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NSW Bodyboard State Titles fires off Round 1

Jordan Lickley © Smith/Surfing NSW



NSW Bodyboard State Titles

Surfing New South Wales
Jones Beach, NSW Australia
2 - 5 May 2014

Tricky surf kicks off battle to find best bodyboarders in the state

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 May, 2014 - Round One of the NSW Bodyboard State Titles, kicked off in tricky 0.5 – 1 metre waves in the northern corner of Jones Beach today. Bodyboarders in the Junior Men, Groms and Cadet divisions made light work of the difficult divisions, performing a variety of lightening fast manoeuvres.

Harry Crain (Copacabana) made his mark on the Groms division (under-14) successfully bagging himself a heat total of 14.34 (out of a possible 20 points). The talented bodyboarder showed a variety of repertoire to earn himself the heat total. Crain then backed up this performance, nailing a heat win in the Cadets division (under-16).

Twin brothers Darcy and Joe Bourke (Copacabana) and Shayden Schrader (Port Macquarie) all impressed the judges in the Junior Boys division, successfully bagging wins with heat totals in excess of 12 points. Consequently, all surfers booked their spots straight through to the second round, which will be surfed tomorrow.

Cadet division (under-16) top-seed James Doherty (Randwick) and Jordan Lickley (Port Macquarie) fought a tightly contested battle in their respective heat with both bodyboarders trading blows in the difficult peaks. However, when the final hooter sounded it was Doherty who nabbed the win by exactly one point.

Other winners in the Junior Boys division included: Isaac Evans (Port Macqaurie), Luca Simec (Avalon), Nathan Wilson (Kiama Downs) and Kane Brewer (Nelson Bay). Jake Dunn (Harrington) managed to bag the highest wave score (9.33) and heat total (15.50) of the day when he successfully executed two technical and critical rolls in his Cadets requalification heat.

Tonight, there will a free screening of bodyboard movie, Killer Days at Hindmarsh Park, Kiama for all spectators and competitors. The main location for Round One of the NSW Bodyboard State Titles is Kiama Surf beach (located in the heart of Kiama) with back-up locations at Jones Beach, Bombo Beach and Werri Beach. Round Two of the NSW Bodyboard State Titles will hit Harrington later in the year.

Total points from both rounds will be tallied and used to select the team to represent the state at the 2014 national titles, which will take place at the Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour in August. Surfing NSW will implement a free club challenge at both State Title rounds with the winning club from each State Title round claiming $250.00 and the overall winner claiming $500.00.

Ethan Smith

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