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34th Sunshine Surfmasters

2010 Sunshine Surfmasters

Sunshine Surf Masters a huge success.

The 34th annual Sunshine Surf Masters culminated on Sunday afternoon with a cracker of a final in the Corner Surf Shop Open Mens division. The event was held on both Saturday and Sunday at Flat Rocks and was webcast and streamed live through people across WA and the world, thanks to WA Country Builders.

This year close to 110 entrants and big crowds of spectators made the event one of the best ever in its long history. Saturday was a perfect day, and while Sunday morning’s late winter conditions were a bit of a struggle, true to form, Flat Rocks turned it on for the finals. There was some truly amazing surfing across the weekend

Former Mandurah resident Jerome Forrest who now resides in Margaret River, showed the move south has benefited his surfing immensely, posting two near perfect scores in the Open Mens Final. This is the second time Forrest has taken out the Sunshine Surf Masters blue ribbon event and yesterday he put on a flawless display of radical surfing in the final and was rewarded by the judges with two of the highest scoring rides of the competition.

Dunsborough’s Ryan Wordsworth loves the waves and Flat Rocks and was the dark horse coming into the final. 2010 State Pro Junior Champion Brody MacLean (Yallingup) and local Geraldton hottie Max Marsden made the final one to remember, with all surfers amazing the crowd in a scintillating final that saw a record 38 waves surfed in 20 minutes.

Jerome took the win with an 8.73 and back up 7.17 for a combined total of 15.90 from a possible twenty to win ahead of Wordsworth in second, Maclean in third and Marsden came in an impresive fourth.

For his efforts Forrest picks up a wildcard position into the trials of the Drug Aware Pro in Margaret River next year. The ASP sanctioned 6 star prime event boasted some of the world’s best surfing talent and will be a great opportunity for local WA surfers to enter the main rounds of the event.

For Forrest its an awesome opportunity that he looks forward to grabbing with both hands.

“I surf at Marget’s all the time the lefts are hollow and fast which I love. It was a great weekend and just felt on song in that final, all the waves came to me and I did my best to hit every section that came my way.” Said Forrest who was WA’s best performer on the ASP Pro Junior Series this year finishing in 27th position overal.

In other results, local young gun James Fleming surfed superbly to scoop both the Apprentice and Traineeship Company Cadet division and the Hot Buttered Junior division. Fleming has a bright future and surfed a perfect final in each division. He needed to though, to hold out a strong late challenge from brother Damien in the Cadet division and a great heat from Max Marsden in the Junior division.

The Batavia Coast Timber and Salvage Senior final was one of the closest heats of the event, with Scarborough’s Brett Hardy snaring victory from Mandurah’s Ian “Wooly” MacPherson by 0.1 points in the dying minutes with three memorable big power turns on a left. MacPherson had an impressive Sunshine Surf Masters, backing up his second place in the Senior division with a win in the Bahgwan Marine Non-Competitors division final.

In the Latitude Pearls and S Bends Womens division Yallingup’s Mikaela Greene scored the highest scoring wave of the final with her first ride, which was enough to secure her victory over another hot young female surfer, Alexandra Durant from the Bluff.

One of Kalbarri’s best Jack McDonald took out the frenetic Geraldton Beach Hotel Expression Session by landing a huge double grab air which took the $300 prize with ease.

In the Rigters Super IGA Masters division, Perth’s Steve Williams was the stand out surfer and a clear winner in the final. And in the Bank of Queensland-Geraldton Comfort Inn Grand Masters final, Leon Norris left it to the second half of the final to get the wave of the heat, which gave him victory over long-time local rival Ian “Sam” Salmond.

Ex AFL star Phil Read showed he can do more than play football on Sunday by taking out the Northcost Holdings Elimination or “Dunny Bowl” Division final.

The Geraldton Board Riders would sincerely like to thank all local businesses that sponsored the event and the City of Geraldton-Greenough for their significant contribution to making the 2010 Sunshine Surf Masters such a successful event. The GBR looks forward to an event bigger and better event next year.

The Sunshine Surf Masters is on again in Geraldton (Flat Rocks) this year on Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 September and this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. The event has been running in Geraldton for over 30 years and is a highlight on the Geraldton and WA surfing events calendars.

The event always attracts the best surfers from across WA to Geraldton to compete for a share of over $10 000 worth of cash and prizes. This year there will be an added incentive for WA’s best to make the trip to Geraldton for the weekend, with the winner of the Open Mens division to receive a wildcard entry into next year’s Margaret River Pro trials.

This year’s Sunshine Surf Masters will be broadcast live on the web, again thanks to WA Country Builders; go to www.gerosurf.com.au. So while you can’t match the atmosphere and service spectators can expect down at Flat Rocks, if you can’t make it to Flat Rocks you can still tune in over the weekend to catch all the live surfing action.

Through the ongoing support of loyal sponsors, including some of the best surf industry brands, many local businesses and the City of Geraldton-Greenough, the Geraldton Board Riders has been able to make the Sunshine Surf Masters one of WA’s most highly regarded and popular surfing events.

Surfers will compete in divisions from Cadets through to Grand Masters, Womens and non-competitors; a division for surfers who haven’t competed in a Surfing WA or GBR event this year. As always, the expression session will showcase the latest in innovative surfing. Surfers eliminated in the first round in each division get a second chance in the Dunny Bowl round.

The event is one of the most professionally run in WA as well, with qualified judges and the latest technology in scoring giving competitors and spectators wave scores and position updates after each wave surfed.

Presentations will be held on Sunday afternoon at the Geraldton Beach Hotel.

Entering this year’s Sunshine Surf Masters is easy. It can all be done on-line via the GBR website (www.gerosurf.com.au). Entries need to be in by Wednesday 8 September. If you can’t enter on-line, you can enter by dropping an entry form in at the Corner Surf Shop.

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