Despite his conversion to longboarding, Matty Cook knows how and when to turn-on the shortboard fireworks to gain the judges’ salute.
The “Cool Hand Luke” of the Shoes fraternity was all class as he handled some thumping set waves to clinch the June Open pointscore and move to within three points of title leader Jarrod Horner.
Cookie dazzled on his latest self-made board, finding tubes, head dips and big sections to lacerate to finish ahead of Tom Mulder, Critta Durante and John Bonello in an entertaining final.
Tommy was the surfer to beat through the heats and semi-finals, but the set waves in the Alley didn’t fire up later in the day and Cookie made the most of the conditions.
Reigning champ Jarrod fell out of contention when he finished a disappointing third in his heat – more the result of a miscued Double Whammy decision than surfing performance.
Jarrod sits on 62.5 points, with Cookie on 62, followed by Kim Anderson on 39.5 and Mulder on 36.
Reece Moffat continued to punch holes in every wave caught to capture his second straight Junior pointscore final.
But he needed to because the efforts of Harrison Martin, Jacob Boylan and Nathan Hatheier were all outstanding in the clean but often trying conditions.
The Moff heads the championship leaderboard on 57 points – five clear of Boylan. Nathan Martin is in third spot on 39 and his holder brother Harrison is on 31.
The swell was a bit big for the SuperGroms, so they will have to wait until either later in the month or for the July comp. Check the website competitions page for details.
As always we say a big thank you to our sponsors: Dr John Murray, Northies, Lipman Construction, Tengirri Surf Charters, WJ Partners, Puresea Surf Shop, KJN Surfboards, PCC Surfboards, STC, Skullcandy, Gando Signs, Cronulla Surf Design, Leo Payne the Sausage King and Greg Ferrow Plumbing