BACKFLIPS AND BARRELS - FLAVOUR OF DAY ONE AT THE 2017 BIG 4 AUSTRALIAN BODYBOARD TITLES

The 2017 Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park Australian Bodyboard Titles got underway today at Cabarita on the Tweed Coast.

A sunny day and 1-2ft punchy peaks made for first class action from the first heat of the day with Open Men’s Round 1 getting things underway.

Calen Jordan (QLD), John Cruickshank (NSW) and Guy Drerup (VIC) were standouts in round one as a light northerly wind kept things relatively clean on the south side of the Cabarita headland with a few barrels being ridden early on.

Jordan got his campaign off to a flying start, posting two excellent scores in heat 1 with 8.75pt and 8.00pt rides (out of a possible 10pts) to lay down the single highest heat total (16.75pts out of a possible 20pts) for the round.

In heat five Cruickshank almost eclipsed Jordan by matching his 8.75pt highest single wave score but couldn’t get another excellent wave to back it up with in the peaky conditions.

Drerup also bypassed the re-qualification round to join Jordan and Cruickshank in the quarter finals with a 12.50pt heat total that included an 8.00pt ride to win heat 2.

The Junior Men’s and Cadets divisions were an entertaining affair even in deteriorating conditions as the onshore set in and tide went out.

Under 16 Cadet standouts were Clay Murphy (NSW), Jack Roges (NSW) and Patrick Franklyn (WA).

The judges had their work cut out for them on wave count alone in the 16 Cadets round 1, competitors racking up plenty of scoring opportunities with Franklyn the top scorer.

Re-qualification rounds and the Over 45 Men’s Final were run in challenging conditions late this afternoon with Tasmania’s Karl Gol taking home the 45 Men’s title.

Over 45 Men’s Final:

1-     Karl Gol (TAS)

2-     Justin Becker (QLD)

3-     Greg Purtle (QLD)

4-     Paul Mace (NSW)

A southerly wind change is forecast to blow in overnight, stay tuned for a possible venue change tomorrow.

For all results and more information, please visit: www.australiansurffestival.com

2017 Australian Surf Festival – Tweed Coast, NSW, July 28-August 14

– Opening Ceremony – July 28
– Australian Surfmasters Titles – July 29-August 2
– Australian Longboard Titles – August 2-10
– Australian Logger Titles – August 3-10
– Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 10-14

The 2017 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Destination Tweed, Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park, bcu, Hydralyte Sports, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder Magazine, NBN, mySURF.tv, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.