Cabarita crew carves competition
THE Cabarita crew carved up the competition to claim the club’s biggest team win with victory in the JR Surfboards Kirra Surfstock Teams Challenge at Duranbah on Saturday.
Fresh from impressive individual performances in last weekend’s Cabarita Into Summer Challenge, the under-rated chargers from the south made the most of the swell to upstage their more-fancied rivals.
Sixteen teams put their top six shredders into battle, but it was the boys from the Tweed - Brent Savage, Regan Fredricks, Jason Jameson, Damo Norman, Joel Ford and Owen Fredricks - who came out on top.
The best the fledgling club had managed previously was a third-place finish in the Straddie Teams Challenge and second at Kingscliff’s Ransom event, and at the midway point of the event Cabarita again trailed the big guns.
However, they turned it up in the afternoon to snatch victory ahead of Alley Boardriders with Snapper and Burleigh tied for third.
“The Cabarita boys produced some incredible surfing,” Surfstock organiser Andrew McKinnon said.
“The standard across the board was red hot, so to win their first teams event here was a huge effort.”
The victory was dedicated to club member Sam Ford, the elder brother of Joel, who remains in a coma in the Gold Coast Hospital after a vicious attack in Coolangatta on October 10.
“Sam would have been surfing had it not been for the unfortunate circumstances so the boys brought it home for him,” McKinnon said.