The NSW Surfmasters pres. by Moby’s Beachside Retreat saw an action packed finals day today with some of the states best amateur surfers going nuts in punchy four-foot surf.
Former Australian Champion and event standout Nic Squires (Corrimal) saved his best performance for last in the Over-35 Mens division nailing the only perfect ten-point ride of the event as well as a near-perfect 9.77. Squires shone in the righthanders, nailing an array of trademark power snaps to claim the victory and add a NSW title to his mantlepiece. Runner-up Christian McCall put on a valiant performance, posting 17.24 heat total, but was unable to topple Squires from the lead.
Central Coast surfer Cameron Sharpe (Shelly Beach) managed to put on a dynamic performance over the course of the Over-40 Men’s division, nailing a handful of exciting snaps and carves to claim the title. Sharpe finished the heat with a respectable 13.47 two-wave heat total to take the win and ensure a title made its way south to the NSW Central Coast.
Brett Bannister (Narrabeen) was the sole victor from Sydney’s northern beaches, hammering the long rights on offer in the Over-45 Men’s final. No stranger to competition, Bannister found himself remaining patient over the course of the final, only catching three waves, but notching up a giant 17.27 two-wave heat total to take the win ahead of former World Tour surfer Jake Spooner (Bulli) who finished in second.
Chris Homer (Lake Illawarra) became the second champion from the Illawarra region, taking out the Over-50 Men’s division. Homer surfed like a man ten years his junior in the final, hammering an array of decent snaps and carves to claim the win.
All heat results can be seen here.
The prominent four-day event will see over 150 competitors – aged 35 and above – battle it out in an attempt to secure an NSW shortboard title and a spot in the national titles at the 2020 Australian Surf Championships.
A range of former World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour surfers and Australian Champions will compete in the event including Nathan Hedge (Narrabeen), Rod Baldwin (Copacabana) and Jake Spooner (Bulli).
2020 is the ninth year running the NSW Surfmasters Titles Presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat has been held in the Great Lakes region.
The competition will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the day’s schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
Divisions for the event include Over 35 Men, Over 35 Women, Over 40 Men, Over 45 Men, Over 50 Men, Over 55 Men, Over 60 Men and Over 65 Men.
The NSW Surfmasters pres. by Moby’s Beachside Retreat will adhere to strict COVID-19 policies and regulations outlined by the NSW Government.
All Surfing NSW events are in line with the current NSW public health order and we work with Sport NSW and NSW Office of Sport on all plans. Surfing NSW have developed a COVID safety plan to ensure the safety of all staff, participants and local stakeholders.
Please click here for our regularly updated Surfing NSW events COVID safety plan.
For further information on our protocols and guidelines please refer to the www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx and Office of Sport website here.
The NSW Surfmasters Titles Presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat is proudly supported by Mid Coast Council, Great Lakes Tourism, Moby’s Beachside Retreat, Volkswagen, Mothernest and Surfing NSW.
1 – Nic Squires (Corrimal)
2 – Christian McCall (Tweed Heads)
3 – Shane Conwell (Avalon)
4 – Mitch Dawkings (Port Stephens)
1 – Cameron Sharpe (Shelly Beach)
2 – Christian McCall (Tweed Heads)
3 – Joel Gribble (Terrigal)
4 – Dale Thomas (Swansea)
1 – Brett Bannister (Narrabeen)
2 – Jake Spooner (Bulli)
3 – Glenn Curtis (Lennox Head)
4 – Bryden Galbriath (Corindi)
1 – Chris Homer (Lake Illawarra)
2 – Ricky Grimson (Korora)
3 – Mick Callender (Woonoona)
4 – Robbie Page (Crescent Head)