Kimmons in a last-gasp win
SNAPPER Surfriders Club is officially the best board-riding club in all of Australia after winning the 2011 Rhythm Kirra Teams Challenge at Duranbah Beach yesterday.
Typical of this event, the club rankings see-sawed until the very end with officials unable to predict who would take home the eagle trophy.
In the final minutes, Snapper surfer Clint Kimmons won the heat by 0.23 of a point, stealing the title from the favourites Kirra who came in second.
Snapper Surfriders’ long-time member Bruce Lee said Kimmons was well aware of the pressure he was under to bring the title home for his club.
“He knew the situation, he was always confident of a win but he would have been nervous,” Lee said.
“It becomes pretty tense.”
Kimmons said yesterday was the toughest heat he had ever surfed.
“Surfing for the team, I knew the situation and I just tried to concentrate on surfing my best but the pressure was there – knowing Parko (Joel Parkinson) and Deano (Dean Morrison) and the whole resit of the team had done their job to get us to a winning position,” Kimmons said.
“It was tough but it feels great now – we’re the number one club.”
Many thought Snapper would never come back from a disappointing first day, starting the event with three consecutive second placings in the eight surfer team.
However, their final five surfers brought home five consecutive wins, allowing Kimmons to steal the title.
A number of high-profile ASP World Tour surfers competed over the three-day event with Mick Fanning surfing particularly well, scoring the event’s highest heat tally of 18.73 which included two impressive nine-point rides.
Joel Parkinson also won his heat, helping Snapper secure the victory.
This is the ninth year Snapper has taken home the prestigious title.
The highlight heat on Saturday was between Snapper surfer Shaun Gossman and Todd Prestage of Werri Beach.
Gossman nailed a first place for Snapper with two 8.5 rides.
“I knew if I waited patiently, I’d find some high scores out there,” Gossman said.
“There’s a lot of pressure surfing for the club, you don’t want to let the team down.
“One bad result can blow it for the entire team.”
Other local clubs also performed well with Cabarita placing fourth, Kingscliff fifth and Duranbah making ninth place from a total of 36 clubs.