2016 Australian open Contest report
Kingscliff was the venue for this year’s Australian Wave ski Open, the final round of the WSA Championship tour. Contest directors Rees Duncan and Tony Cherry were feeling worried with a long flat spell along most of the east coast leading up to the event. Luckily, Kingy turned it on for the first two days of the event with some long peeling right-handers right in front of the surf club to get the event off to a great start. With a team of paid judges the competitors had the luxury of sitting back enjoying the surfing and the very social atmosphere.
The atmosphere in the water was hectic with everyone desperate for a share of the double points on offer. The heats were very close with all competitors getting a chance to shine on the peeling off waves, while testing their fitness against a killer sweep. Some surfers even resorted to a run up the beach to avoid the sweep, the highlight being the slow walking battle between Albert and Bill.
By Wednesday, the north east winds had returned and only a few heats could be run until the conditions got too low on the south side of the river near Salt. Thursday was a wipe out again as the contest directors called a lay-day hoping for better conditions on Friday. Friday saw cleaner small waves at the northern end of Kingscliff beach. The organisers got things running quickly and some of the division finals were completed. The younger Rees Duncan Jnr took out the Junior title and is developing his surfing rapidly. Meanwhile his Dad, Rees Duncan took out the Masters Title, with Cisco Nascimento winning the Grand Masters and Gary Ross taking out another Veterans Title. The B grade event was won by Savannah Campbell.
Conditions deteriorated with only the Women’s final and the open quarters to finals to be completed. The contest directors delayed the contest until later in the day when the event was moved to Letitia Spit. The long trek down the dirt road was certainly worthwhile with some of the best waves of the contest on offer for the final eight open surfers and the women’s final.
The first quarter was potentially the hardest with Rees Duncan the reigning champion against Graham Lancaster, fresh from his equal fifth finish at the world Titles. Rees proved too strong and moved on to the semifinals. The other quarter finals saw Gold Coaster Tony Cherry defeat Mark Spencer of Sydney, Wollongong surfer Dale Randahl, currently ranked 4th in the world, overcome Peter Hurley of the Sunshine Coast and Newcastle’s Adam Gavenlock knocked out Bill Campbell from the Sunshine Coast.
The women’s final featured five riders and the ladies scored some of the best waves of the day. Plenty of sets came through allowing all competitors to shine rewarding the spectators with an excellent display of women’s surfing. Lisa Ryan cemented victory with a great reo out the back finishing ahead of visiting New Zealand surfer Heather Seaton. Savannah Campbell claimed third place from her Mum, Karen Campbell with Jackie Dillon in fifth place.
The Wavemaster twins battled out the first semi with Adam surfing really well, leading until the final minutes of the heat when Rees stormed back in his usual style to move into the final. Dale on his GoFast and Tony on his brand new KS battled for the last final spot. A close fought heat saw Tony advance for another show down against Rees. Dale and Adam competed for 3rd and 4th in the minor final with Dale claiming the win.
With an approaching storm threatening the contest area the excited crowd watched an enthralling battle between two great surfers with contrasting styles. The radical moves thrilled the spectators and no one left the beach even as the rain fell and the storm thundered overhead. Rees added another Australian Open Title to his collection with two perfect tens narrowly defeating Tony in one of the best finals seen in a long time.
The Australian Championship Tour was finalized by the Australian Open and the following surfers took out their divisions.
Open: Rees Duncan
Women: Lisa Ryan
Juniors: Savannah Campbell
Seniors: Dale Randahl
Masters: Rees Duncan
Veterans: Gary Ross
The Annual General Meeting was also held with the formation of a new committee for 2017.
President: Rees Duncan
Vice President: Tony Cherry
Secretary: Bill Campbell
Treasurer: Graham Lancaster
Junior Development Officer: Savannah Campbell
The members thanked the outgoing committee, John Lemon. Lisa Ryan and especially Dale Randahl who had held the president’s position for nine years an amazing contribution to the sport. The new committee will soon be sending out a survey to all members to get your input to help grow the sport and to give you all the opportunity to have a say in the running of our association.
