Werri Beach Boardriders (Kiama/Sth Coast NSW) Wins the Rhythm Kirra Teams Challenge in perfect 2m surf at Duranbah

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Werri Beach Boardriders (Kiama/Sth Coast NSW) Wins the Rhythm Kirra Teams Challenge in perfect 2m surf at Duranbah

Werri Beach Boardriders (Kiama/Sth Coast NSW) Wins the Rhythm Kirra Teams Challenge in perfect 2m surf at Duranbah

Werri Beach Boardriders (Kiama/Sth Coast NSW) Wins the Rhythm Kirra Teams Challenge in perfect 2m surf at Duranbah!
Closest most exciting finish in the 26 year history of the event!

Werri Beach Boardriders Club (Sth Coast NSW/Kiama are indisputably Australia’s best Boardriding Club after they won the Rhythm Kirra TeamsChallenge in outstanding surf at Duranbah Beach on the southern GoldCoast today.

In the closest ever Challenge in the events 26 year history, five clubsout of the 34 clubs competing battled for the win on the finalafternoon with Snapper Boardriders (Gold Coast), Alley Boardriders(Currumbin Gold Coast), Werri Beach (Sth Coast NSW), Cabarita (NSW) and Coff’s Harbour all tightly bunched after 6 of their compulsory 8team surfers had competed.

The second-last heat of the day became the decider as Werri Beachsurfer Matt Jones faced off against Snapper’s high profile surfer JoshKerr – The equation was simple, Kerr or Jones had to win the four-manheat and their respective club  would take the title.

Snapper Rocks understandably went into the final extremely confidenttheir man Kerr could win the heat  with Kerr fresh off the elite ASPWorld Tour and surfing out at his home break at Duranbah Beach andtheir confidence looked rock solid when Kerr opened up a big lead atthe half-way point in the heat when he found an excellent tube ride andcompleted several excellent on-face moves to score the events highestscoring ride of an 8.67 out of a possible 10.

It left Jones chasing an achievable 7.4 ride but with 5 minutesremaining when he caught an average 5 point ride,  Snapper lookedsecure as Jones faced a long difficult paddle and still required thathigh scoring 7.4 ride.

Thirty seconds remaining and just out in position, the unbelievablewould happen for Jones as he caught a very good wave, rode it to thedeath performing a series of critical turns with his club membersscreaming from the beach through every turn and was awarded a 7.6 totake the title.

“I can’t believe we have won – I knew Kerrsy had scored big mid heatand the task to win was going to be hard but I also knew there weresome great waves out here and big scores in these conditions were therefor the taking – It was an absolute fairytale finish – riding that lastwave I could hear my team mates yelling on the beach and I sought ofknew I might be close to taking the win – it’s unbelievable and just sogood for the club – this is the title every club in Australia wants towin and we are the best club in the country right now – it’s great!”

Werri Beach team members included Matt Gale, Doug Chandler, TomSalverson, Todd Prestage, Tully Robinson, Rhys Bombaci , Dean Bowen andMatt Jones.

This year’s event again highlighted the strength of Australian ClubSurfing. Numerous former ASP World Tour surfers turned up to surf fortheir clubs at this event including Mark Occhilupo, Luke Egan, MattHoy, Shane Wehner, Jake Spooner, Todd Prestage and Josh Kerr.

It was a proud  Werri Club that walked away victors today with the unique Eagle trophy and a handy $6 000 in prize money!

Final Placing’s –

1st     Werri Beach NSW (Sth Coast NSW)
2nd    Snapper Rocks (Gold Coast Qld)
3rd       Cabarita Boardriders  (Nth Coast NSW)
4th    Coff’s Harbour Boardriders (Nth Coast NSW)

Placings right down to 34th can be found at www.surfingaustralia.com

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