Riding wave of success

Augusta Margaret River Times
Jerome Forrest help secure the Margaret River team's victory.
Camera IconJerome Forrest help secure the Margaret River team's victory.

The Margaret River Boardriders confirmed their status as WA’s best competitive club with a powerful victory at the 27th annual Surf Boardroom Surf League at Scarborough Beach on Saturday.

Hot off their success at the recent Australian Boardriders Battle, Margaret River’s combination of Jerome Forrest, Jed Mattinson, Andrew Sheridan, Cyrus Cox, Finn Cox, and Jack Haslau was unstoppable, capturing the club’s fourth consecutive win at WA’s longest-running and most prestigious inter-club surfing competition.

First run back in 1986, Surf League has become a rite of passage for many of WA’s best surfers.

A total of seven clubs lined up this year for their share of more than $5000 in cash and prizes.

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After an enthralling day of surfing, Margaret River took the honours with a dominant display of surfing in wind-affected, but highly contestable two to three-foot wedges at Scarborough Beach.

Margaret River started strongly and maintained their consistency throughout the 75-minute final.

Despite some dynamic surfing from their fellow finalists, Margaret River finished on a combined total of 64.30 to defeat first-time finalists Surf Beach (57.93), Yallingup (55.84) and Trigg Point (52.17).

“I’m stoked with how the team performed out there,” Margaret River captain Andrew Sheridan said. “We’ve got a friendly rivalry between the guys from Yalls and Trigg, so to come out on top those guys is always a great feeling.

“Well done to Surf Beach on making their first final and for the Surf Boardroom for continuing to support clubs through this iconic event.”

Margaret River’s Jerome Forrest was awarded the prestigious Perry Hatchett Medal, an honour reserved for the best individual surfer in the Surf League final. Forrest’s powerful and committed backhand surfing saw him post a 6.50 and an 7.50 from a possible 10, which helped guarantee victory for his club.

“I didn’t surf in the ABB event a few weeks ago so I was definitely fired-up to help the club at this event,” he said. “Stoked to get a win for Margs and to see some many clubs here giving it a crack is awesome as well.”

Luke Campbell took out an action-packed AirAsia Air Show.

Finn Cox won the best junior surfer award and Yallingup’s Paul Paterson scored best wipe-out.

More than 20 surfers hit the water, but it was a lofty forehand reverse that saw Campbell walk away with the prize.

Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks was thrilled with Surf League’s ongoing success and was excited to see the depth of talent on offer.

“It’s clear that events such as Surf League are a big deal for WA clubs and to see club champions, through to State and national champions, competing alongside one another is a fantastic thing for our sport,” Majeks said. “We look forward to seeing more and more clubs competing in the Surf League in the future.”

The competition coincided with side events including surfing and skating at Scarborough Beach.

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