Changes to the rules for competitions this year means that to compete in any WSA sanctioned event in 2016 you must pay a $45 annual membership fee. This is a one off payment for the entire year and will cover the rider for insurance at any event held by the WSA. If you are not a member you will not be able to compete. Please click to download the 2016 Membership Form.
Just $45 gives you coverage for 12 months and points for any events you compete in 2016. All points go towards the Australian championship tour 2016.
All Membership Forms email to - membership
or Post - PO Box 1395 Milton, Qld 4064
2016 Crescent Head open
Report by David Howard
All right ..Awesome .. a big weekend .CRESCENT HEAD OPEN 2016 completed..the people came ,a couple got lost but found there way. Weather was a bit unfavourable SAT morning, we tried to find a wave but nothing doing so after lunch we had a drop in the wind and we ran round 1 at BIG HILL
The bus came and picked every one up from the camp site and some stragglers who were on the side of the road. Crescent Head Tavern was the place to be. We had excellent food and service. Thanks to Darren and Hun from the Tavern
Sunday morning was a different day, no wind sun shining, a quick hunt for some waves and we were at Sunsets which had a great left hander
The day went smoothly till I was called for a drop in on Col Samways, who didn't call, faded right then came left
The surf was good all day and we managed to complete the Open ,Vets and B Grade (novice ..which they are not they just surfed poorly and got knocked out early )..so results were as followed
1st Rees Duncan
2nd Dale Randall
3rd Mark Spencer
4th Paul Norman
1st Col Sugars
2nd Garry Ross
3rd Billy Dalton
4th Jeff Grey
1st Savannah Campbell
2nd Paul Mac
3rd John Lemon
4th Brian Spicer
All right BIG THANK YOU to our two head judges LEGEND former pro surfer ROBBIE PAGE, and to local LEGEND Steve Walder, these guys did a great job and brought a positive and informative vibe to our event
Crescent Head Tavern for getting our shirts which do look really good, also for having us and serving up great food , putting some wave ski vids up on the big screen, doing the raffle to which I forgot the prizes and had to hand out the next day
Col from WaveMaster for the prizes.(what drop in u tried to snake me )
Barnetts Bakery for the lunch deal.what a bargain and the BEST pies on the nth coast
Cavannaghns bus co.
JASON MITCHELL our bus driver, big effort. thanks man
N.P.W.S for allowing the contest, and allowing WSA exclusive use of BigHill campground
John the caretaker of the park and Brendan for having it look so good. grass was mown ,toilets clean and had toilet paper
Also a big thank you to BILLY DALTON the trophy looks really good.a lot of time and effort thanks man
All righty then, Big Wave DAVE the Goat Boat King signing off
we will see you all very soon for the Aussie titles
SEE U IN THE TUBE
2016 NSW Open
Most of the top Australian waveski surfers met up in Kingscliff on the first weekend in July for the 2016 NSW Open. A great time was had by all, especially those of us who were lucky enough to arrive in the week leading up to the comp…we had really great surf. Unfortunately, the swell dropped off on Saturday morning, but Rees and Tony found a decent wave at Salt and the surf continued to improve as the weekend progressed. Beautiful sunny weather and mostly offshore conditions, an abundance of dolphins dropping-in and dozens of humpback whales swimming past, made the weekend very memorable.
The ususal suspects performed brilliantly, upside down (check out the bottom of my ski) airs kept the crowd amazed by their surfing gymnastics. Tony Cherry won the open narrowly from Rees Duncan, with Dale Randahl coming third and Adam Gavenlock in fourth. All four guys showed how strong Australian waveski surfing is. The aerial manoeuvres these four guys performed in 2 to 3 foot beach break waves were outstanding and radical in the extreme.
The Masters final was almost a repeat of the Open Final, this time Rees Duncan won over Tony Cherry, Graham Lancaster third and Adam Gavenlock fourth.
Dale Randahl won the Seniors with some great airs and Paul McElhinney came in second. This is Dale’s last year in the seniors and the Masters are looking forward to him joining them next year.
The Grand Masters section was taken out by Stephen Farthing in his debut contest in the older boys’ section. Bill Campbell was second, Russell Hudson third and Paul Norman stormed into fourth place.
