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Locals Dominate Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage

Posted by: on April 6th, 2009


Rory Jenkins (Cronulla, NSW) rode the barrel all the way to the winners podium. Photo: Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW

Rory Jenkins (Cronulla, NSW) rode the barrel all the way to the winners podium. Photo: Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW



Cronulla, NSW — Rory Jenkins (Cronulla, NSW) and April Charles (Cronulla, NSW) dominated all and sundry today at North Cronulla, claiming Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage in great conditions.

Greeted with a marked increase in swell overnight, local luminary Charles and Jenkins proved to be too good for their counterparts, taking the blue ribbon events in style.

Exercising local knowledge and a silky repertoire of attacking manoeuvres, Jenkins was in a league of his own accruing an impressive 14.90 (out of a possible 20) to take the crown.

“I’m so stoked, “ he said with the broadest of grins.

“To win against such good competition and in front of family and friends is awesome,” Jenkins continued.

Defeating Cory Robertson (Cronulla, NSW), Jarrod Campbell (Cronulla, NSW) and Troy Langendoen (Oak Flats, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Jenkins had his rivals pleading for mercy.

Opening up with an impressive seven-point ride (out of a possible 20), Jenkins quickly backed that up with a near-excellent 7.90, leaving his counterparts in a combination situation (needing a combination of two scores to dethrone him).

“The conditions were really fun,” he said of the rising, metre-and-a-half easterly swell.

“I was just able to get the right waves at the right times,” a modest champion admitted.

In the corresponding girls division, April Charles reigned supreme.

For Charles her victory today at Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage heralded her as one to watch in the future, after finishing in second place in this event last year.

“I’m really happy with my performance,” Charles stated.

“The conditions were tough out there, with the bigger surf, but I feel that the bigger surf suits me a lot better.”

Edging out Renae Savas (Carringbah, NSW), Ruby Jinks (North Bondi, NSW) and Seaneen Wallace, in a tightly contested final, Charles has no ambitions, just yet, to attack the competitive scene.

“I just love surfing,” she proclaimed.

“Competition is fun, but I prefer just to free surf, relax and enjoy myself.”

Unlike other surfing competitions, Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage allows competitors (16 years and under) to surf three heats each without elimination instead of the traditional cutthroat format – something that Charles applauds.

“This is such a fun event – I love competing in it every year.”

“To get a few chances at surfing with your friends is the best aspect of surfing event’s like this,” Charles said.

Joshua Szele (Warilla, NSW) was the standout of the 13 years division and rightfully was awarded the crown, displaying skills well above his age.

Szele out pointed fellow finalists Harrison Martin (Cronulla, NSW), Jack Donovan (Carringbah, NSW) and Jackson Gilles (Matraville, NSW) to lift the trophy.

Whilst in the girls division it was Veronica Charles (Cronulla, NSW) who kept it in the family, matching her big sister’s feat with a victory in the 13 years division. 

Running in line with Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage was the Down In The Park music festival – a Youth Week festival at Dunningham Park, presented by the Sutherland Shire Council in conjunction with National Youth Week and Lifeline NSW, as a part of National Youth Week.

With the aim of increasing awareness of youth mental health issues in the Sutherland Shire community and to assist in promoting mental health support services and programs available to local young people, the Down in the Park festival attracted a large crowd of 18 – 24 year olds.

Headlining the day were Melbourne indie-rock band, British India, with indie-pop-techno band Amy Meredith as local Sydney metal band, Buried in Verona, young Sydney hard-core band Hand of Mercy and Newcastle rock group Light Noise ably supported the popular Melbourne rockers.

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Posted by: on December 27th, 2008


Matt Banting (Port MacQuarie) from the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage. Photo: Kirstin Scholtz

Matt Banting (Port MacQuarie) from the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage. Photo: Kirstin Scholtz



CURL CURL, AUS — The 10th annual Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage opened in contestable 0.5 to one-meter surf at Sydney’s Curl Curl beach this morning with the U16 and U13 boys kick-starting their charge for an early lead in this year’s prestigious competition.

Boasting a unique ‘top scorer’ based format, the 2008 edition of the Ocean and Earth International Teenage Rampage will see all 220 surfers, representing ten countries, advance through the first three rounds of competition to determine the eight highest scorers, who will earn places into the Quarterfinals to be held later in the week.

