Stanton shines amid tough conditions at grand final
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.