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Surf Days Ahead for Indigenous Kids

Posted by: on June 22nd, 2009

(Maroubra, NSW – Monday; 22 June 2009): A group of Indigenous children will be given the experience of a lifetime this Wednesday thanks to the No-Way Campaign Foundation and Surfing NSW.

Hailing from Brewarrina, a small town 800 kilometres north-west of Sydney, a group of approximately 20 children will be making the long trip down to Sydney to meet their heroes, whilst learning how to surf with some of Rugby League’s hottest talent’s.

Beginning with a session with the NRL’s One Community, entitled “Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well”, presented by Rugby League legend Mario Fenech, the kids will be afforded the opportunity to attend South Sydney First Grade Training Session – a dream for many of the disadvantaged youths.

“It will be such a special day for these children,”  said Darren Morton, CEO and founder of the No-Way Campaign Foundation.

One which they will never forget and a great way to reward the kids from the bush.”

Culminating with a surfing lesson with South Sydney superstar John Sutton, the day will be focussed upon  promoting healthy lifestyles and educating positive lifestyle choices amongst the children.

“The health of the kids is not great, as some have poor eating skills and diets high in salt and sugar,” Morton continued.

“Sending these kids healthy lifestyle messages is the main rhetoric of the day. ”

With a different theme for each day of the week during the National Drug Action Week, Wednesday is fittingly entitled “Indigenous People/ Rural Australia”, something which Surfing NSW CEO, Mark Windon is keen to promote.

“It’s going to be a really special afternoon,” Windon said.

“Surfing is a great recreational activity and one of the best workouts for your entire body; combining fun and exercise will be the aim of their session.”

Selected on their school attendance, good conduct around town and on some occasions a break from their sometimes troublesome life, most of the children participating in the day will never have seen the ocean, let alone stand on a board.

“To see their faces and reaction toward the ocean, waves and the surfing lifestyle will be priceless,” he said.

With ASP World Tour competitor Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa, NSW) on board as the No-Way Campaign Foundation ambassador, Windon can see the potential for a long and fruitful relationship between the two organisations.

“Hopefully its the beginning of a long association between Surfing NSW and the No-Way Campaign Foundation,” he said.

“It’s such a great initiative and one we’re proud to be involved with.”

An initiative coordinated by the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), and supported by the Department of Health and Ageing, Drug Action Week aims to raise awareness about the full range of issues.

The National Drug Action Week runs from 21-27 June 2009.

Crews Dominates Day One of the Mark Richards Pro

Posted by: on March 19th, 2009

 

Mitch Crews (Currumbin, QLD) was the unanimous standout one day one of the Mark Richards Pro. Racking up the highest single wave score, and combined heat total. Photo: Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia

Mitch Crews (Currumbin, QLD) was the unanimous standout one day one of the Mark Richards Pro. Racking up the highest single wave score, and combined heat total. Photo: Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia

 

 

Merewether, NSW — WINDS of change blew through pro-surfing this morning as man-on-man heats were introduced into a World Qualifying Series (WQS) event in just the second round of competition for the first time in history.

And Mother Nature offered her approval on day one of the Mark Richards Pro, with Merewether point offering up clean one-metre waves, a light offshore wind and a cloudless sky.

The conditions provided a welcome relief to organisers, who were plagued with small and inconsistent waves during the first week of Surfest 2009.

Approval of the man-on-man format was also given by the event’s patron, four-time world champion Mark Richards.

“The man-on-man battle is a real battle of skills where each competitor looks to get any edge they can over their opponent,” Richards said.

“Some of my best memories of my competitive surfing life revolve around the mind-games that go on in the water between two hungry wave chasers,” he said. 

While the man-on-man format has been long established on the elite World Tour, a new chapter was today added to surfing’s history book when Chris Bennetts and Matt Bemrose paddled out to the iconic Merewether point shortly after 10am.

And the contest had all the hallmarks of a classic state-of-origin battle, with Queenslander Bennetts (Main Beach) (10.25) edging out New South Welshman Bemrose (Curl Curl) (9.25) by just one point.
 
But while local conditions were terrific, the chance of a local surfer winning the 24th Surfest diminished greatly following a plethora of poor performances.

This morning’s first round saw Merewether board riders Drew Benton and Rhys Smith and Catherine Hill Bay’s Lincoln Robards all failing to fire and immediately exiting the competition. 

Benton hardly bothered the judges, scoring a measly total of just 5.75

“I just didn’t surf the way I wanted,”  a disappointed Benton said.

“I wanted to get a few quick ones, but that didn’t really happen and in the end I knew it wasn’t enough.”

While Newcastle 15-year-old Ryan Callinan defeated Benton and made it through to the second round where the man-on-man format kicked in, Callinan wouldn’t go any further after coming up against a red hot Noah Lane (Rainbow Bay).

 

The youngest competitor in the Mark Richards Pro, Ryan Callinan (Merewether, NSW), was unfortunately bundled out of the event today, but not without leaving his mark on the crowd and officials with turns like this. Photo: Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia

The youngest competitor in the Mark Richards Pro, Ryan Callinan (Merewether, NSW), was unfortunately bundled out of the event today, but not without leaving his mark on the crowd and officials with turns like this. Photo: Michael Tyrpenou/ASP Australasia

In fact hopes for a first-ever local champion took a massive nose-dive today, with Merewether’s Jackson Richards and Travis Lynch also being eliminated, along with and Sam Lendrum (Catherine Hill Bay).