Australian Pro Junior Champion and local surfer Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen) lead the Australian charge against a talented international field by posting the top-scoring heat total of his division, a 12.5 (out of a possible 20.00).

Joining Chapman on the leader board was U14 surfer Matt Banting (Port Macquarie) who looked particularly impressive against his older rivals, winning his round 1 heat with a convincing 11.00 score.

“It was definitely a combination of luck and skill out there today,” Banting said. “I would say more luck than skill even, whoever got the waves was going to get through and I was lucky I got my two off the bat and was able to take the heat lead early on.”

Fellow NSW surfer Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach) was chomping at the bit behind his friends Banting and Chapman, securing a solid 10.00 to slip alongside the front runners and put himself in the running for the prestigious U16 title.

Joshua Hay (Copacabana), Billy Bain (Avalon) and Damien Norman (Casurina) were other progressive New South Wales performers who rose to the top of the prestigious field today.

The U13 division saw some impressive surfing from the Tahitian junior team with 12-year-old O’Neil Massin who posted the highest heat total of both the U13 and U16 divisions combined, during round 2.

Massin, who has travelled to Sydney as part of the 16-strong Tahitian junior team, many of whom will be competition in the ASP World Junior Championships in North Narrabeen next week, dominated his competition in the punchy beach break conditions.

“This is my second trip to Australia and I love competing here,” said Masson a former U11 Tahitian Junior Champion. “The waves are very different from the reef breaks I surf at home but the competition is strong and it is a great challenge for me to compete here against the world’s best.”

Sydney’s Chris Robertson (Cronulla) unleashed the type of surfing that has earned him success on the pro junior circuit this year and was the second highest scorer behind the Tahitian with a 12.5 heat score today.

Rising stars including Izak Clifford (Marcus Beach) and Eli Steele (Moffat Beach) were joined by Jordan Lawler (North Narrabeen) and Brendan Hay (Copocabana) other top performers in this division.

Sunday sees the continuation of world-class junior surfing at Curl Curl beach with the possibility of the premiere U20 division which includes many of the world’s elite pro junior competitors, expected to compete throughout the day.

Names to watch out for include Tahiti’s Tamaroa McComb, USA’s Nat Young and French star Maxine Huschenot while Australia’s top hopes include Queensland’s Julian Wilson and Northern NSW surfer Heath Joske.

James Watson Nets Back-to-back Honolua Ultimate Stand Up Paddle Challenge Crowns!

Posted by: on November 24th, 2008


Burleigh Heads surfing ace James ‘Billy’ Watson performs a radical floater on his stand up paddleboard en route to winning.

Burleigh Heads surfing ace James ‘Billy’ Watson performs a radical floater on his stand up paddleboard en route to winning.



Gold Coast, Aus — STAND up paddleboarding (SUP) continued its resurgence at Currumbin Alley today with the second annual Honolua Ultimate Stand Up Paddle Challenge wrapping up on the Gold Coast.

The first wave of stand up paddle surfing was attributed to the Hawaiian Beach Boys in the 1930’s who used to surf in Waikiki, Hawaii using canoe paddles to power themselves into waves.

Interest in the sport later faded out with the arrival of shorter and lighter boards, but the popularity has exploded on the Gold Coast with this year’s event attracting plenty of attention, with $1500 prize money up for grabs across a 40-strong field.

But it was no easy paddle for surfing’s ironmen, battling a devilish north westerly wind and testing 0.5-metre waves in the race for stand up paddle glory. 


Burleigh Heads SUP ace and defending champion James ‘Billy’ Watson validated his standing as the country’s ultimate stand up paddle surfer, trumping a talented crew of surfers to seal back-to-back crowns.


Watson, 28, was in a league of his own in the multi-disciplinary paddle challenge; unleashing a skilful showing of the revived Hawaiian surfing style to finish in the numero-uno position on 2450 points after placing second in the surfing division and third in the race component.


“I’m so stoked,” said Watson.


“Conditions were bumpy today which made doing maneouves quite difficult, so I’m pleased to come away with the win.”


Currumbin Lifeguard Kelly Margetts finished behind Watson in second on 2110-points with Woody Jack (Currumbin – 2000pts) rounding out the top three.


In a tightly-contested surfing final, Currumbin gun Jack out-duelled defending champion Watson to snare bragging rights over his Burleigh Heads rival.


In a high-scoring final, Jack made the most of an early wave score (7.17) to dominate proceedings.


