Surf offers swell results

Charlie Farrer in the under-14s.

With the prediction of a dropping small swell, things didn’t look good for the third comp of the 2017/18 season for the 13th Beach Boardriders, sponsored by Rip Curl.
However the early morning surf check revealed contestable waves in the 1.5 to 2.5 foot range at Golfies.
The call was made and the comp was on.
First to hit the water was the Cadet Division who revelled in the small conditions displaying excellent skills and really pushing their boundaries. Jack Bassett, Charlie Mahoney and Isaiah Norling took out strong wins in their heats and progressed through the semis and then to the finals where they were joined by Charlie Farrer.
In the Junior Division, fresh from his trip to Hawaii, Kian Major showed great power and flow to win his heat and Charlie Farrer backed up his great form in the Cadets to win his heat. The final was a tight affair with less than two points separating first and third.
The Open divisions had difficulty in the small inconsistent surf and many competitors spent much of their heats chasing waves.
The best heat of the day was the Open A Final where there was a fierce battle between Shaun Todd and Todd Sopovski in which the lead changed several times and went right down to the buzzer when Shaun found a couple of great waves and ripped them to shreds.
Open B was a tight contest, with Marcel Laidlaw convincingly taking out his first Open event.
The Micro and Super Groms held their comp in great little peelers at Signies. It was a great day for the groms who shredded the wave showing great innovation and effort, having loads of fun pushing each other to their limits.
The boardriders’ next event will be the Australia Day Retro Comp which is an open competition with surfers competing on pre-1980 single and twin fins.
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Under 10 Boys: 1st Taj McPhee, 2nd Lachie, 3rd Finbar Crapp, 4th Cove McPhee.
Under 10 Girls: 1st Dahlia Feldman, 2nd Kaia, 3rd Mikala, 4th Zarli-Rose Robinson.
Under 12: 1st Harry Farrer, 2nd Jerry Kelly, 3rd Joel Bartley, 4th Max Bassett.
Under 14: 1st Charlie Mahoney, 2nd Charlie Farrer, 3rd Taz Higgins, 4th Jett Storey.
Cadets: 1st Jack Bassett, 2nd Charlie Farrer, 3rd Charlie Mahoney, 4th Isaiah Norling.
Juniors: 1st Kian Major, 2nd Charlie Mahoney, 3rd Charlie Farrer, 4th Harry Dott.
Seniors: 1st Shaun Todd, 2nd Christian Pritchett, 3rd Trevor Sopovski, 4th Shane Vincent.
Masters: 1st Mark Hutson, 2nd Trevor Sopovski, 3rd Nat Zinn, 4th Shane Vincent.
Open B: 1st Marcel Laidlaw, 2nd Cole Rush, 3rd Christian Pritchett, 4th Chris Janson.
Open A: 1st Shaun Todd, 2nd Todd Sopovski, 3rd Gus Harfieldm 4th Lachlan Keath.