North End bags Kirra challenge

NORTH End Boardriders Club amassed an impressive 29 points out of a possible 32 to claim their first ever Rip Curl Kirra Teams Challenge title at Duranbah yesterday.

North End prevailed in the closest finish in the event's 25-year history, finishing one point clear of a group of four clubs.

A countback was needed to separate the chasers with Le-Ba (Lennox/Ballina) finishing second ahead of Kirra Surfriders Club. Noosa finished fourth with Snapper Rocks fifth.

The event featured eight-man teams from 36 of Australia's top boardriding clubs but it was North End who prevailed with the club's surfers scoring an unprecedented five heat wins and three seconds in the four-man heats.

Despite North End's dominance, the result was still in the balance until the penultimate heat when Damon Nicholls wrapped up the win with a second-place finish.

“The pressure was amazing and I actually dreamt last night that it would come to this and being chaired off the beach,” Nicholls said.

“It's just an amazing feeling to be part of a winning team.

“I surfed a safe heat knowing that second would be good enough and that's exactly how it panned out ... the perfect finish.”

Earlier, Scott Wilden put North End into a winning position with an important heat win.

Le-Ba applied pressure with two big scoring heat wins from Adam Melling and James Woods but all they could do was watch as Nicholls delivered the telling blow.

The best of the Tweed Coast clubs was Cabarita Boardriders who finished 10th.