In just its second year of competition, the Super Surf Teams League is a developmental pathways team-based competition that saw over 100 athletes across 12 teams from four states compete across 14 team and individual events in the water and on the sand.
The North Bondi swell threw up lots of thrills and spills for athletes with surf skills factoring into to tactics and results for every race.
The South Coast Makos lead the competition for most of the day with the team taking out the male and female board races as well as the mixed board relay along with a number of minor placings.
Makos Board paddler Tex Dixon said the Queensland team had some great energy on day one of the weekend of racing.
“We are all pretty stoked, there is some really good energy amongst our team,” Dixon said.
“I wouldn’t say we are the best team, but we are not a team of champions, we are a champion team and that is what you need in this kind of racing.
“It is great getting to race against competitors from other states, we don’t really get to see them until we get to Aussies, so it is a great chance to see how we match up against them and it really is a great event that Surf Life Saving Australia has put on for us.”
Victorian Maddy Hurst took out the women’s ski race just ahead of South Australian Chelsea Jentz showcasing a mix of talent across all four states and 12 teams. Hurst said it was good to be finally racing some interstate talent given the complications of Covid-19 over the past two years.
“It was great to get up here and be able to race people from interstate and it was really good conditions and the warm weather just makes it even more enjoyable,” Hurst said.
“I guess a lot of people were uncertain that we would be able to get here to race so it is really great that we have been get here to have this opportunity.
“It is a great chance to have three solid days of racing and also the chance to get to know each other over these three days.”
The final pinnacle event of the day, the Mixed Ocean M Relay, saw Queensland team Sunshine Coast Marlins lead from the opening run leg.
Jett Kenny, who took out the Male Ski race and the mixed Ski Relay, brought the final ski leg home for the Marlins.
“I was pretty excited, the team events are always the ones you want to win, especially a big mixed Taplin,” said Kenny who paddled the ski in the final leg of the event.
“I was fortunate enough to go last and sometimes there can be a lot of pressure there but the team did a really great job and we were fortunate enough to get some waves in the swim and board and put ourselves in a good spot.
“All things played out our way today and that is the ocean so tomorrow might be a different story.”
On the beach New South Wales Sharks Leah Rampoldi took out the female flags, while in the males the Makos conceded the top points to the Marlins after a false start.
South Australian Jordan McMillan took out the female beach sprint while New South Wales Rays Ace Haslam, took out the male beach sprint for the top points.
For full results and team lists from today’s events head to – https://sls.com.au/super-surf-teams-league/
Round two of the Super Surf Teams League continues tomorrow at North Bondi ahead of round two of the Nutri-Grain IronMan and IronWoman Series.