Kirra waves hello to Ransom Tag

THE Kirra Surfriders Club junior team scored a super-close win over the Cabarita Boardriders to claim the annual Ransom Tag Team for junior teams (16 years and under) at Kingscliff last Saturday.

Despite not having their star juniors, Jack Freestone and Harry Wheeler, Kirra's captain Mitch Duggan was outstanding and credited for leading the charge with his second-in-charge Sam Clift to overcome Caba's Regan Fredericks and Damo Norman, winning by the barest of margins, 77 points to 75.

Kirra's team included Jake Cumberland, Byron O'Neil and Koby Perkovich while Caba also had Cayden Handy and Joel Ford.

In the semis, Kirra defeated arch rivals Snapper 78 to 50, while Caba knocked out Burleigh 87-73.

In the quarters, Snapper had a walk through, while Burleigh won from Kingscliff and Cabarita disposed of the Alley Boardriders.

Best and fairest was awarded to Kirra's Sam Clift, and Cabarita's Damo Norman was given the encouragement award.

The Kirra Surfriders will host the inaugural JR Kirra Surf Stock junior teams on November 7 with invitations sent out to clubs from Noosa to Ballina including an All Stars girl team. Ages are from 20 years and under and must not turn 21 in 2009. The six-man teams must have one under-16 member and one under-12 member, and prize money will be offered for the top four finalists.

Meanwhile, one of the most talented free surfers from the Tweed Coast, Chris “Chippa” Wilson, has hit the front cover of the November issue of Stab magazine by winning the best photo competition known as the Little Weeds.

Chippa, who competed on the Australian pro junior circuit and a is member of the Cabarita Boardriders, is renowned for his radical array of aerial surfing manoeuvres. It's great to see that this hugely talented free surfer is gaining International attention.

The Cabarita Boardriders are hosting their Rip Curl Into Summer junior comp on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 for boys and girls from u/18s, u/16s, u/14s and u/12 boys. Entries can be obtained on the Surfing Australia website.

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