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2019 FISHBOWL Surftag Australian Series

NSW Surftag Qualifier
9th & 10th March, Wollongong (Mobile)

TwAnG! Tour
9th March, Beaches Hotel

QLD & Northern NSW Surftag Qualifier
14th April, Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads

TwAnG! Tour
14th April, Komune

Surftag Australian Championships
10th & 11th May, Queenscliff Beach, Sydney

TwAnG! Tour
11th May, Hotel Steyne

Snapper Boardriders are victorious at D-Bah today and will travel to Ballina on February



Some of the worlds leading surfers shared waves at Duranbah beach, Coolangatta, during the QLD leg of the Jim Beam Surftag Australian Series today.

With a solid swell pushing 4-5 foot sets through all day, competitors welcomed the D-Bah perfect conditions, which crowned Snapper Boardriders as the 2012 QLD champions.

Huge exchanges filled the final between 2x world champion Mick Fanning (Kirra) opening with a 8.5, Snapper surfers Joel Parkinson and Jay Phillips answered back with massive snaps and Byron Bay’s Garret Parks huge reverse before tagging Pipe Master Kieren Perrow.

Snapper were out in front early with Shaun Gossman setting a 19.66 standard that was rivalled by the mighty Mick Fanning (Kirra) who cemented a massive 9.5 Jim Beam Black Power wave pushing Kirra ahead.

Local Duranbah surfer and current Junior World Champion Jack Freestone, threw his board around for some flashy cut-backs to post an equally impressive 19.33, but it wasn't enough to take the win after Eli Jacobs and Jay Phillips followed Gossman’s initial lead to victory.

“It’s been a long time coming for us, the last three years have been incredible surf and this year we came up trumps it was a great performance for everyone today”.

“kirra have won the last three years and gave us a great run for our money today, I’m stoked we got on top of them this time and its still a good result for them (Kirra) because they go along to the finals in Ballina”, said Phillips.

Jay Phillips keeps on top of his game surfing with the young grommets that come though Snapper Boardriders and is looking forward to taking the Australian Title when the final comes to Ballina next month.

“I love doing these events because its something to give back to the future of our club, and it keeps me on my toes and up with the groms. I hope 2012 is the year for us, hopefully we get good waves in Ballina, it’s a step closer to our home turf”, said Phillips

It wasn’t just the final that set big scores, early on Mark Occhilupo (Snapper B team) posted the mornings highest heat total with a 25.34, then stamped an impressive 31.5 later in the day attempting to secure the Perfect Wave Experience.

But it was Mick Fanning with his huge 33.5 combined heat total that walked away with not only the Jim Beam Power wave but the 7 day trip to the Maldives courtesy of the Perfect Wave Surf Experience.

For the first time in ten years the Australian Titles will be moved out of Sydney and contested in Ballina at North Wall, where the Northern NSW and QLD teams are sure to prove strong competition on February 22nd and 23rd 2012.

Eighteen clubs from QLD and the NSW Far North Coast competed in this weekends tag team event, which pitted teams of five surfers against each other in one-hour heats. Each surfer had 12 minutes to catch three scoring rides with their second wave score doubled as a ‘powerwave’.

The National series is Australia's largest team surfing competition featuring a combined prize pool of over $130,000. The Jim Beam Surftag Australian Series provides a national competition for over 80 boardriding clubs to determine Australia's No.1 club

1st - Snapper
2nd - Byron Bay
3rd - Kirra
4th - D-Bah

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The 2012 Jim Beam Surftag Australian Series is supported by FCS, Tracks and www.theperfectwave.com.au

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2012 Jim Beam Surftag Schedule:
October 21 – Surf Industry Challenge – Winners – O’Neill
October 22 – Trade Off – Winners – The Labourers
November 19 – WA Championships – Winners – Trigg Point
December 3 – VIC Championships at Gunnamatta - Winners – Phillip Island
January 7 – NSW North Championships - Winners – Merewether
January 14 – QLD Championships at Duranbah - Winners - Snapper
January 21/22 – NSW South Championships at North Narrabeen
February 5 – Women’s Championships at Curl Curl
February 21 – Boardriders Cup at Ballina
February 22/23 – Australian Championships at BallinaC

For all event information and media please contact, Steve Harrison 0403 180 787 or steve@globalsurftag.com