Tuncurry teenager, Millie Chalker has been crowned the open women’s Australian Bodyboard Champion at this year’s North Star Holiday Resort Australian Bodyboard Titles held at Flagstaff Beach on the Tweed River, which wrapped up on Monday, August 27.
Millie found a buzzer-beater of a wave to claim the title in the dying moments of the heat.
With the time ticking down, she performed a series of maneuvers to post a 5.50 wave score which moved her from third to first and allowed her to claim the victory.
Ziggy Bullock, Margaret River, WA, Patrick Franklyn Palmyra, WA flew the flag loud and proud for The Wildflower State taking out the grommets (under-14), cadets (under-16) and junior (under-18) divisions respectively.
Both Bullock and Franklyn performed an array of fast and flowy spins and rolls to earn the top spots and ensure the three titles head west to WA.
Franklyn’s most notable performance came in the junior final when he posted a giant 18.50 two-wave heat total to claim top honours against the star-studded line-up.
Justin Kirkpatrick, Jan Juc, Vic, claimed the sole title for Victoria, taking out the over-45 men’s division.
Kirkpatrick claimed two respective victories across his dual finals to claim top honours in the division and take the first place position.
Event standout and reigning open men’s Australian champion, Nathan Wilson, Kiama claimed his second title in as many years, taking out the blue-ribbon division.
Wilson nailed a giant 12.65 two-wave heat total to get the upper hand in the heat and earn the top spot on the dais.
Wade Boree, Kotara put on a respectable show in the over-35 men's division to post an 11.65 two-wave heat total.
Boree shone in the difficult afternoon conditions to claim the win ahead of Lloyd Llewellyn, Bli Bli, Qld who finished in second.
After years of competing in the SAE Group Australian Surf Festival, Zachary Armytage, Wombarra claimed his maiden title, taking out the drop knee title.
Armytage posted a solid 11.50 heat total to get the win ahead of fellow New South Welshman Liam Douglas, Kiama, who finished in second by a 1.30 margin.
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