Showing that old guys rule, Garry Ross won the Veterans section with newcomer Wayne Park taking out second place. Billy Dalton picked up third place with Smokin Joe Whiteley in fourth. Garry Ross made the semis in the Open, pretty impressive for a 60 something year old!
The girls had a ball during their final. The dolphins decided to become extremely active, swimming under us, next to us on the waves and jumping about 1 metre away from Jackie. Lisa Ryan continued her domination of the ladies event taking out first place. Melissa Farthing finished second, Savannah Campbell was third, Karen Campbell fourth and Jackie Dillon was fifth.
The B Grade was won by Brett Titterton with Savannah Campbell second, Joe Whiteley third, John Lemon fourth and Paul McElhinney in fifth place. All contestants in this section caught some good waves and showed great determination and enthusiasm.
Savannah, our Junior representative at the World Titles in Portugal was presented with her team uniform by Jackie Dillon and Melissa Farthing, who organised fund-raising and all the travel details…to send Savannah to the titles. Savannah thanked the wave ski community for their incredible and extremely generous support and she looks forward to coming back with ideas to develop our sport.
Graham Lanchaster surfed well on his very new ski and has rejoined the competition scene after more than 20 years with great success and he is heading off to Portugal soon. Tim Kierle and Kramer Winchester (both are now in the Grand Masters Section) have also returned, showing that they still have the skills to rip the waves apart. Tim, Kramer and Graham, all won major titles when they were young and it is exciting to see them compete again.
The competition was well run and a huge thank you must go to Tony and Brenda, Rees, Brett and Russell. Also thanks to all the people who helped to set-up and pack-up and the national administration for your ongoing work. You are appreciated!
Good luck to all our competitors heading off to Portugal in July to compete in the World Titles. Have a great trip and bring back some trophies.
The Aussie Titles are being held in Kingscliff 23-29 October, hope to see you all there. It will be a fantastic week. The Kingscliff coffee shops are looking forward to our return!
The next comp is at Big Hill at Cresent Heads on the weekend of the 10/11 September. This is the first contest to be held at Cresent Heads, so let’s all get behind Dave Howard and make this another great weekend.
Wollongong Open 2016
THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED DUE TO CONDITIONS.
With the cancellation of the Wollongong Open entry fee’s will be credited to the next event to be held at Kingscliff on 2-3 July 2016.
If there is anyone who will not be able to make the event feel free to contact Dale Randahl who can organise a refund of the entry fee. Note that entries into the Kingscliff event are not automatic.
You will still need to submit an entry form before the cut off date and preference into the 32man draw will be as always first in first served.
It is recommended that you write on your entry form “fees transferred from w’gong open”
Queensland Open 2016
Qld Open – Sunshine Coast 2016
Well this year it wasn’t freezing! Sunny skies, warm water temp, a beach break at Mudjimba North Shore and 30 of Australia’s best surfers all combined for a great weekend.
Rees Duncan dominated the Open again, with Dale Randhal, Rob Dalla-Bona and Tony Cherry snapping at his heels. The surfing from these guys was absolutely spectacular, airs were commonplace and they ripped the waves apart. Everyone on the beach was highly impressed with their skills and commitment to performing the most radical of moves.
The Master’s Final was a battle between Rees and Tony. Air for air the competition between these two friends was close. Rob Dalla-Bona and Graham Lancaster also put on an incredible show and came in third and fourth.
The slightly older guys in the Grand Master’s Division fought it out with Cisco Nascimento winning, followed by Bill Campbell, Gary Sumpton and Paul Norman. This was a return to surfing competition for Gary Sumpton. Yes he did have a pain patch on his back, but this didn’t stop him from getting in the air. Cisco is looking good for the World Titles in Portugal in July.
Wayne Park, a newbie to competition surfing, took out the Vets with the gentleman of the sport, Billy Dalton, coming in second. Graham Roberts was out with an injury to his shoulder and Gary Ross managed to damage his ski before the final. It was lovely to witness these two guys sharing waves in the final.
The Seniors was taken out by Dale Randhal who brings a new meaning to the words vertical reos. Luke Feenan, also made a return to competition, coming in second.
