THE CATCH SURF SUMMER SLAM CONFIRMED AS THE FUNNEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
The second annual Catch Surf Summer Slam wrapped up yesterday in fun waves 1-2 feet waves at Trigg Point, Perth’s most popular summer-time wave.
The Catch Surf Summer Slam was first established in 2017 and is WA’s only official softboard event, which saw close to 50 competitors part ways with their traditional fiberglass surfboards and replace them with softboards from the amazing range of fun and highly rippable Catch Surf softboards.
It seemed only fitting to wrap up the 2018 competition calendar with the funnest event of the year! The Catch Surf Summer Slam is all about high octane shredding & having bucket loads of fun.
The Summer Slam broke away from surfing traditional formats and was judged on equal parts shredding and fun.
"We wanted to offer something completely different to the competitive, result driven events that we typically run," said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "The Catch Surf Summer Slam brought together everything that makes hanging at the beach over summer so enjoyable."
Competitors took to the water in three separate divisions including; Open, Under 15 Junior’s and Beater Only.
Jake Molloy (Yokine) was a popular winner of the Catch Surf Open division, taking down some rising stars on his way to victory. Molloy looked right at home on a soft top, drawing upon his years of competition surfing to post some big numbers including a near perfect 9.50 for the wave of the day.
“This has been such a sick day, I literally feel like a grommet again, just mucking around in the shore break all day on foamies it doesn’t get any better,” said Molloy. “I love riding these boards and stoked to now have one in the quiver just in time for summer.”
Trigg Point’s Fletcher Llanwarne was on fire all day, finishing second behind Molloy in the Open final and taking out the Beater division. Using his local knowledge to perfection, Llanwarne picked off the best waves on offer and sliced and diced his way across the waves at Trigg with ease.
On rail surfing combined with silly claims, crazy dismounts and constant stoke, set Llanwarne apart from his rivals and was ecstatic to pick up a brand new Catch Surf Beater at the presentations.
"The Summer Slam has again lived up to it’s reputation of being the funnest event in WA," said Llanwarne. "It's such a change to compete in an event which rewards you for having fun and expressing yourself."
Jesse Siedmiogrodzki (Floreat) was the king of the grommets, after taking out the Under 15 Groms division and placing second in the Beater division.
Siedmiogrodzki didn’t put a foot wrong all event and found the rip bowl lefts at Trigg to his liking, as the young goofyfooter claimed his first ever event win.
"This the most fun I've ever had at a surf comp," said Siedmiogrodzki. "All the boys were ripping but I just found that one good one right at the end of the final which made all the difference."
As well as surfing Trigg Point with just a handful of others, competitors could also test run a full range of Catch Surf products, with an overwhelming response to the new 2019 range and performance level of the boards.
Surfing WA is motivated to keep developing the Catch Surf Summer Slam further, with heaps of ideas already flowing with regards to new divisions, the judging criteria and how to include more competitors.
"Clearly there is a demand for events which encourage participation and fun,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. "I'd like to thank Paul Paterson and Catch Surf Australia for their support and continuing to support this truly unique event concept.”
2019 Catch Surf Summer Slam Results
1. Jake Molloy (Yokine)
2. Fletcher Llanwarne (Sorrento)
3. Angus Willis (Scarborough)
4. Maverick Wilson (Mandurah)
1. Fletcher Llanwarne (Sorrento)
2. Jesse Siedmiogrodzki (Floreat)
3. Maverick Wilson (Mandurah)
4. Kirby Jackson (City Beach)
Under 15 Juniors:
1. Jesse Siedmiogrodzki (Floreat)
2. Marley Godier (Greenwood)
3. Sebastian Pellizzon (North Beach)
4. Sebastian Low (Trigg)
About Catch Surf:
For the last 10 years, Catch Surf has pioneered and led the soft surfboard movement with its fun-focused and stylish line of high-performance surfboards. Catch Surf has attracted the world's top pros and surf personalities to it's team; which continues to push the company's ethos to the max; by surfing massive waves, doing huge airs and simply having more fun than anyone else. More info at www.au.catchsurf.com