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32nd Sunshine Surfmasters

2008 Sunshine Surfmasters

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The Geraldton Boardriders capped off its 2008 surfing season in style on the weekend with the very successful running of the 32nd Quiksilver Sunshine Surf Masters. The event was held from Friday to Sunday 12th – 14th September at Flat Rocks. This year’s event again included the World Qualifying Series event for the second year running and for the first time was televised on the web, thanks to WA Country Builders.

Weather conditions were not ideal, with an onshore westerly wind prevailing across the event but there was plenty of swell and surfers were surprised at how well the surf break at Flat Rocks handled the conditions. High scoring rides were posted in most heats and the standard of surfing was very high, particularly given the less-than-optimal conditions. Competitors pushed themselves and their fellow competitors in every division, which created some great viewing whether down at Flat Rocks or watching the live telecast on the web. Over 80 surfers competed in this year’s event.

In the Healthways WQS event, Ben Godwin from the central north coast of NSW was back in Geraldton to defend his title. The trip back to Geraldton paid off for Godwin, who held out local favorite Kit Rayner in the final to win the WQS title for the second year running.

In the Corner Surf Shop Open Mens Division, local surfers were able to secure 3 out of 4 places in the final in a division which boasted some of the best surfers in WA. In the end it was Jesse Molloy’s explosive surfing that attracted the highest scores from the judges. Molloy held out Mitch Taylor from Perth and last year’s Senior Mens and Open Mens winners, Ben McGay and Justin Hagan to take victory.

Jerome Forrest, who pocketed $500 for his radical surfing in the Geraldton Beach Hotel Expression Session, also outsurfed a class field in the Northcoast Holdings Juniors division to take out the title for 2008. Forrest’s smooth but critical surfing saw him get the points over Mitch Nesbitt and local young guns Ryan Wright and Danny Williams.

In the Hot Buttered Boyd Purdy Surf Design Senior Mens Division, WA surfing champion Paul Patterson from Yallingup narrowly held out local champion Justin Hagan. Locals Maitland Woodcock and Ben McGay also made the final.

In the upset of the event, Macaulay sisters, Laura and Bronte from Margaret River, placed first and second respectively in the Latitude Pearls Womens final ahead of locals Leah Wright, who recently placed 4th at the 2008 National titles, and Lisa Blackmore, who is the current GBR Womens champion.

In the Opus Music Masters Division, Steve Williams from Perth was able to catch better waves in the final and post high scores, which at the end of the final was enough to see him overcome strong opposition from locals Kim Burton and Leon Norris and Ian Darby from Perth. Darby had a better result in the Rod McVee Roof Sheeting Grand Masters division, taking out first place for the second year running ahead of Norris, Brent Moss and Brett Schofield.

In the Apprentice and Traineeship Company Cadet Division, local State champion Jake Fawcett held out a division and final comprising some of the best up-and-coming juniors including last year’s Sunshine Surf Masters champion Mitch Nesbitt, Jake Kearny and Lachlan Mazzucchelli.

Brenton Burton impressed in the Bahgwan Marine Non-Competitors division to win over Thomas Speck, Alex Knowles and Chris Perren. Ryan Wordsworth from Rockingham won the Blacktop Engineering Dunny Bowl division, which comprises all surfers who were unsuccessful in their nominated division.

The GBR extends its thanks to Surfing WA, all of the sponsors, competitors and the City of Geraldton-Greenough for making this year’s Sunshine Surf Masters such a successful event and looks forward to an even bigger and better Sunshine Surf Masters in 2009.

The Geraldton Boardriders capped off its 2008 surfing season in style on the weekend with the very successful running of the 32nd Quiksilver Sunshine Surf Masters. The event was held from Friday to Sunday 12th – 14th September at Flat Rocks. This year’s event again included the World Qualifying Series event for the second year running and for the first time was televised on the web, thanks to WA Country Builders.

Weather conditions were not ideal, with an onshore westerly wind prevailing across the event but there was plenty of swell and surfers were surprised at how well the surf break at Flat Rocks handled the conditions. High scoring rides were posted in most heats and the standard of surfing was very high, particularly given the less-than-optimal conditions. Competitors pushed themselves and their fellow competitors in every division, which created some great viewing whether down at Flat Rocks or watching the live telecast on the web. Over 80 surfers competed in this year’s event.

In the Healthways WQS event, Ben Godwin from the central north coast of NSW was back in Geraldton to defend his title. The trip back to Geraldton paid off for Godwin, who held out local favorite Kit Rayner in the final to win the WQS title for the second year running.

In the Corner Surf Shop Open Mens Division, local surfers were able to secure 3 out of 4 places in the final in a division which boasted some of the best surfers in WA. In the end it was Jesse Molloy’s explosive surfing that attracted the highest scores from the judges. Molloy held out Mitch Taylor from Perth and last year’s Senior Mens and Open Mens winners, Ben McGay and Justin Hagan to take victory.

Jerome Forrest, who pocketed $500 for his radical surfing in the Geraldton Beach Hotel Expression Session, also outsurfed a class field in the Northcoast Holdings Juniors division to take out the title for 2008. Forrest’s smooth but critical surfing saw him get the points over Mitch Nesbitt and local young guns Ryan Wright and Danny Williams.

In the Hot Buttered Boyd Purdy Surf Design Senior Mens Division, WA surfing champion Paul Patterson from Yallingup narrowly held out local champion Justin Hagan. Locals Maitland Woodcock and Ben McGay also made the final.

In the upset of the event, Macaulay sisters, Laura and Bronte from Margaret River, placed first and second respectively in the Latitude Pearls Womens final ahead of locals Leah Wright, who recently placed 4th at the 2008 National titles, and Lisa Blackmore, who is the current GBR Womens champion.

In the Opus Music Masters Division, Steve Williams from Perth was able to catch better waves in the final and post high scores, which at the end of the final was enough to see him overcome strong opposition from locals Kim Burton and Leon Norris and Ian Darby from Perth. Darby had a better result in the Rod McVee Roof Sheeting Grand Masters division, taking out first place for the second year running ahead of Norris, Brent Moss and Brett Schofield.

In the Apprentice and Traineeship Company Cadet Division, local State champion Jake Fawcett held out a division and final comprising some of the best up-and-coming juniors including last year’s Sunshine Surf Masters champion Mitch Nesbitt, Jake Kearny and Lachlan Mazzucchelli.

Brenton Burton impressed in the Bahgwan Marine Non-Competitors division to win over Thomas Speck, Alex Knowles and Chris Perren. Ryan Wordsworth from Rockingham won the Blacktop Engineering Dunny Bowl division, which comprises all surfers who were unsuccessful in their nominated division.

The GBR extends its thanks to Surfing WA, all of the sponsors, competitors and the City of Geraldton-Greenough for making this year’s Sunshine Surf Masters such a successful event and looks forward to an even bigger and better Sunshine Surf Masters in 2009.

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