Despite a last minute charge by Watson, Jack held his nerve to take line honours.


The talented paddler finishing on a two-wave combined total of 15.00 (out of a possible 20) to Watson’s 12.33. The Gold Coast pairing of Guy Walker and Matthew Lumley finishing in third and fourth respectively.


Post final, Jack said he was stoked to be apart of today’s surfing final.


“I’m over the moon,” he said. 

“I was kind of nervous at the start of the final, but I settled into rhythm quickly. I jagged a set wave right off the bat which really setup the win for me.”

Utilising the standard judging criteria as per the Surfing Australia Rule Book, competitors were also judged on how they utilised their paddle to push into waves and execute maneouvres.

Currumbin local Margetts crossed the line in first in the paddle race in a super-fast time of 27 minutes and 32 seconds, just ahead of Danny Sheard in 28 minutes and 46 seconds. Watson finished in third in a time of 29 minutes and 02 seconds. 

Competitors were required to paddle the two-kilometre race involving both flat and surf water conditions for the second component of the one-day tournament.  Paddlers raced from Currumbin Creek out through the surf and around a buoy back into Currumbin Creek around the M1 Highway Bridge and back to a finish line under the Gold Coast Highway Bridge.


However, the paddle challenge was not all about fierce competition. 

The Honoula Ultimate SUP Challenge was designed to be a really social affair and was a perfect event for the public to have their first crack at surfing’s hottest craze. 

Acting as a fantastic introductory to SUP, the prestigious event incorporated a free “Learn to SUP” clinic.

Girls grace Jim Beam Surftag Series this weekend at Curl Curl

Posted by: on November 11th, 2008

The Jim Beam  Surftag has spread its wings in 2008, with the heralding of the Jim Beam  Women’s Surftag to take place this weekend.
As the newest event  on the Jim Beam Surftag Series, this weekend’s  event will see the premier women’s boardriding clubs in NSW, ranging from  Newcastle in the north to Wollongong in the south, ready to battle it out  
With ten teams jam packed with the female professional surfing  stars of the future and current ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS)  the action is sure to be electric as  local pride is put to the test at Curl Curl.

Unlike conventional surfing contests  which play upon individual results, the Jim Beam Women’s Surftag is a teams  based event drawing upon the performances of five surfers per  team.

Add bonus points and a prize purse  of $2500 and you have a perfect recipe for some  innovative and passionate surfing, whilst fostering confidence and comradary  amongst the girls.

One such  competitor looking forward to this weekend is current surfing, modelling and  lifestyle starlet Paige Houden (Fairlight, NSW) who’ll be donning the  competitive rash vest.

“It’s such a good initiative from Jim Beam to bring the tag-team format to women’s  surfing,” Houden said.

“I’m stoked to be home for this  event and being able to hang out with all the girls, have fun and enjoy the  day,” she added.

Having graced the competitive junior  circuit, Houden now travels the world promoting the importance of female surfing.

“It can be intimidating for girls  surfing in general, but to bring together a host of the best female surfers  competing together is so positive for female surfing,” Houden admitted.

“An event like this will help to  build confidence for all girls associated and definitely raise the profile of  the Series.” 

Playing upon the passion and tribal  nature of surfing, the Jim Beam Women’s Surftag also sees female boardrider clubs from around the state competing against each other in a team environment  – something not regularly seen in surfing.
“Boardrider clubs are  the base of the surfing landscape, to be able to compete in a team environment  with all the girls is awesome in a predominantly individual sport,” Houden stated.

With $2500 up for grabs and the possibility of surfing against  former ASP World Champion Chelsea Hedges (Gold Coast, QLD), who has been asked  to compete with Avalon, this weekend is gearing up to be a one not to be  missed.
Steve Harrison, Global Surftag Managing Director, is over  the moon about the prospect this weekend and the growth of the Series as a  whole.
“Very happy that Jim Beam have decided to expand the  series,” Harrison said.

“This year’s series is inclusive of  women and aims at reaching the girls to reflect the growing number of female  surfers out in the line up.”

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Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage – Surfing; 8 – 9 November 2008; Cronulla, NSW; Australia.

