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The world’s best surf sports athletes will descend on Newy Beach this weekend for rounds 3, 4 and 5 of the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman series.
Defending Champions Shannon Eckstein and Courtney Hancock will be hard to beat this weekend as they look to continue their dominance in the Nutri‐Grain Series. Both competitors will be hungry for a win after topping the point score at last weekend’s first two rounds in Smiths Beach WA.
Newcastle Beach is a venue which has dished out devastating results for some competitors and for others they make a welcome return. Courtney Hancock will be hoping for better outcomes than previous times she raced here.
Courtney goes into this weekend with a perfect point score of 40 after winning rounds 1 & 2 and is nervous about racing at a beach that hasn’t always been kind to her.
In the 2011/12 IronWoman Series Courtney went into Newcastle with wins from the first two rounds and was smashed by a large wave smash her in the ski leg consequently losing her ski on the rocks, along with her hopes of being crowned IronWoman Series champion that year.
“I was so happy to get off to a good start last weekend and be in the lead after rounds 1 and 2 but I’m not getting ahead of myself as I have started off exactly like this two years ago and had my worst result at Newcastle. I am confident with my racing and will give Newcastle Beach the respect it deserves,” said Hancock
Kristyl Smith is also hoping to continue her form leading into rounds 3, 4, & 5 this weekend, currently sitting in second place behind Hancock.
“This weekend is the most crucial three rounds of racing for me and I need to make sure I am on the podium in every race so Courtney doesn’t get too far ahead of me on the point score. I have previously won at Newcastle and will aim for that result again this weekend,” said Smith.
In the men’s race equal fourth place getters Matt Poole and Caine Eckstein will be looking to stay in touch with the leaders and are hoping for a great result in Newcastle. Matt Poole goes into the weekend’s racing with extra confidence based on last year’s win at Newcastle Beach and Caine is keen for a better result than last weekend.
“After having to pull out of the Coolangatta Gold due to injury this year, I was feeling fit heading into the Nutri‐Grain Series and was really disappointed with my result on the weekend. I thought I would have gone better than I did,” said Eckstein.
“This weekend I am determined to race well and keep that lead in sight. Racing three rounds over one weekend will really suit my endurance background so I am looking forward to being back on top.”
Rounds 3, 4 and 5 of the Nutri‐Grain Series are proudly supported by The City of Newcastle. Newcastle Lord Mayor Cr Jeff McCloy is thrilled to be able to support this event and showcase Newcastle’s impressive coastline.
“Newcastle Beach is a fantastic location for both competitors and spectators. It can be a very challenging course depending on conditions but it provides a natural amphitheatre for people to watch the action and there is always a big crowd cheering on these great athletes, “ said McCloy.

Ky Hurst ski Smiths Beach WA

Ky Hurst in action at Smiths Beach, WA

Saturday, December 14, 2013

10.00am: Round 3 IronWoman Race
Loop Format (Board, Swim, Ski)
Three laps
11.45am: Round 3 IronMan Race
Loop Format (Board, Swim, Ski)
Four laps
1.45pm :Round 4 IronWoman Race
M‐Shape Format (Ski, Board, Swim)
Two laps

Sunday December 15, 2013

9.00am: Round 4 IronMan Race
M‐Shape Format (Ski, Board, Swim)
Three laps
11.00am: Round 5 IronWoman Race
Eliminator Format – 16 to start
Race 1 (Swim, Ski, Board) 5 eliminated
Race 2 (Ski, Board, Swim) 5 eliminated
Race 3 (Board, Swim, Ski) Final – 6 remaining athletes
12.45pm: Round 5 IronMan Race
Eliminator Format – 16 to start
Race 1 (Swim, Ski, Board) 5 eliminated
Race 2 (Ski, Board, Swim) 5 eliminated
Race 3 (Board, Swim, Ski) Final – 6 remaining athletes

First place for each round in both the men and women’s races will receive $8000 and 20 points toward their overall score to win the title of Nutri‐Grain Series Champion.

Shannon Eckstein big wave board Smiths Beach WA

Shannon Eckstein rides a wave to shore at Smiths Beach, WA

CURRENT STANDINGS

Kellogg’s Nutri‐Grain IronMan Series – Ranking after Round 1 and Round 2

1. Shannon Eckstein
2. Kendrick Louis
3. Ky Hurst
4. Matt Poole
5. Caine Eckstein
6. Wes Berg
7. Tanyn Lyndon
8. Matt Bevilacqua
9. Hayden Allum
10. Josh Minogue
11. Tom Trembath
12. Nathan Smith
13. Mitch Miller
14. Hayden White
15. Cam Cole
16. Dane Farrell

Matt Poole Run  Smiths Beach WA

Matt Poole runs out of the water at Smiths Beach WA

Kellogg’s Nutri‐Grain IronWoman Series – Ranking after Round 1 and Round 2

1. Courtney Hancock
2. Kristyl Smith
3. Maddy Dunn
4. Liz Pluimers
5. Jordan Mercer
6. Hannah Minogue
7. Rebecca Creedy
8. Emma Dick
9. Amy Nurthern
10. Alyssa Bull
11. Harriett Brown
12. Brodie Moir
13. Bonnie Hancock
14. Alyce Bennett
15. Devon Halligan

 

 

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Grant Sproule
Grant Sproule
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Grant Sproule has worked in Newspapers and Surf Media for 22 years and is also graphic designer and photographer. His eye for detail and deep passion for surfing has led him to develop one of Australia's leading Surf Magazines. Grant Started shooting surfing at a young age and is now regarded as an industry pro.

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