Werri Slash 2014

27th Annual Werri Autumn Slash

May 24-25, 2014

Werri Beach

 

After one of the longest ever Autumn flat spells for surf, Huey the surf god awoke in time to give the 27th Werri Annual Werri Autumn Slash a feast of surf and weather  for competitors and spectators. In what some were calling the best weekend of waves along Werri Beach this year so far, The Slash continued its amazing ability to put on a picture perfect surf event.

Slash organisers were nervous in the 2 weeks leading up to the longest running and biggest event on the South Coast surfing calendar but were hopeful of a predicted forecast of a swell increase would arrive in time for the Saturday morning start. 

The swell finally arrived on Saturday morning and competitors were greeted by clean 1-1.5 mtr waves and a great sand bank offering rights on the higher tide and lefts as the tide ran out. Day 2 of the event saw an increase in swell and consistency with the tides being perfect for finals day fanned by a light offshore breeze. Nearly every heat of the event was held in offshore conditions and it was only during the last 6 or so heats of Saturday and the last 2 finals on Sunday did the wind turn onshore. 

In the Campbell’s Ray White Real Estate Open Mens, Wollongong’s Nic Squiers returned to winner’s podium for his 2nd win defeating Werri’s Dean Bowen into 2nd, Culburra’s Louis Gillick 3rd and another Werri local Matt Gale bagged 4th. 

Skye Burgess claimed another CUA Credit Union Open Womens crown defeating Billie Melinz (2nd), Tess Mawson (3rd) and Kasey Martin (4th).

Rod Morgan captured his first Martin & Holmes Legal Senior Men’s title, defeating perennial finalist Jake Spooner, Peter Flanagan and Mick Buckpitt.  Billie Melinz won the Oceanside Kitchens under-16 Girls title with a solid win over Rubie Reents, Karla Thompson and Kiara Meredith. 

Chad Hobby triumphed in the Lime Building Group under-18 boys ahead of Jordan Fowler, Dylan Rogers and Russell Bierke. Luke Wrice took out the DSN under-16 boys’ division showing that he could be one for the future. Luke defeated Joel Wood, Chad Elkins and Ben Buckpitt, while Kyen Stuart was victorious in the Carve under-14 boys over Beau Buckpitt, Fin McLaren and Harry Phillips. 

In the 3 speciality manoeuvre awards, Matt Gale won The All Around Fencing Big Air, Sean Mawson won the Werri Beach Bricklaying Best Barrel and Hayden Blair won the CUA Layback. 

Slash organisers and Werri Boardriders are sincerely grateful for the fantastic support of the following companies…Carve, CUA Credit Union, Zink Surf, Campbell’s Ray White Real Estate, Lime Building Group, FK Unlimited, Martin & Holmes Legal Kiama,   DSN Surfboards, Oceanside Kitchen & Joinery, Werri Beach Bricklaying, All Around Fencing, Wave Creations, Happy Daize Clothing, Tomets’ Kiama Electrical and Khan’s IGA Gerringong.