But it wasn’t all bad news for Hunter hopes, with Duncan McNicol (Caves Beach) and Sam Lendrum (Catherine Hill Bay) winning through to tomorrow’s third round.

The day’s top heat and individual wave score was racked up by Gold Coaster Mitch Crews. The natural-footer, who will turn 19 next month, recorded a 9.5-ride on his way to a heat total of 16.

Thursday morning will see the men’s round of 48 at 7.30am, with the Maitland Toyota Women’s Pro will get underway at around 2.20pm.

For more information, news, media and all your Surfest action please visit www.surfest.com

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Elite Surf Training Camps Roll Out Across NSW

Posted by: on March 10th, 2009

 

Jordy Smith is just one superstar taking part in the Elite Training Camp initiative which will roll-out across the state in 2009. Photo: Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia

Jordy Smith is just one superstar taking part in the Elite Training Camp initiative which will roll-out across the state in 2009. Photo: Steve Robertson/Surfing Australia

 

 

Surfing NSW H/O — Surfing NSW in conjunction with Cronulla Surfing Academy have announced a series of high performance, high quality Elite Training Camps throughout NSW in 2009.

In an effort to bring together the hottest surfing talent within the state, under the expert tutelage of current and former professional surfers, the Elite Training Camps will focus on fostering the sublime talent of the best juniors surfers.

To be held in the best surfing locations across the state, the Elite Training Camps will see the Sydney, South Coast or Mid North Coast regions utilised for the betterment of the attendees.

Involving video analysis, nutrition and fitness tutorials to better prepare the individual for the grind of competitive surfing, each Elite Training Camp will look towards fine-tuning each surfer into an athlete.

Surfing NSW CEO, Mark Windon is excited upon the prospect of such a high quality, educational series of Camps taking place on our shores.

“The Surfing NSW Elite Training Camps will provide the junior surfers within the state an opportunity to learn first hand from the best in the business,” Windon said.

“It’s such a great initiative which could possibly see the next Stephanie Gilmore or Mick Fanning raised through our Camps.”

Blake Johnson and Blake Thornton, who are both Level 2 Coaches with extensive competitive experience, will form the nucleus of the coaching staff, with former ASP World Tour competitor John Shimooka also  involved in the Program; regularly bring in guest coaches or surfers to assist with the Camps.

One such current competitor involved is South African wonder-kid, and current ASP World Tour competitor, Jordy Smith – who will be attending the first camp at Lake Tabourie.

Surfing within our state is currently booming and the level of performance is through the roof, these Camps will hopefully push the kids to dizzying new heights,” Windon added.

“Not only will they learn the mechanics of becoming a more advanced surfer, they will also be schooled how to become a better athlete and deal with the life of a professional surfer.”

With the first camp set down for 20 -22 March 2009, at Lake Tabourie on the NSW South Coast, places are going fast – so don’t delay in booking your spot.

Spaces at all camps are limited so book now by contacting Surfing NSW on (02) 9349 7055.

Bronte Boys Win NSW Jim Beam Surftag

Posted by: on January 27th, 2009

 

Bronte Boardriders with the spoils of victory.

Bronte Boardriders with the spoils of victory.

 

 

North Narrabeen, NSW –- In front of a big, boisterous crowd on Australia Day, Bronte  Boardriders were anointed the best club in the state, taking home the NSW Jim Beam Surftag.

With up to 40 teams jam packed with professional surfing stars, from all corners of the state, converging upon North Narrabeen over two days, only four clubs were left standing in the final.

However, after a stellar weekend of electric surfing and team comradery it was Bronte who were crowned champion – defeating Werri Beach, North Narrabeen and Ulladulla, who finished second, third and fourth respectively, in a tightly contested final.

With current world number 17, Tom Whittaker, Aaron Graham, Luke Hitchings, Ryan Clarke and Caleb Reid leading the charge, Bronte racked up an impressive total of 80.1 (out of a possible 204) in the final.

Overcome by the situation, Whittaker was lost for words as the strong Bronte crowd went into raptures.

“How good is this?” Whittaker remarked with a massive smile.

“This is so good – Bronte is back!”

Having been a late entry into the trials, Bronte fought their way throughout two gruelling days of competition to be crowned state champions.

“We just wanted to make the National Final,” Whittaker added.

“To be standing here with the trophy is amazing.”

Tom Whittaker (Bronte) in action.

Tom Whittaker (Bronte) in action.


Joining the four finalist’s in the National Final, to be held on 13 – 14 March 2009 at North Narrabeen, was Curl Curl, Cronulla, Queenscliff and Dee Why – who qualified for their first National Final.

Unlike conventional surfing contests that play upon individual results, the Jim Beam Surftag National Series is a teams based concept drawing upon the performances of five surfers per team – as opposed to one.

“The team event is so good for our sport,” Whittaker continued.

“It’s such an awesome contest.”

Despite the team nature of the event, the best individual performance went to Nick Riley (Queenscliff); with a 9.20 (out of a possible 10).

The National Jim Beam Surftag heads to Western Australia next, with two teams looking for qualification into the National Final.

For more information be sure to log on to www.globalsurftag.com.

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
 

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