Gabi Spake - photo by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Surfing NSW has crowned the champions of the Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Web Surfing Titles this week, announcing on Monday May 11th eight winners have been crowned across four different age divisions. A healthy local representation features amongst those who have secured places, including Rene Galloway, Fletcher Kelleher, Gabi Spake, Benny Wilson and Ruby Trew.

The Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Web Surfing Titles which were powered by Live Heats was an online surf event targeting all surfers in NSW who had existing surfing clips at a beach in NSW from 2020. You can view all the clips at: www.clippero.com/surfingnsw

The event has been so successful in maintaining the stoke and frothing that the Web Titles have been expanded to include other disciplines including longboard, SUP and bodyboard. The three events which will be powered by Live Heats are online surf events targeting surfers who participate in different disciplines in NSW who have existing surfing clips at a beach within NSW from January 1st, 2020.

Entries into all Web Surfing Titles are open via surfingnsw.com.au

The competition period for uploading clips is Monday May 11th - Friday May 29th, 2020.

Events and divisions are:

NSW Longboard Web Surfing Titles

*Competitors to upload one clip per division (can go in one division or multiple)

Divisions: Point break and beach break.

Division Judging Criteria

Point Break

       - Combination of style, flow and grace with emphasis on visual appeal and creativity
       - Utilising the entire board and wave using traditional longboard surfing with continual motion
       - Nose riding and rail surfing 
       - Clean footwork

Beach Break 

       - Degree of difficulty
       - Controlled manoeuvres in critical sections
       - Speed and Power
       - Commitment
       - Variety

NSW Bodyboard Web Surfing Titles

*Competitors to upload one clip per division (can go in one division or multiple)

Divisions: Largest air, ripping junior and biggest barrel.

NSW SUP Web Surfing Titles

*Competitors to upload one clip per division (can go in one division or multiple)

Divisions: Biggest barrel and biggest turn.

How to compete

Step 1: Enter the competition and your preferred division/s via this event page
Step 2: Click the link to ‘Clippero’ - www.clippero.com/surfingnsw 
Step 3: Upload your clips anytime between the 11th – 29th May 

Winners will be announced on Surfing NSW Social Media on Monday the 1st of June. The Clip needs to be filmed from January 1, 2020 onwardsNone of the above events serve as a feeder to the Australian Titles.  The three respective events are supported by Clippero, Mad Mex and Surfing NSW.  

All results for the Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Web Surfing Titles can be found below. 

The Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Web Surfing Titles hosted divisions for U18 Male, U18 Female, U16 Male, U16 Female, U14 Male, U14 Female, U12 Male, U12 Female.

Competitors uploaded one clip of their best wave surfed in NSW in 2020 within the competition period Monday 4th of May to Sunday 10th of May.

12 Girls
1. Leihani Zoric (Byron Bay)
2. Lucy Darragh (Gerringong)
3. Evie Fisher (Gymea Bay)
4. Mia MacMahon (Norah Head)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Leihani Zoric (Gerringong)

12 Boys
1. Ocean Lancaster (Merewether)
2. Rene Galloway (Newport)
3. Lachlan Arghyros (Kingscliff)
4. Harry Thompson Mills (East Ballina)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Ocean Lancaster (Merewether)

14 Girls
1. Shyla Short (Austinmer)
2. Ocea Curtis (Lennox Head)
3. Ruby Trew (Manly)
4. Tiana Darragh (Gerringong)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Shyla Short (Austinmer)

14 Boys
1. Fletcher Kelleher (Manly)
2. Kash Brown (Cronulla)
3. Joshua Marsh (Barrack Point)
4. Will Martin (Coffs Harbour)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Jimmi Hill (Port Stephens)

16 Girls
1. Keira Buckpitt (Culburra)
2. Bonnie Hills (Mullaway)
3. Holly Wishart (Gerringong)
4. Zahlia Short (Austinmer)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Zahlia Short (Austinmer)

16 Boys
1. Harry O’Brien (Lennox Head)
2. Eden Hasson (Boat Harbour)
3. Kyan Falvey (Cabarita)
4. Zac Tinson (Merewether)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Dane Henry (Kingscliff)

18 Girls
1. Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head)
2. Carly Shanahan (Wooli)
3. Gabi Spake (Collaroy)
4. Charli Hurst (Port Kembla)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Nyxie Ryan (Lennox Head)

18 Boys
1. Rino Lindsay (Lennox Head)
2. Benny Wilson (Narrabeen)
3. Jordy Liackman (Caves Beach)
4. Gus Nicholson (Merewether)
Beach Burrito Hot and Spicy Turn of the Event: Joel Barry (Shelly Beach)

The Ocean and Earth NSW Junior Web Surfing Titles were proudly supported by Ocean and Earth, Beach Burrito, Havaianas, Live Heats, Clippero and Surfing NSW. 

 

Nikon Surf Photo & Video Of The Year Winners Announced

In related news Surfing Australia and Nikon Australia were pleased to announce the 2020 winners of the Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards on May 8th.

Ren McGann was awarded the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Award with his image ‘The Right’, while Andrew Kaineder was awarded the Nikon Surf Video of the Year Award for his piece ‘Flow State’. Capturing the true intensity and beauty of the surf, these winners represent the very best in Australian surf photography and videography. 

Winner of the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Award, Ren McGann said, “I would like to thank Nikon and Surfing Australia for making these awards possible. It is a great honour to have won amongst such talented artists for whom I have the greatest respect. I’m absolutely stoked to have taken out the title for 2020.”

Winner of the Nikon Surf Video of the Year Award, Andrew Kaineder said, “Russ and I have been working together extensively since 2016, when our first film ‘Bezerke’ was nominated for Nikon Surf Video of the Year. To win this year, with another film that we created together, ‘Flow State', is a great uplifting achievement in an uncertain time in our lives. We’re lucky in Australia with our surf culture and it’s important we celebrate what we’ve got. Thankful to Surfing Australia and Nikon for hosting these awards year after year and cannot wait to get back creating in the ocean when the world is somewhat under control again.”

A panel of 10 high-profile judges from within the surfing industry including Nikon Brand Ambassador and seven-time World Surfing Champion, Stephanie Gilmore were tasked with selecting this year’s winners.  

Stephanie Gilmore, Nikon Brand Ambassador said, “I really enjoyed being a judge for this year’s awards. As a photographer myself, I was inspired by the calibre of entries which really demonstrated the unique, creative approach to capturing our beautiful ocean. Congratulations to everyone that entered. I hope the viewers agree with our final choice.”

Ren McGann will be awarded with the Nikon Z 6 kit, while Andrew Kaineder will take home the Nikon Z 7. 

The awards were presented in late April in an exciting television format that replaces the Surfing Australia Awards Night for 2020. The Surfing Australia Awards for 2020 will be screened by Channel 9 - we'll let you know the date and time once finalised.

The 2020 Nikon Surf Photo of The Year Winning image by Western Australia's Ren McGann.