Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Snapper Takes Straddie Assault; Top Field Assembled for Premier Teams Event

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Snapper Takes Straddie Assault; Top Field Assembled for Premier Teams Event

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Byline: Surf Scene Andrew McKinnon

THE Snapper Surfriders club claimed the annual Straddie teams assault again, as well as the surfing pairs event at North Stradbroke Island at the weekend.

The premier teams event, which was held in pumping waves at Main Beach, attracted some of the best surfers representing their clubs.

They included world No.8 Bede Durbidge, surfing for host club Point Lookout Boardriders, former WCT pro Danny Wills and world junior champion Gareth Parkes, for Byron Bay.

However, it was the Snapper Surfriders who dominated proceedings to claim their 17th Straddie Assault Teams victory.

There were solid surfing performances from stalwarts Shaun Gossman, Shane Bevan and Clint Kimmons, backed up by Blake Ainsworth and the Pereira-Ryan brothers.

Ice and Sol Pereira-Ryan claimed double victory for Snapper, winning the pairs from the Coolum Boardriders despite some shark scares that added spice to the competition.

Kirra's Corey Ziems and Jake Cumberland had to contend with shark sightings in their semi-final against Mudjimba Boardriders.

They were actually relieved to lose that heat to avoid paddling out in the shark-infested water again.

The top four in the Straddie teams assault were Snapper, Byron, Noosa, and Burleigh.

SNAPPER Surfrider Josh Kerr won the six-star Cold Water O'Neil Classic in freezing Canadian conditions.

This is Kerr's second six-star win for the year, after he was also victorious at Margaret River in March.

The victory will help Kerr, a former WCT professional, get back on the ASP World Tour next year.

Kerr is currently competing in a six-star WQS event, the Quiksilver Pro at Portugal.

THE Kirra Surfriders Club will host again the Rhythm Junior Kirra teams challenge as part of the Kirra Surf Stock Festival on November 13.

Fifteen clubs will submit six-man teams, with two under-12s, under-16s and under-20s, and like last year there will be an all-girls team. …

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