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April 22, 2021

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The reigning title holder Byron Bay has managed to claim top country club again at the 2013 Stramit Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks. Strong performances by the large team of competitors, including state team representative Josh Brown and Zoe and Ela Heiniger in the water area, ensured the club’s success.

Second in the pointscore was far north coast club Cudgen Headland, improving admirably on last year’s fourth placing. Solid racing from Josh Jones, Tom Swift, Luke Chaffer, Scott McCartney and Jarrad Cain contributed to the overall result.

Coffs Harbour SLSC had consistent results across both water and beach events, helping to claw its way back into third place overall at the conclusion of the championships.

This was the fourth and final year for the event to be hosted by South West Rocks SLSC. In 2014 and 2015 the championships move south to Mollymook.

Surf Life Saving NSW surf sports manager Dan Pearce says the South West Rocks club, local community and the Kempsey Shire Council have all been great supporters of the event over the last four years. ‘For a small club, the team of volunteers from South West Rocks has done an amazing job staging an event of this size,’ said Pearce. ‘The thousands of competitors and their families have had a fantastic time up here and it will be sad to leave. The council has also gone all out to assist wherever possible and overall I think it’s been great for the local community and the region.’

Team results were:

1 Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club 863;
2 Cudgen Headland 682;
3 Coffs Harbour SLSC 461;
4 Tacking Point SLSC 393.5;
5 Warilla Barrack Point SLSC 392;
6 Sawtell SLSC Inc 386;
7 Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC 364;
8 Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC 348;
9 Port Macquarie Surf Life Saving 315.5;
10 Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club 224;
11 South West Rocks SLSC 213;
12 Yamba Surf Life Saving Club 140;
13 Woolgoolga SLSC 99;
14 Cape Hawke SLSC 89;
15 Black Head SLSC 77;
16 Urunga Surf Life Saving Club 76;
17 Salt Surf Life Saving Club 50;
18 Cabarita Beach 48;
19 Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC 45;
20 Forster Surf Life Saving Club 38;
21 Moruya SLSC 30;
22 Mollymook SLSC 23;
23 Taree Old Bar 20;
24 Broulee Surfers Surf Life Saving Club 18;
24 Brunswick SLSC 18;
25 Minnie Water-Wooli SLSC 16;
25 Bellinger Valley-North Beach SLSC 16;
26 Kiama SLSC 14;
26 Kempsey-Crescent Head SLSC 14;
27 Evans Head-Casino SLSC 12;
27 Shoalhaven Heads SLSC 12;
28 Macksville-Scotts Head SLSC 8;
29 Gerringong Surf Life Saving 7;
29 Crowdy Head Surf Life Saving Club 7;
30 Red Rock Corindi SLSC 5;
31 Camden Haven SLSC 4;
32 Hat Head Surf Life Saving Club 0;
32 Nowra-Culburra Surf Life Saving Club 0;
32 Bermagui SLSC 0.


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