The NSW SUP Titles saw three new champions crowned today after a series of exciting finals in playful one-foot surf at Birubi Beach.
Kai Bates (Mollymook) put on several impressive heats after progressing through a series of requalification rounds. Bates surfed his way into the final where he took it out with a 17.50 heat total, which comprised of a near-perfect 9.17 for a flurry of snaps, carves and slashing turns. He also achieved an 8.33 for a technical mix of manoeuvers to amass the aforementioned total.
Indy Rose (Avalon) took out the Juniors final finishing with a massive 17-point heat total for an excellent nine and an eight-point ride. Rose’s heat total was thanks to his aggressive carves and flowing re-entries to take out the top spot on the dais ahead of local surfer Jessica Stretton who finished in the runner-up spot.
Terrene Black (North Entrance) took out the Open Women’s SUP division today cementing her clean sweep across all the divisions she competed in. Black’s win in the coveted women’s surfing division came close to danger as she came second to Skyla Rayner in her second final, however thanks to a higher heat total across the dual heats, Black was able to hold onto the overall division win.
All results can be seen here.
All finals for the NSW SUP Titles will be finished tomorrow.
Over 170 competitors are expected to compete in the six-day Port Stephens Surf Festival, which will see longboards run from 29 April – 1 May and the SUP’s follow from 2 May – 4 May.
The two-state title events will form the Port Stephens Surf Festival and decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles and the Australian Longboard Titles.
2021 will replicate the format from previous years which engages a second chance format across all divisions. However, depending on the number of competitors, some divisions may be reduced to straight knockout.
For the second time, Surfing NSW will be adding a fun-filled tag team event. Each team will be made up of four surfers. The team must be made up of one Junior (male or female) and at least one Over-40 competitor (male or female).
Historically, competitors have come from as far south as Tomakin and as far north as Tweed Heads to enter the event.
The 2021 Port Stephens Surf Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Crest Café, Gildan, Port Stephens Council and Surfing NSW.
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