Event One Champions Crowned at the Inverted QLD Bodyboarding Titles presented by Pride

Eight individual Champions have been crowned at event one of the Inverted Queensland Bodyboard Titles presented by Pride on the Sunshine Coast, setting the stage for a huge series finale on the Gold Coast in April.

After an excellent run of waves throughout the past week right across Queensland’s coastline, it was Dicky Beach today that provided the playing field for the state’s best bodyboarders. The rain did not stop the action as competitors revelled in the clean, punchy 2-3 ft (1-1.5m) peaks on offer.

Some close battles in the Open Men’s division saw bodyboarding veteran Adam Keegan (Mount Coolum, QLD) hold off a field of some of the state’s best up and coming bodyboarders. Keegan utilised intelligent wave selection in the final to secure himself a heat topping 7.50 (out of a possible 10.00) to clench victory over Bradley Harrington (Kingscliff, NSW), Jamie Raines (Currumbin Waters, QLD) and Matthew Taylor (Peregian Beach, QLD) who finished respectively. “I’ve been bodyboarding since I was eight and won my first state title when I was 14, I’m one of the veterans now and there’s a lot of young guys who really give us a run for our money. It was tight out there but it was fun. I got lucky, a good one popped up and I was in the right spot at the right time – a little gift from the ocean I guess,” said Keegan.

“The Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast breed some of the best bodyboarders in the world so everyone here is very talented, some of these kids have a very big future ahead of them.”

2017 Australian Open Women’s Champion Britt Ladley (Mermaid Waters, QLD) looked relaxed today as secured her first victory for the year. Ladley is no stranger to a podium finish and will now set her sights on event two at home on the Gold Coast where she will look to secure a place in the 2018 Queensland Team and a shot at another National Title.

In the Under 18 Boy’s division it was none other than 2017 Queensland Champion Alex Boggis (Peregian Springs, QLD) who claimed victory today. Boggis locked into multiple barrels and took to the air to impress the judges and claim the highest single wave score of the day with an 8.50. Boggis is now in a strong position going into the series finale and has his sights set on another state title and the opportunity to represent Queensland again at the National Bodyboarding Titles in July, “It would be pretty sick to take out another Queensland Title, Lucas and I won one event each last year and I always really like going down to the Gold Coast. The waves are a lot heavier down there so that means more barrels and bigger airs,” said Boggis.

“I love heading down south with my mates to represent Queensland each year and we always have a good time over those few days. It would be even better to win an Australian title but we’ll see what happens.”

The Open Drop Knee division also saw plenty of action as Gary Thatcher (Yadina Creek, QLD), Stevie Maher (Yaroomba, QLD) and Jason Trims (Wurtulla, QLD) went blow for blow in the powerful shore break. Thatcher remained very busy in the 20-minute final with a total of nine waves caught. The Sunshien Coast local was hard to beat as he demonstrated some powerful hacking turns in the critical section of the wave to claim an early 5.67, quickly backed up with a heat topping 7.33. Thatcher took out this division at the 2017 Inverted Queensland Bodyboarding Titles presented by Pride and has now moved one step closer to claiming back-to-back victories.

The next generation of bodyboarders in Queensland also made the most of the hollow conditions on offer today with Blair McDuff (Moffat Beach, QLD), Tobey Ring (Moffat Beach, QLD) and Levi Jackson (Runaway Bay, QLD) all opting for both barrels and spins in their Under 16 Boy’s final. McDuff and Ring went blow for blow and despite catching 11 throughout the heat, Ring could not keep up with McDuff who secured himself an event one win this afternoon.

Today’s event is the first stop of the two event series, with overall state champions set to be crowned at event two on the Gold Coast in April. The Inverted Queensland Bodyboard Titles presented by Pride is the exclusive pathway for those vying to represent Queensland at the 2018 National Bodyboarding Titles as part of the Australian Surf Festival set to run in July on the Tweed Coast.

Results

Open Men

  1. Adam Keegan
  2. Bradley Harrington
  3. Jamie Raines
  4. Matthew Taylor

Open Women

  1. Britt Ladley

Drop Knee

  1. Gary Thatcher
  2. Stevie Maher
  3. Jason Trims
  4. Donny Robison

Over 45 Men

  1. Justin Becker
  2. Greg Purtle
  3. Graeme Ellis

Over 35 Men

  1. Lloyd Llewellyn
  2. Adam Keegan
  3. Justin Becker
  4. Jason Trims

Under 18 Boys

  1. Alex Boggis
  2. Lucas Gengos
  3. Kye Bailey
  4. Noah Leach

Under 16 Mixed

  1. Blair McDuff
  2. Tobey Ring
  3. Levi Jackson

Under 14 Mixed

  1. Jai Taylor
  2. Ryan Inglas

2018 Inverted QLD Bodyboarding Titles presented by Pride:

  • Event 1 – Sunshine Coast – 3rd – 4th February
  • Event 2 – Gold Coast – 21st – 22nd April

This event is proudly supported by the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast Council, the official destination partner in 2018.

The 2018 QLD Bodyboarding Titles presented by Pride is proudly supported by Inverted Bodyboarding, Pride Bodyboards, HIF, Coastalwatch Plus, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, SurfAid, Pages, Surfing World Magazine, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland.


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