Kendrick calls on mates to claim first NSW Open Crown
Collaroy’s Kendrick Louis will again carry the spirit and memories of two of his great mates when he heads to Kurrawa next month, determined to tackle the enemy in their own backyard.
Louis, who has won the under 15, under 17 and under 19 Australian Championship, showed why he will be a major contender for Aussies gold with an eye-catching win in driving rain at the All-Phones NSW Champion ship at Kingscliff.
“The past couple of years, I have lost two great mates in the ocean, Jacob Lollback and Saxon Bird,” he said.
“Jacob used to stay at my house and when he passed away (after drowning on a fishing trip in 2009) it was very emotional. I know if Saxon was here he would have been right on my hammer (in the ironman).
“My first individual gold in the (NSW) opens is something I have wanted for a while.”
Louis tells of the spirit he has gained from his two special mates and his drive to take on the Queenslanders at the Australian Championships when he spoke to Aussies TV.
There was also plenty of joy for Cronulla and Many as the sky blue caps, without Olympic kayak hopeful Naomi Flood, again took the pointscore.
Manly were led by Devon Halligan who won the under 19 Ironwoman and Surf race and played a key role in the swim leg of the winning Taplin Relay Team with ski paddler Sarah Knapman and new recruit, board paddler Candace Falzon who also feature on Aussies TV.
Cronulla were best served by their open men, led by surf and belt race champion Chris Allum, the evergreen Nathan Smith and the winner of the Under 19 Saxon Bird Memorial Surf Race, Kyle O’Brien. See Kyle's win on Aussies TV.