ZINK SURF South Coast Pro

Hurley NSW Championship Circuit 2009

Rhys Bombaci wins Hurley NSW Championship Circuit 2009

At the sixth, and final leg, on the prestigious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit, the Zink Surf South Coast Pro once again saw the state’s best surfers going ballistic in excellent one-and-a-half metre conditions.

Headlined by the likes of Nick Squires (North Wollongong, NSW) and Rhys Bombaci (Kiama Downs, NSW) the race to the overall Series crown went down to the wire as expected.

However, when the dust settled it was home town hero Bombaci who emerged the champion.

“I’m stoked,” he said.

“To wrap up such a prestigious event at home is amazing,” he added.

Having only surfed in four events out of the possible six, the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) stalwart also collected a cool $1000 thanks to Hurley.

“The level of surfing on show at these events continues to rise, I can’t wait to defend my title next year.”

ZINK SURF Sth Coast Pro 2009
10-11th October, 2009

Ty Watson claims the Zink Surf South Coast Pro Open Mens

Ty Watson (Currarong, NSW) today continued his affinity with Werri Beach with an amazing performance at the Zink Surf South Coast Pro.

Outpointing a host of the country’s best, Watson won his second event in as many attempts at the famed south coast beach break.

“I love surfing here,” he admitted.

“I won the Red Bull here only a few months back after a third in the state titles, so it’s good to be back at Werri and awesome to have a win.”

Defeating Ben Short (North Narrabeen, NSW), Shane Holmes (Berkley Vale, NSW) and Shane Carroll (Avalon, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth, Watson was in stellar form – relishing all that Werri threw at him.

“I’m over the moon,” Watson said, holding aloft the $1200 winners cheque.

“Conditions were tough, with the massive sweep, but I managed to get the right waves when it counted.”

Having only snuck through his quarter-final with a last minute escape, Watson surfed like a man possessed, attacking the lip with his trademark flair.

Rated as the 23rd best ASP Australasian Pro Junior throughout 2009, Watson now turns his attention to the Philippines where he and his brother will compete against the world’s best.

“We only found out recently, but I am so excited.”

“This win will definitely give me a great confidence boost,” he admitted.

Cooper Chapman wins the Zink Surf South Coast Pro – Cadets Division

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Cooper Chapman (North Narrabeen, NSW) continued his exponential rise one of Australia’s finest today, winning the Zink Surf South Coast Pro with a scintillating display at Werri Beach.

Having already seen epic conditions and mind-blowing performances in the previous five Hurley NSW Championship Circuit events, today saw the curtain close on the prestigious Circuit for 2009 in blistering style.

Defeating Jake Sylvester (Bar Beach, NSW), Connor O’Leary (Cronulla, NSW) and Cory Robertson (Cronulla, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively, Chapman took the crown and the over Circuit – pocketing $500.

“I’m so stoked,” he said walking away with two cheques.

“The conditions were unreal – I loved surfing out there today.”

Over the course of the five events he surfed in, Chapman highlighted his dominance and consistency throughout the overall Circuit.

With his worst result a fifth, Chapman managed to rack up two wins to sit alongside a second and third placing.

“This Circuit forces you to be consistent with your surfing,” he admitted.

“It’s definitely a great initiative and I know the guys love surfing in these events.”

Having been locked into an intense battle throughout the year, a mere 200 ratings points separated Sylvester and Chapman leading into the final, with both knowing that a victory was needed to be crowned champion.

“I knew I needed to beat him,” Chapman said.

“It made for an exciting final, but I wanted to take home the win.”

Having seen Australia’s best open and junior surfers competing throughout the year on the Hurley NSW Championship Circuit, Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon was over the moon with what transpired throughout the year.

“It has been an amazing Circuit,” Windon said.

“The standard of surfing has been first-class and the locations and conditions that we have been afforded have been some of the best in recent memory,”he added.

Seeing the best in country compete up and down the coast has been but one of many highlights for Windon who cannot understate the importance of the Circuit.

“A big thanks must go to Hurley for their support of grass roots surfing in NSW,”he said.

“Without Circuit’s like this surfing in NSW fails reach out to the masses and gap between the elite and the everyday surfer can be bridged.”