TOP PERFORMER: James Wood performed well in the Le-Ba team at the Jim Beam Surftag Australian Championships.
TOP PERFORMER: James Wood performed well in the Le-Ba team at the Jim Beam Surftag Australian Championships. Global Surftag

Le-Ba in top three

LENNOX-Ballina Boardriders finished in third place at this year's Jim Beam Surftag Australian Championships held at Duranbah Beach.

The event provides a national competition for boardriding clubs to compete against each other to determine Australia's

No. 1 club.

It is Australia's largest team surfing competition and offers a prize pool of more than $130,000 in cash and prizes, with all the top clubs from around Australia competing.

After two days of competition, a group of heavyweights contested the final with North Narrabeen (99.93) taking this year's crown, Bronte (94.67) in second, Lennox-Ballina (81.37) in third and Snapper Rocks (74.23) in fourth.

Defending champions Le-Ba showed some strong performances, with Marcus Aboody and James Wood scoring best in the final. Stuart Kennedy, Jock Barnes and anchor man Jonny Hewett put together a solid heat with a well thought-out strategy but fell short due to a 10-point ride by the North Narrabeen team and a very consistent Bronte team.

The boys from Le-Ba should be very proud to have made the final two years in a row, beating Snapper Rocks on their home ground.

And they have shown they have great depth of talent competing without their top pro surfers Adam Melling and Owen Wright.

The Jim Beam Boardriders Cup played out in spectacular fashion with 48 boardriding club champions from all over Australia contesting the cup won last year by Le-Ba standout James Wood.

Wood couldn't repeat his win from 2012 but surfed through to the final and finished in third place, with Wade Carmichael taking the win.


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