Hurley NSW Championship Circuit 2009
Nic Blom’s (Mona Vale, NSW) stocks rose exponentially today after claiming an impressive, maiden victory at the Dripping Wet Pro.
Having seen Australia’s best junior surfers going ballistic in search of $500 cash and precious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit ratings points, the action was first-class, culminating in a nail biting finale.
With a mere 1.70 points separating first and fourth, Blom outpointed Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW), Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) and Tylah Hutchinson (Warriewood, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, with a combined heat total of 8.90 (out of a possible 20).
“I’m so stoked, “ he said, seemingly in disbelief of his achievement.
“I’ve never won anything like this before, so I’m over the moon!”
Starting strongly with a combination of scores, and a flurry of stylish, backhand re-entries, Blom had his more fancied rivals on the back foot from the get go.
“I just sat by myself and happened to get the waves that I needed.”
“The calibre of surfers in the final was outstanding, that’s why I’m pretty shocked that I won,” Blom admitted.
Living up to its reputation of one of the most consistent and punchy beach-break on the Northern Beaches, Freshwater again turned on for some of the brightest stars in the country.
Having been the star of the show in the preliminary rounds, Chapman and Sylvester were unable to put it together in the final after dropping near perfect scores throughout the event.
Taking place tomorrow will be the Junior division (under 20 years) which will see the next wave of professional talent strutting their stuff.
With the likes of ASP Australasia Pro Junior standouts Davey Cathels (North Narrabeen, NSW), Steve Ahrens (North Curl Curl, NSW), Ryan Callinan (Merewether, NSW), Sam Paterson (Killarney Vale, NSW) and David Vlugg (Narrabeen, NSW) looking to take home the title, the Junior Division will be a knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out affair.
Attention now turns to Newcastle where the Wild Surf Co. Mattara Pro, the next event of the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit, will be held in late September.
With more great competition and high-profile athletes sure to dazzle the Steel City, the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit looks set to go from strength-to-strength.
For more information on the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit be sure to check out www.surfingnsw.com.au
The Dripping Wet Pro is proudly supported by Dripping Wet Surf Manly, Hurley, Australia’s Surfing Life, Surfing Northern Beaches and Surfing NSW.
1. Nic Blom (Mona Vale, NSW) - 8.90pts
2. Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW) - 8.66pts
3. Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) - 8.00pts
4. Tylah Hutchinson (Warriewood, NSW) - 7.20pts
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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