SYDNEY’S BEST CLUBS HEAD SOUTH FOR JIM BEAM SURFTAG REGIONAL TITLE
The NSW South Regional Titles of the 2013 Jim Beam Surftag Series begin Saturday January 12, Werri Beach, NSW
Werri Beach will play host for a battle royal this Saturday with 32 teams raring to compete in the NSW South Regional Titles, with 12 Australian Championship positions on the line.
In one of the most cutthroat regions of the Jim Beam Surftag Series, premiere clubs such as North Narrabeen, Queenscliff, Bronte, Bondi and Ulladulla will face-off in what’s expected to be a scintillating display of competition surfing.
For the first time, The Jim Beam Surftag will be held on the South Coast and is a mobile event between Jones, Kiama, Bombo and Werri Beaches, allowing competition to be held in the best conditions available.
Four-time National Champions, North Narrabeen, have rounded-up the beach’s biggest names including Nathan Webster, Davey Cathels, Cooper Chapman and Nathan Hedge. The club will be desperate to bounce-back from a shock upset last year when they failed to make the Australian Titles at this very event.
Rising professional surfer and Jim Beam Surftag debutant, Cooper Chapman, said he is rapt to finally be able to represent the club after turning 18.
“I’ve always liked doing the tag-team events but I haven’t really had the chance to do the Jim Beam Surftag so it’s awesome to actually get in the team and try and bring it back for Northy,” he said.
“I surf at Narrabeen everyday and see how good the surfers are, so to actually be picked in this team is pretty special. Being my first year, I want to try and put on a big show to start off my Jim Beam Surftag career.”
Chapman added, while last year’s loss was a frustrating time for the surfers, both North Narrabeen teams are hungry to re-establish the historic club at the top.
“Last year, they had a bit of a shocker. I wasn’t home at the time, and when I was told, I didn’t really believe it,” he said.
“It’ll be good this year though. Hopefully we can use the pressure of not doing well last year to get a good result.”
Bondi Boardriders will be rolling into the event in style with their iconic touring bus transporting both their teams to the event. Last year, the decorated bus was the talk of the Series and other clubs have since followed suit.
Bondi local, Perth Standlick, will be coming into the event in great form after finishing 41st in the 2012 ASP World Rankings. Standlick said the boys are confident they can leave their mark on the Series this year.
“I think we’re definitely going to be a bit of a force,” he said.
“We got second last year, so we definitely feel like we can do it again, we’re all confident. If every one gets their waves and pulls it together on their power-wave then we’ll be fine.”
Standlick said while their eyes are focused on the top prize, they’ll also be looking to out-surf Eastern Beaches rival, Bronte.
“There’s a pretty solid rivalry between Bronte and us. If one of us loses, then we’ll be psyched to see the other do well but we always want to smoke them and visa versa,” he said.
Bronte is the defending Regional Champions and won the NSW Championship last year. They have registered two teams for this Saturday’s event as they hunt down back-to-back wins. Queenscliff Boardriders, have made their intentions for a win clear, registering a staggering three teams for the South Coast qualifier, signifying the depth of their talent pool.
Hot-favourites from the South Coast, Ulladulla, are no strangers to success, having won the 2011 NSW Champions and ever year they continue to produce standout performances.
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