XXXX Australian Open Surfmasters 2003
North Stradbroke Island, Qld.
12 -20 July 2003
Day 6: Barrels at Cylinders for XXXX Open Australian Surfmasters
Pumping 2 metre plus waves rolled through Cylinder Beach and some exciting surfing was on display for day 6 of the XXXX Australian Open Surfmasters. The Open Mens semi-finals were surfed today, and the best waves and surfing was on show of the whole event.
In the first semi-final Jack Perry (Jan Juc, VIC) dominated with smooth radical surfing to win the semi-final, Leigh Sedley (Maroochydore, Q) picked up second place and a spot in the Open final as well. Perry said when asked how it felt to be in the final, So stoked, the waves are just so perfect out there. In the final I am going to go out there and do it for Pripo, I have been thinking of him before every heat. (Pripo, Mark Prpic was a legend within the surfing industry, and a close friend of the Perry family who was killed in a tragic accident on the Gold Coast recently)
Sedley who will be surfing for his first Australian Open Title, surfed well, scoring a nice barrel, but just narrowly defeated his good friend Luke Jory (Noosa, Q), and Clancy Dawson (Bondi, NSW) to make the final. Sedley was glad the semi-final was over and could now concentrate on the final tomorrow. It was a stressful heat that one, now I can relax. I am half way to my goal, I been taking each heat as it comes, the surf is so good out there.
In the second semi-final NSW Champion Christian McCall (Newcastle) opened the scoring in spectacular fashion with a 5 second barrel, sitting up to 5 metres back inside the wave, before emerging after a plume of spray to score a near perfect 9.65 from the judges. I thought the wave was going to close out, said the smiling McCall I saw Richo and Tim watching me and I just snuck out after I went past them. I will be looking for more barrels in the final But Queensland champion Mark Richardson (Palm Beach) countered back with a barrel and a series of spectacular vertical backhand re-entries on his first wave to score a 9.0 from the judges, and then caught another wave where he reeled off a number of snaps and re-entries to score a 7.0 to win the semi-final and pip McCall by 0.25.
Both Richardson and McCall progressed to the final ahead of Todd Goudie (Seaford, SA) and Tim Hawken (Jan Juc, VIC) who could not find the waves to show their talent in the 25 minute semi-final. Richardson was very contained and had his thoughts set on winning his second Australian Title, I came down early and saw the swell has dropped a little, and these waves really suit my style. I am feeling relaxed, and the whole reason you come here is to be holding the winners trophy at the end of the event.
Organizers will be hoping to hold the finals of the XXXX Australian Open Surfmasters in the pumping barrels of cylinders, where 9 individual, and the Australian teams title will be decided
For further information contact:
Terry Tappa Teece
0419 681 804
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