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35th Sunshine Surfmasters

2011 Sunshine Surfmasters

Brett Hardy from Margaret River was the stand out surfer at this year’s Sunshine Surf Masters, taking out both the Open Mens and Senior Mens (30+) divisions. But everyone who took part in the 35th annual Sunshine Surf Masters over the weekend was a winner, sharing the tradition and joy of one of the best Sunny Comps ever. Beautiful weather, perfect waves and incredible surfing all weekend!

 Great surfing conditions attracted nearly 90 entrants to the event this year and the terrific weather drew hundreds of spectators down to Flat Rocks over the two days to watch the action. The event was also telecast live on the internet, thanks to WA Country Builders.

The Corner Surf Shop Mens Open Division Final had everything. Spectators were treated to some of the best surf and some of the best surfing ever seen at Flat Rocks. Local favourite Kayshunn Rodd had the perfect start with two waves in the 7.5-8.0 range in the first half of the heat. Rodd took the final to another level, adding some real intensity to his distinctive smooth backhand style. Through the middle of the heat the sets were very consistent and the surfing was amazing, with wave after wave being smashed, shredded and torn.

Big moves were being rewarded with big scores from the judges. Brett Hardy took a while to get going but his patience paid off, launching into one of the biggest sets of the heat and driving into five or six powerful forehand gouges. He scored 9 for that wave. Drew Everest and last year’s defending champion and 2011 State Champion Jerome Forrest also had some amazing rides through the middle of the heat and with just over five minutes to go, victory could have gone anyway. That is until Hardy locked himself into the barrel of the contest and after 4 seconds of tube time, shot out the end clean as a whistle; the 9.5 securing victory for him.

Hardy backed up his win in the Open division by defending his title in the Revolution Bikes & Geraldton Mole & Skin Clinic Senior Mens (30+) division. He only gained the ascendancy in the dying seconds though from Rockingham’s Ryan Wordsworth, a seasoned competitor in the Sunshine Surf Masters.

The shock of the event happened in the Lattitude Pearls Womens division, when Greene sisters Mikaela and Eliza were upstaged by Alex Durant from Carnarvon, who received a near perfect score for a wave on which she not only landed a critical vertical snap but also got fully slotted on the inside section. In the Apprentice & Traineeship Company & Batavia Timber & Salvage Masters division, the evergreen Steve Williams surfed a faultless final to hold out locals Craig Tuesley, Ross Fleming and Kim ‘Wakka’ Burton. That makes it three in a row for Williams in the Masters division since 2009, with a second place in 2008.

Damian Fleming surfed brilliantly in the final of the Hot Buttered Boyd Purdy Surf Designs Juniors division, holding out local chargers Max Marsden and James Fleming and Yallingup ripper Brody MacLean. James Fleming backed up 3rd in the Juniors to defend his title in the Joblink Midwest & Rigters IGA Cadets division. Kalbarri’s Jye Perkins and Geraldton’s Harry Wellington also surfed well. It was a welcomed return to competition surfing for Russell Catto in the Bank of Queensland Grand Masters division. Catto was in the groove for the 35th annual Sunny Comp and put on a very convincing performance against quality opponents.

Ex GBR club champion and 2008 winner of the Bahgwan Marine Non-competitors division Brenton Burton reclaimed this prestigious title, which is always hotly contested by some of the best free surfers in the state. Albany’s Reiss Hunt joins an illustrious list of winners of the coveted Dunny Bowl and Jerome Forrest won the Geraldton Beach Hotel Expression Session with a frontside air reverse.

The Geraldton Board Riders would sincerely like to thank all local businesses that sponsored the event for making the 2011 Sunshine Surf Masters so successful. The GBR looks forward to an event bigger and betternext year.

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