Bay flies high in surf tag event
The Byron Bay Boardriders team put in an exceptional effort to take second place in the national final of the prestigious Jim Beam Surf Tag event in Sydney.
The top qualifying clubs from around Australia fought it out for the title and $15,000 prizemoney.
North Narrabeen took the top prize, with the Bay team picking up $5000.
The structure of this team event was an hour-long heat with five surfers representing each club.
Each surfer had to catch three waves, with the second wave known as the power wave and scoring double points.
The surfer then had to return to the beach to tag the next surfer.
The Byron Bay team comprised Danny Wills, Beau Walker, Luke Stickley, Jarrad Sullivan, Tom Donohoe, Ben Simpson and Lee Miller, with each of them playing big parts in the team’s success.
Making it through their first two heats and entering the semi-finals with a strong heat, it was going to be a big ask to qualify for the final.
Strong performances from Danny Wills and Beau Walker put the team in a great position, but it was Luke Stickley’s 10-point ride that had everyone talking.
In the final the team had a terrible start, not capitalising on two of their power waves, and after two surfers they were sitting well behind in fourth position.
Danny Wills was next in the water and once again his experience and knowledge proved vital with some stylish and critical surfing, lifting the team and putting them back into contention.
Beau Walker then pottered his way to his own little right-hander away from other competitors.
With just 20 minutes remaining and two surfers still to catch all their waves, the mission was looking impossible.
After stroking into a small right with two speed pumps, Beau took flight, landing a huge %air reverse and scoring an outstanding 7-point ride.
He then scored strongly on his power wave and his last wave to return to the beach with just 10 minutes remaining.
Jarrad Sullivan took to the water with the huge task of chasing down North Narrabeen.
Unfortunately the waves offered to Jarrad in his race against the clock weren’t enough to snatch the title.