Mono lines up for second World Title
BYRON Bay surfer Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart has posted an outstanding performance at the inaugural nudie Australia Adaptive Surfing Titles at Cabarita, taking out the AS2 division with a heat total of 12.66.
This gives Stewart a shot at back to back ISA World Adaptive Titles later in the year when the team travels to California to take on the rest of the world.
Newcomer Dale Taylor (NSW) stormed the field to take out the final in the AS1 division, posting a total of 13.33 to take down fellow New South Welshmen Jade ‘Red’ Wheatley (8.63), Mark Bell (8.30) and Jake Matthews (7.33).
In arguably the most inspiring story of the day, former Paralympian Dave Munk qualified for the Australian Adaptive Surf Team after taking out the Prone Category.
In doing so, Munk joins Taylor and Wheatley, along with defending Adaptive World Champion Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart, in Aussie colours.
Munk has only just taken up the sport again after several years out of the water and was stoked with the entire event.
“I have only just got back in the water and maybe done 40 hours’ surfing, so to make the Australian team is amazing and I look forward to competing at the World Championships. It has been a great few days up here (Cabarita),” Munk said.
The event included a forum and a clinic.