May 9 - 15, 2021: Issue 493


2021 NSW SUP State Titles

Indy Rose (Avalon) took out the Juniors final. Photo by Josh Brown/Surfing NSW
James Casey (Collaroy) added another title to his 2021 NSW Title campaign as he took out the Over 10-foot SUP division after taking out the Marathon and Technical Race. Photo by Josh Brown/Surfing NSW

2 – 4 May, 2021
Report by Surfing NSW, Photos by Josh Brown/Surfing NSW

Monday, 3 May 2021 

The NSW SUP Titles saw three new champions crowned today after a series of exciting finals in playful one-foot surf at Birubi Beach. 

Kai Bates (Mollymook) put on several impressive heats after progressing through a series of requalification rounds. Bates surfed his way into the final where he took it out with a 17.50 heat total, which comprised of a near-perfect 9.17 for a flurry of snaps, carves and slashing turns. He also achieved an 8.33 for a technical mix of manoeuvres to amass the aforementioned total. 

Indy Rose (Avalon) took out the Juniors final finishing with a massive 17-point heat total for an excellent nine and an eight-point ride. Rose’s heat total was thanks to his aggressive carves and flowing re-entries to take out the top spot on the dais ahead of local surfer Jessica Stretton who finished in the runner-up spot. 

Terrene Black (North Entrance) took out the Open Women’s SUP division today cementing her clean sweep across all the divisions she competed in. Black’s win in the coveted women’s surfing division came close to danger as she came second to Skyla Rayner in her second final, however thanks to a higher heat total across the dual heats, Black was able to hold onto the overall division win.

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

The Port Stephens Surf Festival finished today with all remaining SUP divisions scoring punchy one-foot surf for the remaining finals. 

Marty Cole (Crescent Head) took top honours in the Over-40 Men’s division, shining with an eclectic mix of manoeuvres to finish with a solid 16.00 two-wave heat total. The aforementioned total meant Cole’s closest rival Kieran Plim (Dee Why) was left needing a near-perfect 9.11 to take away Cole’s lead. 

Rebecca Dunning (Barrack Heights) took out the highly competitive Over-40 Women’s SUP division after amassing two 16.50 two-wave heat totals across her dual finals. Dunning proved she was one of the standout females in the event, taking the division out and finishing in third in the Over-10 foot SUP division. 

James Casey (Collaroy) added another title to his 2021 NSW Title campaign as he took out the Over 10-foot SUP division. After taking out the Marathon and Technical Race, Casey was able to take a third win in the Over-10 foot surfing component of the event, taking a victory over Over-40 Men’s champion Marty Cole with a decent 14.40 two-wave total. 

Following a runner-up finish in yesterday’s Open Women’s SUP final, Skyla Rayner (Berrara) was able to ensure a title made it to the far south coast as she took out the Open Women’s 10-foot SUP division. Rayner mustered up a victory in one final and a second in the following final, to jump to the top of the division leaderboard and take the overall win.

 All results can be seen here.   

Over 170 competitors competed in the six-day Port Stephens Surf Festival, which saw longboards run from 29 April – 1 May and the SUP’s follow from 2 May – 4 May. 

The two-state title events formed the Port Stephens Surf Festival and decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles and the Australian Longboard Titles. 

2021 replicated the format from previous years which engages a second chance format across all divisions. However, depending on the number of competitors, some divisions may be reduced to straight knockout.  

Historically, competitors have come from as far south as Tomakin and as far north as Tweed Heads to enter the event. 

The 2021 Port Stephens Surf Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Crest Café, Gildan, Port Stephens Council and Surfing NSW.

Divisions Results:

Open Men SUP

  1. Kai Bates
  2. Wesley Fry
  3. Ray Hughes
  4. Indy Rose

Open Women SUP

  1. Terrene Black
  2. Skyla Rayner
  3. Hannah Finlay Jones
  4. Rebecca Dunning
  5. Lana Casey

Over 40 Men SUP

  1. Marty Cole
  2. Kieran Pilm
  3. Danny Jeffries
  4. Adam Robinson

Over 50 Men SUP

  1. Blaire Moore
  2. Andrew Cassidy
  3. Robert Scott
  4. Adam Robinson

Over 10ft SUP Men

  1. James Casey
  2. Marty Cole
  3. Wesley Fry
  4. Andrew Cassidy

Junior SUP

  1. Indy Rose
  2. Jessica Stretton

Over 40 Womens Longboard SUP

  1. Rebecca Dunning
  2. Kerry Davenport
  3. Simone Scott
  4. Madeline Rayner

Over 50 Men Longboard SUP

  1. Jason Barbour
  2. Phil Baggs
  3. Andrew Cassidy
  4. Eddie Coogan

Over 50 Women SUP

  1. Kerry Davenport
  2. Madeline Rayner

Open Women 10ft SUP

  1. Skyla Rayner
  2. Rebecca Dunning
  3. Hannah Finlay Jones

Over 40 Women SUP

  1. Rebecca Dunning
  2. Simone Scott
  3. Kerry Davenport
  4. Madeline Rayner

Over 60 Men SUP

  1. WIlliam Ballard
  2. Phil Baggs

2021 NSW SUP State Titles - Some Action shots

Photographs by Josh Brown/Surfing NSW