Posted by: on November 4th, 2008


Max Ayshford (Matraville, NSW) has been in great form throughout 2008 thus far. Photo: Michael Tyrpeniou

Max Ayshford (Matraville, NSW) has been in great form throughout 2008 thus far. Photo: Michael Tyrpeniou



(Maroubra Beach, NSW – Tuesday, 4 November 2008): Professional surfer Phil Macdonald is putting a spin on the traditional surfing contest with his Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage coming to Cronulla this weekend.

After being postponed during September due to gruesome weather and surf conditions, Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage is back with the hottest junior competitors from south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in the north, to Kiama in the south.

Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage provides an innovative and fresh approach to the traditional junior surfing competition in an effort to unearth the new wave of Australian surfing talent – and with the calibre of the competitors on hand, the action is sure to be electric.

Unlike other surfing competitions, Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage will allow competitors (16 years and under) to surf three heats each without elimination instead of the traditional cutthroat format.

“The Teenage Rampage was a concept that was developed to promote confidence, experience and fun in all levels of junior surfing, from beginner to champion,” said Macdonald.

“This event is more focused on the kids building confidence over the weekend as there is a greater focus on a bonus points and leader board system.”

Unlike the run of the mill surfing competition, each surfer’s two highest scoring rides from each heat will be added together, along with bonus points awarded according to the position the competitor finishes in each heat. 

The six best-placed surfers in the each division will progress to their division final.

“I really believe that every kid deserves a chance and the support not matter how good a surfer you are,” Macdonald continued.

“Surfing has given me an amazing life and I want to show kids how surfing can be a very positive thing in their life whether it is just keeping them out of trouble or making a career.”

The event, which is the last Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage event staged throughout the year, is a qualifying event for the Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage to be held at Curl Curl in December. 
Having charged up and down the east coast of Australia over 2008, the Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage format has been a success with the competitors and parents alike.

“The feedback has been so good and the kids got so much out of it that Ocean & Earth has decided to form a Teenage Rampage series up the east coast of NSW, so every kid gets a chance at qualifying for the Teenage Rampage international at the end of the year.”

Competition starts at 8am on both days for each of the four divisions – girls and boys 13 and under and girls and boys 16 and under. 

There will also be a host of beach activities and challenges with great prizes taking place over the weekend so be sure to get down to Cronulla Beach this weekend.

Macca’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage is proudly supported by Vodafone, Red Bull, Cool Shoe Corporation, Podsurf.TV, Fluid Adventures, Byrne Surfboards and Surfing NSW.


Posted by: on October 13th, 2008




Australia’s Tyler Wright (AUS/Culburra/Sth Coast NSW) created history today becoming the youngest ever surfer to win an ASP World Tour event. At just 14 years of age Wright won the Beachley Classic, Women’s surfing richest event with $US100 000 in prize money – Wright defeated Brazilian Silvanna Lima in the final.

Australia’s Tyler Wright (AUS/Culburra/Sth Coast NSW) created history today becoming the youngest ever surfer to win an ASP World Tour event. At just 14 years of age Wright won the Beachley Classic, Women’s surfing richest event with $US100 000 in prize money – Wright defeated Brazilian Silvanna Lima in the final.


MANLY BEACH, Australia (Monday, October 13, 2008) – Tyler Wright (AUS), 14, made ASP History today as the youngest ever winner of an ASP World Tour event, defeating fellow finalist Silvana Lima (BRA), 23, at the Beachley Classic in peaky two foot (1 metre) waves at Manly Beach.

Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour, the Beachley Classic was treated to dramatic action all week, with the increased 20% ratings points wreaking havoc on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title race before culminating in Wright’s historic win.

“This is easily the best day of my life,” Wright said. “I’m so stoked. I don’t really have the words to describe it. I knew Silvana (Lima) would be dangerous out there so I just did my best to stick to my game plan and get waves.”

Wright, who gained entry into the Beachley Classic after her impressive win at the Oakley Trials last Thursday, went on an absolute tear, defeating reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, Jacqueline Silva (BRA), 29, and Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, en route to her Finals berth with Lima.

“These are girls that all us grommets look up to and to just be competing with them is an honor,” Wright said. “I had no expectations whatsoever this week for myself and I think that really working in my favor.”

The young natural-footer has been on a tear lately, qualifying for the prestigious Billabong ASP World Junior Championships last week before going on her giant-slaying here in Manly this week.

“It’s been an amazing two weeks,” Wright said. “I think I am just going to go home and chill out and let it all sink in next.”

