Bay Action Pro

31 May 2009 0

Shaun Gossman (Burleigh Heads, QLD) finished second today at the Bay Action Pro after an excellent performance at Broken Head.

Shaun Gossman (Burleigh Heads, QLD) finished second today at the Bay Action Pro after an excellent performance at Broken Head.

With his victory in the Bay Action Pro, Rhys Bombaci pocketed $1200 and has reclaimed the Hurley NSWCC ratings lead

With his victory in the Bay Action Pro, Rhys Bombaci pocketed $1200 and has reclaimed the Hurley NSWCC ratings lead

With his win today, in the Cadet Boys, Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW) claimed the Hurley NSWCC rating lead after an excellent performance at Broken Head.

With his win today, in the Cadet Boys, Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW) claimed the Hurley NSWCC rating lead after an excellent performance at Broken Head.

Local hopeful Jarrad Sullivan (Suffolk Park, NSW) was a shock casualty this morning, ousted by eventual finalist, and Cadet Boys champion, Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW).

Local hopeful Jarrad Sullivan (Suffolk Park, NSW) was a shock casualty this morning, ousted by eventual finalist, and Cadet Boys champion, Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW).

Joel Ford (Cabarita Beach, NSW) finished second today, in the Cadet Boys division, at the Bay Action Pro.

Joel Ford (Cabarita Beach, NSW) finished second today, in the Cadet Boys division, at the Bay Action Pro.

Soli Bailey (Suffolk Park, NSW) was the best performing local at the Bay Action Pro finishing third in the Cadet Boys division today at Broken Head.

Soli Bailey (Suffolk Park, NSW) was the best performing local at the Bay Action Pro finishing third in the Cadet Boys division today at Broken Head.

Rhys Bombaci (Kiama Downs, NSW) was in scintillating form today at Broken Head Beach powering to victory in the Open Men’s division of the Bay Action  Pro.

Rhys Bombaci (Kiama Downs, NSW) was in scintillating form today at Broken Head Beach powering to victory in the Open Men’s division of the Bay Action Pro.

As the curtain closed on the inaugural Bay Action Pro today it was Rhys Bombaci (Kiama Downs, NSW) and Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW) who stole the show.

As the first ever event on the prestigious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit to grace the state’s far north, the Bay Action Pro saw Australia’s best, junior and open, surfers going ballistic at Broken Head.

With $3,500 up for grabs per event ($3,000 for Opens and $500 for cadets) the action was of the highest order as Bombaci and Sylvester stamped their authority on the all-star field.

Despite the near-perfect conditions, the opening heats did not go according to plan for the local contingent with favourite Jarrad Sullivan (Suffolk Park, NSW) eliminated in the Quarter Finals.

But, that led the way for teenage-sensation Sylvester, WQS stalwart Shaun Gossman (Burleigh Heads, QLD), Matt Jones (Yamba, NSW) and Rhys Bombaci (Kiama Downs, NSW) to headline the show.

Despite Gossman getting off to an early lead in the final with a 5.67 (out of a possible 10), Bombaci quickly stamped his authority with a near-perfect nine-point ride.

Gossman was unfazed, regaining a narrow lead with a series of good range scores.

But when the smoke cleared after an amazing battle it was the ever-proficient Bombaci who remained composed, picking off another linking left hander that offered him an excellent opportunity to again display his supreme backhand attack.

“I’m stoked with my win here today,” said Bombaci after regaining the Hurley NSWCC ratings lead.

“After a bad result last weekend at the Dripping Wet Pro, it is great for my confidence going into the next leg of the WQS next week in the Maldives.”

Defeating Gossman, Jones third and Sylvester, who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Bombaci recognised the importance of wave selection.

“I was fortunate to get those two walling lefts that linked to the inside offering me great scoring potential.”

The Cadet Boys final started with a flurry and it was that man Sylvester who did al the damage, opening with a 7.50 (out of a possible 10) following a series of vertical backhand re-entries.

Joel Ford (Cabarita Beach, NSW) answered back to take a narrow lead with two consecutive average range scores (4.47 and 5.13), but it was Sylvester who seemingly had the midas touch.

Despite a late charge from Ford, Sylvester was too strong winning the title from Ford in second, Soli Bailey (Suffolk Park, NSW) in third and Harry Wheeler (Coolangatta, QLD) in fourth.

“I’m really happy with my performance this weekend in both divisions,” he said with a smile.

Sylvester had to surf the Open Mens Final immediately after his win in the Cadet Boys.

“I was so tired in the Opens Final, I missed a few opportunities that I probably would not have had I have gone into it fresh, but I'm really happy with my win in the Cadets.”

The Hurley NSW Championship Circuit, now goes to Old Bar on the NSW mid north coast for the Saltwater Wine Surf Classic from 13-14 June 2009.

For more information be sure to check out www.surfingnsw.com.au

The Bay Action Pro is proudly supported by Hurley, Bay Action Surf, Australia’s Surfing Life, Byron Bay Boardriders Club, Surfing Far North Coast and Surfing NSW.

Hurley NSW Championship Circuit 2009 Schedule:

Triple Bull Pro, 16-17 May 2009 at Cronulla
Dripping Wet Pro, 23-24 May 2009 at Freshwater Beach
Bay Action Pro, 30-31 May 2009 at Byron Bay
Saltwater Wine Surf Classic, 13-14 June 2009 at Old Bar
Wild Surf Co. Mattara Pro, 26-27 September 2009 at Newcastle
Zink Surf South Coast Pro, 10-11 October 2009 at Werri Beach
Slimes Pro, 7-8 November 2009 at Avoca Beach

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Final Results:

Open Men:
1st – Rhys Bombaci (Kiama Downs, NSW)
2nd – Shaun Gossman (Burleigh Heads, QLD)
3rd – Matt Jones (Yamba, NSW)
4th – Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW)

Cadet Boys:
1st – Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW)
2nd – Joel Ford (Cabarita Beach, NSW)
3rd – Soli Bailey (Suffolk Park, NSW)
4th – Harry Wheeler (Coolangatta, QLD)

Hurley NSWCC Standings:

Open Men:
1st – Rhys Bombaci (Kiama Downs, NSW)
2nd – Nick Squires (North Wollongong, NSW)
3rd – Ben Short (Narrabeen, NSW)
4th – Joel Reading (Wallabi Point, NSW)

Cadet Boys:
1st – Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW)
2nd – Beau Foster (Norah Head, NSW)
3rd – Jack Scollard (Lake Munmorah, NSW)
4th – Harry Wheeler (Coolangatta, QLD)

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