Round 1 of Surf Life Saving WA’s Surf League saw a huge turnout at North Cottesloe beach on Sunday morning with host club North Cottesloe A closing out the day victorious, with City of Perth X taking 2nd place and Trigg Island A taking out 3rd.
The new club based, team competition, which sees clubs enter teams of up to 20 competitors comprised of ocean and beach athletes, as well as surf boat crews, is the first of its kind in Australia, and saw 15 teams from 8 clubs battle it out at the inaugural event and for their share in $18,000 prize money.
The conditions were favourable with a light easterly wind and a calm, flat surf – ideal for the athletes who battled it out in the new club vs club format competition.
Surfers Paradise’s and Nutri-Grain ironman winner TJ Hendy made a guest appearance on the day, competing in the Ironman race. He saw some stiff competition from Mullaloo’s Wes Gould, with the athletes battling it out down to the final sprint where TJ was able to edge out his competition for the win.
Standout individual performances on the day included 15 year old Nikita Fredonnet from Trigg Island winning the open female board race; City of Perth’s Jade Mickle who took home gold in both the Ironwoman and Surf Race while Tegan Maffescioni (North Cottesloe) took out both the flags and beach sprint, as did Sorrento’s Jackson Symonds. Full Results are now available.
In a special first, the event was also live streamed allowing viewers to follow the action and main events live from home.
Alongside the competition arena over 100 Nippers enjoyed skill development sessions led by surf legend and Coach Phil Clayton with TJ Hendy and the support of local coaches Rob Innocent, Lara Taylor and Alexis Grayson.
Congratulations to all competitors involved on the weekend.
Round 1 of Surf League is still available to watch online.
Round 2 of Surf League will be contested at City Beach on Sunday, 7 January.
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