Snapper takes Straddie assault
THE Snapper Surfriders club claimed the annual Straddie teams assault again, as well as the surfing pairs event at North Stradbroke Island at the weekend.
The premier teams event, which was held in pumping waves at Main Beach, attracted some of the best surfers representing their clubs.
They included world No.8 Bede Durbidge, surfing for host club Point Lookout Boardriders, former WCT pro Danny Wills and world junior champion Gareth Parkes, for Byron Bay.
However, it was the Snapper Surfriders who dominated proceedings to claim their 17th Straddie Assault Teams victory.
There were solid surfing performances from stalwarts Shaun Gossman, Shane Bevan and Clint Kimmons, backed up by Blake Ainsworth and the Pereira-Ryan brothers.
Ice and Sol Pereira-Ryan claimed double victory for Snapper, winning the pairs from the Coolum Boardriders despite some shark scares that added spice to the competition.
Kirra’s Corey Ziems and Jake Cumberland had to contend with shark sightings in their semi-final against Mudjimba Boardriders.
They were actually relieved to lose that heat to avoid paddling out in the shark-infested water again.
The top four in the Straddie teams assault were Snapper, Byron, Noosa, and Burleigh.