Media Releases 2016

Posted on 02/05/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Wave Pinchers Steal Annual Surf Teams Challenge

The surf was up and the sun shone all day at the third annual Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Surfing Teams Challenge held at Anzacs on Saturday. 

In the truly community surfing event, 81 surfers in nine teams battled it out in great waves with their team mates and the crowd cheering on in support. 

The nine teams featured an impressive array of some our best local surfers across all ages and once again competition was fierce with only points between winners. 

First place went to the ‘Wave Pinchers’, who also received the Dave Fincher memorial trophy. This was especially poignant as the winning team was led by Dave Fincher’s grandson Walter Hiatt. The trophy was presented by Michelle Fincher, who said: “Two years ago, Dave competed in this event with his grandsons. He would be so proud to hand this trophy to Walter.” 

Archysurf, led by Luke Archibald, won second place. Luke thanked everyone for a great day and noted that competition was “always pretty tight”. 

Island Surfboards won third place. As Simon McShane accepted the $500 prize he said: “What a great day. I have come out of retirement three times for this. It’s a great community. The kids are ripping.” 

Cloud Nine, Woolamai Hards and Newhaven Spoonbills came in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively and many individual awards were presented on the day. The event also aims to support and encourage surfers of all ages. Other awards won on the day included:

-       Highest Scoring Wave – Cody Jefferies

-       Best Super Grommet – Jake Bill

-       Best Junior - Chad Garrett

-       Best Open Man - Walter Hiatt       

-       Best Open Woman – Sophie Fletcher

-       Best Kneeboarder – Dean Bould

-       Best Single Fin Rider - Jarvis Cininas

-       Best Malibu Rider - Eli Curry        

-       Best Over 50 Short Board Rider – Dean Langford                               

-       Best Twin Fin (Pre-2985) Josh Brascher                                   

-       Best Manoeuvre - Francis Meade            

-      Best Wipeout - Andrew Lidsey                    

The judges, Pal Cininas, Gregg Bill and Adrian Sorati were impressed with the overall standard of surfing across the field and chose to give the special award of ‘best performance from an unsponsored surfer’ to Blake Green from the Wave Pinchers team. Blake was delighted to win his own custom board generously donated by Island Surfboards. 

Along with the fierce spirit of competition, the overall mood on the beach was one of community with a sausage sizzle and free massages from Anthony Fradkin and his team. 

“We are so happy with the day and would like to thank all involved, especially our sponsors,” said Geoff Owens, Contest Director. 

“This comp represents what the Surfing Reserve is all about.” 

“It’s not hard to see why the Teams Challenge has become many people’s favourite day on the surfing calendar. That’s why we have already locked in next year’s date of Saturday 29th April 2016.” 

More photos and results will also be posted on the ‘Phillip Island NSR’ Facebook page.


Media contacts:

Sally O’Neill  0408 101

Eleanor McKay - 0422 313 847