YOUNG GUNS BRING IT HOME FOR TORQUAY BOARDRIDERS
Torquay Boardriders have long been touted the premier club in the south and last Saturday they showed exactly why, taking out the 2013 Victoria/South Australia Jim Beam Surftag Title in a hard-fought final at 13th Beach, Victoria. But it was the two youngest surfers who stood tall and snatched the victory for the prestigious club.
In difficult and windy conditions, Cahill Bell Warren, Nic Muscroft, Jack Perry, Todd Rosewall and Harrison Mann miraculously turned a slow-start into a sweeping victory with a 90.63 total heat score. Seaford (85.57) and 13th Beach (72.67) both secured spots in the Australian Titles to be held in April but South Coast narrowly missed a spot on the national stage.
13th Beach blew the final open with a commanding start while Torquay were staring down a repeat of last year after another sluggish beginning. The Seaford team, lead by Dion Atkinson who won the BOSCH Powerwave Award with an 8.5, took the lead after three surfers. Atkinson was a standout performer of the event carrying his recent form from the Newcastle Pro by scoring the highest three-wave personal score – 31.17. But Todd Rosewall and Harrison Mann, the two young guns from Torquay, stepped up to the big occasion and both blitzed their three waves to bring it home.
“Todd and Harry got six of our best scores of the day in that final,” said Torquay local Cahill Bell Warren. “The groms brought their A-game and got us over the line.”
“It was so good to see in the final two Victorian teams and two South Australian teams. Those three national title spots across the two states are really heavily contested. Any of the teams there could have won.”
“We just had to make sure we were one of the ones to snatch a spot and make it to D-Bah for the finals. To come out with the win is a bonus.”
“After last year we had such a shocker. We started the final in a pretty poor way and we were freaking out thinking we were going to have another one. We were saying, ‘surely it couldn’t happen twice in a row.’”
The Jim Beam Surftag Australian Series is the pre-eminent event for surfing clubs in Australia, as they round up their best surfers every year to compete in the relay-style format. The Australian Championships will be held at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast April 5-7, where the country’s top 32 clubs will contest for the National Title.
After their regional win, Bell Warren touted local Queensland club, D-Bah Boardriders as the team to beat. “After Brenno (Brent Dorrington) won the trials at the Quiksilver Pro, and their regional win, they’re going to be the favourites. North Narrabeen are also going to be in with a shot,” he said.
2013 has been the biggest year of Jim Beam Surftag in its 12-year history with over $100,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. The winning club will receive $15,000 plus five spots on a Maldives 7-day boat trip valued at $10,000.
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