Lima was in awesome form on the final day, ripping from the Quarterfinals through to Final before coming up just short in the Final, repeating her performance from last season.

“I don’t know happened,” Lima said. “The surf was really bad and I just seemed to have bad luck. It was definitely tough out there but I’m happy with my performance.”

Despite the disappointing loss to Wright, the Brazilian’s runner-up rockets her into 5th place on the ASP Women’s World Tour ratings and places her well into the race for the 2008 ASP Women’s World Title.

“It’s really tough for me – I wanted to win, but it still feels pretty good because I’m moving up in the rankings just as the tour moves into South America,” Lima said.

Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 25, former ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 1 on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour ratings, took over the lead from reigning ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 20, last Saturday, was in excellent form today, securing an impressive 8.67 out of a possible 10 in her Semifinal bout before succumbing to an ankle injury.

“On my last turn of the wave I injured my foot it’s very frustrating but it happens all the time,” Mulanovich said. “I’ll just try and get my foot better and think to myself this is not a bad injury. I’ll get back for the next event”.

While the ankle injury remains a concern, Mulanovich is pleased with her equal 3rd place finish in the Beachley Classic and will head into her hometown of Peru as the No. 1 seed on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

Amee Donohoe (AUS), 27, current No. 4 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, was in fine form this morning before succumbing to the wildcard Wright in the Semifinals.

“It’s frustrating in a heat with no waves,” Donohoe said. “You know you can get a score but nothing comes.  I wanted to make the Finals and was so close, I’m pretty bummed.”

Layne Beachley (AUS), 36, former seven-time ASP Women’s World Champion and current No. 3 on the ASP Women’s World Tour, had her Beachley Classic run halted by Lima, but is still a major contender for the ASP Women’s World Title and will look forward to the next event in Peru.

“I’m looking forward to Peru – it’s one of my favorite events,” Beachley said. “I came second there last year and hopefully I can go one better, then coming into Hawaii, that’s always my strongest leg. I’m frustrated and disappointed I’ve been knocked out today, but it’s been amazing to see the crowd support and it was also amazing we could get the event of the ground. I would have loved nothing more than to win and have a fairytale ending to an emotional week.”

Highlights from the Beachley Classic will be available via and 

The next stop on the 2008 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Movistar Classic Mancora Peru presented by Rip Curl from November 3 – 8, 2008.

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1 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.64

2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.84


BEACHLEY CLASSIC Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.00

SF 2: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.10 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 14.00


BEACHLEY CLASSIC Quarterfinal Results:

QF 1: Amee Donohoe (AUS) 10.83 def. Julia de La Rosa Toro (PER) 9.60

QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.17 def. Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 12.83

QF 3: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 9.00 def. Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2.00

QF 4: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.93 def. Layne Beachley (AUS) 12.07



1 – Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4411 points

2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 3948 points

3 – Layne Beachley (AUS) 3698 points

4 – Amee Donohoe (AUS) 3331 points

5 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 3194 points

6 – Samantha Cornish (AUS) 3060 points

7 – Melanie Bartels (HAW) 2544 points

8 – Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2486 points

9 – Rebecca Woods (AUS) 2294 points

10 – Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 2268 points

11 – Julia De La Rosa Toro (PER) 2114 points

12 – Megan Abubo (HAW) 1884 points

13 – Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 1872 points

14 – Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 1692 points

14 – Karina Petroni (USA) 1692 points

16 – Nicola Atherton (AUS) 1476 points

17 – Serena Brooke (AUS) 1296 points

18 – Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 912 points*


*First replacement on the ASP Women’s World Tour



Tyler Wright with Layne Beachley.

Tyler Wright with Layne Beachley.

Wild Surf Co. Mattara – Surfing; 13 – 14 September 2008; Newcastle, NSW; Australia.

