Sailor Jerry Surftag Australian Championships, Global Surftag guru Steve Harrison gives the details on the latest contest.
The Central Coast’s North Shelly Boardriders have taken out the 2017 Sailor Jerry Surftag Australian Championships at North Narrabeen Beach, Sydney to win the Club’s first ever Australian Title.
The North Shelly team of Saxon Lumsden, Riley Laing, Shane Holmes, Russ Molony and Johnnie Keith held off a late charge from North Avalon Surfing Association (NASA), who fell 3.31 points short of North Shellys winning total of 83.11. North Avalon finished on 79.80 with defending champions North Narrabeen finishing third on 68.76, just ahead of Noosa on 67.76.
The second place finish is North Avalon’s best ever result in the Sailor Jerry Surftag Australian Championships, backing up the form that saw them win the Qualifying event at Newcastle in March. The NASA team included a good blend of youth and experience with young guns Letty Mortensen and Fraser Dovell linking up with Shane Carroll, Chris Salisbury and Dane Beevor.
NASA Team Captain Shane Carroll is wrapped with the runner-up finish, “We’re really happy to finish second,” Carroll said.
“Would have been nice to get the win but hats off to North Shelly, they’re a good bunch of guys and surfed really well. Hopefully we go one better next year and get the win.”
Defending Sailor Jerry Surftag Australian Champions North Narrabeen Boardriders, posted some big scores but ran out of time in the 60 minute final with fifth surfer Nathan Webster, unable to catch his Powerwave. Cooper Chapman scored the highest two-wave total in the final with 27.63 that included a 9.1 and a 9.27 on his Powerwave.
Chapman was awarded the Rhondda Harrison Surfer of the Series for the second straight year with a 6.94 average on all waves ridden throughout the 2017 Series, “Stoked to win the surfer of the series, it’s always great putting in a big effort for the team,” Chapman said.
“Bit of a disappointing final for a few of the boys but was great to make it that far with Davey Cathels surfing injured and not having Hog (Nathan Hedge) around. Frothing for next year.”
Steve Harrison – Global Surftag
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