Scarborough Sunsets soar at inaugural lifesaving comp

The Scarborough Sunsets won the inaugural Super Surf Teams League trophy.
The Scarborough Sunsets won the inaugural Super Surf Teams League trophy.

THE Scarborough Sunsets sailed to the top on the weekend taking out the inaugural Super Surf Teams League trophy at North Cronulla.

The WA team sat in equal second place with Queensland Country Canecutters and Sunshine Coast Marlins heading into the final round, sitting behind the Northern Beaches Rays, but managed to finish on top ahead of the Marlins and South Coast Makos in third.

Newlyweds from the Scarborough Sunsets, Dan and Ceris Humble, said they were ecstatic to bring home the inaugural trophy.

“It’s great for WA,” Mrs Humble said.

“It’s exactly like our surf league at home and it gives a lot of people the opportunity to have a race in lots of different disciplines.”

The new event is a national surf carnival-style competition, based on WA’s Surf League, with three rounds over summer from December to January in conjunction with the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.

It saw 13 teams from across Australia, including three from WA, compete in ski, swim, board and run events, as well as the mixed Ocean M Lifesaver Relay.

“We’ve had some great competitions in the last month-and-a-half and saw some great consistency from all the WA teams,” Mr Humble said.

“I think it sets a standard for the young up-and-comers to strive towards in the future.”

Male beach sprint winner Jackson Symonds.

Also flying the flag for the Scarborough Sunsets was Jackson Symonds, who took the male beach sprint win from fellow Sorrento SLSC athlete Charlie Rigby who was racing for the Margaret River Waves, and City of Perth athlete Gabrielle Murphy who came second in the female beach sprint and fourth in the beach flags.

Jade Mickle also picked up second place in the female surf race, Max Anderson-Loake came fourth in the male surf race as did Patrick Eley in the board race, and Nikita Fredonnet came fifth in the female board race.

The Margaret River Waves was WA’s best performing team in both the male and female surf ski races, with Steve Bird and Paige Wood both placing fifth respectively.

And the Broome Pearlers highlights included fifth in both the male beach flags, thanks to North Cottesloe’s Tom Nolan, and in the mixed surf ski relay.

Thirty-four WA athletes were selected to take part across the three rounds of the Super Surf Teams League, with all costs being fully subsidised by Surf Life Saving WA.

SLSWA high performance officer Andrew Mosel said it was another great opportunity for WA athletes to mix it with the best in Australia.

“SLSWA recognises how important it is for our athletes to be able to compete and test themselves against the best in the country,” he said.

“With the bulk of elite Australian surf sport competition being held on the east coast, it often proves cost-prohibitive for many of our athletes to participate which is why we continue to commit resources to ensure our WA athletes are not disadvantaged due to travel costs.”

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