Byron Bay Are 2015 Country Champions

It may have been tight after the second day of competition, but defending champions Byron Bay have powered home to victory on the final morning of the 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.

The Far North Coast Club finished the carnival with 893 points, well clear of second placed Warilla Barrack Point SLSC and third placed Cudgen Headland.

Hosts Mollymook flew the flag for the South Coast branch finishing a highly credible fourth place. Shellharbour SLSC rounded out the top five.

Sunscreen was essential as once again a blazing sun greeted the competitors for the third and final morning of competition at Mollymook Beach.

Traditionally Byron Bay have always been strong in the ski events, and they once again proved it on Sunday dominating the senior divisions.

Shaun Sewell and Ryan Beckett teamed up to win the U19 double ski, and after a few minutes rest they backed up to also take out the Open double ski event as well.

Not to be outdone by the boy’s efforts club mates Joanna Charles and Jayden Morgan teamed up to record victories in the U19 and Open double ski as well.

Warilla Barrack Point’s Jordan White had to fight hard for her victory, but broke the Northern Clubs stranglehold on the water events with a strong performance in the open board.

“It was a really good race today, and I got a bit of backwash on the way out, which helped. I felt the girls behind me near the cans and I knew that I was going to have to paddle all the way back in,” White said after the race.

"I was prepared for that as it was dead flat and I knew that anyone who caught a wave today would be very lucky.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager Shane Knight was delighted with the success of the carnival and praised hosts Mollymook for once again delivering an outstanding championship.

“Congratulations to Byron Bay for retaining the Country Championships title. We’ve seen a lot of exceptional performances from U8s through to Masters over the three days of competition,” Mr Knight said.

“I would like to thank Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club for all their efforts in delivering the Championships over the past two years. It’s not easy hosting over 1200 athletes, officials and spectators from around the state, but the club has been very accommodating.”

For detailed results of the Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships, please check out our event page.

Final Point-Score Top Ten Clubs:

1 Byron Bay SLSC 893
2 Warilla Barrack Point SLSC 740
3 Cudgen Headland SLSC 546.5
4 Mollymook SLSC 372
5 Shellharbour SLSC 322
6 Coffs Harbour SLSC 268
7 Port Macquarie SLSC 255
8 Sawtell SLSC 248
9 Tacking Point SLSC 232
10 Lennox Head - Alstonville SLSC 195.5

Sun 18 Jan 2015