Finalists, Picture – James Robinson / Surfing NSW 

Champions Crowned for our Surf Master State Titles

Published on 12/06/2024

Today we completed the 2024 Volkswagen NSW Port Stephens Surf Master’s State Titles after five outstanding days of competition here at Birubi Beach.

The conditions challenged some athletes throughout the week, starting off early with some swell and slowly getting slower and smaller until finals day. In the end it was patience and wave selection that gave those finalists the edge over others.

The Surf Masters is such a special event. We saw so much emotion and passion throughout competition and awards, even some tears were shed!

A magical moment in particular was local surfer’s Dean Shaw (O60 Men’s) and Mitchell Dawkings (O45 and O40 Men’s) who both came away with gold in their respected divisions and pumped each other up heat by heat as they cheered one another on until the end and celebrated together.

“Me and Mitch have just won two state titles, bringing it home for Port Stephens. We’re both just over the moon to win here at home. I haven’t had a win for about 13 years and this one’s more special than ever,” shared Dean.

“I’ve been doing this since i was about twelve,” added Mitchell after his second win.
“I think the ocean has got all the answers to life. It’s my happy place. It’s where I turn off. Can’t have my phone on me or nothing! I just love it. I don’t think I’ve had a bad surf in years, I paddle out and I just enjoy every moment of it.”

As for the Women’s side of the draw, Susan Levett was the oldest competitor with the youngest heart. Despite the fact that she was the only O60’s female competitor to sign up, meaning she automatically took home the crown, she paddled out with the O50’s and secured a second spot closely behind Belinda Koorey.

“I drove to Port Stephens by myself from North Steyne just to compete here at the State Titles,” said Sue. “I try to surf as much as I can, I find it keeps me young and I love it!”

It was at the presentation where we saw real emotion from some of the men, proving to us the power and priority of an event such as Surf Masters. O55 Men’s champion Glen Valaire dedicated his win to a few of his mates who are no longer with us. But wrapping that up quick by finishing off his speech with a laugh in saying “It’s always amazing to win any title. And as you get older you appreciate them more because you don’t know whether you’re going to be around for the next one.”


O35 Men’s Final

1st – Christo Hall
2nd – Paul Snow
3rd – Luke Hazelgrove
4th – Declan Lee Smith

O35 Women’s Final

1st – Talina Wilson
2nd – Catherine Craig
3rd – Belinda Koorey
4th – Audrey Hills

O40 Men’s Final

1st – Mitchell Dawkings
2nd – Paul Snow
3rd – Christo Hall
4th – Shane Conwell

O45 Men’s Final

1st – Mitchell Dawkings
2nd – Paul Snow
3rd – Jeremy Cohen
4th – Paul O’Connor

O50 Men’s Final

1st – Ricky Marshall
2nd – Jay McKenzie
3rd – Dale Thomas
4th – Scott Schindler

O55 Men’s Final

1st – Glen Valaire
2nd – Michael Callender
3rd – John Mccorquodale
4th – Ged Cook

O60 Men’s Final

1st – Dean Shaw
2nd – Ged Cook
3rd – Rod Baldwin
4th – Andrew Johnson

O50/O60 Women’s Final

1st – Belinda Koorey​​​​​​​
2nd – Susan Levett
3rd – Fiona Bamberry
4th – Greta Francis
5th – Tash Gee

O65 Men’s Final

1st – Paul Lupton
2nd – Brenton Schuet

For full results and scores, please see here​​​​​​​

Tomorrow kicks off the start of the 2024 Volkswagen NSW Port Stephens Long Boarder State Titles. Be sure to come down and check out the action, competition will wrap up on Monday 3rd June.

Thanks to our event supporters; VolkswagenCoward Punch, Club Med, Port Stephens Council and Surfing NSW

Australian Surf Championships ALLOCATIONS:

Over 35 Men (8 spots)

Over 35 Women (4 spots)

Over 40 Men (8 spots)

Over 45 Men (8 spots)

Over 50 Men (8 spots)

Over 50 Women (2 spots)

Over 55 Men (4 spots)

Over 60 Men (4 spots)

Over 60 Women (1 spot)

* Please Note: Allocations are subject to change at Surfing Australia Discretion.


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