Corey grabs surf crown
CURRUMBIN’S Corey Ziems took out the Surfing Queensland 2010 QCC title with a runner-up finish at Coolum last weekend.
Ziems has been a contender for the QCC crown in previous years when jockeying his WQS campaign with the domestic circuit and won the QCC Alley Classic last month.
The 27-year-old from Kirra Surfriders will line up at next year’s Quicksilver Trials at Snapper Rocks.
Burleigh’s Thomas Woods, who was in the running for the QCC title, was defeated by Ziems in the semis at Coolum, but still secured second on the ratings and will join Ziems at Snapper for a chance to qualify for the 2011 ASP Tour opener.
Young Woods, a former South African now surfing for the Burleigh Boardriders Club, has had a phenomenal year, winning the Burleigh single fin event, competing for Australia in the WISA juniors in NZ, and then scoring his first open men’s win at the Burleigh Hinterland Toyota Classic QCC.
WELL done to the Kingscliff Boardriders in winning the NSW Ransom tag team junior club comp on their home break from the Lennox Ballina Boardriders.
LeBa were the dominant club going into the final after beating Kingscliff in the semis with Kingscliff then defeating Tweed rival club Cabarita in a sudden-death surf-off for the final.
Kingy then turned the tables on LeBa. The Kingscliff team was Mitchell James, Sam Rahnate, Robbie Richard, Daniel Still and Coby Myerscough.
The previous weekend, Burleigh Boardriders junior team won the Queensland Ransom Junior Tag Team from the Snapper Surfriders Club held at Kirra. Alley and Kirra shared equal third.
The winning Burleigh Team included Thomas Woods, Hamish Whillans, Sam Robinson, Jed Denison and Josh Hyland, with Woods voted best and fairest. Snapper’s team was Mitch Parkinson, Sol Bailey, Asher Wales, Brodie Doyle, Sol Pierre-Ryan and Josh Glennon.
TWEED’S Dane Pioli created an upset by taking out the NSW Longboard title at Diggers Beach.
In doing so, Pioli knocked off ASP world longboard champion, Coffs Harbour local Harley Ingleby. Both will qualify for the Australian titles at Port Macquarie in August.
THE world’s best grommets will be turning up this weekend for the annual Billabong Occy Grom Comp from July 3-7.
King of the grommets Mark Occhilupo will be there to surf against them in an expression session.
The venue is likely to be Duranbah from 8am until 4pm daily.
The swell forecast is favourable with rising southerlies from Sunday until Tuesday expected to provide excellent waves for the finals.
Buchan calls shots for juniors
IMPRESSED with what they’ve seen at previous camps, Burleigh Heads Boardriders have placed 12 of their juniors into the Hurley Ace Buchan program.
Spearheaded by renowned charger Adrian Buchan, 12th on the ASP world rankings, the camp will run at Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre in Casuarina this weekend.
Buchan is one of Australia’s most celebrated junior surfers and is no stranger to the big league, having dusted nine-time ASP men’s world champion Kelly Slater to notch his first world tour victory at the Quiksilver Pro France in 2008.
His surfing capabilities and outstanding competitive know-how will allow him to impart vital skills on these enthusiastic youngsters. BHB secretary Terry Teece believes the knowledge they’ll receive will no doubt set them on a pathway to achieving their best in their future surf careers.
“This is a great opportunity for some specialised junior development,” he said.
“With Jay Thompson and Thomas Woods excelling at higher levels in the club, our youngsters right now are inspired to become excellent surfers and a program like this with a mentor like Buchan is simply fantastic. We’re about developing the juniors and we have an exciting bunch right now so the club is honoured to be helping them out.”