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GALLERY: Surfest Tag Team Challenge

Posted by on 22/08/2019

SURFING Newcastle president Dan Frodsham sees a bright future for Surfest’s Tag Team Challenge after leading Frenchmans Boardriders to the inaugural title at Stockton beach yesterday.
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Frodsham, James McMorland and Duncan McNicol edged out North Shelly’s Johnnie Keith, Russell Molony and Cameron Sharpe 38.61 to 36.51 in the final.

The Swansea club led comfortably after Frodsham (18.67) and their under-20 competitor, McMorland (11.67), did well in the difficult 1.5-metre swell punctuated by 2m-plus bombs. But McNicol opened the door when he fell on the first of his two rides, earning only 1.07 points.

Sharpe hit back with an 11.67 effort on his second, power ride, which was worth double points, to give North Shelly a 5.5 lead with just over two minutes left.

But McNicol responded with a second effort, a 7.2 ride, to seal victory.

‘‘We had a six-point lead, but it all became pretty tight at the end,’’ Frodsham said.

Duncan had a one-point ride and that made it super tight for that last ride.

‘‘But in the end he just had to do the basics, get it to the beach, and he did what he had to do.’’

Frodsham, 37, was delighted to grab the maiden title of a contest he believes will become a key event in the rich Surfest tradition.

‘‘The first one’s always a good one to win,’’ he said.

‘‘It was challenging, but it was a good contest.

‘‘It just makes Surfest bigger and better and I think it should become a major part of it.

‘‘With the quality of surfing we’ve seen, it should get more and more support as the years go on.’’

Frenchmans enjoyed a trouble-free run into the final with wins over Merewether’s second and third teams, Bar Beach and Catherine Hill Bay.

North Shelly edged out the top Merewether side of Jackson Brent, Paul Parkes and Kurtis Herman by 1.14 in an exciting semi-final.

Next on the Surfest schedule is the Indigenous Classic from February 13 at Merewether, which features open and junior divisions for men and women.

The six-star World Qualifying Series men’s and women’s events, headlined by world champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore, start on February 18 at Merewether.

James McMoreland of the Frenchmans Boardriders competes at Stockton yesterday. Picture: Brock Perks

James McMoreland. Picture Brock Perks

James McMoreland. Picture Brock Perks

Paul Parkes. Picture: Brock Perks

Kurtis Herman. Picture: Brock Perks

Kurtis Herman. Picture Brock Perks

Dan Frodsham. Picture: Brock Perks

Dan Frodsham. Picture: Brock Perks

Justin Lee. Picture: Brock Perks

Surfest Tag Team Challenge at Stockton beach. Picture: Grant Sproule

Surfest Tag Team Challenge at Stockton beach. Picture: Grant Sproule

Surfest Tag Team Challenge at Stockton beach. Picture: Grant Sproule

Surfest Tag Team Challenge at Stockton beach. Picture: Grant Sproule

Surfest Tag Team Challenge at Stockton beach. Picture: Grant Sproule

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