Surf's Up - Burridge Takes Gold at Country Championships

Former Australian world surfing champion Pam Burridge has added another title to her already considerable list of achievements; triple country champion.

The Mollymook SLSC competitor took out the Women’s open surfboard riding, Women’s 40-49 surfboard riding, and the Women’s 40-49 longboard riding events.

“I was very pleased to get a win. It’s the first time that I’ve competed in Country as it’s always difficult to make the time over summer as it’s the busiest time of the year for my business,” Burridge said.

“I’m stoked that I was able to compete, as it was a great time out there.” It was business that originally brought the 1990 world champion to Mollymook where she now runs a surf school.

“I’ve been a member of the club for 11 years, but I really love teaching everyone to surf. My school caters for everyone from ages 5-65. It doesn’t matter your level of skill, everyone can have a go.”

Talent clearly runs in the family with Burridge’s son and daughter both getting a place on the podium. Son Otis finished 3rd in both the U14 and U15 surfboard riding events, while daughter Isobel claimed bronze in the U17s.

“It was great, we don’t usually do competitions, so it’s first time that the three of us have all surfed at the one comp,” she said.

Always keeping an eye on the talent, Burridge was impressed with the skills shown throughout the event.

“It was actually quite difficult out there on Friday. The waves were quite challenging, and I think having the local knowledge definitely helped.

“It was really interesting seeing how everyone handled it, and there were quite a lot of great young kids out there.”

Not content with resting on her laurels, the surfer decided to take full advantage of Mollymook hosting the Country Championships entering the beach flags competition.

“I had a go at the flags as I figured I was here so it would be good to have a crack. I thought I only would have three runs in my legs and managed to finish 4th it was quite a tough event!”

The 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships will conclude tomorrow 18 January where the competition gets underway at 7.45am.

Sat 17 Jan 2015