Confidence boost: Cabarita surfer Joel Ford launches into action during the opening round of the inovative Arnette Roulette series at Surfers Paradise on Saturday.
Confidence boost: Cabarita surfer Joel Ford launches into action during the opening round of the inovative Arnette Roulette series at Surfers Paradise on Saturday. Contributed

Tweed surfers land podium finish

KINGSCLIFF high flyer Brad King and Cabarita juggernaut Joel Ford finished third and fourth respectively in the opening round of the new Arnette Roulette series at Surfers Paradise on Saturday.

The Gold Coast lived up to its reputation as the surf capital of Australia by providing some of the nation's most talented aerial surfers under the age of 25 with solid two-metre waves for launch pads.

The surfers revelled in the conditions, providing spectators with display of futuristic aerial moves as part of the new-look contest format.

The format includes a game wheel that is spun to determine the trump manoeuvres.

Once decided, surfers took to the sky heat after heat in the hope of pulling off the trump air worth an additional two points.

Bondi surfer Otis Carey took out the event after his decision to surf the inside shore break paid off when he landed a clean reverse aerial.

“The conditions were extremely tricky out in the back break so I made the decision to move to the shore break and concentrate on throwing aerials which I knew I could complete,” Carey said.

“The cash and prizes are a massive bonus for me, but I came to this event to have fun and just do aerials.

“I had so much fun today and I can't wait until the Maroubra event.”

Palm Beach tyro Oney Anwar finished second ahead of King and Ford while West Australian Duncan McNicol finished fifth with Tugun's Thomas Woods sixth.

Carey leads the ratings heading into the second and final event of the series to be held at Maroubra on February 12.

The surfer with the two best results in the series will win a wildcard entry into the 2011 Boost Mobile Surf Sho main event to be staged at Bondi.



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