Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour
Dean Bowen has finished runner up at the Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour in Chile. In barrelling waves Deano nearly claimed his first WSL title but fell agonisingly short despite posting a 9.17 score.
Australian Boardriders Battle 2016 NSW South Region
Werri has finished 6th overall in the ABB NSW South Region held at Bombo Beach. The team had a great run in the teams division where they finished 4th in the final. The team consisted of Matt Gale, Doug Chandler, Tully Robinson, Dael Walker and Taylor Byrne.
Doug Chandler was named surfer of the event.
Congratulations to Jones Beach who finished 1st overall and to Ulladulla who finished runner up.

NSW Jim Beam Surf Tag NSW South Region 2014
Werri Boardriders entered 2 teams in the Jim Beam NSW South Region at Nth Narrabeen. The Wombatz were Matt Gale, Dean Bowen, Tully Robinson, Lloyd Bowen and Ryan Bailey. After leading the heat around the halfway mark, the waves dried up for Werri and we faded into 3rd place and elimination. The Waxheads, Billy Wilson, Doug Chandler, Cam Bennett, Ben McCarthy and Ross Wilson, were in touch with the leaders but a couple of fall offs saw Werri place 3rd and elimination.
Werri Boardriders finish 9th in the country

Werri Boardriders have finished as the 9th best team in the Australian final series in the Be The Influence Australian Boardriders Battle at Cronulla. The team had an outstanding event in which we placed 4th in the teams final. 

Werri Beach Boardriders Take Out The Be The Influence Australian Boardriders Battle at Stanwell Park
Werri Boardriders has beaten some of NSW’s strongest boardriding clubs to win the 1st ever Australian Boardriders Battle NSW South Region title. The team of Dean Bowen, Tyler Wright, Matt Gale, Jordy Watson, Regan Barnes, Angus Farrell and Chiara Arthur held out Elouera and Nth Narrabeen to claim the victory and an automatically qualify for the national final series at Cronulla on January 25-26.
Day one saw Dean Bowen win his opening ‘skin’ heat to claim the maximum 500 points for Werri. Unfortunately, Dean missed out in the next by 0.41 to earn the extra 100 bonus points. Next up was Tyler Wright and Regan Barnes in the pairs where they scored a comfortable opening heat win against Long Reef. Next up was the teams event where Jordy, Tyler, Dean, Matt and Chiara took on Nth Narrabeen, Long Reef and Scarborough. Werri finished comfortably in 2nd place behind Nth Narra to move into the semis. In a dominant display, including a perfect 10 pointer from skipper Dean Bowen, Werri won the semi by 5.5 points from Eloera and Queenscliff to progrees to the final. The final saw Werri and Nth Narra go head to head to claim victory and the lead on the overall points scoreboard. A costly error by the final Nth Narrabeen surfer saw Werri finish in 1st place ahead of Elouera in 2nd, Nth Narra 3rd and NASA 4th. That saw saw Werri take the points lead at the end of day 1.
The second and final day of the Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle kicked off in small and tricky one-foot waves at Stanwell Park.

In a tense fight that came down to the final heats of the Pairs and Skins divisions, Werri Beach Boardriders, North Narrabeen Boardriders Club and Elouera Boardriders Club all took part in a ferocious battle as they attempted to grab the valuable scores required to qualify for the two top spots in the National Final.

The pairs team was changed with 14 yr old Angus Farrell coming for Regan Barnes . Agonisingly, Werri fell 0.24 points short and were eliminated and left the door ajar for Elouera and Nth Narra to catch Werri. Elouera claimed victory over Nth Narra in the pairs final to close the gap at the top of the leader board with only the reverse skins remaining. Deano charged out of the blocks and racked up a 7.17 opening ride and held to take the 500 points which kept Werri in front. Deano backed up for the next heat which had Elouera in it looking for a win to overtake Werri. Deano fell 0.11 points short of winning but the result pushed Elouera down to 3rd place and out of contention for the title. When the numbers were crunched it was Werri Beach Boardriders who finished 30 points ahead of  Elouera Boardriders Club in 2nd, Nth Narrabeen 3rd and Queenscliff 4th.

“I’m over the moon,” said Werri Beach Boardriders Team Manager and Skins surfer Dean Bowen. “Werri just pulled together as a club and fought really hard. We only put a team together in the last couple of weeks and unlike a lot of other clubs we had limited options when we were choosing a team. I think that just makes the win so much sweeter.

