North Avalon SURFTAG Victory
North Avalon Surfriders Association (NASA) has successfully defended its regional title winning the Sailor Jerry Surftag Northern Beaches Qualifier at Dee Why Beach.
North Avalon scored 86.44, comfortably winning the men’s final, finishing 30 points clear of second place Long Reef on 55.73 with Queenscliff narrowly missing out on second position scoring 54.02.
North Avalon’s Chris ‘Critta’ Salisbury was all class when it mattered most, scoring the highest two-wave total of the event – 26.43 that included a near perfect 9.67 on his Powerwave in the final. NASA started the final strong with team captain Shane Carroll posting 12.77 followed by Darcy Crump with 19.70. Salisbury’s 26.43 midway through the final, put NASA in a commanding position that was solidified by Matt Thompson’s 15.84 and Sam Taylor’s 9.7.
Coming into the event under an injury cloud, Carroll surfed with a knee brace all day and was solid in surfing first for NASA, establishing an early lead in the final.
“Stoked to go back-to-back in the qualifier, it’s such a good feeling winning for the club with the boys”, Carroll said. “Special mention must be given to Critta Salisbury, he is an absolute animal and we can always count on him to come up with a big score in crucial moments. We can’t wait to try and go one better this year and bring home the Aussie Title,” he added.
Surfing on their home break Dee Why Surfing Fraternity proved to be the surprise packet of the event, finishing fourth in the Final (51.43) and earlier in the day eliminating heavy weights North Narrabeen from the competition in Round One. With the top four men’s teams qualifying to the Sailor Jerry Surftag Australian Championships, it’s the first time in nine years that Dee Why has qualified.
In the Women’s Division Queenscliff ‘A’ – 74.73, defeated arch rivals North Narrabeen – 55.46 to win their first Sailor Jerry Surftag Regional Title. Layne Beachley (15.17) set the tone for Queenscliff scoring an 8.5 on her opening ride. Beachley then tagged 18-year-old Alysse Cooper who posted the highest two-wave total of the Final – 25.03. The stylish goofy footer strung together a series of backhand snaps to score a 7.5 and an 8.77 on her Powerwave. Cooper’s big score was well backed up by Sophia Bernard’s – 19.1 with Kate Reeds scoring 5.53 and Hanna Jarvie 5.9 at the back end of the 60-minute final.
“Super stoked to get the win with the girls and for the club, I managed to find one of the better waves in the final and happy to score the best Powerwave,” Cooper said. “It feels really good to compete as a team and it’s good to share the win with the girls. It’s epic having Layne in the team, which definitely boosted team moral.”
Seven times World Champion Beachley, was excited to surf with the next generation of Queenscliff girls. “These girls inspire me to lift my game, I’m twice their age,” Beachley said. “This is a team game, it’s all about giving your team mates enough time in the water to get the scores. Alysse smashed it and Sophia back it up and then Kate and Hanna surfed, it was a team effort”.
Laura Enever (13.13) and Jess Van Der Meer (10.53) were North Narrabeen’s best with both Queenscliff ‘A’ and North Narrabeen qualifying to the Australian Championships, Queenscliff’s ‘B’ team finishing third in the Final with 28.02.
- 17 March – VIC & SA (Area – Victoria & South Australia)
- 24 & 25 March – Cronulla (Area – Bondi to Ulladulla)
- 14 & 15 April – QLD & Northern NSW (Area – Coffs Harbour to Noosa)
- 27 & 28 April – Australian Championships – Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads
(Includes Trials for TAS & WA Clubs)