07 Jan club start 50th year off in style
Merewether Surfboard Club kicked off their 50th year celebrations in fine style, winning the NNSW zone title in the National Jim Beam SurfTag competition last Saturday at their iconic home break.
It was a historic day for the club, with both their entered teams finishing first and second, sending out an ominous warning to their rivals that they will be there when the whips are cracking come finals time later this year.
It was Merewether’s third consecutive win in the NNSW stage and the result bettered their first and third finish in last year’s event.
The club has long boasted some of the best talent on the East coast and their Blue team, consisting of Ryan Callinan, Jesse Adam Mitch Ross, Jackson Brent and Paul Parkes took out the title with a massive score of 98.37 – the biggest recorded score in Jim Beam SurfTag history.
The famous predominantly right-hand break was not at its best but did offer up teams contestable waves in the 2-3 foot range.
The king high tide played its part early with some competitors surfing waves breaking over the shore rock shelf, something Merewether team member Paul Parkes said he couldn’t remember seeing before.
Coming off his maiden WCT performance at the Billabong Pipe Masters Callinan was adamant that local knowledge played a huge part in the team’s big win.
‘It gives us an advantage having it at Merewether.’
‘It’s a pretty tricky wave to know where to sit and how to surf and it helped us in that way,’ he said.
‘Just having everyone come down, there were 50 or so there to support and cheer, it was such a good day. Everyone’s so happy that we took it out.’
‘Last year we came first and third, so to go one better it really shows we are the top club in the region. It’s rad.’ Callinan said with a smile.
Both Merewether teams will now compete in the Jim Beam SurfTag finals to be held at D-Bah on March 27-29.
The SurfTag series is the biggest tag team surfing series held in Australia with a prize pool of over $130,000.
Winners of the event will take home a cheque for $15,000 and a boat trip to the Maldives courtesy of Perfect Wave Travel.