|photo credit: Darren Simondson/Surfin Snapps|
Great waves, excellent surfing and a masterful performance from protagonist Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) highlighted the final day of All Girls Surf Showdown.
Held at Lennox Head, the prestigious event, in it’s 17th year, saw some of the finest female surfing talent in the country descending upon the Far North Coast jewel.
The action that transpired didn’t disappoint as competitors in Open Pro, Junior Pro, Longboard Pro, Over 28, Over 40, Under 16 and under 14 division’s blew the collective minds of spectators and surfing purists.
Led by the dynamic and radical Wright, who won both the Open and Junior Pro divisions, the standard was through the roof as current, former and future professional starlets lined up for excellent prize money.
“I’m so happy to take out both division’s in such a prestigious event,” the 15-year-old said graciously after annihilating the competition and taking home $1500 for her troubles.
“It’s my first time competing here so I’m stoked.”
For Wright, who has the most incredible competitive record of any current junior surfer, today’s success was a surprise, considering the high standard and talent on hand.
“Just to compete alongside the likes of Dimity (Stoyle), Laura (Enever), Kirby (Wright), Phillipa (Anderson) in the Open Pro and Sarah (Mason) and Nikki van Dijk in the Junior event is awesome, but to have taken out each division is amazing.”
As the current International Surfing Association (ISA) Junior World Champion, Australian Junior Champion and reigning champion of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour event - The Beachley Classic – Wright sees the importance of event’s like the All Girls Showdown.
“The quality and level of surfing shown here this weekend is extreme,” Wright added.
Having seen the likes of dual ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (Kingscliff, NSW), former ASP World Champion Pauline Menczer (Byron Bay, NSW), 2008 ASP World Qualifying Series Champion Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa, NSW) and current Australian Open Women’s champion Jenny Boggis (Lennox Head, NSW) take the prestigious crown, Wright now finds herself at the vanguard of women’s surfing.
“This proves to all that the standard of female surfing in Australia, and internationally, is rising – I’m just happy to be at the forefront; it’s really exciting.”
As the 17th annual All Girl Surf Showdown, event director’s Kelly O’Brien and Max Perot could not have been happier, or impressed, with what took place over the weekend – seeing a marked rise in the standard of competition.
“The event featured surfer’s from all states around the country and this year we definitely saw the youngest and best crop of girls competing for some time,” O’Brien stated.
“The fact that we held an over 40’s division is a testament to the strength and depth of Australian female surfing,” she added.
The All Girl Surf Showdown is proudly supported by Southern Cross Credit Union, Southern Cross Ten, The Northern Star, Lennox Point Hotel, Hive Swimwear, Freeform Board and the All Girls Surfriders Club.
All Girls Surf Showdown 09 full results
Southern Cross Credit Union Open Pro Division
1st Tyler Wright (Lennox Head) $1000
2nd Dimity Stoyle (Buderim Qld)$750
3rd Airini Mason (Tugun Qld) $450
4th Laura Enever (North Narrabeen) $300
Freeform Board Junior Pro
1st Tyler Wright (Lennox Head $500
2nd Laura Enever (Nth Narrabeen)
3rd Kirby Wright (Lennox Head)
4th Dimity Stoyle (Buderim Qld)
All Girls Surfriders Longboard Pro
1st Melissa Combo (Ballina) $500
2nd Isabelle Braly (Gold Coast Qld)
3rd Monique Keone (Caloundra Qld)
4th Nava Young (Angourie)
All Girls Surfriders Over 28
1st Jenny Boggis (Lennox Head) $250
2nd Kylie Webb (Tweed Heads)
3rd Melissa Sherringham (Wamberal)
4th Sandra English (Budgewoi)
All Girls Surfriders Over 40
1st Sandra English (Budgewoi) $250
2nd Sharon Jackson (Alexandra Headland Qld)
3rd Kellie O’Brien (Lennox Head)
4th Mel Mott (Lennox Head)
Hive Swimwear 16& Under
1st Codie Klein (Kingscliff)
2nd Emily Clapoudis (Port Macquarie)
3rd India Payne (Woolamai Vic)
4th Lauren McAleer (Nth Curl Curl)
Hive Swimwear 14& Under
1st Steph Single (Lennox Head)
2nd Kirsten Ogden (Byron Bay)
3rd Beth Palmer (Caloundra Qld)
4th Veronica Charles (Wooloware)
Hive Swimwear Open B
1st Taylor Telling (Kingscliff)
2nd Fiona Casey (South West Rocks)
3rd Annabel Barrett (Dee Why)
4th Matilda McLellan (Vic)
Juice Zing Best Manoeuvre (Grab rail reverse 360): Tyler Wright (Lennox Head)
Lennox Head Dental Junior Pro Incentive: Sarah Mason (Tugun Qld)
Mullet Hair 16& U Incentive: Nikki Van Dijk (Cowes Vic)
Beauty at Sunrise 14 & U Incentive: Alyssa Lock (Tweed Heads)
Lennox Surf Highest placed All Girls Surfriders member: Codie Klein (Kingscliff)
Lennox Head Physiotherepy Centre Best Wipeout: Annabel Barrett (Dee Why)
Fishy Fishy Best Judge: Rob Van Iersel (Suffolk Park)
Lennox Head Pharmacy Best Tube: not awarded this year