Surfing Sutherland Shire teams look to compete in new Surftag

Global Surftag has announced Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum as the naming rights sponsor of the 2016 and 2017 Surftag.

To celebrate, both Elouera and Cronulla Sharks are two of the 16 boardriding clubs that have been invited to compete in the 2016 Sailor Jerry Surftag being held at South Curl Curl Beach next Sunday.

North Narrabeen Boardriders will go into the event as the No.1 seed taking on boardriding clubs from all over the east coast of Australia, including D’Bah, Merewether, Bondi and the Surfing Sutherland Shire teams.

Surftag was first held in 2001 at Queenscliff Beach, Sydney and quickly grew into a national series with over 100 teams competing. 

The 2017 Sailor Jerry Surftag Series  will include three qualifying events (one at Cronulla) and a final with a new Women’s Division at all events. 

Beaver winner: Cronulla Sharks Boardriders Ricky Marshall took out the club's "Beaver" memorial contest on Saturday at Nth Cronulla beach.Picture John Veage

Beaver winner: Cronulla Sharks Boardriders Ricky Marshall took out the club's "Beaver" memorial contest on Saturday at Nth Cronulla beach.Picture John Veage

The 2016 Surf Dive n Ski Australian Junior Surfing Titles are underway  in challenging conditions at Woolamai Beach on Victoria’s Phillip Island  with solid four to five foot (1.2 to 1.5m) waves on offer.

Round one stand out performers included Cronulla’s Jay Brown and Harry Carpenter (NSW team).

Woolooware High School’s Jay Brown and Fin Padman are representing NSW in the Australian School Surfing Association Titles.

In the Under 16 Boys MR Shield the individual highlights were provided by New South Wales surfer Jay Brown and Victoria’s Xavier Huxtable who both played major roles in advancing their teams to the semi-finals.

Brown put on a style and flow clinic in heat one. Partnered with Finley Padman, the pair tore the 2-3ft onshore beach break to bits, easily accounting for South Australia’s Harrison Green.

Jarvis Earl won the Sydney Schools Elite Surfing Competition last Thursday, which was held at Maroubra beach in small clean waves. 

Jarvis Earle wins the Sydney Schools Elite Surfing Competition last week.Picture BWhit

Jarvis Earle wins the Sydney Schools Elite Surfing Competition last week.Picture BWhit

Representing Cronulla Public School he won the junior boys final against top competitors from other state high schools in Sydney. Maxime Rayer also made the final placing 4th overall.

Local surfers have had to put up with a week of average surf with strong onshores swing from north to south.the start of the week looked promising but as the wind swung the waves went to dribble.

Swellnet predicts small weak leftovers  today 2-3ft with light variable winds as the trough moves offshore. The swell direction should swing around to the SE inline with the  the weakening trough, but in any case no great size is expected. Fresh NE sea breezes are expected after lunch.

The banks are showing a bit of form at Wanda where I took today's pictures and on the high tide are actually pretty good,dont waste it.

The rest of the week looks like more of the same-welcome to summer-a dismal  weekend forecast  with no major swells and variable tending onshore winds under a persistent troughy pattern.

A few days of  small surf at Honolua Bay has prompted event organizers to call another lay day at the Maui Women's Pro, the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour (CT). 

"There are a few small waves out here but the swell's still not here so we are off for the day," said WSL Women's Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. "I'm still looking at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and the potential that those days have”

The first day of the Vans World Cup of Surfing, the second event of the Vans Triple Crown and a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event, has been called ON today after a series of consecutive lay days on the North Shore of Oahu. 

"It's on, we have 4-6 foot, NW swell on hand at Sunset Beach with breezy trades," said Marty Thomas, Contest Director. "The conditions are forecast to hold steady throughout the course of the day so we'll finish the Round of 128 and the first two heats of the Round of 96. We're keeping an eye on a solid 8-12 foot NW swell for the weekend, but will kick this event off at 8am today."

A huge Final day at the Taiwan Open of Surfing hosted by Taitung County has seen champions crowned across three WSL and local divisions.  Indonesian sensation Oney Anwar has won the Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event, Frenchman Edouard Delpero has taken out the Men’s Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event and the Women’s LQS event has been taken out by Honolua Blomfield. Conditions were tough at Jinzun Harbour on the Final day with 4 foot waves and strong cross shore winds. 

Cronulla’s Jared Hickel couldnt buy a second wave and finished third in the second round.

Look for more power from John John Florence (HAW) as he moves into the Vans World Cup. Picture: WSL / Freesurf / Heff

Look for more power from John John Florence (HAW) as he moves into the Vans World Cup. Picture: WSL / Freesurf / Heff

Meanwhile after claiming the first event of the Vans Triple Crown – the Hawaiian Pro – world champion John John Florence  heads into the Vans World Cup of Surfing, with the ratings lead and hometown advantage. The final event of the World Surf League Qualifying Series , the Vans World Cup will determine the elite 34 athletes for the 2017 WSL Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour in a highly competitive format.

Florence secured his maiden professional career win at Haleiwa during last week’s Hawaiian Pro, the first event of the Vans Triple Crown. With yet another victory added to his year of triumph, John John moves into Sunset looking unstoppable. As the top ranked seed entering the Vans World Cup, Florence will match up in Round 3, while other QS competitors battle the stacked 128-man playing field.

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