Elouera Boardriders win Triple Bull Cronulla Gromtag Qualifier
Elouera Boardriders have won the Triple Bull Cronulla Gromtag Qualifier at North Cronulla Beach and will go into the 2018 Gromtag Australian Championships as No.1 seeds.
In very small and wind-swept conditions Elouera (63.13) finished ahead of Wollongong’s Scarborough Boardriders (50.17) with host’s Cronulla Sharks Boardriders (41.97) finishing third and the South Coasts Southbridge Boardriders (25.13) fourth.
Elouera and supporters (Photo Bernadette McAlinden)
The junior Elouera team of Reiss Young (10.80), Nathan Rohr (14.90), Jarvis Earle (16.30), Blake Sawtell (12.00) and Maxime Rayer (5.13) went into the final undefeated winning both their Quarter and Semi Finals earlier in the day. In the Final Elouera had to come from behind after Scarborough’s Josh Pepper (18.67) and Darcy DeClouett (12.07) put the Wollongong based Club in the lead after two surfers by six points.
Darcy DeClouett (Photo Bernadette McAlinden)
Mid-way through the Final Elouera’s third surfer Jarvis Earle stepped up when needed posting an 8.50 on his first wave and a 3.90 on his Powerwave to put Elouera on top and the Dunny Hangers never looked back going on to win by over 12 points.
Fourteen-year-old Earle was Elouera’s highest scorer in the Final (16.30) and was one of the standout surfers on the day, “We are stoked to get the win, all the team surfed really well”, Earle said. The lightning fast goofy footers 8.5 in the Final was one of the longest waves of the event, “I just saw this little wave pop up and I grabbed it and it just kept going all the way through to the inside and ended up being a really good wave. Our team manager Glen Pringle just told us to enjoy the final and catch two good waves”.
Jarvis Earle (Photo Bernadette McAlinden)
Scarborough’s Joshua Pepper handled the small surf with ease posting big scores in each round and locking in the highest score of the Final – 18.67 to win a pair of BOSE Wireless Headphones.
Sandon Point Boardriders will be at the top of the reserves list for a spot at the Gromtag Australian Championships after finishing in third position behind Elouera and Southbridge by 0.24 in Semi Final No.1. Ulladulla Boardriders will also be hoping for a late call up along with Cronulla’s B team and Jones Beach.
Elouera, Scarborough, Cronulla and Southbridge will now join Curl Curl, North Shelly, North Avalon, Long Reef, Snapper Rocks, Burleigh Heads, North Shore and D’Bah at the Gromtag Australian Championships scheduled to be held at Curl Curl Beach, Saturday 24th November.
2018 Triple Bull Cronulla Gromtag Results
- 1st Elouera 63.13
- 2nd Scarborough 50.17
- 3rd Cronulla 41.97
- 4th Southbridge 25.13
- 5th Sandon Point
- 6th Ulladulla
- 7th Cronulla Blue
- 8th Jones Beach
- 9th Elouera Black
- 10th Werri Beach
- 11th Bondi A
- 12th Bronte 1
- 13th Bondi C
- 14th Bondi B
- 15th Bronte 2
2018 Gromtag Australian Series
- 1. Beach Burrito Northern Beaches Gromtag
Sunday 21st October, Dee Why Beach, Sydney
- 2. Perfect Wave Travel QLD & Northern NSW Gromtag
Saturday 27th October, Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads
- 3. Triple Bull Cronulla Gromta
Saturday 10th November, North Cronulla Beach, Sydney
- 4. Gromtag Australian Championships & Trials
Saturday 24th November, Curl Curl Beach, Sydney
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The 2018 Gromtag Australian Series is proudly supported by Beach Burrito Company, The Perfect Wave Travel, Triple Bull Surf Cronulla, Joistik Surfboards, Bose, Wicks Surf and Swellnet.