WA'S JOEL HUGHAN WINS THE UNDER-18 JUNIOR BOYS BODYBOARD NATIONAL TITLE
Small but clean conditions greeted finalists in the remaining three divisions this morning on the last day of the Big 4 Australian Bodyboard Titles at Cudgen on the Tweed Coast.
After six hard fought Semi Finals in Cadet Men’s, Open Men’s and Junior Men’s divisions all three finals were set for a start as the tide pushed up to a 1pm high.
The Cadet Men’s final was a cracker with Hayden Cruickshank (NSW) taking the title in a tight battle with Patrick Franklyn (WA), Trent Alleyne (NSW) and Noah Gillroy (NSW).
The blue ribbon Open Men’s final didn’t disappoint either going down to the wire in the peaky 1-2ft wedges at Cudgen. John Cruickshank (NSW) punched out an excellent single wave score of 8.0pts, taking off out at the Reef and riding all the way through the shore break to take an early lead. But it was young Nathan Wilson who pulled a late victory out of the fire with only a few minutes to go, the New South Welshman posting identical 6.75pt waves to pip Cruickshank by just half a point when the hooter sounded.
Last but not least was the Junior Men’s final where the future of the sport put on a spectacle. Joel Hughan (WA) took victory with 6.25pt and 4.20pt rides to best Grant Gardner (NSW),Liam Flanagan (NSW) and Jai Smith (QLD).
Today signalled the finish of the 2017 Australian Surf Festival as a whole. The event will be back bigger and better than ever in 2018 on the Tweed Coast.
Cadet Men’s Final
1- Hayden Cruickshank NSW 12.45pts
2- Patrick Franklyn WA 11.85pts
3- Trent Alleyne NSW 11.30pts
4- Noah Gillroy NSW 10.10pts
Open Men’s Final
1- Nathan Wilson NSW 13.50pts
2- John Cruickshank NSW 13.00pts
3- Liam Lucas NSW 12.00pts
4-Calen Jordan QLD 10.75pts
Junior Men’s Final
1- Joel Hughan WA 10.45pts
2- Grant Gardner NSW 9.35pts
3- Liam Flanagan NSW 8.80pts
4- Jai Smith QLD 8.55pts
For all results and more information, please visit: www.australiansurffestival.com