North Shelly Win Inaugural Grommets SURFTAG

North Shelly Boardriders have won the Inaugural Grommet’s SURFTAG Presented by Surf Culture Bondi in chunky surf conditions at South Curl Curl Beach, Sydney.

Originally scheduled to be held at Queenscliff Beach, Contest Director Steve Harrison relocated the event to South Curl Curl Beach due to small surf at Queenscliff and a southerly swell that gradually picked up during the day. Competitors battled the double-overhead conditions during the Final with wave selection playing a major role in the final placings.

North Shelly (45.14) finished ahead of Long Reef (35.63), Queenscliff 34.54) and North Avalon (28.89) in the fifty-minute Final with Taj Daley the standout performer for North Shelly scoring 16.40 that included a 6.20 Powerwave (Double Points).

The North Shelly team of Jaxon Cowan (10.23), Rory Sohier (5.67), Chase McGuire (6.80), Hunter McGuire (2.04) and Daley put it together in the Final after finishing in second position in both their Semi & Quarter Finals earlier in the day. 

Thirteen-year-old Daley surfed second for North Shelly and after locking in his two scores of 4.00 and 6.20 the explosive natural footer had put the Central Coast Club in the lead. 

“It feels good to win with all the boys - it was real fun,” Daley said. “It was tough conditions with a hard paddle out and having your mates to cheer you on and competing with your friends is fun, feels so good to walk away with first”.

Taj Daley - North Shelly Boardriders (Bernadette Johnson)

Long Reef went into the Final as the team to beat after winning both their early round heats. Oscar Nadel was Long Reef’s best on the day with his highest wave score a 7.67 Powerwave in the Semi Finals. 

Long Reef continue to lead the 2022 SURFTAG Series Rankings after the first two events with 1860 points. North Shelly have moved into second position with 1555 followed by North Avalon on 1530 and Queenscliff 1340.  

Oscar Nadel - Long Reef (Bernadette Johnson)

The next event of the 2022 SURFTAG Series is the Women’s SURFTAG Presented by Beachfox Sunscreen at Dee Why Beach on Saturday 10th September. 

RESULTS - Grommets SURFTAG Presented by Surf Culture Bondi

1st – North Shelly Boardriders
2nd – Long Reef Boardriders
3rd – Queenscliff Boardriders
4th – North Avalon Surfing Assoc.
5th – Maroubra United
5th – Scarborough Boardriders
7th – Bronte Boardriders
7th – Sandon Point Boardriders
9th – Bondi Boardriders
9th – Elouera Boardriders
11th – Avoca Boardriders
11th – Mona Vale Boardriders
13th – Dee Why Surfing Fraternity
13th – North Narrabeen Boardriders
13th – Queenscliff B Team
13th – Queenscliff C Team

The 2022 SURFTAG Series is proudly supported by Surf Culture Bondi, Guzman y Gomez, The Manly Club, Beachfox Sunscreen, Pine Property, Swellnet, Manly Observer, Tawny Frogmouth and Lifeline Northern Beaches. 

2022 SURFTAG Series 

  1. Junior Surftag Presented by Guzman y Gomez – 13/14 August, Dee Why Beach  
  2. Grommet’s SURFTAG Presented by Surf Culture Bondi – 27/28 August, Queenscliff Beach
  3. Women’s SURFTAG Presented by Beachfox - 10/11 September, Dee Why Beach  
  4. Master’s SURFTAG Presented by The Manly Club – 24/25 September, Curl Curl Beach
  5. Men’s SURFTAG – 1/2 October, Queenscliff Beach  

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For all SURFTAG information please contact:

Steve Harrison
Global Surftag
0403 180 787
[email protected]


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nickca Wednesday, 31 Aug 2022 at 4:50pm

Well done to all who competed… and had a go.