2008 Western Australian State Open Champions Crowned In Rottnest Island

10 Jun 2008 0 Share

Dave Delroy-Carr (Margaret River) 2nd Place Open Men & Pro Junior

Dave Delroy-Carr (Margaret River) 2nd Place Open Men & Pro Junior

Luke Hayter (Trigg) Senior Men's State Champion 2008

Luke Hayter (Trigg) Senior Men's State Champion 2008

Danny Williams (Geraldton) Blowing Up During The Pro Junior Heats

Danny Williams (Geraldton) Blowing Up During The Pro Junior Heats

Tod Quartermaine (Mandurah) Slaying During The Open Men's Semi Finals

Tod Quartermaine (Mandurah) Slaying During The Open Men's Semi Finals

Zak Ogram (Dunsborough) 3rd Place Pro Junior

Zak Ogram (Dunsborough) 3rd Place Pro Junior

Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) Getting Tricky In THe Pro Junior Semi Final

Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) Getting Tricky In THe Pro Junior Semi Final

Brett Hardy (Scarborough) Getting Slotted

Brett Hardy (Scarborough) Getting Slotted

Chad Simpson (Dunsborough) Flairing In The Open Mens Semi Final

Chad Simpson (Dunsborough) Flairing In The Open Mens Semi Final

Dave Delroy-Carr (Margaret River) 2nd Place In The Open Men & Pro Junior Divisions

Dave Delroy-Carr (Margaret River) 2nd Place In The Open Men & Pro Junior Divisions

Paul 'Antman' Paterson (City Beach) Destroyed Any Wave That Came His Way

Paul 'Antman' Paterson (City Beach) Destroyed Any Wave That Came His Way

Brett Hardy (Scarborough) Threaded Some Amazing Tubes & Has Been Crowned 2008 State Open Champion

Brett Hardy (Scarborough) Threaded Some Amazing Tubes & Has Been Crowned 2008 State Open Champion

Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) Won Both The Pro Junior & Open Mens Division With Flair & Style

Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) Won Both The Pro Junior & Open Mens Division With Flair & Style

The State Open Surfing Series 2008
Presented By Lizzard Surf Wear
Round 3 – Strickland Bay, Rottnest Island. June 7th & 8th 2008.
Supported by SunSmart, Lizzard, Rottnest Island Authority & Surfing WA.


The iconic Rottnest Island plays host to crowning the 2008 state surfing champions.

The forecast of small waves was no deterrent for surfers competing in the final State Open Surfing Series event for 2008. With a number of divisions still to be decided, it came down to the third round of competition to crown this year’s state surfing champions who will represent Western Australia at the National Titles held in Port Macquarie NSW later this year.

The clean, but rather inconsistent 1.0m waves on offer at Strickland Bay made the going a little tough, but still provided surfers with some good scoring potential throughout the weekend. There were a number of form surfers who staked their claim early on day one and keep their momentum rolling through to the all important finals on Sunday.

Shaun Howe (Kalbarri) who turned eighteen earlier in the week, had another reason to celebrate after an awesome display of surfing that saw him walk away with a win in both the Open Men’s and Pro Junior divisions. Howe’s razor sharp backhand attack was perfectly suited to the right hand waves peeling through at ‘Stricko’s’ and he set about demolishing any section that came his way. The Kalbarri young gun showed why he’s regarded as one of WA’s best up and coming talents, with a dominate performance across the weekend that will have him fired up for a number upcoming ASP Pro Junior events held in Bali.

The story of the weekend although, went to Brett Hardy (Scarborough) who after many years of competitive surfing, including National title success walked away with his first West Australian State Open Title. Hardy had been the surfer to beat all series long and after securing a second place in Margaret River, a first place finish in Geraldton and fourth in Rottnest. These results gave Hardy enough points to take the 2008 title and was elated with his result. “The waves sorted of died for me in the end, but finally I have the one I’ve chased for so long,” said Hardy.

Dave Delroy-Carr (Margaret River) was another surfer who set about pursuing a solid result in the final event for the year. Another WA surfer with big wraps, Delroy-Carr had to settle for second place finishes in the Open Men and Pro Junior divisions behind his mate Shaun Howe. The bridesmaid title is his now his to keep after finishing the 2008 ratings in second place in both Open Men and Pro Junior divisions. “It’s a bitter sweet sort of feeling, happy to have surfed pretty well on the weekend, but to finish second in two divisions is bummer,” said Delroy-Carr who will also compete in Bali over the coming weeks.

Scores were settled in the Open Women’s final with Jaala Baldock (Kalaroo) edging out her fellow finalists in an extremely close final. Baldock took authority of the final from the get go, leaving Swanbourne’s Georgia Young in second, while Dunsborough’s Belinda Anderton finished in third and Geraldton’s Lisa Blackmore in fourth. Bladock looked to be on a mission to succeed, with a solid performance that saw her finish the year in second place on the ratings behind Geraldton’s Leah Wright.

In the Senior Men’s final Paul ‘Antman’ Paterson (City Beach) won his first state series event for 2008. It’s a change for Paterson who is usually charging solid waves around his home town of Yallingup, showed his small wave skills and powered through the final displaying powerful forehand hacks and superior wave selection that allowed him to sneak in front of Jai Mecrides (Girrawheen) in second, Paul Anderson (Geraldton) in third and Luke Hayter (Trigg) in fourth.

Dave Williams (Geraldton) took out the Over 40’s Men’s final in front of Brad Cowan (Margaret River), Craig Tuesley (Geraldton), and Mike McMonigal (Karrinyup). The Over 45 Men’s final was an extr

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