Stan­ton shines amid tough con­di­tions at grand fi­nal

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Nic Chad­bourne

The Ger­ald­ton Board Rid­ers held their 2017 grand fi­nal on Satur­day at Flat Rocks beach in Gree­nough.

De­spite less-than-ideal con­di­tions, com­peti­tors bat­tled it out across some nicely sized swell — but with the strong, gusty on­shore winds and a num­ber of blind­ing rain squalls, wave se­lec­tion was vi­tal in post­ing a good score.

Josh Stan­ton con­tin­ued to im­press the judges with his tal­ent by win­ning the un­der-19 ju­nior divi­sion over Iz­zac Black. Al­though fin­ish­ing third in the cadets (un­der-16s) be­hind Mac Carter and Jed Tay­lor, Stan­ton had se­cured enough points dur­ing the sea­son to be crowned 2017 Club Cham­pion for both divi­sions.

In the mas­ters (over-35s) the race was al­ways for sec­ond place be­cause of Deon Ha­gan’s abil­ity to pro­duce mas­sive scores no mat­ter the waves on of­fer. Ha­gan did not drop a heat all year on his way to be this year’s club cham­pion over sec­ond placed Nic Chad­bourne.

Head­ing into the grand mas­ters (over-50s) grand fi­nal, Leon Nor­ris and Dave Wil­liams were tied for first place. At the end of the heat both surfers left the wa­ter con­grat­u­lat­ing each other on the win as they were both sure the other had got the score. Wil­liams ended up nar­rowly tak­ing the win on the day and the club cham­pion award.

Af­ter not surf­ing for more than a year be­cause of in­jury Danny Wil­liams surfed in­cred­i­bly to take out the open men’s divi­sion over Ethan Barry.

Each year the Ger­ald­ton Board Rid­ers com­mit­tee iden­ti­fies an upand-com­ing surfer to be crowned the Ry Craike Ris­ing Star award.

Last year with the pass­ing of Ian Sal­mond, who was one of the in­dus­try’s most re­spected iden­ti­ties, it was de­cided with the full sup­port from Ry Craike to change this award to the Sam Sal­mond Ris­ing Star Award.

This year, two very tal­ented surfers, Black and Jake Ha­gan, shared the award.

With the level of surf­ing wit­nessed dur­ing this year’s club ses­sion, the up­com­ing Sun­shine Surf Mas­ters (Septem­ber 2-3) will prove to be an ex­cit­ing event with com­peti­tors trav­el­ling from all over Aus­tralia to take on the best in the Mid West.

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