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WA COUNTRY BUILDERS 40th SUNSHINE SURFMASTERS – in memory of Ian ‘Sam’ Salmond

Official results click here! 
Conditions for the 40th WA Country Builders Sunshine Surf Masters competition held 3rd and 4th September were great, with light winds most of the weekend and a consistent solid swell holding throughout.

This event had extra significance, with the memory of Ian ‘Sam’ Salmond recognised by participants and spectators alike.

The waves were tricky at times, but overall the surf was highly contestable.

Every division was full with surfers waiting on standby to get the opportunity for a last minute call up, in the event of any no-show.

This lead to over 90 surfers participating across all categories.

The quality and talent of the entrants was amazing with many past winners, state and national champions and some of the best underground surfers the state has to offer. These names included Kalbarri’s Ry Craike, Geraldton’s Max Marsden and Margaret River’s Luke Campbell.

Saturday saw the open men’s take to the water at 7am, with heats finishing after 6pm, while the sun was setting.

Round 2 of the Open Men’s division on Saturday afternoon saw the mix of some of the best conditions, waves and surfing of the day.

All three heats had the surfers pushing both equipment and each other to the limits, leaving the crowd cheering and some huge scores being dropped. In a nail-biter Jake Molloy disposed of firm favourite Luke Campbell earning a 7.43 with 3 massive turns over the shallow dredging inside sections at Flat Rocks in the final minute of the heat. The next open heat saw Rye Craike taking to the air, grabbing some tube time while posting an 8.67 and a 7.17 for a thrilling win over Max Marsden. The following heat saw Geraldton’s Brady Marsden stamp his authority early with scores of 9.17 and 8.5 – Brady’s surfing brought the loudest cheers from the large crowd with impressive radical surfing.

Competition resumed at 7am Sunday morning for a big day of finals surfing with the ‘blue ribbon’ Open Men’s final event finishing at 3.00pm.

The standard of surfing during the women’s division was also incredibly good. Vertical turns and powerful manoeuvres that the ladies executed were second to none. Bailee Hastie and Lauren Poor had the best of the final but Hastie’s 8.17 was the deciding factor giving her the win by a narrow margin of .03.

Sunday saw the inclusion of a special over 60’s division in honour of the late Ian ‘Sam’ Salmond.

Before this got underway, four surfers Leon Norris, Ross Middleton, Ian Darby and Mick Molloy (all close friends of Sam’s) paddled out in front of a packed beach.

After some heartfelt words were spoken, flowers and wreaths laid in the water’s edge, the four friends spread Sam’s ashes at a place that he loved.

The waves turned on and Ian Darby scored the only perfect 10 point ride of the whole sunny comp to claim victory in this division from Leon Norris.

Unfortunately Rye Craike retired injured from the event. All finals were action packed with Margaret River’s Duke Nagtzaam, one of the surfers of the event, taking out the Junior final from up and coming local surfer Josh Stanton with just 1.5 separating the two.

The U/16’s Cadets division had the crowd second guessing themselves about the age of the contestants due to the mature level and ability of the surfing. Ben Gradisen was solid and not holding anything back with scores of 8 and 7.9 for a great win over Seth VanHaefen.

It was a battle Royale in the Masters division with local brothers Justin and Deon Hagan going wave for wave in pumping surf. Justin claimed a narrow victory over Deon with the smallest margin of 0.10.

The non-competitors division was as tough and competitive as the Opens. Geraldton’s Max Marsden was on fire with a total score of 16.07 just pipping Kalbarri’s Kit Rayner.

The Open Men’s final saw Geraldton’s Brady Marsden again show his dominance with an array of cutting edge moves and great wave selection but he had a fight on his hands with Jake Molloy answering back all the way through the final. Brady took the win by .56 and also won the Expression Session.

A big thankyou to the massive list of sponsors who supported the 40th Sunny event and a big thumbs up to our hardworking GBR committee.

At Sunday evenings packed presentations Sam Salmond was posthumously awarded Life Membership from SWA’s Tim Thirsk. The award was graciously accepted by Suzi Salmond who thanked all involved.

Event pics so far: Visit our Facebook page for pics of the event
Video to be released soon.


Sat 3rd September 2016 – Sun 4th September 2016 7am sharp Start at Flat Rocks. Opens up first! Click here for the for the format and heat draw
Registrations are fully subscribed
Entries closed Wed 31st August 2016 – Limited to 2 eligible divisions only

WA’s longest running amateur surfing event the Sunshine Surfmasters is celebrating its 40th year and this years event will be dedicated to the memory of WA surfing icon Ian ‘Sam’ Salmond who sadly passed away in February 2016.
The event has now reached an incredible milestone of 40 years and to celebrate and GBR will provide a commemorative Volcom T Shirt to every competitor.

The Sunshine Surfmasters brings together the who’s who in WA surfing in one of the best event settings possible. Warm weather, pumping surf and good times is what the Sunny Comp is all about. There is a massive pool of cash and prizes for this years event which will culminate in the presentations at the Freemasons Hotel on the Sunday evening 6pm. Boyd Purdy and Hot Buttered Surfboards have again provided a stunning new HB for the door prize plus the Rayners have supported the event with 2 holiday apartment stays in Kalbarri! All entrants will automatically go in the draw but you must be at the presentations to win.

Looking for accommodation – get in early, mention the Sunshine Surfmasters at Ocean West – located right on the beach – call 9921 1047

Poster Event Dates

The Sunny Comp has Open and Age divisions on offer form surfers of all ages and abilities, plus the Expression session. The non-competitors division is for surfers who have not competed in a surfing vent during 2016.
Divisions include: Open Men, Open Women, Cadets (16 & Under), Juniors (19 & Under), Seniors (30 & Over), Masters (40 & Over), Grand Masters (50 & Over), Sam’s Division (60& over) and Non-Competitors. Expression session will run Sunday.
With a anticipated Prize pool over $15,000 including 2 Mentawai surf trips on the Kuda Laut this is must attend event. Entries are $65 and closed 5pm Wednesday 31st August 2016.
Be sure to check out for all the event updates.

The Surfing Community would like to thank our wonderful and generous sponsors :

Poster Sponsors

All ages taken as of the 1st September 2016.

Multiple division entry is allowed for this event and is limited to 2 eligible divisions.
Divisions include: Open Men, Open Women, Cadets (16 & Under), Juniors (19 & Under), Seniors (30 & Over), Masters (40 & Over), Grand Masters (50 & Over), Sam’s Division (60& over) and Non-Competitors (Mustn’t have competed in 2016).
Entries will be $65 and close 5pm Wednesday 31st August 2016.
Be sure to check out for all the event updates.

Division Price
Cadets (16 & Under) Shortboard $65.00
Non-Competitors (No comps in 2015) Shortboard $65.00
Grand Masters (50 & Over) Shortboard $65.00
Sam’s Division (60 & over) Shortboard $65.00
Masters (40 & Over) Shortboard $65.00
Senior Men (30 & Over) Shortboard $65.00
Junior (19 & Under) Shortboard $65.00
Open Women Shortboard $65.00
Open Men Shortboard $65.00

Enter online here!

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