Snapper supreme in assault on Straddie
By ANDREW McKINNON
THE Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club has again reigned supreme at the annual Straddie Assault held in ideal surfing conditions at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island.
Snapper claimed its 16th teams victory from as many as 15 clubs, defeating the Sunshine Coast's Coolum boardriders by the narrowest of margins ? only one point ? while the local outfit, the Point Lookout boardriders trailed by only one point behind Coolum to place third.
Coming down to the last two heats, Snapper's ever-dependable anchorman and experienced team player Jay Phillips brought his club home with a win in the second-last heat.
The Snapper winning team was made up of recent dual WISA junior women's champ Stephanie Gilmore, Shane Bevan, Shaun Gozzman, Jay Phillips, Luke Dorrington, Blake Ainsworth, Nick Vasiceck and Brad King.
Gilmore, part of Snappers's super-strong eight-member team, comfortably won her heat. She said she was delighted to have been involved.
"I'm pumped," said the 17-year-old, "I loved it, being part of the team was so much fun."
CURRUMBIN's Luke Munro is making a late charge on the World Qualifying Series with a semi-final showing at the 4 Star Reef Classic in Brazil.
Munners, who is currently rated 26th on the WQS, his best position for the year, is one good result away from qualifying for next years WCT.
The former Australian pro junior champ will be looking to capitalise on the next 6 Star WQS, the Onbongo Pro Surfing to be held in Brazil this week, then the last two 6 stars in Hawaii, Op Pro at Haleiwa (Nov 12-23) and the O'Neil World Cup at Sunset Beach (Nov 25-Dec 6).
THE Gold Coast branch of the DSA (Disabled Surfers Association) will be hosting the Train the Trainer course this Saturday, meeting at Currumbin Beach (opposite the Junior Surf Life Saving Club) at 9.30am.If you would like to take part and help people with disabilities to enjoy surfing, the DSA are encouraging you to join in.
For more info, contact Jane Maher on 0417773615 or Craig Castles on 0412191880.
THE World title showdown between former six times World Champ and current ratings leader Kelly Slater, and three times defending champion Andy Irons, will re-commence battle next week in Brazil for the second last WCT of the year.
It's the Nova Schin presented by Billabong to be held at Santa Catarina, Florianopolis from next Monday, October 31 to November 9.
Will Slater claim his seventh world title or will Andy keep the world title alive into Hawaii for the final WCT event, the Rip Curl Pro at Pipeline?
The women's world title race between defending champ and ratings leader Peru's Sofia Mulanovich and Tweed Heads's Chelsea Georgeson will be on again in Hawaii for the Roxy Pro at Haleiwa (Nov 12-24).
Coming up: November 5, the Billabong Girls QSS final round 3; November 6, North End Junior Springfest teams challenge; November 12, Print Point Queensland Masters Surfing Circuit final round 4; November 19, Globe Pro Junior Teams Challenge at Burleigh Point.