QLD Country Canecutters a cut above the rest
The Queensland Country Canecutters have dominated the first round of the inaugural Super Surf Teams League at Bulli with a 23 point lead ahead of the Scarborough Sunsets.
13 teams and over 110 athletes from around Australia lined up on Bulli beach to take part in 15 events across the sand and in the ocean.
Australian Beach Champion Bree Masters took out the first points of the day for the South Coast Makos in the female beach Sprint, while fellow Aussie Cham Jackson Symonds edged ahead in a neck-in-neck male beach sprint final for the Scarborough Sunsets.
The female surf race came down to a sprint finish, with young Bella Williams charging ahead for the NSW Hunter Central Coast Orcas.
The male surf race was anyone’s race as one to ten came in on a part wave but it was 17-year-old Will Savage who sprinted over the line for the top spot and the only first place for the Broome Pearlers.
Millimetres defined the women’s board race as a wave from the cans carried all thirteen women to shore but it was Sydney City Sharks Elyssa Pierce who crossed the line first in a sprint finish.
NSWs Hunter Central Coast Orcas and NSW Sydney City Sharks were head-to-head the entire length of the male board race, with Chris King from the Sharks edging out NSW Orca’s Nick Stoddart.
Aussie champion Lucinda Kelly from the winning Queensland Country Canecutters lead the charge throughout the female ski, with Sydney Sharks’ Carla Papac and Point Danger Seawolves’ Hayley Cox hot on her heels.
Jett Kenny made it two from two for the Queensland Country Canecutters as he took out the male ski race and put the Canecutters firmly in the lead halfway through the competition.
The Queensland Canecutters were the only team to have a female start the Mixed Board Relay, with Emma Woods holding her own in the first leg. The strategy arguably won them the race with Rhys Burrows crossing first for the canecutters and cementing their lead.
Dan Humble from the Scarborough Sunsets had the lead in the Mixed Ski Relay from the word go and with Jaime Roberts bringing it home for the top spot, but it wasn’t without pressure from the Queensland Canecutters.
Using their female first strategy again the Canecutters took out second with Lucinda Kelly starting first while Jett Kenny brought the race home from 13th position to second place.
Bree Masters had another clinical performance on the sand as she ducked and dove to first place in the female flags.
NSW Country Dolphins young gun Sam Zustovich completely dominated the men’s flags while NSW Orcas Blake Drysdale didn’t stand a chance.
In what was possibly the event of the Super Surf Teams League competition, the Mixed Ocean Relay was a thrilling four leg race that saw the lead change multiple times.
Bree Masters from the South Coast Makos lead the Run leg into the swim, but it was the Victoria Blues who took the lead from the Swim into the Board.
A trying start the Ski leg saw the Sunshine Coast marlins take the lead headed into the Ski and take it all the way home.
Jett Kenny from the Canecutters said the team was confident coming into the first round at Bulli.
“There wasn’t really a doubt coming into today,” he said.
“We were pretty confident in our team…we’ve got a good team behind us.
“It was good racing…it was hard racing and we did really well.”
The Queensland Country Canecutters lead the charge with 133 points, followed by the Scarborough Sunsets from WA on 110 points and the Northern Beaches Rays on 106 points.
For full results of today’s events head to – https://sls.com.au/super-surf-teams-league/
Round one of the Super Surf Teams League will be broadcast on Fox Sports on Sunday 8 December from 2pm AEDT.
The second round of the Super Surf Teams League will head to Surfers Paradise od December 15 ahead of Round 4 of the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.