Cabarita out in quarter-final

CABARITA Boardriders left the Jim Beam Surftag National title “disappointed” with its quarter-final finish, according to club secretary Donna Wilson.

Making the finals of the 24-club competition is no mean feat, but considering the club finished fourth at the same event last year, the team didn’t live up to its own expectations on Saturday.

Steve Powell, Timmy Chalmers, Adam Ramsay, Brent Savage, Jason Jameson and John Peet were the six surfers the Tweed Coast club sent to North Narrabeen for the event.

By making the quarter-finals the team stretched the club’s run of finals appearances at the event to three in a row.

Powell, 31, came seventh in the individual competition.

Cabarita Boardriders now turns it attention to the Kirra Teams Challenge this weekend.

Wilson said the club was always called the “dark horse” coming into the big events, but in the past four years it has proved itself a genuine finals contender. The club came third in last year’s Kirra teams challenge and also came equal-third at the last Straddie Assault.

Wilson said Cabarita would be setting the bar high again on the weekend.

“We would love to win it and we could do it, but surfing is so fickle, so we will see what the conditions do,” she said.

Sydney surfing club North Narrabeen has claimed its fourth Jim Beam Surftag National title, by defeating rival clubs Snapper Rocks, Avoca and Byron Bay in the final in clean 1m waves at Avalon.

Cruising through the early rounds undefeated, the North Narrabeen team of Nathan Hedge, Davey Cathels, Nathan Webster, Ben Short and Christo Hall dominated the final from the opening siren and never looked in danger of losing the crown.

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