Nine State champions crowned at the NSW BodyBoard Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 July, 2011 : - - Plenty of contestable waves were on offer as the 2011 NSW State Bodyboard Titles came to a close on Finals day at North Cronulla, with nine state champions crowned. Charlie Halt made the most of the rip Bowl with a back flip stamping a massive 8.8 ride and was crowned NSW Open Mens champion in the 2011 NSW Bodyboard Titles.
Halt was followed closely by Shaun Cooper who came into the reform after a Barrel and headed back into the inside for a reverse which gave him second place, Zac Young took 3rd and Blake McKensie placed 4th. Finals day saw the Women Pro and State Finals take place with Lilly Pollard netting an impressive 12.66 combined heat total, more than doubling her competitors final scores in the Pro Women division.
Nicole Flemming lucked out in the Pro division but in the State Final her clean barrel ride saw her stamp a 7.9 giving her 1st place over Laurie Marie Vee and Taylor Allen who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Grand Masters opened up the final heats with Greg Chambers (Sydney) coming out on top in first place over Greg Webster (Sydney), Paul Mace (Solid) and Cyrus Vesta who placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respctivley.
Local Emerald ripper Matt Menzies was a stand out competitor throughout the event, making it into a state final for the first time in 20 years, Menzies placed 4th in the State Drop Knee division, behind Aaron Glossop (1st), Glen Sullivan (2nd) and Corey ODonnell (3rd). The Masters division was were Menzies shone with a double reverse giving him the extra edge to take first place and be crowned state Champion for the first time in two decades.
Doubling up and proving a star in two divisions also was Jon Capilli who took out the Senior Mens in a 5 man heat Final, and placed 2nd in the DK Pro final behind Wes Drew who took out first place in the Pro Drop Knee. In the Pro Mens Final scores were high and was so was the wave count with riders giving it everything they had in the last heat of the day.
Andrew Lester was all over the heat with a final wave looking to overtake the lead from Sam Bennet, but Lesters 8 point ride fell 0.27 points short and he placed 2nd to Bennet with Nick Ormerod and Jimmy Learyr placing 3rd and 4th respectively.
The Junior Mens division saw some striking talent and big scores from all competitors, Sam Strachan netted an impressive 8.67 wave, but it wasnt enough to overtake Kurt Gillan who managed a 9 point ride on his last wave, clinching the title. Up and coming Grommets Darcy and Joe Burke, Zac Dean and Max Muddle battled it out in what was an action packed Final with competitors going wave for wave there wasnt a set unridden.
In the end it was Darcy Bourke who took 1st place followed by his brother Joe in second, Zac Dean in third and Max Muddle a close 4th. James Clarke rode a plethora of waves in the Cadets Final but it was Pearson Tully who came out on top and was crowned state champion in front of Matt Guignon (2nd), Slade Napier (3rd) and James Clarke (4th).
The Champ division saw Industry hot shots take the tools to the water and battle it out in a five man Final. Reon Fisher was pumping it off the lip in the dying minutes and the battle between Fisher and Andrew Hurton was tight right to the finish. Hurton took 1st followed by Fisher (2nd), Greg Taylor (3rd), Dean Castle (4th) and Glenn Taylor who had a great time showcasing their stuff at North Cronulla on finals day.
Contest Director and head judge on the IBA World tour Craig Hadden, is pleased to see the contest return to Cronulla, which combines the State Titles and Pro competition with the back lot events in the park. The National body idea of having the State and Pro combined has worked so well, to have juniors surf on the same break as professional Bodboarders in the same event is great for the development of the sport, said Hadden.
Overall IBA Australasia is ecstatic to be back here in Cronulla, its the first time in years and the back lot event combined BMX and Skateboarding on the half pipe and live bands all weekend, plus the international food stalls, it was a huge success, said a very pleased Hadden.
The 2011 NSW Bodyboard Titles is made possible by our sponsors, thanks goes to Stonefish Tappas & wine bar, Beach Burrito Cronulla, Wing Wetsuits, Emerald, Northies Hotel, VB, DKS boards, flip mode, fluid zone, Reflex, NMD Board co, le Boogie, Stealth and Surfing NSW for their support.
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