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Flat Rocks dishes out for HIF Pro Am Series

Alex Durant © Surfing WA/Woolacott


HIF Pro Am Series

Surfing WA
Flat Rocks, Geraldton Australia 
14 May 2013

Big Swells Bring Out The Best In Geraldton

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 May, 2013 : - - Margaret RIver's Jerome Forrest is riding high after winning the blue ribbon Open Men's division in testing conditions at Flat Rocks, just south of Geraldton for the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Pro Am Series presented by SunSmart.

Geraldton served up large surf and strong winds which brought out the best from the strong filed of competitors who had travelled from as far north as Carnarvon and as far south as Albany to compete.

As the 2013 Australian Surfmasters Titles draw closer, the allure of representing Western Australia in Port Macquarie (NSW) in August was evident as surfers battled it out to consolidate on results from the first event of the series in Gracetown, or use this event to spring board up the ratings to be in contention for WA State Team selection.

A former HIF Pro Am Series Champion, Forrest beat a field of high-performers including former State Junior Champion Shaun Howe (Kalbarri), former ASP World Tour competitor Jake Paterson (Yallingup) and powerhouse Drew Everest (Karrinyup) in an all-star match up.
No stranger to competition, Forrest displayed precission, speed and a forte of innovative manoeuvres that earned him a well deserved win. Saving his best surfing for the final, Forrest edged out his rivals with some emphatic forehand surfing which saw him post a heat high 8.00 ride (from a possible 10). His mix of strong rail turns, fast top turns were rewarded with a back up 5.97 ride to finish with a 13.97 combined total.

                                                   Jerome Forrest © Surfing WA/Woolacott

Despite the best efforts of Shaun Howe, who has a wealth of experience at Flat Rocks, he was unable to find another scoring wave and fell painfully short of Forrest's total, finishing on 13.87 points, just ahead of Yallingup's Jake Paterson in third and Drew Everest fourth.
“I’m so happy right now. I've been chasing points on the WQS for the past 12 months, and this result give me a bunch of confidence and the ability to continue travelling to compete at events.” Said an elated Forrest after picking up the $500 winner cheque. The third place result moves Jake Paterson into the lead of HIF Pro Am ratings heading into the final event of the series in Rottnest Island in June.

Paterson who hadn't competed in Geraldton for over eighteen years, looked right at home in the long left handers, going onto to win the O/35 Masters division and the Single Fin State Title. "It's been a great weekend for me" Said Paterson. "it's been a very long time since I've been up to Gero and to return has been good fun."

Paterson defeated Gerladton's Ben McGay, Ian Macpherson (Webmly Downs) and his brother Paul Paterson (City Beach) in a star studded O/35 Masters. Paterson also went onto to claim the WA Single Fin State Title with dominant wins in the first two events of the series.

Paul Paterson found his way in the O/40 Senior Masters division, winning ahead of Alan Pavlinovich (Tirgg), with Paul Burke (Dunsborough) in third and Tom Tomlins (Geraldton) fourth. In a wave starved 25 minute final, Paterson found the only set waves to win with a 6.00 and 4.40 ride.

"It was a little slow for that heat, but it's always great to come up to Geraldton. The waves have improved today so I'm stoked." Said Paterson, who along with his brother will look to spearhead the WA State Team for 2013.

Surfing WA CEO, Mark Lane (Carine) dusted off the competition rash vest to make an impressive return to the state series surfing with a win in the O/45 Grand Masters. Lane showed his strong surfing pedigree,  picking off the best wave of the final posting a heat high 6.33 ride to defeat Brad Cowan (Margaret River), Adrian Shepherd (Albany) and Mark Rotham (Padbuty), who finished in second third and fourth respectively.

In other results from the weekend Adrian Shepherd went on to win the O/50 Legends division with Ian Darby successful in the O/55 Kahunas division. Carnarvon's Alex Durant won her first ever Open Women's event in an impressive display of women's surfing, while local brothers Max and Brady Marsden stunned all comers in the U/21 Pro Junior division placing first and second respectively.

Jake Paterson continued his success by earning the $250 'West Coast Suspensions Wave of the Weekend' for his near perfect 9.00 ride in his Open Men's quarter final. Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks was elated with the event and impressed by the strong field of competitors that made their way to Geraldton to compete.

"I have to thank the Geraldton Boardriders for their epic support, along my team of officials and staff who have worked hard all weekend." He said. “We’re delighted to have HIF continue their support of WA surfers, plus a host of core industry sponsors that has attracted some of the best surfers in the state here to compete.”

The final event of the HIF Pro Am Series travels to Rottnest Island on 15th – 16th June 2013, with anticipation already building to see how will capture this years remaining State Titles and qualify for the National Titles in August.

The HIF Pro Am Series is presented by SunSmart and proudly supported by West Coast Suspensions, Creatures of Leisure, Otis Eyewear, 3D Fins, Rottnest Express and Surfing WA


Open Men:    
1. Jerome Forrest (Margaret River) 13.97pts $500,
2. Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) 13.87pts $250,
3. Jake Paterson (Yallingup) 13.80pts $150,
4. Drew Everest (Karrinyup) 10.50pts, $100.

Open Women:      
1. Alex Durant (Carnarvon) 15.00pts,
2. Holly Thomas (Yallingup) 12.50pts.

Single Fin:   
1. Jake Paterson (Yallingup) 16.34pts,
2. Luke Hayter (Doubleview) 14.67pts,
3. Paul Burke (Dunsborough) 6.50pts,
4. Sheldon Spencer (Mandurah) 5.64pts.

U21 Pro Junior:    
1. Max Marsden (Geraldton) 27.37pts,
2. Brady Marsden (Geraldton) 25.60pts,
3. Damian Fleming (Gerladton) 21.0pts,
4. Mitchell Bailiee (Gerladton) 15.64pts,
5. Matt Otterson (Gerladton) 14.77pts.
(Please note: Aggregate scores from two finals).

O35 Masters:        
1. Jake Paterson (Yallingup) 15.00pts,
2. Ben McGay (Gerladton) 13.34pts,
3. Ian Macpherson (Wembly Downs) 12.84pts,
4. Paul Paterson (City Beach) 10.43pts.

O40 Snr Masters:  
1. Paul Paterson (City Beach) 10.40pts,
2. Alan Pavlinovich (Trigg) 8.83pts,
3. Paul Burke (Dunsborough) 6.10pts,
4. Tom Tomlins (Geraldton) 4.34pts.

O45 Grand Masters:  
1. Mark Lane (Carine) 10.20pts,
Brad Cowan (Margaret River) 9.37pts,
3. Adrian Shepherd (Albany) 6.46pts,
4.Mark Rotham (Padbury) 5.33pts

O50 Legends:       
1. Adrian Shepherd (Albany) 28.43pts,
2. Leon Norris (Gerladton) 15.96pts,
3. Pat Connell (City Beach) 15.34pts,
4. Sheldon Spencer (Mandurah) 14.53pts,
5. Ian Darby (North Beach) 13.23pts.
(Please note: Aggregate scores from two finals.)

O55 Kahunas:       
1. Ian Darby (North Beach) 26.27pts,
2. Leon Norris (Geraldton) 23.76pts.
(Please note: Aggregate scores from two finals).

Source: Surfing WA

Author: Justin Majeks

Tags: Geraldton, Surfing WA, HIF, Flat Rocks

Contests: Surfersvillage


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