RC WCC NW Domination with Gaby and Prior Victories
2019 RIP CURL WEST COAST CLASSIC - Story/results/pics.
Presented by Red Herring and Woolworths.
A classic in every sense of the word. The female and male competitors across all age divisions enjoyed three great days of competition at sunny Greens Beach on Day 1, pumping Lighthouse on Day 2 and tricky but sunny Nettley Bay on Finals Day. North West surfers, Sarah Prior from Marrawah and Matt Gaby of Burnie ensured North West Boardriders Club took the double.
In it's 44th year a young Burnie surfer Matt Gaby, who is a player in the next generation of hot Tassie surfers, broke through for his maiden win over WCC legend and 4 times winner Jy Johannesen. Johannesen defeated Gaby in the semi finals and knew he had a very hungry man on his tail and would have to play his top game to the very end to come away with his 5th crown. Jye's plan worked perfectly in the 30 minute final until the last 5 seconds when one of the longer lefts presented itself to Matt. He proceeded to belt it in a style he is now renown for; deep rail surfing with strong bottom turns and heavy hacks with terrific speed , power and flow to take a dramatic final win by the narrowest of margins on countback .1of 1 point !
The Womens Final was held on the Saturday at Lighthouse in tricky conditions where local knowledge and experience was the determining factor that saw Multiple WCC Womens Champion Sarah Prior add to her crowns by using her big surf skills/confidence to advantage over rivals Scamander's Claire McManus, Park Beach's Luca Brodribb, (current State Champion) and Penguin's Sophie Adams. Sarah's ability to find the limited rides where she could peel off several signature manoeuvres proved the difference in the 30 minute final. Sarah pocketed the $750 first prize, Graham Mace Trophy and bag of surf products including a $600 Rip Curl Wetsuit.
Performances in the junior divisions was very encouraging where Bruny island's Ruby Stokely, Ulverstone's Nellie Strickland, Park's Luca Brodribb and Scamander's Simon Pugh, and Dylan Haberle took division victories. Noah Hassett enjoyed the wilder west coast conditions showing his potential to take out a double in the U14/16 Boys divisions.
One particular ride by Clifton's Toby Lawrence had the Lighthouse crowd on their feet cheering as he took a long left and proceeded to surf in a style beyond his young years. Certainly one of the impressive Clifton groms on the rise.
Current State Champion Scamander's Tom Kelly revelled on his longboard in the Greens Beach lefts to take the inaugural Mens Longboard Title from Scamander's Rastin Godejohann. Sophie Adams and Ellie Foster enjoyed the glassy one to 1.5 metre conditions at Greens Beach with Sophie taking her first title.
Thanks to major and support sponsors, Event Director Glenn Saltmarsh, Head Judge Mark Cadle, Tallier April Saltmarsh, volunteer judges, NWBR work crew etc.