26 Oct merewether take title in epic battle
MEREWETHER Surfboard Club claimed the NNSW Australian Battle of the Boardriders title in dramatic fashion at Booti Booti today.
Needing a score on his final wave, team power-surfer Jesse Adam produced the goods again when it counted, seeing his club through to the Australian finals to be held in Cronulla on January 26, 2014.
Another day of perfect conditions and world-class surfing was on offer with some massive and consistently high-scoring getting dropped.
1 – Merewether SBC – 5650 points
2 – Le-Ba Boardriders – 5280 points
3 – Avoca Boardriders – 4590 points
4 – Coffs Harbour Boardriders – 4330 points
5 – Saltwater Boardriders Inc – 4100 points
6 – Boomerang Beach BRC – 3940 points
7 – North Shelly Boardriders – 3900 points
8 – Redhead Boardriders – 3470 points
Jesse Adam, Jackson Baker, Jackson Brent, Paul Parkes, Luke Hamilton, Philippa Anderson and Sarah Phelan.
THE second event of the Be the Influence Australian Battle of the Boardriders was held at Booti Booti today with the Merewether Surfboard Club taking a decisive points lead into Day two of competition.
The first day of the two day event produced some world class surfing.
Contestants were greeted with pristine 4-5 foot waves for the morning session before a strong south-east onshore breeze kicked in late morning, making conditions tougher for competitors, but even more so for those standing on the beach.
The best boardriding clubs from NSW, north of Sydney were putting on a show including teams from Le-Ba, North Shelly, Avoca, Redhead, Saltwater, Boomerang, Coffs Harbour and Merewether.
After bombing out in the skins and mixed-pair surfing, Merewether came into their own in the five-man Tag-team event.
Team riders Paul Parkes, Jesse Adam, Jackson Baker, Sarah Phelan and Jackson Brent cruised through their early heat with strong beach support from Tim Ryan and Tez McKenna.
The final was a thriller, coming down the the final two surfers in a man-on-man surf-off.
With only 3 minutes remaining Merewether were trailing narrowly needing to better Le-Ba’s final surfers wave by more than two-points.
Merewether’s Jesse Adam held his nerve and fighting off Le-Ba’s Marcus Aboody to drop a 7.5pt ride on his final wave. Aboody, with time draining away, could only manage a 2.2pt wave, giving the Merewether team a big, and much-needed win.
The finals of the mixed-pairs will kick-off tomorrow’s activities with more Skins and Tag-team action to follow.
Check back soon for an event gallery.