Australian Surf Boat Team welcomes back victorious crews
In an action-packed day of surf sports, four of the best surf boat crews from around Australia yesterday secured their place in the green and gold to represent their country against New Zealand in the 2020 Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Test Series.
The national teams competition will be held alongside the ASRL Open at Mollymook Beach next February with the Australian Team looking to secure their eighth straight Trans-Tasman victory over New Zealand.
Tricky conditions at North Cronulla welcomed 60 crews across open and U23 divisions who put their boats on the line for national team glory, only to see plenty of returning faces force their way back into the national team.
The Northcliffe Krankits will make their second consecutive Australian Surf Boat Team as they once again stamped their authority as the best Open Female crew in the nation.
Led by sweep Damien Clayphan, the Northcliffe crew produced a clinical display going undefeated through 8 races on the day.
The current Australian Champions proved too good for Peter Spences’ Palm Beach Patriots and North Cronulla Bluey’s who progressed through to the final however could not get over the top of their northern counterparts all day.
Recently nominated at the Queensland Sport Awards as Team of the Year finalist, Northcliffe will once again be challenged by Titahi Bay as part of the 2020 series who they managed to claim victory over last season.
Shane Geloven’s Bulli Gold also paced the Open Male field throughout the day. Picking up two firsts and a second through the first three rounds of racing put the 2015 Australian Surf Boat Team representatives in good stead for the back end of the day where fitness would prevail.
With the crew currently in training for the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon which begins in two weeks, there were questions of how the crew would adapt returning to a three minute racing format. Those questions were certainly answered as the field was cut to a final round robin with the four best crews.
In previous years we have seen Bulli pipped at the post for national team selection however they made their selection a certainty picking up all three wins to finish the day well ahead of crews from Currumbin, Caves Beach and Batemans Bay.
The U23 Female division will welcome back North Cronulla Funky’s to their second straight Australian Team after beating out Newport Thunder and Palm Beach Piranhas in three consecutive races to finish the day.
2020 will mark the fourth consecutive year North Cronulla has had a crew part of the U23 development program and will be keen to turn that into an open crew in the coming years.
The Australian Surf Boat Team will see yet another father-son combination pull on the green and gold with South Curl Curl’s U23 Male crew as Sam Lowery will be swept by father Rob, who made his Australian Surf Boat Team debut in 2018.
After taking out the North Cronulla Christmas Carnival on Saturday, the South Curl Curl crew then backed up to claim their spot in the national team.
In the most tightly contested division of the day South Curl Curl beat out crews from Wanda and North Cronulla in a final row-off after the crews could not be separated at the end of the days racing.
Greg Heard will once again take charge of the Team, appointed as team manager of both open crews for the next two years and will be assisted by Don Cotterill, appointed as U23 team manager on a one-year appointment.
The Trans-Tasman Series will be hosted by the ASRL and run in conjunction with the ASRL Open on Saturday 15th February 2020 at Mollymook Beach.
Full Results from the Australian Surf Boat Team Trial can be found on the ASRL app.
Australian Surf Boat Team 2020
|First Name||Last Name||SLS Club|
- Team Manager – Greg Heard
Australian U23 Pathway Surf Boat Team 2020
|First Name||Last Name||SLS Club|
|Brady||Holland||South Curl Curl|
|Sam||Lowery||South Curl Curl|
|Kris||Martyn||South Curl Curl|
|Owen||Sheather||South Curl Curl|
|Rob||Lowery||South Curl Curl|
- Team Manager – Don Cotterill