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Port Stephens SUP event crowns champs

Glenn Turner © Surfing NSW

Southern Cross SUP Festival

Surfing NSW
Port Stephens, New South Wales
16 - 19 May 2013

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Southern Cross SUP Festival runs surf component

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 May, 2013 : - - The combination of a brisk south-west wind and an increase in swell created throaty, hollow conditions for competitors on the second day of the Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Southern Cross SUP Festival.

Blitzing their way through the opening heats were the Open Women semis and the Open Men quarters who all adapted to the draining peaks with relative ease.
2012 runner-up, Terrene Black sent a message to her semi-final competitors when she jagged a fun peak, which allowed several technical re-entries and cutbacks. As a result, judges threw her a 6.33, which added significant weight to her 8.60 heat total.

Open Male surfers, Justin Holland and Beau Nixon both set the standard early when they smashed out a bunch of critical turns to take convincing wins in their respective heats. Both aforementioned surfers progressed through to the final where Steve Piper and Toby Cracknell joined them.

Again, Justin proved he was the one to beat from the moment the final got underway. Justin managed to snag several long righthanders, which allowed multiple manoeuvres. Beau Nixon fought a hard battle, but in the end he had to settle for second place with Toby Cracknell in third and Steve Piper in fourth.

“I’m pretty stoked right now. It feels incredible to lock in a win,” said Justin after the final. “Some of the waves that were coming through were amazing and just ran along the bank perfectly... All the guys in the final put on an awesome show and surfed a great heat. Big thanks to Surfing NSW and the crew for running such a professional event.”

The Open Womens final was a hard fought battle between all surfers involved and all found their share of long walls that allowed numerous manoeuvres. Lennox Head surfer Jenny Ryan managed to find some gems in the lineup and as a result took a marginal lead from Terrene Black and Hannah Finlay-Jones, which she held down until the final hooter.

Wollongong’s Jerry Smith and Curl Curl’s John Christensen went toe-to-toe in the Over-40s final with Jerry getting the nod with a heat total of 14.67. In the Over-50s final, local Merewether surfer Richard Finlay-Jones claimed victory over Toukley’s Peter Sharp. Both surfers managed to lock in scores in the above average range, but in the end it wasn’t enough to propel Peter into the top spot.

Due to yesterdays whitewash of the State Vs. State division, it was an all New South Wales affair in the final with Steve Piper, Kai Bates, Toby Cracknell and Gareth Grant sharing peaks. Steve Piper made up for his fourth place position in the Open Men with a win in the State Vs. State, ahead of Kai, Toby and Gareth.

Kai Bates locked in one of the highest heat totals of the day when he notched up a 18.80 total in the Under-21 final. Kai took the crown with Toby Cracknell in second, Harry Maskell in third and Dylan Henry in fourth.

The Sprint Technical division event rounded the day out with over 25 competitors participating in race. Over the course, competitors paddled around a variety of buoys. Queensland’s Travis Grant crossed the finishing line first with a time of 29 minutes and 55 seconds. Terrene Black was the first female to finish with a time of 35 minutes and 57 seconds. A complete breakdown of results and times can be found at

Tomorrow’s event will kick off at 8.30am with the registration for the Elite Marathon, which will be located at Shoal Bay, right it front of Shoal Bay Resort & Spa. The Marathon is expected to start at 11.30.

The most up-to-date heat-draw and schedule will be uploaded to by 7.00pm this evening. Please call the event hotline on 0458 247 212 by 6.30am on the day of the event to confirm the location and running order.

The four-day event will see the surfing element of the event run on Thursday and Friday with the racing and prone divisions running from lunchtime Friday until Sunday. Events in the racing component include: stand-up paddle board, prone paddle board, 20 kilometre elite marathon, eight kilometre sprint race, a community teams race and the Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Dash for Cash.

Throughout the event, there'll be an array of festival happenings taking place such as: free SUP lessons, SUP demonstration and coaching, SUP industry night and stalls and SUP yoga.

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa is the official festival venue for the event and are available to meet the needs of all participants. During the event, the resort will provide all competitors with meal specials, discounted accommodation rates, board storage, gym and spa access as well as hosting all presentations.

The Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Southern Cross SUP Festival is proudly supported by Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, Port Stephens Council, Ohana Ocean Athletics, Australian Skin Cancer, Carve eyewear, Bay SUP and Surfing NSW.

Open Men
1- Justin Holland (Kingscliff, NSW)
2- Beau Nixon (Tweed Heads, NSW)
3- Toby Cracknell (Avoca, NSW)
4- Steve Piper (Narrabeen, NSW)

Open Women
1- Jenny Ryan (Lennox Head, NSW)
2- Terrene Black (Long Jetty, NSW)
3- Hannah Finlay-Jones (Merewether, NSW)
4- Melissa McManus (Woollamia, NSW)

Over 40s
1 – Jerry Smith (Wollongong, NSW)
2 - John Christensen (North Curl Curl, NSW)
3 – Andrews Cassidy (Mona Vale, NSW)
4 – Sam Parker (Fairlight, NSW)

Over 50s
1 – Richard Finlay-Jones (Merewether, NSW)
2 – Peter Sharp (Toukley, NSW)
3 – Glenn Cochran (McMasters Beach, NSW)
4 – Jason McManus (Woollamia, NSW)

Open State Vs. State
1 – Steve Piper (Narrabeen, NSW)
2 – Kai Bates (Mollymook, NSW)
3 – Toby Cracknell (Avoca, NSW)
4 – Gareth Grant (Collaroy, NSW)

U/21 Male & Female
1 – Kai Bates (Mollymook, NSW)
2 – Toby Cracknell (Avoca, NSW)
3 – Harry Maskell (Wamberal, NSW)
4 – Dylan Henry (Merewether, NSW)

Source: Surfing NSW

Author: Ethan Smith

Tags: Shoal Bay, Southern Cross SUP Festival, Surfing NSW

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