance continued in the Blue Ribbon Open Men’s division with elder brother Theo leading for ¾ of the final before finally being relegated to second place to Nicholas Rubesaame (Marcoola, QLD) who defeated Hincliffe, Josh Keenan (Mountain Ck, QLD) and Benoit Cren (Gaythorne, QLD) respectively.

A full list of Queensland Champions and Australian Title qualifiers will be made available early next week on Surfing Queensland’s website and the official Queensland State Bodyboarding Team named.

The Queensland State Bodyboarding Title series is proudly supported by VS, Stealth, BSC, Hogs Breath cafe, Inverted Bodyboards, Be the influence, Coastalwatch Plus, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, World Surfaris, Chiko, the Queensland Government, HIF and Surfing Queensland.

Ben Whitmore

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