In a first for Surfing Sutherland Shire boardriding history, Jazmyn Turner has taken out the latest Sandshoes Open club point score contest.
She took the final from her male competitors Matthew Cook, Tom Lotter and Luke Wedesweiler by surfing the Shoes reef while they threw the dice and paddled across the gutter to the Alley - a decision which didn't pay off.
Part of Shoes royalty, the third generation Cronulla surfer took it in her stride saying "I got lucky" but observers noted it was well deserved and the first time a female had won an open club contest.
Cronulla Sharks Boardriders also surfed last weekend holding one of their biggest contests ever with more than 90 surfers across women's, under-13, under-16, opens and over-45 divisions.
Five-time club champion Jordan Widenstrom kept his momentum up taking the win from Hayden Blair, Jay Brown and NSW Surfing CEO Luke Madden.
Kalani Vandepolder won the juniors and Ricky Marshall the over-45s.
Elouera Boardriders also ran their latest point score on Saturday in small but clean conditions at the Greenhills angle track with natural footer Shane Campbell winning over young gun Jarvis Earle, who also won the under-16s.
Jaya Wardana took the under-13s over Felix Smith, while Rachel McKendrick won the ladies.
Further north the young competitors in the 2019 Billabong Oz Grom Cup endured 3 day's of erratic weather and waves as surfers aimed to earn their spot into the final days of competition.
Mike Clayton-Brown (Port Stephens), Touma Cameron (Byron Bay) and Caleb Pont (Warana, Qld) all proceeded to make their mark on the 16 Boys division with all three claiming victories across their respective quarterfinal heats. All three surfers amassed a handful of respective scores, posting heat totals in the 14-point range and as a result will make their next appearance in the semi-finals.
The Billabong Oz Grom Cup will finish today with all remaining semi-finals and finals.
Its back to summer conditions in the Nulla with two consecutive days of 1-2 ft dribble and light onshores to deal with-its offshore this morning but the swell is still small.
Saturday saw nice 2-3ft clean waves all day on our beaches and it made the banks look promising but it has deteriorated into poor windchop over the last couple of days and on the low tide it's almost unsurfable.
The surf forecast shows some promise with this small ENE swell slowly increasing over the next couple of days into a 4-5ft peak on Saturday afternoon Sunday morning-the winds will also be kind until midday so don't waste them.
Friday looks like onshores all day so try and pick your times with Thursday and the weekend both looking promising.
It was a good day on Saturday at Force9 surfboards for the Ian Cairns book launch-Kanga is a good talker and gave a good account of his life on the World Tour as a surfer and administrator-you can get hold of a copy of his book online at 'kangacairns.com'
The 2019 World Surf League Big Wave Awards nominees are officially locked in. Top honors will be awarded across eight categories: Ride of the Year, Women's XXL Biggest Wave, Men's XXL Biggest Wave, Women's Biggest Paddle, Men's Biggest Paddle, Wipeout of the Year, Men's Best Overall Performance of the Year, and Hydro Flask Women's Best Overall Performance of the Year. The WSL's official BWA Nominee page is now live at -'worldsurfleague.com/bigwaveawards/nominees' so go and have a look at what these surfers are attempting.
Its also small at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Stop No. 2 of the 2019 World Surf League Championship Tour with the waiting period kicking off today (17-27 April) and the Quiky Pro comp winner Italo Ferreira already his his name on last years Bells trophy and the Corona Bali Protected trophy-last year Brazilians won every contest except the Quiksilver Pro France.
When it kicks off,Bells will see its 56th year of competition commence this week at one of professional surfing's most iconic locations. The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is the longest-running surfing event on the planet, dating back to the Bells Beach Easter Classic in 1973.
If you want to get onto another fantasy surfing site for the WSL contests go to Prosurfpicks.com and join up with the Cronulla Losers team and try to pick a winner-till next week and have a surf Easter!