Lisa Ryan surfed her usual radical self to win the Womens. Melissa Farthing came in second, followed by Savannah Campbell and Karen Campbell.
The B Grade was won by Des Cottage who surfed the beach break well with some tight moves. Savannah Campbell came second, followed by John Lemon and Michael Eddy in fourth place. Michael travelled from Victoria for the comp…now that is commitment!
Another couple of mentions. Shaun Hackney showed that he is still a major threat, making it to the semis in the Open and Masters, with some great reos and airs. And Steven Waters who injured himself, tearing a tendon in his upper arm. We hope Steven recovers quickly from his operation and is back in the water at the end of his 3 month recuperation.
Thanks to everyone who attended, hope you all enjoyed yourself and we’ll see you at the Gong.
Lakesea Classic - 2016 Report
Well that's number 29 done and dusted, and what a great event it was.
The Gold Coasts surf identity Terry 'Tappa' Teece once said to me that the Australian waveski fraternity is a 'Tribe' as well a sport, well I could not agree more. The Tribe met at the Lakesea.
The weekend had it all. New faces, old faces. The usual faces, famous faces and more. Good surf, bad surf, nice surf, good heats, bad heats, good weather, good weather, good surfing, great surfing and coming out on top in his first Lakesea was Rees Duncan by a slim margin from the ever-present Dale Randhal.
Reese commented at the presentation never mind the Worlds Titles never mind the Australian Titles he could now rest easy as he finally gets his name on the Lakesea Honour Board!!
We had good weather considering the forecast, it was supposed to be seven colours of S#$%T. But as you all know never trust a Batemans Bay forecast, 9 times out of 10 they are wrong.
It was great to see all the first and second timers at the event, some even planned their holidays around coming from interstate for their first ever comp. Welcome to all of you and hope you are now part of the comp scene. A great time was had by all including the Trible dinner and hoedown Saturday night.
The highlight of the night was an Angels Classic being belted out by a 'Ukie' and Lemon at the end of the dinner!
Its really nice when you have run an event and lived in a place for so long to get numerous people coming to the Lakesea for the first time really enjoying the South Coast for a variety of reasons.
Weather its the morning bike ride to the hidden beaches in the National Park, the drive into town for a feed on the waterfront or a coffee at the marina, or the walk around the cove to Surf Beach for the loo and a coffee.
I know for one the Campbells had never been past Kiama and I did warn that they had never seen that old cliché 'GODS COUNTRY". Well now they have, probably the real reason we surfed our old fave Denhams on Sunday was to show Bill and Karen the 'Best Beach in the World'.
I get a real kick out of showing the South Coast off to others, it must be good you all keep coming back.
So thanks to all, especially to Graham Roberts, great job, a big thank you to Russell Hudson, a power of work before, during and after the event, and also to those who jumped in and helped with the tabulating.
And a big Shout out for Scott and his staff at the LAKESEA PARK for the support and the contest hoodies, they just keep coming to the fore year after year.
Hope to see you all next year for Lakesea Classic Number Thirty you are all welcome.
Yes that says Thirty ,Sh$#T I need to get a life!!
Buckie and the crew from THE BAY
Australian Open Competition - Caves Beach 2015 Report
Caves Beach Newcastle delivered great waves and weather for the recent Australian Open. The comp was held over 3 1/2 days at Frenchmans, at the northern end of Caves Beach in offshore 1 to 1.5 metre waves. The Newcastle locals didn't stop smiling, apparently the surf had been terrible for the previous 8 months and returned to slop when the comp finished. Lisa Ryan had called on the surf Gods and they had obviously answered her.
Good waves allowed everyone to show off their skills and the professional judges were very impressed by the level of surfing. Head judge Craig, said that it was some of the best surfing he had ever judged and he has worked at a number of international events.
