HIF NSW Open State Titles
Shelly Beach, New South Wales
12 - 13 April 2014
Shelly Beach dishes up big surf for State Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 April, 2014 - Shelly Beach, Central Coast - Due to solid six-to-eight foot conditions, the final day of the HIF NSW Open State Titles was forced to relocate to Shelly Beach where competitors in the Open divisions put their power-surfing game to the test at the notorious Shelly Beach bombie (a righthand peak that breaks in big swells, approximately 200m out to sea).
Jared Hickle’s (Cronulla) never-say-die attitude was the determining factor in claiming the NSW Open State Title. The powerful goofy-footer managed to snag himself a 12.43 heat total in the dying minutes of the final to take the win away from an in-form Jesse Adam (Merewether) who got bumped down into the runner up spot.
All finalists and semi-finalists received an invite to attend the Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour in August.
“The waves were tricky, but if you could find one with a little bit of wall then you could definitely get a decent score,” said Hickle after the final. “I’m so stoked to have claimed this title. It was my goal to make it to the finals and get into the Australian Titles, so to take it out is a dream come true. I can’t wait to surf in the event in August.”
Philippa Anderson (Merewether) fought a tight battle with Skye Burgess (Lake Heights) in the Open Women’s final with less than 0.04 points separating the two when the final hooter sounded. However, Anderson's ability to link together a series of technical cutbacks and snaps on sizey waves was enough to edge ahead of Burgess and claim the final.
After a solid display of technical power-surfing yesterday, former World Championship Tour surfer Dayyan Neve (Manly) struggled to find the same form and was unfortunately eliminated in the second round. Despite locking in a series of respectable scores, Dayyan struggled to topple the impressive turns of Jesse Adam (Merewether) and fellow Manly local Blake Levett who took first and second respectively.
In the local department, male surfers Shane Holmes (North Entrance), Teague Robinson (Copacabana) and Troy Skillin (Lakehaven) all made semi-final appearances, but were unable to clinch the points required to move through to the final. While in the female division, local surfer Jess Grimwood (Bateau Bay) finished in third position overall.
The HIF NSW Open State Titles and Cadet Cup was a straight knock out format with 50 percent progression across all event divisions.
The HIF NSW Open State Titles and Cadet Cup was proudly sponsored by Wyong Shire Council and Greater Toukley Vision, both of who were excited to see an elite state-level surfing event return to the idyllic region.
The main base for the HIF NSW Open State Titles and Cadet Cup was Soldiers Beach, however the event also had the capability to run at Shelly Beach, North Shelly Beach, Lakes Beach and North Entrance.
Coastalwatch Plus was the official forecast partner for the event, ensuring all competitors got the best waves possible.
The HIF NSW Open State Titles and Cadet Cup were sponsored by HIF, Greater Toukley Vision, Wyong Shire Council, Be the Influence, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Coastalwatch Plus, Carve, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.
1 – Jared Hickle (Cronulla) – 12.34
2 – Jesse Adam (Merewether) – 11.23
3 – Hayden Blair (Mollymook) - 6.70
4 – Nic Squires (Corrimal) – 2.97
1 – Philippa Anderson (Merewether) – 9.94
2 – Skye Burgess (Lake Heights) – 9.90
3 – Jess Grimwood (Bateau Bay) – 8.56
4 – Codie Klein (Kingscliff) -7.40