“I’m really proud of all of the people who competed for us, especially young Angus Farrell. He’s only 14, it was his first event ever and he managed to get a win against some 18-year-olds, which is just an awesome feat.”

1 – Werri Boardriders – 3750 points
2 – Elouera Boardriders Club – 3720 points
3 – North Narrabeen Boardriders Club – 3260 points
4 – Queenscliff Boardriders Club – 2970 points
5 – North Avalon Surfing Association – 2790 points
6 – Sandon Point Boardriders Club – 2770 points
7 – North Steyne Boardriders – 2760 points
8 – Scarborough Boardriders Club – 2550 points
9 – Long Reef Boardriders Club – 2260 points
10 – Ulladulla Boardriders Club – 2250 points
11 – South Bridge – 2160 points
12 – Garie Boardriders – 2150 points

1st – Werri Beach Beach Boardriders
2nd – Elouera Beach Boardriders
3rd – North Narrabeen Boardriders Club
4th – North Avalon Surfriders Association (NASA)

26th Werri Autumn Slash

The 2013 Werri Autumn Slash can be summed up in 4 words…flat and absolutely pumping!!! A 2 day event that was crammed into one showcased the extremes of competition surfing elements.

Day 1 dawned at 5.30 for the hard working Werri Boardriders crew and thanks to a very strong westerly wind during the very early hours of Saturday morning, the morning light shone onto a very flat, wave barren Werri Beach. It wasn’t a decision that Slash organisers wanted to make, but it was agreed to postpone the event and go for Sunday with the promise of new swell.

The decision paid off in bucket loads as dawn on Day 2 broke and revealed a swell that was clean, large and angled perfectly for the A-frame bank that was split 2 ways. Contest organisers decided to ‘double bank’ the event, ie. run 2 heats simultaneously. It was going to be a close call to complete a 2 day event in one day but thanks to the waves, wind, weather, Team Werri and The Slash’s uncanny luck for delivering at least one day of perfect waves, the event was finished in fading light.

It was a feast of 4-6′ surf, fanned by a gentle offshore breeze for nearly every heat, with the best surfers from The Illawarra and South Coast revelling in the perfect conditions. The 7 age divisions were almost full and the many spectators on the beach were treated to a surfing spectacle of the highest order. With the tides being almost perfect for the day, even the final few finals surfed on a high tide were of the highest order.

As the glorious autumn sunshine faded behind the distant mountains, the presentation was held on the sand with a huge gallery still present, eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners and final place getters. In the Carve Cadet U/14 Boys, Riley Watson claimed victory ahead of Chad Elkins, Luke Soulos-Ramsey and Keanu Miller. Up next was DSN Surfboards U/16 Cadet Boys and it was Dylan Rogers pipping Harry Steele in a close one with Chad Hobby in 3rd and Brendan Barton taking 4th. The Pure Lilly U/16 Cadet Girls was a standout final with the rising female talent of the NSW South Coast on show. 12 year old Kiara Meredith took her first Slash crown with victory from Tess Mawson, reigning champ Billie Melinz and Werri local Chiara Arthur. Backing up in the Oceanside Kitchens Open Womens, Billie Melinz showed class to claim the Open Womens crown from Rubie Reents and Werri locals Natalie Davies and Celia Miller. In the Lime Building Group U/18 Boys Louis Gillick took a close one ahead of Harry Steele, who once again had to settle for 2nd place, Jordan Fowler and Werri’s Liam Moore. As the day was ending the Martin & Holmes Legal Senior Mens saw a new champion emerge with Slash first timer and Werri member Brian Dobson rack up some early scores to push fellow club member and perennial finalist Allan Farrell in to 2nd place. Craig Morris took 3rd ahead of Kiama’s Peter Flanagan.

The blue ribbon division, the Campbells Ray White Open Mens, attracted the best of the Illawarra and south coast surfing talent from the first heat of the day. As the heats progressed to the final, the best of the best remained and it was Kiama’s Rhys Bomabci going back-to-back with a superb display of flowing and dynamic surfing to see off Ty Watson, Dean Bowen and Jordi Watson. Ty wasn’t left that much disappointed as he claimed the Werri Beach Bricklaying Best Barrel award whilst Hayden Blair consoled himself after a semi final exit by winning the Drop Wallet Layback prize, generously donated by Werri Boardrider Glenn Randell.

The 26th Annual Werri Autumn Slash has maintained its position as the premier surfing contest on the South Coast with the generous support of  Surf Dive ‘N’ Ski, FK Unlimited, Kiteley’s Roofing World, Morrellis Wines, Wave Creations, Advanced Concrete Cutting and All Around Fencing. Without the support of those businesses The Slash would not be the event it is today. Werri Boardriders wish to thank those sponsors for their support and ask the surfing community to support those that support local and regional surfing.

