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Ratcliffe steps up to take the Ghanda Girls Surf Off

Madi Ratcliffe © Robertson / Surfing Victoria




Ghanda Girls Surf Off & Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls
Presented by Ghanda

Surfing Victoria
Ocean Grove, Australia
23 - 24 November, 2013

Madi Ratcliffe in solid form all day through the event

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 November, 2013 - Ocean Grove, Victoria - 16 year old, Madi Ratcliffe (Warrnambool), has taken out the blue ribbon Open Women’s division at the Ghanda Girls Surf off at Ocean Grove today. With small 2ft waves and strong onshore winds all day, the girls delt with testing conditions to fight it out in a fun female only competition.

Ratcliffe was in solid form all day impressing judges and spectators with her strong power surfing and style. In the Open Women’s Final, Ratcliffe started strongly with a 4.67 however could not manage another solid score until the final 5 mins where she locked in a 5.70. Local girl Jemima Hutchins (Barwon Heads), narrowly placed in second with a 6.83, but could not find big enough back up score to move into first.

Placing in third was Courtney Dunlop (Phillip Island) with Shayla Patterson (Phillip Island) in fourth. All was not lost for Dunlop however, taking out the Under 18 Girls Division. Madi Ratcliffe was unable to take the double victory, however placed in second behind Dunlop. May Fox (Jan Juc) placed in third with Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island) in fourth.

Grace Day took out the Under 15 Girls Division in convincing fashion, scoring a heat total of 10.74 (out of a possible 20) to best Jessie Van Niekerk (Jan Juc) who scored a heat total of 8.90. Sophie Fletcher (Phillip Island) placed in third with Daisy Corbett (Phillip Island) in fourth.

The Under 12 Girls saw Arabella Wilson (Jan Juc) take down Ellie Harrison (Barwon Heads) amassing a heat goal of 12.00 points to Harrisons 6.13 points. Sage Goldsbury (Phillip Island) and Poppy Corbett (Phillip Island) placed in third and fourth respectively. Sage Goldsbury’s Mother, Amber, took out the O30 Womens Division in a battle of old friends.

Meg Humphrys (Phillip island) placed in second with Kristy Stephens in Third. Tracey Van Niekerk (Jan Juc) finished fourth. Highest wave score of the day was tied with Arabella Wilson (Jan Juc) and Grace Day (Jan Juc) both scoring 8 point rides in their heats. The Ghanda Girls Surf Off is presented by Play it Safe by the Water, Team Up, Surfing Victoria and Be the Influence.

Madi Ratcliffe, Ghanda Girls Surf Off & Play it Safe by the Water Surfing for Girls, Surfing Victoria
Liam Robertson

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