Day one goes to Cabarita
CABARITA boardriders were comfortably in front at the end of the first round of heats at the Kirra Teams Challenge yesterday.
However, Kirra Boardriders president Rob Totten was confident Kirra could turn the tide and come back for a win.
“Caba’s got good surfers but Kirra is in a good position,” he said.
“It’d be better to have three wins on the board but we’re not out of the running yet.
“We’ve still got Mick (Fanning) to surf on Sunday.”
Many clubs have saved their best surfers until the final heats with Joel Parkinson surfing today and Fanning tomorrow.
“The heat of tomorrow will be Parko (Parkinson),” Totten said.
“Duranbah could still make a comeback but Snapper will struggle to do well out of that tomorrow.”
Event coordinator John Robin revealed yesterday that it was almost impossible to pick the winning team from yesterday’s heats. “It’s pretty close at the moment,” he said.
“But the waves are awesome, the atmosphere is awesome and we have beautiful weather.”
Robin said he had his money on Kirra boardriders taking out the challenge.
“I have a bet on Kirra, but it’s early days yet,” he said.
Last year’s club champion Werri Beach was in trouble early in the competition when its pro junior surfers didn’t pull together the points they needed, making their club’s chances of a back-to-back win unlikely.
Highlighting the Duranbah boardriders’ successful run yesterday were their two international surfers, Chile’s Guillermo Saff and South Africa’s Beyrick De Vries, who both won their heats.
Byron Bay also kept well in touch on the leader board with pro junior Garratt Parkes winning his heat convincingly.
“It was a slow start to the heat with tricky conditions which made it hard for me to score any high scoring waves as they simply just didn’t come through. But I guess you just have to make do with what you’re given and it ended up all good for me,” Parkes said.
The heat of the day was in number 15 when pro juniors Mitch Crews from Snapper and Beyrick Devries from Duranbah took to the water with Crews taking the aerials and Devries opting for smoother laybacks, earning him the heat win.
Day two and three will give a better idea of what clubs will be at the fighting end of the rank, with only one club walking away with the iconic eagle trophy and the title of the best boardriding club in Australia.