Rottnest Island pumps for HIF Pro Am final

Jake Paterson © Surfing WA/Woolacott

Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Pro Am Series
presented by Sunsmart

Surfing Western Australia
Strickland Bay, Rottnest Island Australia
15 - 16 June 2013

Jake Paterson takes HIF Pro Am Series final and title

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 June, 2013 : - - The third and final event of the Health Insurance Fund of Australia (HIF) Pro Am Series presented by Sunsmart was completed in superb conditions at Strickland Bay on Rottnest Island over the weekend, with excellent winter waves blessing competitors that made the journey to 'Rotto'.

Jake Paterson (Yallingup) confirmed his status as one of WA's most decorated surfers claiming the blue ribbon Open Men's Title, as well as the O/35 Masters and Single Fin divisions in an awesome display of high performance surfing.

It had been over 20 years since the former ASP world tour competitor had competed at Rottenest Island, but looked right at home in the powerful surf off the metropolitan coast powering through a star studded field of WA's best. Paterson can add Rottnest Island to iconic locations he's won at including Pipeline and Sunset in Hawaii and Jeffery's Bay in South Africa.

Despite less than perfect conditions on Saturday, Sunday turned on classic waves at Strickland Bay which brought out the best of all who hit the water. Competitors revelled in the best competition waves experienced at any recent Surfing WA event, with clean waves in the 4-6 feet range (2 metres) marking a memorable end to an excellent series which included stops in Margaret River and Geraldton.

As National Titles fast approach, Paterson confirmed he will spearhead the WA State Surfing Team who will compete in Port Macquarie, NSW in August after defeating Drew Everest (Karrinyup), Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) and Josh Burke (Margaret River) in an epic Open Men's final.

Paterson was on the back foot early in the 30 minute final as Drew Everest started with a bang, locking in a 6.67 opening ride and tightened the bolts further with an excellent 8.83 put him into the lead early. Paterson showed his class however, going on to post a 7.17 and a heat high 9.00 to finish on a combined total of 16.17 (from a possible 20).

His powerful top to bottom surfing perfectly suited the waves on offer and although challenges came from former junior champion Howe and rising star Burke, Paterson powered to his first State Surfing Title in two decades.

Everest finished in second after hitting his back on the shallow reef and unable to find the 7.35 score required to snatch victory. Shaun Howe performed well scoring an 8.17 and a 6.50 to finish in third ahead of Josh Burke in fourth.

"This weekend has been terrific, I used to surf on the dream tour and not get waves like we've had for the this years HIF series." Paterson said. "I'm definitely going to compete at the National Titles and think WA stands an excellent chance this year from what I've seen at these events."

The result for Howe pushed him into second place on the Open Men's ratings, with Brett Hardy finishing in third ahead of Everest in fourth, all qualifying for National Titles.

Paterson went onto win the O/35 Masters division and State Title with the weekend's highest combined total of 18.84 (from a possible 20). A 9.17 and an 8.83 saw him dominate close friend Alan Pavlinovich (Trigg) who finished in second, Tom Tomlins (Geraldton) finished in third ahead of Dunsborough's Paul Burke in fourth.

The U/21 Pro Junior final was another close affair with current WA Junior Series ratings leader Josh Burke (Margaret River) showing why he’s considered one of WA's next big things. Surfing with style and grace, Burke scored an 8.33 and 6.30 to beat Max Marsden (Geraldton), Jake Edwards (Cottesloe) and Jack Teague (Margaret River) who finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Despite being pushed to the edge by his fellow finalists, Burke shone to take out the Pro Junior State Title with two wins in Margaret River and Rottnest Island. Stricko's reminds me heaps of Mainbreak at Margaret River, a big powerful reef break with rights and lefts, I've had a great time and the waves have been great." He said.

Dunsborugh's Todd Taylor was another South-West surfer who looked suited to the waves on Rottnest, winning the O40 Senior Masters division. Preferring the longer walling lefts Taylor defeated Paul Burke (Dunsborough), Ross Fleming (Geraldton) and Margaret River's Brad Cowan at one of his favourite surf locations.

"To come visit one of my good mates and score pumping waves today has made the trip a really good one for me." Taylor said.

