It was the Rhys and Jake show
As the first ever event on the prestigious Hurley NSW Championship Circuit to grace the State’s far north, the Bay Action Pro saw Australia’s best junior and open surfers going ballistic at Broken Head.
With $3500 up for grabs per event ($3000 for Opens and $500 for cadets) the action was of the highest order as Bombaci and Sylvester stamped their authority on the all-star field.
Despite the near-perfect conditions, the opening heats did not go according to plan for the local contingent, with favourite Jarrad Sullivan (Suffolk Park, NSW) eliminated in the quarter-finals.
But that led the way for teenage-sensation Sylvester, WQS stalwart Shaun Gossman (Burleigh Heads, Qld), Matt Jones (Yamba, NSW) and Rhys Bombaci to headline the show.
Despite Gossman getting off to an early lead in the final with a 5.67 (out of a possible 10), Bombaci quickly stamped his authority with a near-perfect nine-point ride.
Gossman was unfazed, regaining a narrow lead with a series of good-range scores. But when the smoke cleared after an amazing battle, it was the ever-proficient Bombaci who remained composed, picking off another linking left-hander that offered him an excellent opportunity to again display his supreme backhand attack.
The Cadet Boys final started with a flurry and it was that man Sylvester who did all the damage, opening with a 7.50 (out of a possible 10) following a series of vertical backhand re-entries.