25th Werri Autumn Slash
Skye Burgess has done a “3peat” by winning her third Happy Daize/Pure Lilly Open Women’s crown and joins an elite group of Werri Slash 3 in a row champions. Skye was a standout across all divisions in a dominant display that left all her competitors surfing for second place in all her heats. In one heat Skye scored a 9.83 and 9.63 to let her competitors know that it was going to take a massive effort to take her title.
The weekends action action also saw Rhys Bombaci finally claim his first his Swell Designs Open Men’s title after numerous runner up placings. Werri Boardriders had a couple of title wins with Zac Scott claiming his first win in the Lime Building Group Junior Boys and Todd Prestage returning the winners list by taking out the Martin & Holmes Legal Senior Men’s. The win saw Todd join Jake Spooner and Chris Homer as the most successful Slash surfers with 6 Slash titles each. Coalcliffs Billie Melinz stamped herself as or to watch by going back to back in the U/16 Cadet Girls whilst Chad Hobby scored his first Slash win in the DSN Surfboards U/16 Cadet Boys.

Day one of The Slash saw the action start at north Werri in 3-4′ surf fanned by a gentle offshore in sunny skies. It was typical of the good fortune that The Slash has enjoyed over the past 25 years. The classic Autumn conditions layed the platform for surfers to go for the outrageous and committed moves to put themselves in the fame to claim the All Around Fencing/Reflex Security Big Air Award or the Werri Beach Bricklaying Best Barrel keg. Some great tubes were ridden and fin busting airs landed to give the judges of each award plenty of choices for a winner. The surfing in all divisions was exceptionally high with early standouts being Matt Gale, Tully Robinson and brothers Lloyd and Dean Bowen in the Open Mens. Jake Spooner and Todd Prestage showed their world tour experience with convincing wins in the senior men’s Marc Williams, Matty King, Zac Scott and Sean Mawson justified their tops seeding with solid wins in the junior u/18 boys. Skye Burgess stood out in the early rounds of the Open Women’s whilst Billie Melinz was looking god for another title in Cadet U/16 Girls. The Cadet U/16 Boys saw top seeds Chad Hobby, Daniel Vicary, Harry Steele and Dylan Rodgers all claim early round victories.

Day 2 was a complete contrast to the opening day with grey skies and a howling southerly making conditions very tough for the remaining competitors. On a low tide the Open Men’s hit the water but the conditions didn’t deter the surfers from attacking the peaks in the southern corner of Werri Beach. Rhys and Deano claimed the semi final victories with Ty Watson getting one on the hooter to knock out younger brother Jordi and earn a place in the final with perennial finalist Tully Robinson. The conditions got even tougher as the wind increased in intensity but the surfers weren’t going to let that stop them seeking a place in the final. Jake and Todd used all their experience to set up a clash in the senior men’s final whilst Marc Williams joined Zac Scott in the Junior Boys final and was looking for his second title in that division. The swell saw a slight increase for the finals and for the spectators on the beach the finalists put on a remarkable performance that saw the cream of South Coast surfing rise to the top. That was borne out with small margins dividing first to fourth place, particularly in the Junior Boys and especially in the Open Men’s.

In the end, the winners were deserving of their titles whilst Ty Watson and Matty King had a very profitable weekend with Ty winning the Big Air award and Matty King taking the Best Barrel of the event. Event organisors would like to thank Carve, SDS, DSN Surfboards, Swell Designs, Happy Daize, Pure Lilly, Lime Building Group, Martin & Holmes Legal, All Around Fencing, Reflex Security, Werri Beach Bricklaying, Advanced Concrete Cutting, FK Unlimited, Kiteley’s Roofing World, Vestal Watches, Aerial, Morrellis Wines and Figgy Bowlo. Support those companies that support local and regional surfing.

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Dean Bowen at Billabong World Juniors

Deano has made it through to the qtr finals at the ASP Billabong World Juniors held at Burleigh Heads. After a shaky start in the opening round, Deano then powered his way through the 3 heats scoring a massive 17.34 in his round 3 heat. Deano used his backhand attack to eliminate fellow Aussie Soli Bailey in a close round 4 heat before he was eliminated by Nathan Carvalho.

