Hobart’s Jy Johannesen held off the current champion Hamish Renwick and of a host of younger challengers to capture his 4th Rip Curl West Coast Classic Open Mens Title at Lighthouse Beach, Marrawah on Sunday Afternoon. Johannesen’s stylish and powerful surfing won through winning a cool $1000, sponsor prizes and perpetual trophy.
The popular long weekend HIF State Championship Series event drew competitors and spectators from a...round Tasmania where they were treated to three days of warm late summer conditions with one to two metre surf on the ‘kelpbed’ bank all weekend.
Not to be out done by open division surfers, the Under 21 Final produced what many officials and spectators claim to one of the best ever heats of competition surfing witnessed in Tasmania. In a spectacular 30 minutes late on Saturday afternoon the swell kicked and provided continuous over-head powerful waves on que for the U21 Final. Eventual winner Rudy Davis, runner-up Kelly Nordstrom, Liam Viney and Shae Cadle traded waves but Davis and Nordstrom shone out with fast and powerful vertical surfing racking up 5 waves in the excellent range (8 to 10 points) between them. Rudy Davis started with a 7.5 backed up with a 9 and then soon after a rarely given 10 by experienced judges displaying his great talent.
Tasmania’s open and age division surfers head to Bruny Island on April 8/9 for round three of the 2017 state championship series. Entries are now open on the Surfing Tasmania website.
Open Mens: 1. Jy Johannesen 2. Hamish Renwick 3. Eli Honke 4. Zeb Critchlow
Open Women: 1:Brooke Mason 2.Sarah Prior 3. Bella Goward
U21 Boys: 1. Rudy Davis 2. Kelly Nordstrom 3. Liam Viney 4. Shae Cadle
U18 Girls: 1. Bella Goward 2. Stella Gibson 3. Sophie Bowden 4. Melaleuca Sansom
U18 Boys: 1. Shae Cadle 2. Liam Viney 3. Keenan Willcox 4. Darcy Edwards
U16 Girls: 1.Melaleuca Sansom 2. Stella Gibson 3: Luca Brodribb 4. Sophie Bowden
U16 Boys: 1. Darcy Edwards 2. Toby Lawrence 3. Luca Booth 4. Raj Blair
U14 Boys: 1.Toby Lawrence 2. Noah Hassett 3. Luca Booth 4. Charlie Emmerton
O/35: 1.Zeb Critchlow 2. Luke Johannesen 3. Mick van der Woude 4. Nigel Prior
O/40: 1.Damon Hodge 2. Marty Viney 3. Nigel Prior 4. Eddie Lawrence
O/45: 1.Marty Viney 2. Glenn Saltmarsh 3. Justin Emmerton 4. Damon Hodge
O/50: 1. Glenn Saltmarsh 2. Kim Gale 3.John Gregory 4. Tim Callaghan

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Shayne Clark
Surfing Tasmania