Thrills ‘n’ spills

Com­peti­tors hit the wa­ter at Parry Beach near Den­mark for Wave­fest last week­end. Among them was Noah Madaf­fari.

Albany Extra - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Den­mark’s Lachy Ross capped an im­pres­sive week­end of surf­ing by claim­ing his sec­ond Wave­fest crown, win­ning the open men’s fi­nal in fa­mil­iar sur­round­ings at Parry beach on Sun­day.

The ma­jor Al­bany Board­rid­ers com­pe­ti­tion of the year at­tracted strong num­bers across six di­vi­sions in the 21st edi­tion, held on Satur­day and Sun­day in solid con­di­tions.

Ross wowed on­look­ers in his open­ing heat on Satur­day as he scored a per­fect 10 from all three judges with a bril­liant ride and he car­ried that form on to de­feat Cale Swift, Adrian Shep­herd and Owen Thomas in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

Con­di­tions were tougher in the open men’s fi­nal but Ross again surfed con­sis­tently to win from a com­bined two-wave score, adding to the ti­tle he won in 2016.

In a hotly con­tested open women’s fi­nal on Sun­day, reign­ing cham­pion Emi Camp­bell’s run of ti­tles ended af­ter Al­bany young gun Holly Minter carved her way to a maiden crown.

The com­bined two-wave scores left lit­tle be­tween the four fi­nal­ists but Minter scored well on a right-han­der where she produced a pow­er­ful, con­trolled turn and had a solid sec­ond score to fin­ish vic­to­ri­ous.

Minter de­feated fel­low Al­bany young­sters Pemba Spargo and Sascha Roberts, while Camp­bell, shoot­ing for a record sev­enth straight ti­tle, fin­ished fourth.

Ka­rina Mitchell won the 30-an­dover women’s fi­nal from Davynka Moss, with Shan­non Armstrong in third and Jes­sica Ngeh in fourth.

Thomas backed up his strong plac­ing in the open men’s fi­nal to win the 35-and-over men’s fi­nal, with Dar­ryn Oost­dam in sec­ond and David Beeck in third. Shep­herd claimed the 50-and-over

men’s ti­tle af­ter prov­ing too strong for Gary Con­nell, Peter Bolt and Mike Ne­unuebel. Paul Dupuy won the 45-and-over men’s di­vi­sion de­spite suf­fer­ing a bro­ken nose.

Dupuy broke his nose in the open semi­fi­nals but en­tered the wa­ter soon af­ter and won the 45-and-over fi­nal be­fore head­ing to hos­pi­tal.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Ze­phyr Sim­mons, 10, Storm Pi­etropaolo, 9, and Kal­gan Sim­mons, 8.

Evie Dupuy and Lily Shep­herd.

Holly Minter, Braden Re­tal­lack, Pemba Spargo and Todd Re­tal­lack.

Sascha Roberts.

Lachy Ross.

Steve and Noah Madaf­fari.

Shan­non Armstrong and her daugh­ter Shyla, 2, with her fa­ther Tony.

Doug Shep­herd, Peter Camp­bell and Ian Minter.

Adrian Shep­herd and Emi Camp­bell.

Noah Madaf­fari.

Pemba Spargo.

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