Surf Central Mandurah
EMU BITTER TOUR 2002
Avalon Point, Mandurah, WA
3 - 4 August 2002
Everest does it again at Surf Central Mandurah
The SURF CENTRAL MANDURAH/PULSE SURFBOARDS WINTER SOLSTICE lived up to its name on the weekend. (Scroll down for photo gallery)
Winter loomed on the horizon with testing conditions for some of the states best competitive surfers. A field of over 60 competitors set the water boiling at Avalon Point with surfing that was not only hot, but inspired with innovative new school manouvres.
Surfers were judged on their best two highest scoring rides in their heats instead of their best three. This allowed time for the competitors to focus in obtaining two quality waves with out having to rely on a low scoring ride to push them through to the next round.
The OPEN division saw all surfers in the final putting their boards threw outrageous manouvres with a true display of on edge surfing.
Salomon protégé Drew Everest (Scarborough) was on a roll from his win last weekend at Scarborough. Everest threw down the gauntlet to the others in the final and they accepted, answering his radical manouvres with some of their own.
The race for first place was fiercely fought between Margaret Rivers Brett Hardy, Scarboroughs Luke Campbell, Ryan Wordsworth from Rockingham and Everest. But with the final siren sounding Everests lightning fast maneuvers combined with style and precision just got him the judges nod by .05 of a point ahead of Campbell and one point ahead of Hardy.
Its so great to win, I knew it would be close everyone was surfing so well out there. Im really focusing on doing well in events this year and looking at doin a few WQS events soon said Everest, I just want to thank my sponsors and the sponsors and organisers of this event he added.
Fresh back from the World Grommet titles in Sydney, Palmyras Tevita Guikalau was also out to impress in the Surf Central Junior final. The winner of this division walked away with a trip to the Gold Coast which further fueled the finalists desire for a win.
Guikalau again showed why he is one of the top Juniors not only in Australia, but the world with surfing that reeked experience and style. Leading the heat from the start Guikalau looked comfortable with an easy win till Drew Everest again made his presence felt. In the dying minutes of the final Everest picked up a long walling left hander and unleashed a series of turns which saw him awarded 7.00 points for his effort, but was not enough to topple Guikalau who won the final just one point ahead of Everest to secure him the trip to the Gold Coast.
Im really happy with winning. I had to win the trip to the Goldy, it will help take a lot of pressure off me financially and it will allow me to compete in a few more events over East said Guikalau.
The Pulse Surfboards CADET final saw some friendly rivalry from Deano Adrian (Margaret River) and Tom Wimmer of Trigg. Adrian made the most of the sections using the lips to blast some tight turns in the pocket. Wimmer worked on the same strategy with the two going neck to neck right down to the final siren. Adrian held on to take the Final and a brand new Pulse Surfboard from Tom Wimmer (Trigg), Dan Waddell (Yallingup) and Jacob Mc Lean (Margaret River).
A new division was introduced for competitors who had not competed in a Surfing WA sanctioned event in the last 12 months.
The Local/Non competitor event proved popular with a field that was enjoying their first crack at a major event. Margaret River again had a representative in a final with Ryan Jacob flying the South West flag winning the final from Sam Wimmer (Trigg), Todd Taylor (Rockingham) and Shane Cownie (Trigg) respectively.
The Pulse Surfboards Womens division was taken out by Carly Bruce from (Trigg). Fresh from a win last weekend at Scarborough the petite Bruce showed that good things come in small packages. The pocket rocket slammed through the lips that were on offer to win herself a brand new Pulse surfboard and a sponsorship from the company. Bruce had her work cut out for her with Mandurahs Amy Kosch hot on her heels.
The Airshow was won by Yadin Nicol of Margaret River with fellow local lads Tom Innes second, Brett Hardy third and Mark Richards from Trigg fourth.
The event was well welcomed by competitors and spectators with most of the events with prize money happening on the East coast the WA crew find it hard to travel to the events without the dollars.
After the ACC (Australian Championship Circuit) were canned, we had to think of something to fill the void and give the WA guys some more comps for them to hone their skills. These are the events and with money, prizes and a trip to the Goldy, There have been no complaints at all said contest director James Clarke from JC Surfworks.
Next event at Surf Beach/Secret Harbour next weekend.
Photo Gallery available here
SURF CENTRAL MANDURAH/PULSE SURFBOARDS WINTER SOLSTICE
COMPETITION NO:1 of EMU BITTER TOUR HELD AT AVALON PT MANDURAH
Drew Everest (Scarborough), 2. Luke Campbell (Trigg), 3. Brett Hardy (Margaret River), 4. Ryan Wordsworth (Safety Bay).
1. Tevita Guikalau (Palmyra), 2. Drew Everest (Scarborough), 3. Luke Saranah (Scarborough), 4. Luke Crowley (Mandurah)
1. Deano Adrian (Margaret River), 2. Tommy Wimmer (Trigg), 3. Dan Waddell (Yallingup), 4. Jacob Mclean (Margaret River).
1. Carly Bruce (Trigg) , 2. Amy Kosch (Mandurah), 3. Kirsty Shaw (Margaret River), 4. Jessica Emory (Trigg), 5. Holly Johnson (Trigg).
Ryan Jacob (Margaret River), 2. Sam Wimmer (Trigg), 3. Todd Taylor (Rockingham), 4. Shane Cownie (Trigg).
Yadin Nicol (Margaret River), 2. Tom Innes (Margaret River), 3. Brett Hardy (Margaret River), 4. Mark Richards (Trigg)
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Marz /SRO Surf
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