SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles
Presented by Good Earth
Trigg Beach, Western Australia
4 - 5 July, 2014
Scarborough Serves Up Sensational Conditions For Bodyboard Champs
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 July, 2014 - Trigg Beach, Western Australia - The third and final event of the 2014 SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles presented by Good Earth wrapped up in unforgettable fashion over the weekend with sensational winter conditions blessing competitors at Scarborough Beach.
Clean offshore winds, a pulsing ground swell and sunny skies prevailed on Saturday as a talent packed field of bodyboarders from as far north as Geraldton and as far south as Albany, went all out on the Perth metropolitan beaches in hopes of qualifying for the Australian Bodyboard Titles to be held in August in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
With inclement weather threatening to bring strong onshore winds and heavy rain to much of the state on Sunday, event organisers made the most of the idyllic conditions and elected to push through the entire competition in just one day instead of the designated two.
After a marathon 10 hour day, a total of eight State Bodyboard Titles were awarded as a team of 25 riders were confirmed to represent Western Australia.
"We definitely lucked out with the waves," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "It was a tough call to wrap everything up on Saturday, but I think it turned out to be the right decision with Sunday definitely one of those days you wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere near the beach."
Margaret River's Ben Veitch claimed his maiden Open Men's State Title, winning the blue ribbon division with a dominant display in the 25 minute final. Making the most of the fast barrelling waves and ample air sections, Veitch scored an excellent 8.50 (from a possible 10) and backed it up with a 6.33 to finish with a combined two wave total of 14.83 (from a possible 20).
Despite being challenged by two younger competitors in Lee Wilson (Margaret River) and Noah Symmans (Albany), Veitch's experience and consistency shone through as he backed up his opening round win at Yallingup and second place finish in Mandurah with a win at Scarborough.
"I've been competing in these comps for the last four or five years and have been finished up bridesmaid a few times," said an elated Veitch. "It's always good to have a win and take home the State Title after a day packed with sick waves."
Despite scoring an 8.00 for massive ARS, Wilson had to settle for second ahead of Symmans in third and Brendan Gabel (Rossmoyne) in fourth.
The U18 Junior Men's final was very similar to the Open's with big scores and high performance bodyboarding setting the tone for an exciting finish. Blake Gerrard (Mindare) made the most of his local knowledge on the beach breaks of Perth and excelled in the conditions. Bringing his repertoire of new school manouvers, Gerrad wowed the strong on beach crowd with his style and finesse.
Despite the best efforts of South-West duo Kyle Spence (Margaret River) and Lachie Breakey (Dunsborough), Gerrard's combined total of 14.33 (from a possible 20) was enough to see him claim a maiden State Title and confirm his position for National Titles.
“It's great to score good waves all day and I'm really excited to test my skills against the best juniors in Australia.” Gerrard said after the final.
The U16 Cadet Boys final was a much tighter result with Brad Harrington (Singleton) pulling out all stops to win the hotly contest division, defeating an emerging group of WA bodyboard talent. Harrington's opening score of 6.83 (from a possible 10) proved to be highest of the final and was the difference as he went on capture the U16 State Title by just 0.03 ahead of Lachie Breakey (Dunsbrough) in second. Josh Peters (Duncraig) continued his rapid improvement to finish third, and despite scoring the events only perfect 10 point ride, Finn Haslau (Margaret River) couldn't find the waves required to move out of fourth position.
"I had a bit of a shocker in my semi final and didn't think I could win," said Harrington. "I'm over the moon to be the State Champion and be heading to Nationals next month."
In other results from the weekend Henry Gibson (Mandurah) won the U14 Grommets State Title with a dominant performance. Brendan Gabel (Rossmoyne) threaded one of the deepest tubes of the event to defeat eventual State Champion Ben Veitch in the the O/24 Senior Men's final. While Mark Boehm (Marangaroo) and Ian Goldthorpe (Cottesloe) won the Drop Knee and O/35 Masters divisions respectively.
Finn Haslau was recognised for his breakout first year of competition, awarded the Good Earth Rising Star Award for his performances across the three event series. Haslau joins a growing team of riders pushing the sport across the state both in competition and free surfing.
In more exciting news for WA Bodyboarding, WA's Davis Blackwell (Mandurah) won the final event of the ABA Pro Tour at Mystics Beach, NSW. Blackwell defeated a class field including Jake Stone (QLD), Dallas Singer (NSW) and Jason Finlay (NSW) in the biggest result of his young career.
“This is my first win on the Aussie tour, and to beat quality opposition makes this win even sweeter." Said Blackwell.
All attentions now shift to preparing the 25 riders who will represent WA at the upcoming National Titles with a State Team Training Camp set to be announced this week.
“Bodyboarding has such a unique and engaging vibe that it's clearly something that WA kids want to be involved in. Our numbers are growing more and more each year and we've got some big plans for the sport moving forward into the future.” Said Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks.
SUNSMART WA BODYBOARD TITLES – RND # 3 SCARBOROUGH FINAL RESULTS:
1. Ben Veitch (Margaret River) 14.83pts, 2. Lee Wilson (Margaret River) 13.50pts, 3. Noah Symmans (Albany) 9.54pts, 4. Brendan Gabel (Rossmoyne) 9.50pts.
STATE CHAMPION: Ben Veitch (Margaret River)
U/18 JUNIOR MEN:
1. Blake Gerrard (Mindarie) 14.33pts, 2. Kyle Spence (Margaret River) 10.93pts, 3. Lachie Breakey (Dunsborough) 10.03pts, 4. Daniel Steel (Yanchep) 8.30pts.
STATE CHAMPION: Blake Gerrard (Mindarie)
U/16 CADET BOYS:
1. Brad Harrington (Singleton) 10.83pts, 2. Lachie Breakey (Dunsborough) 10.80pts, 3. Josh Peters (Duncraig) 9.60pts, 4. Finn Haslau (Margaret River) 7.27pts,
STATE CHAMPION: Brad Harrington (Singleton)
U/14 GROMMET BOYS:
1. Henry Gibson (Mandurah) 12.17pts, 2. Dan Donovan (Scarborough) 9.67pts, 3. Matthew Hanks (Mandurah) 8.10pts, 4. Paddy McAullife (Fremantle).
STATE CHAMPION: Henry Gibson (Mandurah)
1. Mark Boehm (Maranagaroo) 10.50pts, 2. Rory Nelson (Geraldton) 10.17pts, 3. Declan Genge (Margaret River) 7.10pts.
STATE CHAMPION: Rory Nelson (Geraldton)
O/24 SENIOR MEN:
1. Brendan Gabel (Rossmoyne) 12.67pts, 2. Ben Veitch (Margaret River) 10.90pts, .3. Ian Goldthorpe (Cottesloe) 9.67pts, 4. Rory Nelson (Geraldton) 4.73pts.
STATE CHAMPION: Ben Veitch (Margaret River)
O/35 MASTERS MEN:
1. Ian Goldthorpe (Cottesloe) 9.67pts.
STATE CHAMPION: Ian Goldthorpe (Cottesloe)