Volkswagen Electrifies Cronulla’s 2023 Surfmasters Competition

Published on 24/10/2023

The community favourite, Volkswagen Cronulla Surf Masters Event was back in a big way this year as the event space settled into the heart of Cronulla Beach for a cracking day of surfing and activities.

Although the sun was out from dusk ‘til dawn, the competitors faced challenging conditions as the wind progressively picked up heat after heat until the final buzzer went off. Conditions sat between the 1-2ft mark with the occasional 3ft peak rolling through, a convenient win for competitors patiently sitting in the right spot (at the right time).

The annual Volkswagen Surf Masters event continues to provide men and women aged 28 years and above with a competitive event against mates, with many competitors continuing to participate year on year. This year, the event held six divisions from over 28 men and women, through to over 65 year olds. Each division showcased great skill on the board, reminding spectators that age is just a number!

In the over 55 men, David Hammond absolutely dominated heats’ one and two before being dubbed champion for his performance in the final against Craig Lloyd, Maris Ludimanis and Michael Hoystead.

“I really enjoy this event. It’s a great reason to get together with the older ladies and gentleman that have been doing this for a really long time. Any excuse for a catch up and we are there! Doing well and winning is just a bonus.” Hammond explained as he received his trophy.

Other stand out competitors included over 28 women’s champion Talina Wilson who took out the finals against Anna Martin who came close to the top spot in both of the divisions heats. Whilst Jordan Widenstrom secured first place in heat one with a total combination score of 11.00, and beating his own score in the final with a 14.00 combination.

There was just as much action happening on land as there was in the water today with the annual Volkswagen Kombi Rally kicking off at sunrise. Eight vintage VW Kombi’s rolled through the main strip of Cronulla, leaded by the all new, highly anticipated Electric ID. BUZZ van.

Spectators and passers-by enjoyed a chocolate jar guessing game organised by Matt Callaghan Property, with many eager to win a Mick Fanning surfboard. It was Bruce Flint who had double the luck today by taking out the over 65 men’s final and walking home with the Mick Fanning board!

People 4 Ocean were also on-site providing reef safe, Australian made mineral sunscreen, ensuring everyone was protected against the intense UV rays. Lastly, Cronulla RSL were on the beach all day showing their support to the local community and competitors!

Congratulations to all competitors today, see you all in 2024!

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