An early start was called after Friday hadn’t delivered the results we had hoped for and things kicked off by mid morning. Conditions at Woolamai served up 15-20 knots, cross off and heavy set waves to logo high smashing into the sand bars. It was certainly challenging and wave selection was key.
Running through the open Single elimination, Ben Severne emerged victorious over Stuey Martin. In the Masters division it was a closely fought affair between local John Jacob and visitor Shane Finigan, with Shane taking the win. Martin Batstone was sailing well in the amateurs, pushing some solid turns, taking the win over Sean Cleary.
In the Juniors, Nic Walker picked off an excellent wave to beat Single elim winner Lachie Bouillir in the super final. Straight out of the heat, Nic picked up his trophy and jumped back in the car with the rest of his family to make the 20 hour drive back home to school the next day!
With results locked down we kicked off into the Open & Women’s Double Elimination. Louise, Kym and Lisa all put in a great effort in the solid conditions with Lisa displaying great wave selection, making the most of the bigger set waves and taking the win.
In the Open Double the wind picked up, the tide filled in and the conditions really started to fire. Fighting through the ladder locals Andrew ‘Hock’ Hocking & Al McLeod came up against Duncan Osborne and James McCarthy-Price to decide who would make it into the final stages. James scored one of the best waves of the heat with decent turns and a solid aerial whilst Duncan pulled together some good rides to both move through and challenge Stuey Martin for 2nd place.
Stuey pulled together all of his years of experience, putting on a master class of hitting solid lips, advancing through to face Ben Severne again for the title. With the wind really filling in, a jump was added to the scoring mixing up the heat strategy for the final. Unfortunately Stuey went down and hurt his leg, getting caught in the straps, leaving Ben to rack up some great waves and a decent forward. Stuey did manage to pull it together on the waves but was not comfortable jumping leaving Ben to take the victory and his second successive Australian Title!
When the event wrapped up, everyone made the most of the epic freesailing, with the waves building to mast high.
As the sun set, calls were made like ‘best beach break I’ve ever sailed’ and ‘one of the best nationals I can remember’ – everyone was stoked to have made the effort and scored. Can’t hope for much more than that in an event.