The longest running surfing competition in WA returns to Geraldton beaches this weekend.
For the 36th year, the Sunshine Surf Masters will be hosted by the Geraldton Board Riders Club at Flat Rocks.
A total of $12,000 in prize money will be on offer for some of the State’s best wave wizards.
GBR president Leon Norris, who has been involved with the event since its inaugural year in 1976, expects Geraldton’s best to be near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday.
“Last year’s Sunshine Surf Masters open men’s winner Brett Hardy from Margaret River will be defending his title,” he said.
“He will have some serious competition from the locals including Max Marsden, James Fleming, Ben McGay and Justin Hagan.
“The Sunshine Surf Masters is my favourite event.
“With the forecast looking good for great waves at Flat Rocks this weekend, the action will be on for young and old.”
This year’s event will be a trip down memory lane for owner of the Hot Buttered surfing label Terry Fitzgerald.
Hot Buttered was an inaugural event sponsor during the 70s.
Big-wave surfing legends Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll will also be on hand.
They star in the movie Storm Surfers 3D and will be present as it premieres at Geraldton Orana Cinemas on Friday.
Norris said there were divisions for everyone to enter during the two-day competition.
“Divisions surfers can enter include cadets, juniors, seniors, masters, grand masters, womens and non-competitors, which is for people who have not competed in a Surfing WA or GBR event this year,” he said.
“Surfers eliminated in the first round in each division get a second chance in the infamous Dunny Bowl round. And as always, the Geraldton Beach Hotel expression session will showcase the latest in innovative aerial surfing.”
Entering the competition can be done online via the GBR website at www.gerosurf.com.au or entry forms can be picked up at the Corner Surf Shop.
Entries close at 5pm todayTAYLOR COURTLAND
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