Grass Roots Clubs QAB Round 1

In: Grass Roots Clubs by doclach 0 Comments Tue 1st May '12
Tags: QAB Round 1 , Lachlan Cramsie , Cliff Russel , Headlanders
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Round One of the Queensland Association of Bodyboarding Titles showcased Queensland's best bodyboarders in ideal conditions!

Bodyboarders from the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales, tackled the elements on the Gold Coast's Duranbah Beach over the weekend, battling it out in Round one of the Queensland Association of Bodyboarding Titles.

Day one saw officials and competitors enduring testing conditions of torrential rain and squally onshore winds.

QAB Head Judge and IBA Australasia Assistant General Manager Danny Bycroft said that the competition was a real battle of survival on day one. "The competitors faced terrible weather and lumpy conditions, we had one grommet return to the beach victorious in his heat minus his shorts, showing his dedication and endurance to the sport!"

The stand out of day one was Gold Coast local, Will Nepia-Murray, who in the testing conditions was rewarded a perfect 10 points by the judges after a stylishly executed backflip in the final heat of the day.

On day two competitors were greeted with clearer skies, perfect four-six foot peaks and the large wedging ramps which Duranbah is famous for.

After a tough start to the year on the IBA world tour 17 year old and 3 time National Champion, Lachlan Cramsie from the Sunshine Coast, has put a shot over the bow of his rivals after taking out the Opens division convincingly scoring 18 points out of a possible 20 from all of the judges in his final.

"Day one was tough, but it was great to make it through and embrace the conditions that day two had to offer" said Cramsie.

"There is a huge amount of talent this year and it is going to be a tough competition so it was great to start the year with a win" remarked Cramsie.

Jarrah Hamlin who represents the Gold Coast and Headlanders clubs stood out in the cadets division with his snappy combinations and big moves off set waves. With such a big improvement over the summmer break Jarrah is right on track to defend his National Title later this year.

The strongly contested and highly coveted Juniors division was taken out by the Sunshine Coast's Sam Proctor with his loopy rolls and stylish riding.

Shane Griffiths, Gold Coast, proved once again why he is one of the most versatile riders in Australia winning the Drop Knee division with powerful cut backs and long floaters in the testing conditions.

Danny Bycroft and Tony Charteris were victorious in Senior mens and masters division respectively.

Danny Bycroft said "This event has proved that 2012 is going to be a big year for Queensland bodyboarding."

"With big improvements and the high quality of riding from all competitors, this year's competition is really heating up and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone brings to the table for Round 2 in Byron Bay/Ballina in July"

Final Competition Results

Open Mens
1. Lachlan Cramsie - SCBC
2. Eric Roy - GCBC
3. Silas Garcia - GCBC
4. Will Nepia-Murray - GCBC

Juniors (16/17 years of age)
1. Sam Proctor - SCBC
2. Will Nepia-Murray - GCBC
3. Flynn Hemmsley - SCBC
4. Sam Judd - GCBC

Cadets (14/15 years of age)
1. Jarrah Hamlin - GCBC/Headlanders
2. Ben Gooch - SCBC
3. Tyler Lock - GCBC
4. Michael Arnold - GCBC

Drop Knee
1. Shane Griffiths - GCBC
2. Stevie Lloyd Headlanders/NBC
3. John Gibson - GCBC
4. Liam Peters - GCBC/Headlanders

Men's (23+ years of age)
1. Danny Bycroft - Headlanders
2. Stevie Lloyd - Headlanders/NBC
3. Gareth Dodd - SCBC
4. Nick Gibbs - GCBC

Masters (35+ years of age)
1. Tony Charteress - GCBC
2. Justin Stewart - GCBC
3. Shane Reilly - GCBC

SCBC - Sunshine Coast Bodyboard Club
GCBC - Gold Coast Bodyboard Club
Headlanders (Byron Bay)
NBC - North Bodyboarding Club (Gold Coast)

Photos// Cliff Russell from Headlanders (Nats' dad - always good to see parents chipping in - Doc)

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