In other results from the weekend, Adrian Shepherd (Albany) dominated the O/45 Grand Masters and O/50 Legends divisions claiming both State Titles in a devastating display of power surfing in quality waves. The wins mark a massive weekend for Shepherd who is a renowned surfboard shaper. Shepherd put his equipment to the test, taking off on some of the biggest and best waves of the weekend and posting some massive scores on route to his first ever State Title wins.

“To be back on Rottnest Island is amazing, it is such a great place for waves and this weekend we have been well and truly blessed.  I want to dedicate the wins to my two girls Lily and Summer. “ Shepherd said.

In the O/45 Grand Masters, Shepherd was too good for Surfing WA CEO Mark Lane (Duncraig), Todd Taylor (Dunsborugh) and Mark McGuffin (East Fremantle). While in the O/50's Shepherd defeated Ian Darby (North Beach), Stephen Pozzi (Woodvale) and Sheldon Spencer (Mandurah).

Ian Darby (North Beach) bounced back to take out the O/55 Kahunas divisions, capturing the State Title ahead of Leon Norris (Geraldton).

Alex Durant (Carnarvon) travelled almost 1,000 kilometres to claim her maiden State Title in the Open Women's division. Josh Burke and Jake Paterson had to split the $250 'West Coast Suspension Wave of the Weekend' after both posting excellent 9.17 rides each.

Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks was elated with the final event of the HIF Pro Am Series and the response from all who attended.

“Rottnest Island has definitely delivered for us. To secure quality surf and beautiful weather, combined with the support of the local businesses and the help of the Island Authority, everything has been first class. We can’t wait to come back." Said Majeks.

Attention now turns to preparing the WA State Champions and their team mates for the upcoming Australian Surfmasters in Port Macquarie, NSW with WA standing a great chance to capture National Titles in numerous divisions.

Open Men:
1. Jake Paterson (Yallingup) 16.17pts - $500,
2. Drew Everest (Karrinyup) 15.50pts - $250,
3. Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) 14.67pts - $150,
4. Josh Burke (Margaret River) 10.96pts - $100.  
State Champion: Jake Paterson

Open Women:
1. Alex Durant (Carnarvon) 5.46pts .                                  
State Champion: Alex Durant.        

Single Fin:
1. Jake Paterson (Yallingup) 15.00pts,
2. Ross Fleming (Gerladton) 13.20pts,
3. Paul Burke (Dunsborough) 11.20pts,
4. Sheldon Spencer (Mandurah) 6.73.        
State Champion: Jake Paterson

Pro Junior U/21:
1. Josh Burke (Margaret River) 14.63pts, ,
2. Max Marsden (Gerladton) 11.90pts,
3. Jake Edwards (Cottesloe) 10.80pts,
4. Jack Teague (Margaret River) 7.87pts.     
 State Champion: Josh Burke

O35 Masters Men:
1. Jake Paterson (Yallingup) 18.84pts,
2. Alan Pavlinovich (Trigg) 11.84pts,
3. Tom Tomlins (Geraldton) 10.60pts,
4. Paul Burke (Dunsborough) 10.33pts        
State Champion: Jake Paterson
O40 Senior Master Men: 
1. Todd Taylor (Dunsborough) 11.50pts,
2. Paul Burke (Dunsbrough) 11.26pts,
3. Ross Fleming (Geraldton) 10.90pts,
4. Brad Cowan (Margaret River) 9.67pts.       
State Champion: Paul Paterson

O45 Grand Masters Men: 
1. Adrian Shepherd (Albany) 25.14pts,
2. Mark Lane (Duncraig) 19.27pts,
3. Todd Taylor (Dunsborough) 17.50pts,
4. Mark McGuffin (East Fremantle) 17.26pts. (Aggregate scores)   
State Champion: Adrian Shepherd

O50 Legend Men:
1. Adrian Shepherd (Albany) 14.33pts,
2. Ian Darby (North Beach) 9.07pts,
3. Steve Pozzi (Woodvale) 5.13pts,
4. Sheldon Spencer (Mandurah) 4.70pts.       
 State Champion: Adrian Shepherd

O55 Kahuna Men:
1.  Ian Darby (North Beach) 25.50,
2. Leon Norris (Geraldton) 21.67pts,
3. Steve Pozzi (Woodvale) 14.54pts,
4. Doug Kitchingman (Secret Harbour) 11.14pts.       
State Champion: Ian Darby

Source: Surfing WA

Author: Justin Majeks

Tags: Surfing WA, HIF, SunSmart

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