Oldster rippers mark Tradies Surfmasters
Surfing New South Wales
The Alley, North Cronulla Beah, Sydney
17 - 18 November 2012
Tradies Surfmasters underway at North Cronulla
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 November, 2012 : - - A rainy morning transformed into a beautiful summers afternoon on the opening day of the 2012 Tradies Surfmasters at Cronulla. The event - specifically catering for surfers over-40 – faced challenging conditions, with small waves rolling in The Alley on Sydney’s North Cronulla beach.
Kicking off the day were the first four heats of the open-aged kneeboard division. Coming hard out the gates was Matt Gallagher, Mark Abel, Craig Tinsley and Wayne Jennings who all took wins in their respective heats. Both Wayne and Mark were standouts in their heats throwing down a series of critical rail turns to earn their place in the semis.
Local lad Scott Baxter smashed apart his over-40s heat with a deadly combination of forehand cutbacks and massive re-entries. Scott said: “The Tradies Surfmasters is such a feel-good event. Despite the challenging conditions, it was great to surf a heat against guys I haven’t competed against for years.“
“I’m stoked to get a heat win under my belt. I haven’t surfed in the event for a year or two, so it was great to jump back into a jersey and stoke the competitive fire.”
Joining Scott in the winner’s circle was Long Jetty surfer Jay Sharp and Maroubra surfer Paul Moffat. Both surfers locked in solid waves that were surfed with a truckload of style and flair.
Dave Rust and Mark Tickle both took convincing heat wins in the over-45 division, throwing down a series of big rail turns and fast cutbacks.
Craig Naylor, Terry Day and Lance Woolfenden all locked in heat wins in their over-50s heats. All three surfers performed a chain of high performance turns to move into the semi final.
Tony Boyd was one of the standouts in the over-40 longboard division, locking in a heat total of 11.5.
Local surfers Matt Gallagher and Brad Whittaker both smashed apart the retro division combining old-school soul with new-school flair. Both surfers earned a place in tomorrows final. The "Carve of the Day" was awarded to Jay Sharp for his performance in the over-40s shortboard division. For his efforts Jay won a brand new pair of polarised Carve sunglasses.
On land, the Beach Bop festival rocked away in Dunnigham Park with a wide array of stalls, live music, retro car displays as well as the addition of the NSW Wines Red, White & Blues event.
Competition is expected to kick off at 7.30 am at North Cronulla beach. The event hotline will be updated with a complete schedule by 6.45am on the day of competition. Call 0458 247 212 for the most up-to-date information.
An updated schedule will be uploaded to surfingnsw.com.au by 5pm this afternoon. Tradies Surfmasters is proudly supported by Tradies, Sutherland Shire Council, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Carve Eyewear, Westfield Miranda, Vestal and Surfing NSW.
Tradies is a values based organisation with our main objective to provide each and every visitor with an exceptional experience. At Tradies our core purpose is community support and in 2011 alone, Tradies donated over half-a-million dollars to local community and sporting groups. From its very beginnings Tradies has been known as a community club and whilst we continue to grow, these core values along with many others are still held by the Board, Management and Staff at Tradies.
Source: Surfing New South Wales
Author: Ethan Smith
Tags: Cronulla, Tradies Surfmasters, New South Wales