Posted by: on September 9th, 2008

Ty Watson (Currarong, NSW) has a had a stellar 2008  thus far after a string of impressive performances on the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit. photo: Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW

Ty Watson (Currarong, NSW) has a had a stellar 2008 thus far after a string of impressive performances on the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit. photo: Michael Tyrpenou/Surfing NSW

All steam ahead for Wild Surf Co. Mattara this weekend

Maroubra Beach, NSW — One of Australia’s longest running, and most prestigious, surfing events is back, as the Wild Surf Co. Mattara gears up for another great year.
As the fourth leg on the prestigious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit, the Wild Surf Co Mattara will once again see the state’s best Open, and junior men battling it out for precious ratings points and a $3500 prize purse.
Having already seen epic conditions and mind-blowing performances in the previous three Hurley NSW Championship Circuit events, anticipation is high leading into the Wild Surf Co. Mattara at Newcastle.
Dan Frodsham, president of Surfing Newcastle, was quick to point out the prestige surrounding the event, being one of the longest running surfing contests in the country.
“The Wild Surf Co. Mattara is one of the longest running surfing contests in Australia,” he said.
“It’s up there with Bells (Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach) for the duration of time it’s been running.”
So long has the Wild Surf Co. Mattara been running that even Frodsham was unable to put a number on the event.
“We (Surfing Newcastle) had a meeting last night and that question came up,” he said.
“I guess it’s been going long enough that no one really knows when it started,” Frodsham admitted. 
Featuring a new naming rights sponsor with local surf shop Wild Surf Co. coming on board, this years event is promising to be a great spectacle.
“We are really stoked with support of Wild Surf Co. who have been instrumental in getting this event off the ground in 2008,” Frodsham said.
“Hopefully this relationship can grow into a great partnership.”
Having seen the likes of Mark Richards, Nicky Wood and Wayne Lynch claim the prestigious Wild Surf Co. Mattara crown, the event has become an iconic part of the Newcastle social and sporting landscape.
“This event has been so good for the local community over the years,” Frodsham added.
“Some of the best Newcastle surfing talents have cut their teeth at the Mattara and hopefully this year will be no different.”
“It gives the people of Newcastle the opportunity to see some of the best surfers in the country competing on their doorstep.”
With a strong local contingent heading up the charge highlighted by Duncan McNicol (Caves Beach, NSW) and Ryan Callinan (Merewether, NSW), there will be some great athletes on show with reigning champion Nick Squires back to defend his title.
Hurley NSW Championship Circuit 2008 Schedule:
Saltwater Wine Surf Classic
, 10-11 May 2008 at Old Bar
Dripping Wet Pro, 23-25 May 2008 at Freshwater Beach
Triple Bull Pro, 31 May-1 June 2008 at Cronulla
Wild Surf Co. Mattara, 13-14 September 2008 at Newcastle
Zink Surf South Coast Open, 11-12 October 2008 at Werri Beach
Slimes Surf Classic, 1-2 November 2008 at Avoca

Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti) and Paige Hareb (NZ) Win Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens NSW

Posted by: on September 8th, 2008



Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti/Gold Coast Based) winner of the Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens

Tamaroa McComb (Tahiti/Gold Coast Based) winner of the Billabong Pro Junior at Port Stephens



Billabong Pro Junior – Port Stephens

Prize Money $13,000 AUD

Mid North Coast NSW

Thursday, 4 September 2008 to Sunday, 7 September 2008

Port Stephens, NSW — International surfers Tamaroa McComb and Paige Hareb (NZ) put Australia’s top Pro Junior surfers to the sword at One Mile Point Port Stephens by winning the Billabong Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s divisions.

In clean and good quality 1m(3ft) waves McComb and Hareb were too strong and both took convincing wins in their finals.

McComb defeated Lincoln Taylor (Nth Stradbroke Island/Qld) securing the win half way through the final when he found an excellent high scoring 8.5 ride. The powerful Tahitian unleashed a series of critical top to bottom turns to overtake Taylor and take the win.

It was McComb’s 2nd Australasian Pro Junior win for the season and at 16 years of age he is the youngest surfer to ever win a Billabong Pro Junior Series event in the 16 year history of Pro Junior Series.

McComb is based in at Coolangatta, moving from Tahiti at the start of the year to focus on his surfing.

“ I came to Australia at the start of this year to improve my competitive surfing and I never expected to do this well in the competitions, I thought maybe make the top 20 would be good but now I’m winning and it feels great – It’s been really good for my surfing coming here for sure” said McComb after his win.


Tamaroa McComb.

Tamaroa McComb.



Best of the local surfers was Merewether’s Jesse Adam who placed equal 3rd overall, defeated by the rampaging McComb in a high scoring and close semi final.

In the second semi final young 18 years old Nth Narrabeen surfer David Vlug achieved his best ever result at Pro Junior level finishing equal 3rd when he was eliminated by Lincoln Taylor.

