Board Riders Showcase Skills At State Champs

There were spills, thrills, and mad skills as surf lifesavers from across the state took advantage of the late winter sunshine to contest the NSW Board Riding Championships on the Central Coast last week.

The three-day event featured entrants from Under 13 through to Masters in both short and long board riding with athletes from over 30 clubs represented.

Due to conditions the competition was relocated from Avoca to Copacabana to give the entrants the best chance of success.

Competition was strong across all age groups with a number of fine performances in the small surf.

Macy Callaghan (Avoca Beach) proved why she is rated as one of the most talented youngsters in Australia with Gold in both the U14 Board Riding and the U15 Short Board events.

“Copa is one of my favourite places to surf, the weather has been amazing and it sure has been a lot of fun. It hasn’t been the biggest or best conditions, but it’s still fun and I have been able to get some good waves,” Callaghan said

“I probably did have a bit of an advantage over the other girls because I know the waves being from the area, but the beauty of surfing is anyone can win on the day.”

The Open Women’s Short Board was a Maroubra clean-sweep as Georgia Tomaszuk edged out sister Gretel and Brooke Emerson before backing it up to take out the Open Long Board event as well.

In the Masters events, the veterans showed they’ve lost none of their class using their experience to make the most of the conditions.

Maroubra’s Marie Emerson claimed the double of long and short board in the women’s 50+ events, as did Suellen Goyne (Caves Beach) in the 40-49 group. Goyne backed up her efforts the following day in the Open Long Board to claim silver for her third medal of the championships.

Redhead’s Matthew Rawson claimed gold in the men’s 40-49 long and short board events, and silver in the Open Long Board.

It was a highly successful championship for the men from the Central Coast. Finnley Hill (Avoca Beach) took out the U13s, while Wamberal’s Harry Carpenter enjoyed success in the U14s. Darcy Piltz (Soldiers Beach), Brendan Wall (Shelly Beach) and Terrigal’s Corey Fletcher took out the U15s, 17s, and 19 events respectively.

Only the Open Men’s Bronte duo of Ryan Clarke (Short Board) and Anthony Carroll (Long Board) put a stop to the Central Coast juggernaut.

The format for the competition was slightly different this season as it was held away from the main State Championships for the first time to allow more athletes the opportunity to compete.

Championship referee Terry Aldridge said overall it was a highly successful carnival.

“We’re very grateful to Gosford City Council, Copacabana residents, local surfers, officials and athletes for being so accommodating after we had to relocate the event at short notice,” Mr Aldridge said.

“I think we’ve been really fortunate with the conditions throughout the three days of competition as for the bulk of it we have had two good banks. Waves for the Masters events were around three foot which suited both the short and long boards.

“The surf increased to around 4-5 feet on Friday and it was pretty consistent for the open events on Saturday as well. All of the competitors are delighted that we have been able to move it to a standalone event as it gives them the opportunity to focus on their board riding so the responses have been positive,” he said.

For a full list of results, please check out the official event page.

Photograph - Action from the 2015 NSW Board Riding Championships on the NSW Central Coast

Mon 24 Aug 2015