Jim Beam Surf Tag

Werri entered 2 teams in the 2012 Jim Beam Surf Tag NSW South Series held at Nth Narrabeen. Team 1 surfed in heat 4 and came through in 2nd place to qualify for the next round with a comfortable margin over 3rd place Queenscliff B and 4th place Freshwater. Ulladulla took out the heat with a score of 87.91, Werri 70.97, Queenscliff B 55.61, Freshwater 52.85.

Team 2 was in heat 6 and up against old foe Jones’ Beach. Werri was solid and looked good for a 2nd place and qualification until the last surfer from Bronte got through the gate in time to claim 3 bonus points and edge out Werri for 2nd place. Queenscliff A won the heat with 73.52, Bronte B 60.83, Werri 58.19, Jones Beach 55.01

Day 2 saw Werri in Qtr Final 3 up against Cronulla, Ulladulla and Nth Narrabeen B. In a tight finish Werri couldn’t find the better waves and was narrowly beaten into 3rd place and elimination by Ulladulla. Cronulla 79.9, Ulladulla 73.17, Werri 68.77, Nth Narrabeen B 66.69

Rhys Bombaci claims back to back wins at the Freshwater Community Bank Pro

Rhys Bombaci became the first ever surfer to claim back to back wins, with the powerful natural footer taming the solid 2 metre waves that were on offer during the event. NSW coastline was rattled with massive swells for the last fortnight, with winds swinging off shore, it produced a perfect platform for some high performance surfing.

In the final Rhys opened his account in perfect fashion, unleashing a series of explosive maneuvers on a solid right hand peak with the judges rewarding him a 7.5 score. Parker Graham along with Sam Schumann (Forster, NSW) and Shane Holmes (Nth Shelly, NSW), kept themselves in the hunt with some solid mid range scores. But with 5 minutes remaining, Rhyso grabbed a set wave unleashing a variety of solid moves which netted 7 points, giving him what was a most impressive victory.

Bombaci is renown for his big wave attack and his critical approach saw him consistently rewarded with high scores leading into the final, despite being out of the water for the last month with a rib injury.

“I nearly pulled out on Friday night but I’m stoked I came up as the waves were pumping again, the wind stayed off shore all day and I felt in good rhythm in all my heats”, said Bombaci.

Rhyso leaning into a big bottom turn


Dean Bowen takes 2nd Place at Rangiroa Pro Junior Tahiti

Deano in the final

Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay, NSW, Australia) 19, secured the first pro junior victory of his career taking down former World Junior Champion Dean Bowen (South Coast, NSW, Australia) in the final of the five star TNS Rangiroa Pro Junior in French Polynesia today.

A standout from start to finish Parkes maintained his exceptional form to reach the final defeating Bowen by 14.00 (out of 20.00) points to 11.64.

“I’m over the moon, it’s the biggest weight of my back,” Parkes said after his victory. “I’ve been trying to win one of these for years and I was getting worried as there’s only a few events left and I wanted to win one before my junior career is over.”

Waiting patiently for the open-faced set waves, Parkes set the tone with a series of front side re-entries, completed with a tail waft maneuver to take an early heat lead for his solid 6.75 score (out of ten).

“My strategy was just to go out there and get a couple early and then just ‘build a house’ and try and keep bettering my scores.”

While Bowen’s powerful backhand surfing kept the New South Welshman in contention, Parkes’s innovative top-to-bottom surfing and critical floater maneuver earned him a 7.25 to seal his inaugural pro junior victory.

“Dean rips, I’ve grown up surfing against him and we’ve had heats and finals against each other throughout our whole career so I couldn’t imagine anyone better to surf against out there,” Parkes continued.

Bowen’s steady rise to the final earned him US$2500 in prize-money as well as 1500 ratings points.

“Obviously it was disappointing not to go all the way today but I’m stoked for Garrett and I had fun surfing Avaturoa with only two guys out,” Bowen said.

Deano is now sitting in 6th place on Australian Pro Junior rankings.

Werri Boardriders Club of the Year 2 years running!

Ben Churton receiving The Club of the Year award from Simon Anderson

Werri Boardriders have been named Surfing Australia’s Club of the Year for 2010 at the recent Surfing Australia  Awards night at Surfers Paradise. Werri won the award for the 2nd year in a row after a stellar run of club results during 2010. Werri won the Kirra Teams Challenge and the O’Neill Grom Tag to be crowned Australia’s top  Boardriding Club.

Ben Churton was on hand to accept the trophy from Surfing Hall of Fame member Simon Anderson.








