Archive for February, 2018

What an Elouera weekend of surf boat competition!

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Our West­ern Suns Surf Row­ers Inter­state u19 rep­re­sen­ta­tive team – Vikings and our u19 female crew Neptune’s Daugh­ters put in an out­stand­ing effort for WA and Mul­laloo across an action packed week­end at the 2018 Aus­tralian Surf Row­ers League Inter­state Cham­pi­onship, held in Elouera, NSW.

The week­end saw a fan­tas­tic dis­play of rac­ing, along with plen­ty of car­nage as the ath­letes tack­led surf that was chal­leng­ing and most unfa­mil­iar. WA fin­ished in 4th place in the Inter­states com­pe­ti­tion.

If a few races on Fri­day morn­ing wasn’t enough for our u19 males, they hit it out again on Sat­ur­day with 3 clean races, huge surf going out and couldn’t buy a wave com­ing home… clear­ly there were lulls! Our u19 ladies were cer­tain­ly on a mis­sion also — with 3 races under their belt, they caught some of the biggest waves dubbed at the car­ni­val as the “PARTY WAVES” home to get them into the quar­ter finals on Sun­day. Sun­day was even big­ger and nas­ti­er than Sat­ur­day, again the girls had a job get­ting out and back in safe­ly, end­ing at top 12 in Aus­tralia! Well done to both crews in their debut on the Nation­al cir­cuit!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to our ath­letes, par­ent sup­port, sweeps/coaches and the sheer sports­man­ship and bonds made – that most cer­tain­ly con­tributed to an event­ful and well raced week­end.

Shout out to North Cottes­loe for all their sup­port and assis­tance on the beach!

Sweep: Richard Cal­non (great effort Rich — first time in Nation­al comp. as sweep also)
Row­ers: Wes Thom­son, Caleb Palan­dri, Jamie Col­bourne, Con­nor Mar­low

Sweep: Stu­art Clarke
Row­ers: Sophie Hum­mer­ston, Elise Dag­nia, Anna Greg­son, Ciera Mad­den

Surf League Wrap-up

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

On Sun­day 4 Feb­ru­ary, the 3rd and last Surf League com­pe­ti­tion was run at Sor­ren­to Beach. The Surf League is a new com­pe­ti­tion for­mat intro­duced by SLSWA cov­er­ing 3 car­ni­vals held in Decem­ber, Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary. The for­mat of the Surf League is for Clubs to pro­vide teams of Male and Female Surf Boat Crews, Water and Beach com­peti­tors up to a max of 20 peo­ple per team. Com­peti­tors then race in a num­ber of team and indi­vid­ual events across Surf­boats, Water and the Beach. Points are award­ed for places 1 – 6. There is only one divi­sion of com­pe­ti­tion for all teams who com­pete in an open age group. Some of the high­lights of the com­pe­ti­tion is the live Web­cast of the com­pe­ti­tion and sig­nif­i­cant prizes for win­ning com­peti­tors and Clubs.

Mul­laloo SLSC put togeth­er 2 teams (Gold and Blue) for each car­ni­val. We had quite young teams at the moment with only a few open com­peti­tors. This meant we were able to use the car­ni­vals for devel­op­ing ath­letes and surf­boat teams includ­ing U/15, U/17 and U/19 com­peti­tors. Over­all we man­aged to use 5 dif­fer­ent Boat crews and 30 dif­fer­ent beach and water com­peti­tors.

Mul­laloo did extreme­ly well con­sid­er­ing that we had few open com­peti­tors avail­able to com­pete in our team. Some of our major results from the three com­pe­ti­tions includ­ed:

1st Swim – Jack Wil­son (U/17)

2nd Iron­woman – Soraya Lee (U/19)

3rd Iron­man – Wes Gould (Open – 0nly attend­ed 2 car­ni­vals)

A spe­cial men­tion to Jack Wil­son who also made the West­ern Suns Open Elite team to trav­el to Cronul­la and com­pete at the Ocean6 car­ni­val.

Car­lo Tenaglia
GM Surf Sports