Jesse Horner and Rhys Moffat went head to head in a magnificent June Open pointscore final, literally smashing the clean sets with manouevres that have yet to be seen on the ASP World Tour.
With video cameras swirling, the sun shining and waves pouring through, the two natural footers unleashed eye-popping aerials, floaters, loop the loops and gouging cutties to grab first and second respectively. But equally on fire was Mel Withers with a hard-nosed, grinding display that gained her third.
It was very noticeable that pent up frustration that the swell has not been kind to the Open surfers in 2013 – this being only the second showdown of the year – with all competitors firing silver bullets all over the reef for a dandy of a contest.
Grabbing fourth was Pete “The Rack” Rachemann, followed by a blazing Jacob Boylan and Andrew Petoumenos.
Defending champ Jarrod Horner was on headache duty and a happy onlooker – though you know that seeing his younger brother ripping just means that come July, the moves are going to be smokin!
The race for the Junior crown is really hotting up, with Jedd Felice claiming his third victory of the season.
The final was a rip roaring affair, with Logan Weir nailing second, Xavier Izzard third, Shannon Hatheier fourth and Jae Withers fifth.
Jedd earned a STC legrope and a Hot Yogi voucher for his efforts – and now leadings the championship rankings.
The SuperGroms had an absolute field day, claiming some of the loudest hoots from the many thousands of spectators who packed the Oak Park pavilion to watch.
It was like a scene from Pipeline last December when Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater went hammer and tong for the crown – only more exhilarating!
Riley Lee, Lachlan Hickey, Dion Earle and Blake Sawtell were in the thick of it to finish in that order in a battle royale final. Riley picked-up a $25 voucher from Puresea Surf Shop, plus a Hot Yogi voucher.
The Groms ranks continue to grow, with Jamie Campbell – daughter of Mark Campbell; Luca Durante – son of Critta Duranta – and
Oscar Hickey – brother of Lachlan and Jackson Hickey – making big appearances on the Reef.
THE NEXT SHOES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IS SCHEDULED FOR 13-14 JULY
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