Werri Slash 2010

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Open Mens Heat Draw

Senior Men & Junior U18 Boys Draw

Cadet U16 Boys Draw

Open Womens & Cadet U16 Girls Draw

The 23rd Werri Autumn Slash Surf Contest has been run in probably the best surf conditions in the events 23 years at Werri Beach last weekend. With a 2 week flat spell prior to the start of The Slash, things were looking grim for contestable waves for the competitors. However, a slight southerly wind change the day before and some South Pacific activity combined to bring in 4-6 feet (1.5-2m) of swell that pumped all weekend, fanned by a morning offshore breeze with light winds in the afternoon.

Saturday was the bigger day of the swell and the Cadet U/16 Boys were first out. Some early standouts were Werri’s Zac Scott and Jacob Fryer, and Ulladulla’s Matty King and defending champ Sean Mawson. The DSN Surfboards Junior U/18 Boys were next out and a strong Werri contingent charged the big left handers at Nth Werri. Leading the way was Doug Chandler, Justin Arnold, Billy Wilson with Kiama’s Brett Connellan and Nick Clifford throwing huge spray to advance to the next round. The Open Mens entered the 1st day of action for the first time and it was no surprise to Tully Robinson, Dean Bowen, Doug Chandler and Jack Quinn use their local knowledge to claim opening round victories. Kiama’s Dave Robinson returned to the event and blasted some critical turns to claim his opening heat with Coby Nau from Woonona also very impressive in his heat.

The Martin & Holmes Senior Mens paddled out and Austinmer’s Jeremy Smith was outstanding in his heat, with 6 time champion Chris Homer and locals Regan Barnes and defending champ Todd Prestage also claiming victories. The final heats for the day were the Cadet U/16 Boys Semi Finals and Seam Mawson and Jacob Fryer were victorious and moved into the final alongside Matty King and Jack Cainero. Zac Scott was a surprise elimination.

Sunday saw the swell still pumping through and the DSN Surfboards Junior U/18 Boys Qtr Finals were first in the water. Justin Arnold continued his outstanding form to take Qtr 1 from Tyrne Kinnerson. Brett Connellan and Riki Tucker were comfortable in Qtr 2 whilst in Qtr 3 Doug Chandler was streets ahead of the pack in taking the heat from Nick Clifford.

The Open Mens Semi Finals saw Tully Robinson and Matt Gale in Semi 1 finish a long way ahead to move into the final. Semi 2 was a lot closer with Dean Bowen and Ryan Bailey sneaking home ahead of Doug Chandler and Jack Quinn. In the Martin & Holmes Snr Mens Semi Finals Chris Homer was good for a win ahead of Werri’s Allan Farrell whilst Jeremy Smith and Brendan Russell saw their chances disappear. Semi 2 and Todd Prestage came out firing first up and scored the events first perfect 10 on his opening ride. Regan Barnes opened strongly but couldn’t catch Todd but held onto 2nd spot ahead of Dael Walker and Ricky Grimson.

The Happy Daize Cadet U/16 Girls paddled out into the fantastic surf at Nth Werri and in Semi 1 Ulladulla’s Tess Mawson opened stongly only to see Werri’s Ellie Quinn come storming home to claim victory ahead of Tess. Semi 2 saw Werri’s Christie Arthur open up a big lead ahead of younger sister 10 year old Chiara. It was a dramatic end with Maggie Chandler scoring a wave at the death to pip Chiara into second place. The Happy Daize Open Womens opened their campaign and defending champ Rachel Campbell of Stanwell Park was all class to finish ahead Werri locals Ellie Quinn and Jessie Wilson. In Semi 2 Skye Burgess and Celia Miller charged into some big turns to move comfortably into the final.

The DSN Surfboards Junior Boys semis saw Doug Chandler and Justin Arnold belt some amazing turns to advance to the final and in Semi 2 Kiama duo Nick Clifford and Brett Connellan were also impressive to move in to the final.

Into the Finals and the Cadet U/16 Girls were out first and it was Ellie Quinn who claimed her first Slash title with a comfortable victory ahead of Christie Arthur, Tess Mawson and Maggie Chandler. The Cadet U/16 Boys were next and Matty King and Sean Mawson took an early lead with Matty scoring an 8.33 on his second wave. Jacob Fryer then stormed home with an 8.17 and a 3.9 but fell 1.66 points short of Matty King. Sean Mawson faded to 3rd and Jack Cainero was 4th.

The Open Womens final saw Ellie Quinn back up from her earlier final. Skyer Burgess opened with a very impressive array and backhand snaps to post a 7.93 opening ride. Rachel Campbell then came back with a 5.67 and an 8.5 but Skye sealed the win and an even better near perfect 9.8 2nd wave. Rachel tried to answer but fell short of defending her title. Ellie Quinn tired to finish 3rd and Celia Miller couldn’t buy a wave to place 4th.

The Junior U/18 Boys saw Doug Chandler open strongly with a 4.07 ride. He then replaced that with 5.17. Justin Arnold answered with a 3.87 and a 5.33 to close the gap. Doug then landed the knockout with a 6.67 whilst Justin fell agonisingly short with a 5.73 to place 2nd by a mere 0.98 points. Nick Clifford finsihed 3rd ahead of good mate Brett Connellan.

The Senior Mens saw each surfer start off very nervy and all 4 surfers fell on their opening rides. Todd Prestage then calmed himself to post a 6.17. Regan Barnes replied with a 5.0 only to see Todd increase his lead an 8.33. Regan responded late with a 5.67 but couldn’t stop Todd claiming his 4th Senior Mens crown in a row. Regan was 2nd with Chris Homer unable to add to his 6 titles in 3rd and Allan Farrell in 4th.

The surf was still pumping for the Open Mens final and in an all Werri Boardriders Final Dean Bowen posted an early 6.67. Ryan Bailey then took the lead with a 6.83. Matt Gale was hovering out the back after posting an average 3.17 ride. Matt paddled into one of the waves of the day and blew the back out of the wave with 3 enormous snaps and fell on his closeout floater. It earned him a 9.6 from the judges and Matt held onto the lead with another solid 6.6 ride. Tully Robinson had a slow stat but came back into reckoning with his trademark backhand attack to earn a 6.03 ride. He then pulled into one deep barrell and came out to a large roar from the huge spectator gallery on the beach. It was game on with only 1.6 points separating first and third. Then with only a minute or so on the clock Deano paddled from way deep into a monster set up some bottom turns into huge forehand snaps all the way down the line to finish with a critical re-entry on the closeout section. Deano stepped of his board and came in to a huge cheer as the score was read as a perfect 10! Time ticked down and no more waves came through in time for Matt or Tully to catch Deano. Matty Gale was second and Tully 3rd. Ryan couldn’t find another solid score to finish 4th.

Longtime observers of the Slash claimed that the Open Mens final was the best final they had seen in the events history. Tully Robinson also pipped Justin Arnold for the $150.00 Werri Beach Bricklaying Best Barrell award. Werri Boardriders would like to thank the following for their generous support of The Slash… Carve Surf, DSN Surfboards, Surf Dive ‘N’ Ski, Martin & Holmes Legal, Happy Daize Clothing, 2481 clothing, All Around Fencing, Advanced Concrete Cutting, TCH Plumbing, Jacks Grill, Balin Surf and Kiama Municipal Council for without them The Slash would not be the premier surfing contest on the South Coast.

The winner of the Vmoto scooter raffle was Mrs P Van Bergen of Figtree.

Thanks to all the Werri Slash sponsors for 2010


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