SA/VIC Jim Beam Surftag Title
Jim Beam Surftag Series
Parsons Beach, South Australia
8 - 9 March 2014
Harry Mann, Nic Muscroft, Todd Rosewell & crew go big for Victoria
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 March, 2014 - Torquay Boardriders have won their sixth SA/VIC Jim Beam Surftag Title and proved why they are the strongest club in the region winning outside of Victoria for the first time in Jim Beam Surftag history. Competition was held on Saturday at Parsons Beach, South Australia – with a 4-to-6 foot increasing ground swell running along the left point, providing chunky and challenging conditions.
Harry Mann, Nic Muscroft, Todd Rosewell, Tom Wright and Brendan Garreau were a part of the winning Torquay team that made it back-to-back wins for the club with their 86.0 total in the final. Mann top scored with a 24.33 personal total and set the pace for his team as they went on to dominate the one-hour final.
“It was awesome to win today,” said Mann, adding, “we spent a lot of money getting over here so we’re stoked to get the $1500 cheque for winning. We weren’t going to send a team because we had a few people pull out but last minute we filled those spots and decided to come over on Thursday night.”
“Today showed the depth in our club. It seems every year we have a different team but we can still get good results. We’ve got a number of ex-CT and QS surfers so it’s good to learn off them and see what to do in these tricky conditions.”
South Australia’s South Coast “A” finished second with 74.77, Seaford third on 55.73 and just missing out on Australian Championship qualification was the South Coast “B” team, on 48.27. Mann opened the account for Torquay and blitzed the opposition, and when Muscroft locked in 22.2 and Rosewell 18.5, the boys from Torquay were in complete control to take home the title.
“There was some solid sets closing out but the three foot inside ones were the go. They ran off nicely and we aimed to get those ones,” said Mann.
“Last year’s final we came from behind and won, so we said before the heat we need a quick start. I was the first surfer and I wanted to be good with time and get a solid score. The first three of us got good scores but we were over on time so it came down to our last two guys to get us in before the hooter. They nailed it for us.”
South Coast’s “A” team secured the club’s best result in the Jim Beam Surftag and will take a lot out of the event staying within striking distance of Torquay for the majority of the final. Max Longhurst, Khai Adams and Philippe Didelot all posted solid scores in the chunky conditions on their home break.
But perhaps the biggest story of the day was South Coast “B”s performance, touted the giant killer of the competition. The secondary team for South Coast Boardriders knocked out Victoria teams, Peninsula and 13th Beach and were a surprise inclusion in the final. Adelaide based Seaford Boardriders were rapt with the event on their home turf but suffered from a slow start in the final. Teale Vanner was the standout for the club, taking out the BOSCH Powerwave Award with the highest scoring ride, an 8.43.
The SA/VIC Jim Beam Surftag was the last of the qualifiers with Torquay, South Coast and Seaford having now advanced to the Australian Championships to be held at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast, March 27-29. The country’s top 32 clubs will contest the National Title with the winning club taking home $15,000 plus five spots on a 7-day boat trip through the Maldives.
“We’ve got a solid team this year, we can take it all the way,” said Mann. “We reckon we’re good enough to take it to those top teams. Hopefully this year can be our year. With a full strength team we could do damage.”
Mann’s performance in the final saw him awarded the Tee Ink Man of the Match. Mann is the last of six surfers confirmed to contest the Tee Ink Tee Off at the Jim Beam Surftag Australian Championships. The other confirmed surfers include Ryan Callinan (Merewether), James Wood (Le-Ba), Mitch Parkinson (Snapper Rocks), Jordy Lawler (North Narrabeen) and Dino Adrian (Margaret River). This specialty event will see each surfer only allowed to catch one wave in a 15-minute heat.