Eaves takes out the Ripcurl West Coast Classic 2011
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
James Eaves blasted his way into the record books with a commanding win yesterday at the renowned 'Bluff Beach' south of Marrawah.
James scored 8’s and 9’s from the judges with some big carves and one barrel ride to clinch the title and take home the Macaronis Surf Resort prize from Benn Richardson 2nd, Luke Bugg 3rd, and junior Hamish Renwick 4th in his first open WCC final.
The tricky conditions tested all competitors on the final day with local knowledge playing a big role.
Marrawah’s golden girl Zoe Grey took out the open women’s from North /West’s Hannah Sadler 2nd, Claire McManus 3rd and Jo Goldfinch 4th.
Leon Bateman won the Masters Final.
Another North /West local Marty Viney out surfed Pat Fasnacht, Kim Gale and Scott Weinreich, 2nd, 3rdand 4th.
Grand Masters was won by new comer to the WCC and campaigner of 'Clean up the South West' Dave Wyatt, 2ndScott Weinreich, 3rd legend board shaper now residing on the East Coast Brendan Milch 3rd and John Kohelmainen 4th.
John who is currently the over 50’s Aussie champ also took home first place in the legends from Marrawah’s Phil Critchlow 2nd, the East’s Nigel Wallace 3rd and Dave Cover 4th.
In the Junior Division’s
Hamish Renwick dominated the final at Bluff Reef reading the shifty 1.5m peaks to easily take home the honours in the u/18’s with the other finalist struggling to find waves, Kyle Cooper 2nd, Jake Fasnacht 3rd and Tom Gray 4th.
All other Junior Divisions were held on Sunday at Nettlie Bay . Cadet’s Pierre Van De Vusse clinched his first win in his competitive surfing career with Jake Fasnacht 2nd, Harry Bowe 3rd,and Kelly Nordstrom 4th.
Zoe Grey easily accounted for Lizzy Stokely 2nd, Devonport's Lily Guargillio 3rd and South’s Brooke Mason 4th in the u/18 girls.
In the u/14 mixed division Hamish Duncan relished in the conditions to score first place with Lizzy Stokely 2nd.
A great weekend was had by all with many competitors and spectators commenting on the good vibes the event produced.
The surfing all weekend was of a high standard with excellent sportsmanship though out .The weather the waves and the people made the 36th Ripcurl West Coast Classic live up to its name.
Thanks must go to contest director Glenn Saltmarsh, head judge Chris Collins, all the judges and tallier Sarah Gray. Without all the helpers the event wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did. Once again thanks to the Christian Boardriders for their great coffee and support. All surf shots and many more visit www.rickeaves.com
A BIG thanks to the sponsors.
· Macaronis Resort
· Marrawah Kelp
· Cape Grim Burgers
· Marrawah Tavern
· Flowerdale Flowers
· Marrawah Store
· The Harbour Houses
· Beach Beat
· Mobile Prickle Farm
· Canoe & Surf
· Saltwater City
· McGrath & Co
· Tim Clarke Surfboards
· Red Herring Surf
The next open event is the 'Paul Johannessen Southern Challenge' on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of April.
The next Junior event is the 'Ripcurl East Coast Junior Classic' from the 16th & 17th of April
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Cheers Tank Gray – Surfing Tasmania