History repeats as Werri Beach win O’Neill Grom Tag Cup

L to R: Matt Gale, Dean Bowen, Tom Salvesen,                           Doug Chandler, Billy Wilson

Avalon, NSW (Monday 19th April, 2010) – Werri Beach Boardriders have taken out the O’Neill Cup and in the process stopped the North Narrabeen Boardriders from another hat trick of wins.

The Werri Club won the 2009 Australian Surftag Title, which NN had won in 2007 and 2008, and with history repeating the Werri junior team finished 6 points clear of NN who had previously won the O’Neill Cup in 2007 and 2008.

Former World U’18 Champion Dean Bowen was the standout for Werri with a three-wave combination of 20.6 that included an 8.07 powerwave (double score).

“It’s great to win as we didn’t have the strongest team and we had squeezed through a few earlier rounds,” Bowen said. “It’s good to beat Narrabeen as they are a talented club with some of the best surfers in the world, we are from a small country town so it’s good to show them up”.

Late in the one hour final Werri trailed NN by 7 points and it looked like the NN junior team had secured another Title but with conditions deteriorating Werri’s fourth and fifth surfers Tom Salverson (12.7) and Billy Wilson (12.1) made the most of the one meter South Avalon peaks with Wilson making it back to the tag box first to receive 4 bonus points taking Werri’s total to 68.43.

With 3 minutes remaining NN’s fifth surfer Bodi Smith needed to score a 7.5 on his last wave but was only able to post a 1.13. NN had started strongly with Jordi Lawler (12.27), Dave Vlug (20.6) and Cooper Chapman (13.9) dominating the early stages.

South Coast Club Ulladulla finished third, with the Central Coast’s North Shelley Boardriders taking fourth. North Shelley had earlier upset the highly fancied Avoca Boardriders in the first Semi with the local Club Avalon also falling short in the Semi’s.

“We’re over the moon again,” Werri Team Manager Dave Hunt said. “The micro groms section of our club was set up over 20 years ago with all the hard work paying off as we have won the three major teams titles in the last 18 months”.

Werri Beach scores in the final, Doug Chandler (11.7), Bowen (20.6), Matt Gale (7.33), Salverson (12.7) and Wilson (12.1). 4 bonus points.

North Narrabeen, Lawler (12.27), Vlug (20.6), Chapman (13.9), Laura Enever (8.1) and Smith (6.57). 1 bonus point

Ulladulla, Ty Watson (11.09), Jordi Watson (13.27), Sam Wrench (11.57), Matt King (8.16) and Elliott Marshell (12.4), 2 bonus points

North Shelley, Shane Holmes (11.93), Sam Patterson (11.34), Saxon Lumsden (10.27), Johnie Keith (7.0) and Tom Fielder (14.5). 3 bonus points

2009 O’Neill Cup Results

Deano in the final.

1st         Werri Beach                   68.43        $1200

2nd        North Narrabeen         62.51         $700

3rd         Ulladulla                        58.49        $600

4th         North Shelley                58.04        $500

5th         Avoca

6th         Avalon

7th         Queenscliff

8th         Norah Head

Werri Boardriders Surfing Australia Club Of The Year

Werri Beach Boardriders have been named as the Australian Club of the year by Surfing Australia at the Surfing Australia Awards at Coolangatta.

It has been a very successful 12 months for the club, winning the 2009 Jim Beam Surf Tag national final, the 2010 Rhythm Kirra Teams’ Challenge, while team member Dean Bowen won the ISA World Championship, the Billabong Bali Pro Junior, was runner-up in the 2009 ASP Pro Junior rankings and won the 2010 Hurley Pro Junior.

Werri Boardriders was also recognised for their successful and popular ‘Microgroms’ program which has produced many pro junior tour surfers, a number of ASP WQS tour surfers, one WCT surfer, two Australian team members and one world junior champion.

Werri Boardriders Micro-groms also produced all five members of the champion Surf Tag team and seven out of eight of the winning Kirra Teams’ Challenge side.

Werri was also recognised for being host club of the long running Werri Autumn Slash and the Zink Surf South Coast Pro.

Werri Beach Boardriders was established in 1982 by Jeff McCarthy and Brad Ladkin to give the local surfers a say in decisions that affected the local surfing community and has grown to become, not only the leading club on the NSW South Coast, the number one club in Australia.

Club president Tully Robinson and club secretary Dave Hunt accepted the trophy on behalf of the club. Also present were club members Rhys Bombaci, Ryan Bailey, Lloyd Bowen and Ben McCarthy.

Werri Boardriders win the 2010 Rhythm Kirra Teams Challenge