September 25, 2018
Margaret River Boardriders have claimed a third consecutive win at WA’s longest running at most prestigious inter club surfing event, the Surf Boardroom Surf League presented by Rip Curl.
First run back in 1986, the Surf League has become a right of passage for many WA boardriding clubs and of the eight clubs competing, it was Margaret River that took honours with a white-hot display of surfing in clean and highly contestable two-foot surf at Scarborough Beach.
The six-man team, made up of Jerome Forrest, Jed Mattisons, Cyrus Cox, Jack Haslau, Finn Cox, and Andrew Sheridan milked the most out of the conditions on offer, posting a highly respectable combined heat total of 84.53 to get the upper hand against long time Surf League rivals Yallingup, Trigg Point and local club Scarborough who claimed second, third and fourth respectively.
With all the excitement and tension of an AFL preliminary final, the Surf Boardroom Surf League created a unique atmosphere as clubs battled for more than $5k in cash and prizes up for grabs. Surf League provided a viewing spectacular for the strong on-beach crowd who had pilled into the newly developed Scarborough Beach to support their favourite club.
Margaret River started strongly and maintained their consistency throughout the 90-minute final to etch their name onto one of WA’s most sought after perpetual trophies, making it three wins on the trot for the South-West based club.
Despite some dynamic surfing, Yallingup (74.17) had to settle for second place ahead of Trigg Point (64.24) in third and Scarborough (45.84) in fourth.
“I couldn’t be happier with how the boys performed today and thanks to all the other clubs who competed,” said Margaret River's Captain Andrew Sheridan. “I’ve been coming to the Surf League for as long as I can remember and they just keep getting better. The waves have been as good as I can remember for quite a few years and it’s still clean out there now. Big thanks again to the Surf Boardroom for supporting this event for so long.”
Margaret River’s Cy Cox was awarded the prestigious Perry Hatchett Medal, an honour reserved for the best individual surfer in the final. Cox’s powerful and committed on-rail surfing saw him post a 6.33 (from a possible 10) and an 8.83 (from a possible 10), which helped guaranteed victory for his club.
“Perry Hatchett has done so much for professional surfing and to win this award is pretty special,” said Cox. “I’m off to compete at the ISA World Junior Championship next month so to get some practice in on beach breaks like what I can expect to surf in Huntington Beach is great.”
The Surf League forms an integral part of the West Australian surfing scene, with 2018 marking the 26th consecutive year that local surf retailer, The Surf Boardroom have been supporting this iconic and much loved event.
“Surf League first ran back in 1986, but we've been involved since 1992 and to be a part of an event that encourages grass roots surfing is something pretty special,” said The Surf Boardroom’s Neil Atkinson. “I'd like to congratulate Margaret River on another great win, and all eight of the clubs who competed, as well as our industry partners who have backed our vision for the Surf League over many, many years.”
Surfing Western Australia's Events Manager Justin Majeks was thrilled with Surf League's ongoing success and was excited to see the depth of talent on offer from eight of the states best boardriding clubs.
“Its clear that events such as this are a big deal for WA clubs and to see club champions, through to state and national champions competing alongside one another is a fantastic thing for our sport,” said Majeks. “We look forward to seeing more and more clubs competing in the Surf League in the future.”
For more information on the Surf Boardroom Surf League or any surfing events in WA best sure to check out www.surfingwa.com.au
THE SURF BOARDROOM SURF LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS 2018:
1st Place ($1,200) - Margaret River Boardriders – 84.53 points
2nd Place ($750) - Yallingup Boardriders – 74.17 points
3rd Place ($550) – Trigg Point Boardriders – 64.24 points
4th Place ($400) – Scarborough Boardriders – 45.84 points
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