Gaiger makes the scoring waves count

Aiden Boyham and Doug KitchingmanSound Telegraph
Ryan Harvey rides the waves on his way to winning the junior's category.
Camera IconRyan Harvey rides the waves on his way to winning the junior's category. Credit: Terry Trathen

Secret Harbour’s Surf Beach Boardriders hit the waves for their second competition of the year last weekend, with offshore conditions providing for an epic day of competition.

In Sunday’s action, 120 competitors were greeted by 1.5m offshore waves, with Connor Gaiger catching the scoring waves to pip Jesse Molloy to victory in the open division. In the hard-fought junior category, Ryan Harvey’s surfing stood out as he secured first place ahead of April McPherson, Zane Perry and Jai Majewski.

Kai Maggs and Ava Richardson were the best in the grom boys and girls while Campbell Forrest and Kelsey Buchanan took out top honours in the cadet boys and girls respectively.

Despite just missing first in the open division, Molloy managed to secure first place in the over-30s division ahead of Josh Harrington, Jordan Dickinson and Andy Bayles.

Shane Drew was the stand-out performer in the over-40s as he fended off competition from the likes of Alex Sheppard, Andrew Loose and Rod Draper.

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Finally, in the over-50s, Boardriders stalwart Doug Kitchingman finished first, with Guy Bennett taking second and Iain Forrest third.

The next Surf Beach Boardriders competition will be held on May 27.

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