COOLANGATTA, QLD (25th June/2017): New national champions have been crowned after a first class day of competition at the nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles held at Kingscliff on the Tweed Coast.
Small but clean conditions allowed the field of twenty two adaptive athletes to showcase their ability, including a historic first ever women’s heat.
A field of big names in the world of adaptive surfing including dual International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Champion Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart, Barney Miller, Jade ‘Red’ Wheatley and Dave Munk joined new faces like Paul Lee and Ben Hurrell in the water for a day of great moments.
One such moment was in an inspirational AS6 Visually Impaired division Final where Kirk Watson and Matt Formston put on an amazing display as a northerly wind crept up after lunch. Formston will travel to the USA to compete for a world title again later in the year after winning the final.
Watson's amazing trust and commitment during the final winning him the nudie Spirit of Adaptive Award.
Barney Miller, who didn’t stop smiling all day, took victory in the AS5 Assist division as the tide bottomed out, making for tricky conditions.
“Surfing means everything to me, it’s such a good event and in the end everyone here today is a winner,” said Miller.
‘Mono’ Stewart needed all his competitive experience to overcome a strong field in the AS2 final with wave selection really becoming critical. Stewart defeated fellow seasoned ISA competitor Jade Wheatley (2nd), Steven Lovell (3rd) and Ben Tirabosco (4th).
2017 nudie Australia Adaptive Surfing Titles Winners:
AS2 (Stand/Kneel – Kneel, AK amputees)
Mark Stewart-NSW 25.67
AS1 (Stand/Kneel – Upper Limb Amputees, BK amputees)
Ben Hurrell – SA 8.86
AS3 (Upright Waveski)
Dave Munk-NSW 18.27
Gavin Bellis – 14.75
AS 5 (Assist)
Barney Miller-NSW 20.11
Matt Formston-NSW 1 7.66 17.23
Further bolstering the growth of the event, Nortec came on board as a new support sponsor of the 2017 nudie Australia Adaptive Surfing Titles.
Results from competition serve as a springboard for selection in Team Australia to compete at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championships later in 2017.
For more event information, visit https://www.surfingaustralia.com/p/adaptive-surfers-of-australia
The 2017 nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles is proudly supported by Nortec, Adaptive Surfers of Australia and Surfing Australia.