Werri Slash 2011


APRIL 30 – MAY 1


Tim Wrench has returned to the winners circle after winning the Open Mens title at the 24th Werri Autumn Slash held at Werri Beach on the weekend. In a very close and gripping final, Wrench held off a strong finish from pre-event favourite Kiama’s Rhys Bombaci. Werri’s Tully Robionson was 3rd and Shayne Sutherland 4th. It was a glorious day with pumping waves and the large crowd that gathered at Werri Beach saw some of the best barrel riding ever seen at Werri Beach. With $150.00 on offer from Werri Beach Bricklaying, the surfers went tube for tube in trying win the cash and it was Ty Watson who took the prize with a late drop “pig dog” backhand tube ride, snatching it from Ross Wilson who, on the wave before, had exited from deep on his backhand and was about to put the cash in his pocket.

In the Happy Daize/Pure Lilly Open Womens final, Skye Burgess of Lake Heights made it back-to-back titles with a masterful display that also saw her earn a perfect 10 in her semi final and claim the Wollongong RSL Bowling Club Highest Wave Score of the Event prize of an LCD Television. Ulladulla’s Katherine Turk was worthy of 2nd place with Werri girls Jessie Wilson and Ellie Quinn 3rd and 4th respectively. In her first time at The Slash, Coalcliff’s Billie Melinz was dominant throughout the Happy Daize/Pure Lilly Cadet U/16 Girls and stood tall at the end of the day over her older competitors. Werri’s Christie Arthur took 2nd place ahead of Moruya Henderson and Rachel McKenzie.

The high level of surfing on the south coast was fairly evident in the Cadet U/16 Boys and Junior U/18 Boys with the finalists raising the level of surfing by some measure in some fantastic waves during their finals. Ulladulla’s Matty King was victorious again in the U/16 Boys defeating Stanwell Park’s Kalani Ball into 2nd place with Kipp Caddy of Lake Tabourie 3rd and Riley Killham, also from Stanwell Park, 4th. The Junior U/18 Boys finalists were going ballistic in the almost double overhead waves and it was Marc Williams of Culburra who obliterated wave faces to claim his first Slash title. Kiama’s Nick Clifford was 2nd, Sean Mawson of Manyana 3rd and Werri’s Zac Scott 4th.

Bulli’s Jake Spooner used his year’s as a World Tour surfer to win his 3rd Martin & Holmes Legal Senior Mens title and 6th title in all divisions, making him equal with Chris Homer as the most successful Slash surfer in the 24 year history of the event. Brendan Russell, who won this division 10 years ago , placed 2nd ahead of regular senior mens finalist Allan Farrell of Werri with fellow Werri surfer Dave Gorlicki in 4th place.

The Werri Slash maintains its position as the South Coast’s premier surf contest due to the hard work of Werri Beach Boardriders and the great support received from Carve Surf, Surf Dive ‘N’ Ski, DSN Surfboards,  Happy Daize Clothing, Pure Lilly Skin Care, Crunk Energy Drink, Advanced Concrete Cutting, CUA Credit Union, FarKing Surf Accessories, Martin & Holmes Legal, Reflex Security, All Around Fencing and Werri Beach Bricklaying. Support those that support local and regional surfing. The 25th Werri Slash will celebrate its silver anniversary next year and invites all surfers in the Illawarra and South Coast to join in the celebrations.

All results here!