NSW Open State Titles
Surfing New South Wales
Cronulla, New South Wales
9 - 10 February 2013
Connor O'Leary & Stephanie Single claim titles at Cronulla
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 February, 2013 : - - The second and final day of the 2013 NSW Open State Titles relocated to Sandshoes in southern Cronulla. The Open Mens quarters kicked the morning off in spectacular fashion with some of NSW’s most elite surfers smashing apart the powerful three-foot waves.
Again, the locals showed that they were a force to be reckoned with after Joey Sear, Jesse Horner, Rory Jenkins and Connor O’Leary all progressed through to the semi finals. Connor said: “It's awesome to see all the local talent making it so far in the event. Cronulla has so many good surfers and it’s great to see that talent recognised.”
“The waves were really fun this morning and offered a fair amount of scoring potential if you picked the right one. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens over the next few rounds.”
Semi-final two was a highlight heat between Luke Cheadle, Drew Courtney, Connor O’Leary and Tom Myers. The lead continued to ping-pong back and forth erratically between the four surfers over the course of the heat. However, when the final hooter rang it was Connor and Drew who moved through to the final alongside Joey Sear and Ty Watson.
In the Open Womens division, Steph Single proved to be the one to beat early after throwing down multiple high-scoring waves in her early heats. The Lennox Head surfer peaked in her quarter-final when she locked in a perfect ten point ride.
Steph said: “I was just having so much fun out there. I was looking to build my scores early with some mid-range fours and fives and to go from there.”
Steph joined Rachel Campbell, Codie Klein and Holly Wawn in the Open Womens final. With a gusty southerly wind that began to tear through the lineup around lunchtime, all girls scratched into anything that moved. Newport’s Holly Wawn held down the lead for a chunk of the heat until Steph caught a punchy little righthander that propelled her into first position.
In the Open Mens final, local surfers Joey Sear and Connor O’Leary battled it out against former World Tour surfer Drew Courtney and Culburra’s Ty Watson. All surfers traded blows in the tricky peaks with Ty Watson holding down the lead for a solid portion of the final. In the last minute, Connor O’Leary fortunately jagged a little right, which gave him the score required to move into the top spot. Ty was left in second, with Joey Sear in third and Drew Courtney in fourth.
Stephanie Single claimed the Westfield Miranda Wave Of The Day for her ten-point ride. Steph scored a voucher to Westfield Miranda for her efforts. Merimbula’s Freya Prumm took out the Carve Of The Day award for her performance in her round one heat. For her efforts, Freya scored a pair of Carve eyewear.
The winners of both the male and female divisions were awarded with a wildcard into the Newcastle Surfest - Burton Toyota Pro and Hunter Ports Womens Classic - which will take place from the 18th-24th of February. The top four finalists in the male division and the top three finalists in the female division also scored themselves an entry into the Australian Surf Festival which will be taking place at Port Macquarie in August this year.
The NSW Open State Titles are proudly supported by The Dominelli Group, Westfield Miranda, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Carve eyewear, Sutherland Shire Council, Surfest and Surfing NSW.
1 – Connor O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW)
2 – Ty Watson (Culburra, NSW)
3 – Joey Sear (Miranda, NSW)
4 – Drew Courtney (Umina, NSW)
1 – Steph Single (Lennox Head, NSW)
2 – Holly Wawn (Newport, NSW)
3 – Codie Klein (Kingscliff, NSW)
4 – Rachel Campbell (Stanwell Park, NSW)
Source: Surfing New South Wales
Author: Ethan Smith/SNSW
Tags: State Titles, Sydney, New South Wales, Glenn Pringle