Victory for Sandon Point groms

Back-to-Back Winners: Sandon Point Boardriders (from left) Jed Ashton, Ben Duncan, Kyen Stuart, Luke Wrice and Eddy Hamaty. Picture: Bernadette McAlinden
Back-to-Back Winners: Sandon Point Boardriders (from left) Jed Ashton, Ben Duncan, Kyen Stuart, Luke Wrice and Eddy Hamaty. Picture: Bernadette McAlinden

Wollongong’s Sandon Point Boardriders have won the 2017 Beach Burrito Gromtag finishing ahead of Queenscliff for the second year running.

Sandon Point posted 98.9 in the one-hour final with Queenscliff finishing on 83.35, North Steyne 75.22 and Long Reef 66.90.

Luke Wrice was Sandon Point’s best with the powerful natural footer scoring 27.87 in the final. Wrice’s team mates, Kyen Stuart (21.73), Ben Duncan (10.9), Jed Ashton (16.57) and Eddy Hamaty (17.83) surfed smart throughout the final with the winning margin 15.56. 

Sandon Point’s Team Manager Parrish Byrne had told the team to concentrate on getting good waves quickly, a tactic that is easier said than done.

Wrice’s 27.87 was the highest score in the final with his three waves being made up with a 7.17, 7.43 Powerwave and a 5.83. 

“I had a shocking heat before the final and almost blew it for the team so it was good to lock in a few big scores”, Wrice said.

“I get really nervous surfing for Sandon, more nervous than a normal comp so it feels good to back it up from last year”.

Queenscliff Boardriders survived some close heats earlier in the day and for the second straight year had to settle with a runner up finish to Sandon Point.

Winter Vincent got QBC off to a good start in the final posting 18.64 and when Samson Coulter scored 22.84 midway thru the 60-minute decider QBC had hit the lead.

The lead was short lived with Sandon Point’s Jed Ashton and Eddie Hamaty controlling the back end of the final.