Big swells for Secret Harbour surfers

Sound Telegraph
David Ware rides a wave during the second round of the Secret Harbour Surf Beach Boardriders competition.
Camera IconDavid Ware rides a wave during the second round of the Secret Harbour Surf Beach Boardriders competition. Credit: Terry Trathen

The second round of the Secret Harbour Surf Beach Boardriders on Sunday made quite the splash, with some scintillating action on the waves.

One-metre waves with offshore winds greeted 90 competitors, as they got to mix it in an ocean full of seaweed after a big swell earlier in the week.

Standout surfers on the day included Kelsey Buchanan who powered to a cadet win ahead of Kali Grayson and Ella Gibey, while the ever-improving Cooper Perry took out first place in the Grom boys.

The Micro Groms (The youngest members of the club) and their parents.
Camera IconThe Micro Groms (The youngest members of the club) and their parents. Credit: Terry Trathen

Fending off competition from much more seasoned surfers, 17-year-old Connor Gaiger took out first place in the open men’s ahead of State team selection Shane Drew and Mitch Grogan.

Karis Simmonds took home first place in the open women’s category ahead of Tiara Williams, while April McPherson won the junior girls with Oli Mitton in second place.

In the cadet boys it was a successful morning for Zane Perry who finished first ahead of Quinn McColl and Campbell Forrest, while in the over 50’s Guy Bennett was the winner ahead of Ian Forrest and Doug Kitchingman.

Shane Drew took out the over 40’s In addition to his second place finish in the open category, while Caleb Gray was the winner in the open malibu’s beating off competition from Frank Grey and Dave Ware.

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