Last Saturday, some of Australia’s best kneeboarders travelled from near and far to Kiama’s Surf Beach for round two of the Australian Kneeboard Titles.
The event, which is part of the Australian Titles, gave competitors the opportunity to accrue vital points in the two-stage circuit, which crowns Australian champions.
Early standouts in the Open Men division were Mark Mcleod and Chayne Simpson, who tore apart their round one heats. Both surfers received high scores for completing some of the best turns of round one.
Mark rode one of the highest-scoring waves of the event; a 9.5 on a long lefthander, while Chayne locked in an 8.5 for one huge manoeuvre.
Chayne then backed up the score with another solid performance in his quarterfinal, winning his heat with a 14.5 total.
‘The surf in the first round was really small and hard to ride, but it’s picked up a lot for the quarters,’ said Chayne. ‘There’s some fun little wedges and rippable sections on offer now.’
The Women, Cadets and Micro Grom divisions all had the opportunity to surf twice.
In the first Micro Grom final, Harrison Taurins won convincingly, with a massive 15-point total.
The Women’s first final was a different story, with less than a point between Catherine Jeffery in first and Sascha Taurins in second.
In the Cadets, Chad Collins won comfortably, with a 12.3 total. Chad surfed stylishly and well beyond his years, managing to ride out of some big turns in tricky conditions to take the crown.
The event ended near dark, with three close and exciting finals in the Amateur A, Amateur B and Open Men Divisions, which were taken out by Dane Rennie, Bradley Marshall and Chayne Simpson respectively.
Australian Kneeboard Titles Round Two is proudly sponsored by Carve, Kneeboard Surf Australia (KSA), Wollongong Kneeboard Association (WAKA), Kiama Tourism, Kiama Municipal Council and Australian Skin Cancer Clinics.
1 – Chayne Simpson (North Wollongong)
2 – Kyle Bryant (Avoca)
3 – Gavin Colman (Taren Point)
4 – Matt Novakov (Warriewood)
1 – Catherine Karney-Jeffery (Hastings)
2 – Sascha Taurins (Newport)
3 – Mikayla Tinsley (East Maitland)
Amateur A (Men)
1 – Dane Rennie (Cronulla)
2 – Craig Tinsley (East Maitland)
3 – Bayden Smith
4 – Tom Newton (Koonawarra)
Amateur B (Men)
1 – Bradley Marshall (Shell Cove)
2 – Kevin Ross (Mulgrave)
3 – Russell Smith (Warilla)
4 – Paul Wright
Cadets (u-16 Boys and Girls)
1 – Chad Collis (Manyana)
2 – Gustavo Potenza (Warilla)
3 – Jed Collis (Manyana)
4 – Cameron Tinsley (East Maitland)
5 – Sascha Taurins (Newport)
Micro Grom (u/10 Boys and Girls)
1 – Harrison Taurins (Newport)
2 – Noah Wright
3 – Nina Heidke