South Coast Makos claim Round Two of the Super Surf Teams League
After an intense day of surf racing, the South Coast Makos have taken out round two of the Super Surf Teams League with 125 points, followed by the Northern Beaches Rays on 111 and the Sunshine Coast Marlins on 106.
The Makos now sit in third overall in the inaugural Super Surf Teams League heading into the final round at North Cronulla in January.
The highlight on the day was the Mixed Lifesaver relay, which epitomises the spirit of the event with the close team comradery.
Mike Janes, South Coast Makos Coach, said his team switched their tactics heading into the second round which delivered the desired results.
“We sort of changed things around a little bit for today and even though we didn’t get off to the best start with Bree and Jason in the sprints… it was up to our watereries to pick up from where we started last time,” he said.
“Then we had some results that were alright but we wanted to be better and we definitely were today which was great.
“It was a great all-round team effort. We talked about that last run being so long and making our ski paddler or ironman do the run and it gave us a good advantage.
“Being a teams race and being able to choose who goes where and when is really key, especially when the conditions come up. We will look at the conditions in the next one and refine our team if we have too but it was quite a comprehensive win so we are all pretty pumped.”
The Women’s Beach Sprint Final was all too familiar as South Coast Makos superstar sprinter Bree Masters blitzed the competition again. The reigning Aussies Beach Flags Champion Bree Masters, was thrilled her team was able to bring home the win today.
“Seventh in the first round and now first today was just amazing,” said Masters.
“To see all the water competitors so consistent and same with the beach competitors was great, it just came together for us today which is awesome.”
Scarborough Sunsets’ Charlie Rigby crossed the line first in the Male Beach Sprint, followed closely by Sam Zustovich for the NSW Country Dolphins.
Pathway Nutri-Grain IronWoman Jade Slee then took out the Female Surf Race for the Makos, while World Champion surf swimmer, Sam Short got the job done for the Marlins.
Slee’s strong swim put the Makos on top of the ladder early on, and went in to the Board Finals with only one point separating them and second place.
Chris King from the Sydney City Sharks won the Male Board Final, while Olivia Heaton from the Marlins crossed the line first for the Marlins in the Women’s Board Final.
The Queensland Country Canecutters dominated the individual Ski Finals, with Lucinda Kelly and Jett Kenny both claiming top spots.
Round one Beach Flag winners Bree Masters and Sam Zuostocivh, both broke in the heats, paving the way for Elizabeth Forsyth from the Seawolves and Jake Lynch from the Rays to take first place today.
Despite not placing in the Beach Flags, the Makos maintained their competition lead a clear 14 points above the now second placed Sharks.
The Northern Beaches Rays now lead the overall Super Surf Teams League, with the Canecutters, Sunsets, and the Marlins equal second and Makos 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 two of the Super Surf Teams League will be broadcast on Fox Sports on Sunday 22 December from 2pm AEDT.
The Super Surf Teams League will now head to North Cronulla Beach for the third and final round on January 15 ahead of Round 5 of the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.