As usual the cream rose to the top. The Open Division saw Rees Duncan win another Australian Open, Dale Randahl second, Lance Milnes third and Mark Spencer fourth. The final was man on man and Rees and Dale started off a close final on the same wave. Dale choosing to go right and pulling off a massive vertical air and Rees surfing to the left with several radical top to bottom vertical manoeuvres. From the very first wave, both guys surfed every wave to the max and thrilled the crowd. Lance and Spaz fought hard in the semis, the standard was incredible. Fifth place was given to four surfers: Paul Wise (who is now 60 and hasn't competed for close to 30 years!), Tony Cherry (who continually showed off his sticker on the bottom of his new ski), Lisa Ryan (who surfed brilliantly all week) and Graham Lancaster (back from a 25 year break and ripping).
The Masters division (40 -49) was almost a repeat of the Open with Rees coming first, Lance second, Graham third and Tony fourth. The standard in this division is incredibly high!
Larry Adams won the Grand Masters (50 - 59) Division from Bill Campbell, Cisco Nascimento and Russell Hudson. It was wonderful to see the beaming smile on Larry's face. These "old boys" fought hard and the result was very close.
As usual the Veterans (60+) was highly contested. These guys have outstanding wave knowledge and it is always difficult to pick a winner with their high standard of surfing. This time Gary Ross came out on top, with Graham Roberts second, Col Sugars third and Paul Wise fourth.
The Seniors was won by Dale Randahl with Paul McElhinney second. Bryce Campbell was first in the Juniors with Savannah Campbell second.
The Womens division was easily won by Lisa Ryan with Mel Hardy second, Karen Campbell third and Jackie Dillon fourth. Lisa not only won the womens but finished in the top 8 in this comp...very impressive.
Running out of daylight on the Finals day, it was decided to hold the B Grade on the following day. Thank you to all the guys and girls who showed up to support the B Graders. The surf on Saturday morning was fantastic. The local boardriders who had been wonderful all week continued with their support and respect and kept out of the area until we finished the B Grade final. Peter Groth was the victor, ahead of Heather Seaton (who had come all the way from NZ to compete), Jackie Dillon and Savannah Campbell.
The comp had a positive vibe to it. Lisa Ryan was the force behind organising the event, putting in many hours leading up to the comp. As usual, Tony and Brenda Cherry made a huge effort (once again) organising entries, the draw, t-shirts and trophies. You two are not allowed to ever go back to NZ! Bill Campbell took on the role of head contest director, keeping everything running smoothly. Russell Hudson, Karen and Savannah helped out with the tabulating. Several guys turned up every morning and afternoon and lugged all the gear to and from the beach. You guys are the quiet legends, thank you for your much appreciated assistance. David Howard (Mr Happy) was a huge help with gathering coffee and lunches for the judges and helping out with announcing.
The presentation night saw lots of trophies and prizes being awarded. Encouragement awards were given to Peter Gaul and Steve Ryan, well done fellows. Savannah Campbell, Brett Titterton and Billy Dalton were thanked for their work with Junior Development. Scott Murnain, Steve Farthing and Larry Adams captured much of the action, sharing their videos and photos on FB and YouTube.
Competitions need sponsors and we are lucky to have the incredible support of J.E. Dillon and Associates, Wavemaster, Go Fast, G Boards, Kuta Lines, Blades Paddles, Caves Beach SLC and Dive/Skate and Ski Newcastle all contributed to make this event first class. Thank you to all our sponsors!
This was the final comp on the Australian Circuit to determine the overall placing of Australian competitors. It was weighted with double points. The Final Australian placings were:
Open: Rees Duncan first, Dale Randahl second, Lance Milnes third, Tony Cherry fourth
Women: Lisa Ryan first, Karen Campbell second, Jackie Dillon third, Savannah Campbell fourth
Veterans: Gary Ross and Graham Roberts tied for first, Col Sugars third and Joe Whiteley fourth
Grand Master: Bill Campbell first, Russell Hudson second, Larry Adams third and Jackie Dillon fourth
Masters: Rees Duncan first, Lance Milnes second, Steve Blatchford third and Tony Cherry fourth
Seniors: Dale Randahl first, Paul McElhinney second, Wade Carberry third and Malan Calitz fourth
New Age: Niall O'Cuinn, Liam Theirens and Ben Buckley tied for first place
Juniors: Bryce Campbell first, Savannah Campbell second
Best Wetsuit: Mark Spencer
Best Dressed: Dave Howard
See you all at the next comp!