Published on 04/05/2021

The Port Stephens Surf Festival finished today with all remaining SUP divisions scoring punchy one-foot surf for the remaining finals.
Marty Cole (Crescent Head) took top honours in the Over-40 Men’s division, shining with an eclectic mix of manoeuvres to finish with a solid 16.00 two-wave heat total. The aforementioned total meant Cole’s closest rival Kieran Plim (Dee Why) was left needing a near-perfect 9.11 to take away Cole’s lead.
Rebecca Dunning (Barrack Heights) took out the highly competitive Over-40 Women’s SUP division after amassing two 16.50 two-wave heat totals across her dual finals. Dunning proved she was one of the standout females in the event, taking the division out and finishing in third in the Over-10 foot SUP division.
James Casey (Collaroy) added another title to his 2021 NSW Title campaign as he took out the Over 10-foot SUP division. After taking out the Marathon and Technical Race, Casey was able to take a third win in the Over-10 foot surfing component of the event, taking a victory over Over-40 Men’s champion Marty Cole with a decent 14.40 two-wave total.
Following a runner-up finish in yesterday’s Open Women’s SUP final, Skyla Rayner (Berrara) was able to ensure a title made it to the far south coast as she took out the Open Women’s 10-foot SUP division. Rayner mustered up a victory in one final and a second in the following final, to jump to the top of the division leaderboard and take the overall win.
All results can be seen here.
Over 170 competitors competed 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 formed the Port Stephens Surf Festival and decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles and the Australian Longboard Titles.
2021 replicated 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.
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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