The 2017 NSW Surfmasters titles presented by Moby's Beachside Retreat, at Boomerang Beach saw its first round of champions crowned on Thursday, June 15 with the over-55, over-60, over-35 women and single fin divisions contesting finals in picturesque four-foot waves.
Amee Donohoe, Macmasters Beach showed why she was a former World Championship Tour competitor fighting a tight battle with perennial local threat Melissa Bartz , Blueys Beach. Donohoe managed to gain the upper hand in the second heat, notching up an impressive 15.03 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to take top honours ahead of Bartz and Samantha Oakes, Carlton who claimed second and third respectively.
Thanks to a solid display of traditional turns, Carl Musker, Collaroy Plateau managed to claim the single fin division.
Musker blew up in the throaty conditions, drawing out his turns to get the nod ahead of Michael Crisp, Ballina, Rob Hazelwood, Ballina and Jamie Doran, Anna Bay who claimed the remaining three spots.
Neil Cameron, Byron Bay managed to add another title to his mantelpiece, claiming the over-60 men's division. The former NSW and Australian champion, effortlessly linked together a chain of turns to post a heat total of 13.5 to take the top spot on the dais and earn a spot into the NSW team for the upcoming Australian Surf Festival.
Rod Baldwin, Copacabana blew away his opposition to take out the over-55 men's final. The multiple Australian title holder put his opposition into a combination situation after posting a near perfect 9.77 wave score. Runner-up, Dean Shaw, Fingal Bay put up a valiant effort, clawing his way out of the combination situation, posting a solid 8.33 but ultimately had to settle for second place.
This is the sixth year running the HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles has been held in the Great Lakes region.
Competition will begin each day at 7:30am with the call for the day’s schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
1 – Neil Cameron (Byron Bay)
2 – Glenn Sharrock (Caves Beach)
3 – Mark Phelan (Terrigal)
4 – Bruce Flint (Kiama)
1 – Rod Baldwin (Copacabana)
2 – Dean Shaw (Fingal Bay)
3 – Charlie O’Sullivan (Woolgoolga)
4 – Murray Brown (East Corrimal)
1 – Carl Musker (Collaroy Plateau)
2 – Michael Crisp (Ballina)
3 – Rob Hazelwood (Narrabeen)
4 – Jamie Doran (Anna Bay)
1 – Amee Donohoe (Macmasters Beach)
2 – Mellisa Bartz (Blueys Beach)
3 – Samantha Oakes (Carlton)