Pair tough in rough

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Sport - State cham­pi­ons Ben Veitch, Pa­trick Franklyn, Ziggy Bul­lock and Joel Hughan. Therese Col­man

Mar­garet River’s Ben Veitch and Ziggy Bul­lock were crowned State cham­pi­ons at the WA Bodyboarding Cham­pi­onships in Man­durah last week­end.

Body­board­ers from across the State bat­tled strong winds and stormy seas for the fi­nal event of the 2018 cham­pi­onships.

Veitch used the rough con­di­tions to his ad­van­tage, pick­ing off the big­gest waves on of­fer to fend off Ger­ald­ton’s Lach­lan Hearne and Trigg’s Joel Hughan to claim the 2018 Open Men's ti­tle.

Lo­cals Max McGre­gor and Ziggy Bul­lock com­peted in the un­der-16 cadet boys’ divi­sion, and placed third and fourth re­spec­tively.

Bul­lock then claimed vic­tory in the un­der-14 grom­met boys’ divi­sion, cap­tur­ing his maiden State cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

“I didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect this week­end with the big swell and strong winds,” he said. “I’m stoked to have won the State ti­tle and qual­i­fied for my first Aus­tralian Ti­tles event.”

After an ex­cit­ing start to the series in Mar­garet River in March, and the con­clu­sion to the State ti­tles at the week­end, a team of 21 WA body­board­ers will now pre­pare for the Aus­tralian Body­board Ti­tles in New South Wales in Au­gust.

Pic­tures: Ma­jeks/Surf­ing WA

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