Paige Hareb won the women’s final in almost identical fashion to McComb, in second place until the half way stage she found an outstanding 9 point ride to take a lead that young 14 year old Sth Coast NSW surfer Tyler Wright (Culburra) was unable to claw back.

“I don’t know where that wave came from, it was easily the best wave in the final and that was really the reason I won. It’s my third Pro Junior win for the season which is great and it will be my last Pro Junior for the season  – I’m focusing on the ASP World Qualifying Series in Brazil now so it’s good to finish the pro junior year with a win” said Hareb after the final.

Tyler Wright’s second placing in the final has signicantly improved her rating on the Australasian Pro Junior Series and with one major event remaining at Bells Beach early next month she is a real chance to steal 2nd place on the ratings from Laura Enever.

First place is already secured by Sally Fitzgibbons but second place is up for grabs and it’s important as the top two places on the ratings qualify for the ASP Billabong World Junior Championships which run at Narrabeen early January 2009.

“I feel good coming second as I have plenty of years in the Pro Juniors ahead. I’m aware of the importance of trying to come second in the ratings and it’s something I’ll aim for and work hard at coming into the final event at Bells – I usually surf well at Bells so hopefully I can do it” said Tyler Wright after the final.


Paige Hareb (Taranaki/New Zealand) celebrating her big win.

Paige Hareb (Taranaki/New Zealand) celebrating her big win.


Posted by: on August 12th, 2008


Nick Colbey - Da winna!

Nick Colbey - Da winna!



Lennox Head, NSW — Local Suffolk Park surfer Nick Colbey is the winner of the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters qualifying event at Lennox Head. Colbey surfed intelligently in a testing final by selecting the best quality waves and surfing them to shore with flair and precision.

“It was really tough out there,” said a thrilled Colbey afterwards, “It was difficult to judge which waves were going to link up to the inside bank and allow you a good score.” Colbey, 18, surfed his best wave for well over 100 meters – a ride that took him out of sight of judges and spectators and required a sprint up Lennox Beach to return to the contest site.

Colbey is the North Coast’s current Regional Open Champion and says Red Bull Junior Surf Masters is the best event he has ever entered. “The facilities are amazing, it’s affordable to enter and the prize money (for the Final) is the biggest ever for an Australian junior event. I can’t wait to get to Sydney to mix it up with the other regional finalists. I’m at a stage in my life when I have to decide if I want to pursue a full time surfing career and success in Sydney could definitely help my chances.”


Grom podium.

Grom podium.



After an excellent start to proceedings, surf conditions were made challenging by onshore winds and a decreasing swell for the Finals. Two of the stand out surfers from earlier today – Brent Savage and Damo Norman – were eliminated in the hotly contested field.

Kingscliff’s Brad King finished second, Coffs Harbour surfer Alex Maniatis third, and Kingscliff’s Kieran Lloyd took fourth place. All four will represent the North Coast region when the Red Bull Junior Surf Masters concludes at Queenscliff (August 29-31). They will face finalists from the other four qualifying events (20 surfers in total). The top four finalists from the Trials will then face a field of the best 16 Pro Junior Surfers in Australia, chosen by the current ASP World Champion, Mick Fanning.

Head judge, Nick “Zippy” Pearson was impressed by the overall standard throughout today’s event. “The North Coast has a strong reputation for producing talented surfers and judging by today’s efforts, there’s every sign that the trend will continue.”


Nick Colbey punchin' it.

Nick Colbey punchin' it.



Pearson had particularly high praise for Brad King and Nick Colbey. “Those guys are surfing up on the level you need to be at, in junior events and I think they could do well in Sydney at the Trials.”

The last three qualifying events are taking place at Merewether, Avalon and Cronulla Beaches. Applications are still open, just head to, follow the links to Red Bull Junior Surf Masters, and download an application form. Applications cost $30, with all proceeds going to SNSW Surfing Development.

About Red Bull Junior Surf Masters

Red Bull Junior Surf Masters, is a first time event being held in NSW this July and August giving young surfers an amazing opportunity to go head-to-head with Australia’s best Pro Junior surfers. The first prize is the biggest ever awarded for a junior surf event in Australia and is designed to help up-and-coming surfers launch their pro career into the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and beyond.

The remaining qualifying events for Red Bull Junior Surf Masters are as follows:



Merewether Beach

16 August, 2008

Avalon Beach

23 August, 2008

Cronulla Beach

24 August, 2008