Jaegar Stone, Maeli Cherel and Isaac De Vries win at Greenhead Event in Western Australia. Check out a full report and one mega MEGA gallery.
The 2014 Greenhead windsurf event was blessed with a solid force 5 for the whole weekend which allowed a full round of single elimination waves in four divisions and a five round slalom event.
The solid forecast drew around 50 competitors to Greenhead, WA for the first event in the WWA calendar for the 2014/15 season. The Saturday wave competition started with the novice fleet as the wind arrived in late morning. The waves on the offshore reef were small and tricky to find so the sailors were having to make the most of the small ramps to score on the jumps. Dom Bostock impressed most and made it through to win the final with some nice wave rides and jumps.
The masters fleet is always hotly contended with some very experienced sailors, even some of the original WWA members from 1984! Clinton Keeler came out on top with a great display of wave riding in the building waves and solid jumps.
In the ladies fleet favourite Maeli Cherel, back in WA after a winter that included dabbling in the PWA tour, stole the show with a confident display of wave riding and jumps including the biggest forwards of the day so far.
The open fleet saw Steve Sheen battling Pete Tomsett for the first place and in the end Steve’s consistent backloops were the difference and saw him take the title. A notable mention must got to Adrian Maclean in the open fleet who managed to snap his board in half and thus earned the Wave Robin award (don’t ask).
The elite fleet saw some of the best sailors in WA including the Stone brothers Jaeger and Hendrix battle against the likes of Dieter Van der Eyken, world No. 5 in freestyle. Well the Stone brothers certainly didn’t let the small waves stop them putting on a show for the judges. In fact the jumping display was so good those on the beach 1 km away got a clear view of the final. In the end Jaeger beat Hendrix to take the crown along with the move of the day trophy for a massive stalled forward.
The Sunday saw the slalom competition with 12 competitors on a downwind M course. The wind was up and most were on 7.0m-7.8m sails. Avan Griffith took the early lead with two bullets before Isaac De Vries gained control with a consistent performance in all the races and took the overall win.
An epic party at the sports club that went on into the early hours rounded off a great first weekend for the season. Many thanks to the organisers Graeme Pullen and Jonah Desforges along with WWA, sponsors Windsurfing Perth, Photographer Ben Pallant from Gunfire photography, Dave Hunt and Brendan from Sea Lion charters for providing the safety cover and Glen Alexander for setting the slalom course.
Check out the MEGA Gallery – Courtesy of GunfireImages
1 Dom Bostock
2 Simon Hicks
3 Nic MacCormacMasters
1 Clinton Keeler
2 John Koch
3 Lachlan LidburyOpen
1 Steve Sheen
2 Pete Tomsett
3 Jonah Desforges (Starboard, Severne)Ladies
1 Maeli Cherel (Severne, Sensi Bikinis)
2 Nathalie Joachim
3 Liss EarleElite
1 Jaeger Stone (Stone Surf Design, Severne Sails)
2 Hendrix Stone (Stone Surf Design)
3 Glen AlexanderSlalom
1 Isaac De Vries (Patrick, Severne)
2 Avan Griffiths (Starboard, Severne)
3 Jonah Desforges (Starboard, Severne)
Photos: Gunfire Images http://www.gunfireimages.com.au/