Matty Cook has run-up a solid lead for the 2017 Open World Title, taking out the June final – his third straight victory!
After dismal conditions meant no tournament was possible in May, the Reef that Rules turned on excellent waves to provide an amazing spectacle of performances across the Open, Over 40s and SuperGrom divisions.
Watched by a bulging number of spectators that the Cronulla Sharks would appreciate at their home ground, Cookie cut loose to edge out Xavier, Jasmyn and Benny Boylan.
Every manoeuvre known to the sport was on display across smashing cutbacks, head dips, barrels, gouging bottom turns, long lived floaters. It was a display better than anything the WSL can offer up.
It was the same surfing extravaganza in the Groms and Over 40s, with competitors making the most of the clean conditions, many of the sets over head.
Brett Daintry secured another striking victory in the Over 40s to propel him into a commanding lead in the division. Not that fellow finalists – Guy Turner, Simon Boylan and Steve Cryer – didn’t turn on the fireworks that had spectators screaming for more!
The Groms, as always, were the crowd favourites, making mince meat of the fast moving swells to provide a picture perfect set of performances.
Harry Fisher was in “the zone” to claim a gallant victory over Kye Withers, Evie Fischer and Sax Withers.
The crowd fell in love with the dare devil performance of the club’s newest and youngest member Evie, a pint-sized eight year old who showed no fear in handling the booming conditions, much to the delight of his brother Harry.
There was also big applause for the performance of new Groms member Ethan Shipley, the 14 year old son of Shoes legend and Over 40s campaigner Marty Shipley.
So with the pointscores nicely placed in all four divisions, it’s on to the next big Showdown. The two dates are 22-23 and 29-30 July.
banner image courtesy of Brett Daintry