Photos and Highlights From the '21 Burleigh Single Fin Festival

13 Jan 2021 4 Share

Photo: Swilly

Photo: Swilly

COASTALWATCH | EVENTS

The WSL won’t be opening their season on the Gold Coast in this weird reformatted and Covid-effected surfing calendar, but that doesn’t mean that 2021 won’t kick off as every year should: with the legendary Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival.

“I reckon it’s my favourite weekend of the year, apart from maybe whichever weekend lands closest to Valentine’s Day, of course,” said Ain’t That Swell podcast host and event commentator for the weekend, Vaughan Blakey. “I get so stoked seeing Hoyo, Occy, Parko, Cheyne Horan, alongside young stars like Dimity Stoyle and Dakoda Walters, all ripping on single fins. And for it all to be going down at one of the sacred venues of Australian competitive surfing. It’s beautiful.”

This year it was Coolangatta’s Quinn Bruce who won the Open Men’s part of the event while Dimity Stoyle rode an MR single-fin to her second consecutive Open Women’s win.

1997 Bells winner turned back the clock to take out the Masters, and for the Juniors it was Currumbin’s Ty Richardson defending his title.

2021 Men’s Champion Quinn Bruce. Photo: Swilly

2021 Men’s Champion Quinn Bruce. Photo: Swilly

Back to back Champion Dimity Stoyle with the shimmy. Photo: Swilly

Back to back Champion Dimity Stoyle with the shimmy. Photo: Swilly

Commentator Vaughan Blakey getting ready for his heat. Photo: Swilly

Commentator Vaughan Blakey getting ready for his heat. Photo: Swilly

Jaleesa Vincent with style for days. Photo: Swilly

Jaleesa Vincent with style for days. Photo: Swilly

Junior Max Deffenti gets upside-down. Photo: Swilly

Junior Max Deffenti gets upside-down. Photo: Swilly

The Open Men’s Final. Jay Thompson, Cooper Chapman, Paul Fisher, Liam Obrien and Quinn Bruce. Photo: Swilly

The Open Men’s Final. Jay Thompson, Cooper Chapman, Paul Fisher, Liam Obrien and Quinn Bruce. Photo: Swilly

Cooper Chapman doing thruster things on a single fin. Photo: Swilly

Cooper Chapman doing thruster things on a single fin. Photo: Swilly

Parko with his weapon of choice. Photo Swilly

Parko with his weapon of choice. Photo Swilly

Occy! Photo: Swilly

Occy! Photo: Swilly

The Open Women’s Final. Jaleesa Vincent, Dimity Stoyle, Marie-Moana Troja, Lilliana Bowrey, Juniper Harper and Carly Shanahan. Photo: Swilly

The Open Women’s Final. Jaleesa Vincent, Dimity Stoyle, Marie-Moana Troja, Lilliana Bowrey, Juniper Harper and Carly Shanahan. Photo: Swilly

Hoyo! Winner of the Masters category. Photo: Swilly

Hoyo! Winner of the Masters category. Photo: Swilly

Soli Bailey throws it back. Photo: Swilly

Soli Bailey throws it back. Photo: Swilly

Mitch Crews with the darling MR number he and Dimity Stoyle shared for the event. Photo: Swilly

Mitch Crews with the darling MR number he and Dimity Stoyle shared for the event. Photo: Swilly

The crowd around the hill at Burleigh. Photo: Swilly

The crowd around the hill at Burleigh. Photo: Swilly

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