Snapper Rocks settle for second
DESPITE making it to their third final in as many years, Snapper Rocks were unable to stop a rampaging Burleigh Boardriders from claiming the Queensland Tag Team Surf Title in Kirra on Saturday.
Victorious in 2008 and second to Kirra in 2009, Snapper was confident of returning to the top of the local under-18 surfing tree.
With lone female contender Brodie Doyle humbling many of her male counterparts, things were looking good for the border rats. However, they were forced to settle for another runner-up finish when Burleigh's best, Thomas Woods, unleashed the beast in an epic final showdown.
Burleigh had begun poorly, while Snapper flew out of the blocks courtesy of Coolangatta's Mitch Parkinson and Sol Bailey, the designated double whammy surfer.
However, the pace changed and the fightback began when Burleigh's second surfer, Woods, who was named best and fairest, tore the Kirra swell to shreds with a 16-point double whammy wave to draw his team level on 58 points.
From there Burleigh took control and prevailed comfortably, 108-86.
In the semi-finals Burleigh edged out Currumbin Alley 123-120, while Snapper disposed of reigning champion Kirra 128-110, courtesy of Doyle, who surfed a magnificent semi to secure a final berth for her club.