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Pugh adds shine to stellar season
Secret Harbour Surf Beach Boardriders members at the club’s retro day.

Youngster Amily Pugh put the exclamation mark on a standout season by claiming the Secret Harbour Surf Beach Boardriders’ club champion trophy at a recent awards’ night.

The award caps an impressive year for Pugh, who took overall honours in the Grommet Girls and Cadet Girls’ divisions.

Stewart Cramer also claimed multiple wins in the Masters Over 40 and Grand Masters Over 45 categories, while Steve Barton did likewise in the Open Longboard and Senior Men’s divisions.

In the Open Men’s division, club president Adam Smallridge outpointed Mick Orr, while Harry McPherson and Chris Rayner rounded out the top four.

Rayner proved too strong in the Junior Boy’s classification, ahead of McPherson and Rys O’Connor.

Other division winners included Aleigha-Shae Norton (Junior Girls), Campbell Forrest (Grommet Boys), Ben Bird (Cadet Boys) and Mick Jahn (Over 40 Longboard).

The club’s season officially wrapped up in unusual fashion last weekend with an ironman competition with a difference.

The race required entrants to complete a 200m run, eat a cold meat pie, paddle 100m, run 100m and drink a warm can of beer or soft drink.

The race was taken out by Cam McColl.

Other events included a retro surfing competition held in ideal 1.5m swell at Secret Harbour.

The competition featured several single and twin-fin boards and three-finned thrusters from the early 1980s.

Meanwhile, club member Shane Drew enjoyed a solid showing at the recent national championships, earning podium finishes in his two divisions.

Drew finished second in the over 35 and over 40 competitions, while Harry McPherson emerged seventh and eighth in the Junior and Pro Junior divisions respectively.

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