Full results from the WA State Bodyboard Titles
Mandurah’s Pyramids Beach provided punchy and powerful waves in the 2-3 feet range today, as the second event of the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles presented by Good Earth Surf was completed in style.
A building swell and beautiful autumn conditions saw Kyle Ward (Joondalup) and Noah Symmans (Albany) perform impressively to capture the prestigious WA Open Men’s and Under-18 Junior Men’s State Championship Titles.
Despite not being able to utilise Mandurah Wedge (the prime event location), Pyramids Beach still produced ample opportunity for competitors to display their skills in front of their peers, judges and a strong on beach crowd who had pilled in to see the finals action.
Back-to-back wins for Kyle Ward saw him capture a maiden State Bodyboard Title, with a dominant performance in the Open Men’s final. Scoring a combined two wave total of 14.83 (from a possible 20), Ward drew the best lines and pulled off the most committed manoeuvres to defeat Jordan Ihms (Falcon), Noah Symmans (Albany) and Nathan Hutchins (Ocean Reef).
“I was a little nervous going up against all the younger groms in the final, but just stuck to my guns,” said Ward.
“I caught the waves I needed to and I’m stoked to be crowned the State Champion here in front of my family who came to support me.”
Noah Symmans was one of many regional competitors in fine touch over the weekend, winning the highly competitive Under-18 Junior Men’s division and State Title. Compiling a combined total of 13.76 (from a possible 20), Symmans was rewarded for his off axis flips and spins, edging out a fast finishing Nathan Hutchins (Ocean Reef), by just 0.54 when the final siren sounded. Josh Peters (Duncraig) finished in third with Kai Fedodorov (Madora Bay) fourth.
“The waves were great today and really consistent,” said Symmans.
“I’m really stoked to have won the State Title and can now start to focus on the Australian Titles in Coffs Harbour later this year.”
Brad Harrington (Singleton) surfed with a maturity beyond his years, taking out the Under-16 Cadet Boy’s division. Pushed all the way by determined group of finalists, Harrington had to pull out his most critical manoeuvres to claim victory ahead of Matt Hanks (Mandurah) second, Henry Gibson (Mandurah) third and Tom Todaro (Geraldton) fourth.
“I’ve just got back from a camp in Bali with Ryan Hardy and it taught me a lot,” said Harrington. “I can’t wait for the next event in Scarborough, it can’t come around quick enough for me.”
Blake Gerrard (Mindarie) pulled out the highest scoring wave of the weekend, a near perfect 9.17 (from a possible 10) to win the Under-21 Pro Junior division. Gerrard was in a league of his own, using his smooth style and silky combinations to defeat Josh Peters (Duncraig), Michael Sumner (Marmion) and Ashden Garrett (Margaret River).
The Under-14 Grommet Boy’s division proved that the future of bodyboarding in WA is in safe hands with some inspiring performances from the event’s youngest competitors. Geraldton’s Ben Vigors was the best of the young bunch, scoring a combined total of 13.66 (from a possible 20) to grab victory.
Other winners from the weekend included Mark Boehm (Marangaroo) in the Drop Knee division and Clayton Pickworth (Parkwood) in the Over-35 Masters division.
“The new generation of bodyboarders are really stepping it up here in Western Australia.” Said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks. “To see competitors travelling from as far a field as Geraldton and Albany to compete is truly exciting and shows the popularity of the sport within the state.”
With a total of six State Bodyboard Titles still in contention, the third and final event of the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles will head to the Perth metropolitan beaches on the 4th and 5th of July to decide who will go onto represent WA in Coffs Harbour, NSW in August for the 2015 National Titles.
The SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles presented by Good Earth Surf, offers competitors a chance to surf in some of the best waves within the state, whilst also mixing it up with some of Australia’s up and coming talent.
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The SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles, presented by Good Earth Surf.
Supported by Found Boards, Axiom, Reeflex Wetsuits, Healthway,
Creatures of Leisure and Surfing Western Australia.
SUNSMART WA BODYBOARD TITLES – RND # 2 MANDURAH FINAL RESULTS:
1. Kyle Ward (Joondalup) 14.83pts, 2. Jordyn Ihms (Falcon) 11.87pts, 3. Noah Symmans (Albany) 11.70pts, 4. Nathan Hutchins (Ocean Reef) 9.60pts.
STATE CHAMPION: Kyle Ward
U/21 PRO JUNIOR:
1. Blake Gerrard (Mindarie) 15.50pts, 2. Josh Peters (Duncraig) 11.77pts, 3. Michael Sumner (Marmion) 10.84pts, 4. Ashden Garrett (Margaret River) 8.27pts.
U/18 JUNIOR MEN:
1. Noah Symmans (Albany) 13.76pts, 2. Nathan Hutchins (Ocean Reef) 13.20pts, 3. Josh Peters (Duncraig) 10.90pts, 4. Kai Feodorov (Madora Bay) 10.36pts.
STATE CHAMPION: Noah Symmans
U/16 CADET BOYS:
1. Brad Harrington (Singleton) 14.77pts, 2. Matt Hanks (Mandurah) 13.23pts, 3. Henry Gibson (Falcon) 11.33pts, 4. Tom Todaro (Geraldton) 10.90pts.
U/14 GROMMET BOYS:
1. Ben Vigors (Geraldton) 13.66pts, 2. Paddy McAullife (Fremantle) 8.83pts, 3. Patrick Fraklyn (Palmyra) 8.56pts, 4. Dan Donovan (Scarborough) 6.80pts.
1. Mark Boehm (Marangaroo) 10.73pts.
O/35 MASTERS MEN:
1. Clayton Pickworth (Parkwood) 5.97pts.