Saturday 12/12/2015 Dee Why Beach, Sydney AUST - Vikings Rage
There had been plenty of talk as to who would stop The Mighty Currumbin Vikings domination of this season’s beko Home Appliances Ocean Thunder Surfboat Series.
It seemed Huey, God of the waves answered the call of the rest of Australia’s surf rowing elite when they arrived at today’s second round event. Sydney’s Dee Why beach put on a spectacular and incredibly difficult wave under clear blue skies.
The Men’s morning six preliminary rounds, saw some spectacular racing but also saw the cream rise to the top. The standouts in the morning rounds included event one winners 360 Financial - Currumbin, last season’s Ocean Thunder and Australian Champions this seasons event one winners, with an incredible six wins from six races, continuing their domination of the event. Rocks Brewing -Mona Vale impressed with four wins, a second and a third. A Curtains & Blinds - Currumbin relished in the conditions with three wins and three seconds finishing the morning in third position. Completing the coveted top four were ASF - Currumbin with three wins, two seconds and a third from their six preliminary rounds.
Other qualifiers for the afternoon session (in order) were Quick Towing - Collaroy, Dial Before You Dig - Austinmer, Team Investible - Coogee, Bronte SLSC - Bronte, RMB Lawyers - Bulli, Bullock - Bilgola, Dial Before You Dig - Mona Vale, Surfair Beach Hotel - Maroochydore, The Beach Club, Collaroy – XXXX Gold - Collaroy, RXP Services - Torquay, Maher Group - North Cronulla, Aptus Accounting - South Narrabeen, Smith & Sons Renovations & Extensions - Palm Beach , beko -Freshwater, Reilly & Sons Food Services - Dee Why and Carpet Court - Rosebud.
The Women’s morning five preliminary rounds were dominated by Manly Wharf Hotel - Manly with Back to Balance - North Cronulla, Blue Stone Homes - Bilgola and beko - Northcliffe completing the top four.
Other qualifiers for the Women’s afternoon session included (in order) Kone Elevators - Mona Vale, APB Group Hunters - Currumbin, beko - South Curl Curl, Blackmores - Bilgola, budgySmuggler.com - Palm Beach, Staminade Quenchers QLD - Currumbin, Nexba - Manly and The Beach Club, Collaroy – XXXX Gold - Collaroy. Shock elimination of the day were event one winners and perennial finalists Jacoars Austinmer.
Following a gruelling series of elimination, quarter and semi-finals incredibly the Men’s Final six again comprised two pairs of crews (Mona Vale & Currumbin) taking up four of the six places. Currumbin showed their incredible depth by this time providing ASF - Currumbin, who finished 19th in event one to the final along with club mates and series leaders 360 Financial - Currumbin. Rocks Brewing - Mona Vale, Dial Before You Dig - Austinmer, Surfair Beach Hotel - Maroochydore and Dial Before You Dig - Mona Vale complete the line-up for the mens final.
The Women’s single race final was contested by The Beach Club, Collaroy – XXXX Gold - Collaroy, beko - South Curl Curl, beko - Northcliffe, Back to Balance - North Cronulla, Manly Wharf Hotel - Manly and APB Group Hunters - Currumbin. An incredible display of how to get the best out of what Mother Nature provides saw APB Group Hunters – Currumbin dominate the final row home to win comfortably from Back to Balance - North Cronulla and Manly Wharf Hotel – Manly.