SA Senior Shortboard State Titles Round Two
Shortboard State Titles Rd 2
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Saturday 31st March 2012 Day one of Surfing SA Shortboard State Titles at Middleton Bay saw contest running to an early close due to swell dropping to a point of being non contestable.
The anticipated Saturday night increase in swell did arrive on the mid coast, Seaford producing a quality 1 metre swell on Sunday 1/4/12 allowing the remainder of the heats and finals to be completed.
Clean off shore winds prevailed most of the morning but turned onshore with the incoming tide and this allowed Open Opens and Under 18 boys to unlease their arsenal or aeriel maneuvers that favour on shore winds.
Competitors flying high and popping fins and taking scoring risks at the start and mid point of waves were rewarded with high scores.
Open Mens finals saw Alex Rix (Victor Harbor), Wade Gyns (Morphett Vale) and David Steele (Seaford) battle it out in the arieals maneuvers. Rix’s first high scoring 8.5 points early in the final put him in a commanding position with Gyns in hot contention. Gyns posted a 7.0 point for his highest scoring wave but run out of time for his back up wave finishing in second place.
"Its nice to have contest on the mid coast, especially Seaford that can produce some high quality waves “ said Alex Rix. Wade Gnys was putting in some great surfing in the semis and pushed me to the limit in the finals.”
Under 18 boys
High scoring aerial surfing continued in the Under 18 boys finals but super light weight Kyle Imgraben (Port Noarlunga South) nudged his way to first position. Final scores tallying the two highest scoring waves in the 25 minute final scored with less than 1 point separating Kyle Imgraben (1st), Lachlan Schultz (2nd) and Sam Pike (3rd). Kyle also scored a first in under 16 division with Luke Sykora [Marion Bay [2rd]
“I love surfing Seaford” said Kyle Imgraben “it is my home break and I can ride my bike to the surf. I could see the other competitors completing some great maneuvers and it put me under a lot of pressure.”
Tayla Hanak’s (Yankalilla), clean flowing controlled turns enabled her to make two trips to the podium to claim a first in open womens and under 18 womens divisions. Scoring a convincing win in under 18’s division the open womens was tightly contested with Brinkley Davies (Moana) 2nd Alice Gilbert (Goolwa) 3rd and Georgie Thomas (Middleton) 4th. With the incoming tide causing a flat section halfway through the break competitors who could bounce their boards into remaining wave scored more points.
“I am really stocked to be able to take a first in two divisions” said Tayla. Its is a pity that the contest could not have been completed at Middleton Bay but Seaford is great surf break and it is easy to paddle out the back as the waves are more defined.”
The third and final round of the Shortboard State Titles will be held on 5th May 2012. The two highest scores out of the three rounds will determine Surfing SA national team to compete at the Australian Titles in August 2012 at Port Macquarie.
Surfing SA wish to thank participating sponsors Coopers, Drug Aware, Liive Vision, Far King, Preeces Surf and Mid Coast Surf.
All those that volunteered their assistance on the beach over the weekend we couldn't do it without you.
Open Women-- Tayla Hanak 1st Brinkley Davies 2nd Alice Gilbert 3rd Georgie Thomas 4th
Under U18 Girls--Tayla Hanak 1st Ellie Francis 2nd Georgie Thomas 3rd Jamie Buchanan 4th
Over 35 Womans--Cheryl Peat 1st Erika Omecke 2nd
Under U16 Girls--Ellie Francis 1st Tayla Hanak 2nd Megan Hein 3rd
Under U14 Girls--Hannah Maddison Tennant 1st Maddy Warner 2nd Yasmin Hardy 3rd
Open Mens--Alex Rix 1st Wade Gyns 2nd David Steele 3rd Tom Watson 4th
Under 18 Boys--Kyle Imgraben 1st Lachlan Schultz 2nd Sam Pike 3rd Josh Lindsay 4th
Under 16 Boys—Kyle Imgraben 1st Luke Sykora 2nd Zac Ryan 3rd Nathan Dennis 4th
Under 14 Boys—Charlie Talbot 1st Alexander Parker 2nd Harrison Green 3rd Caspian Zalups 4th
Over 35 Mens—Gary Howarth 1st Craig Potgieter 2nd Alan Peat 3rd Scott Stevenson 4th
Over 50 Mens—Roger Matthews 1st Mark Longhurst 2nd Tim Hoile 3rd Craig Adams 4th
Over 55 Mens—John Newport
Kneeboard—Phil Arthur 1st Simon Coote 2nd Alex Langlands 3rd Scott Ramsay 4th