There was one single point separating the top five teams after the third and final day of racing, and with the Seawolves and WA Scarborough Sunsets on equal points after the final event, the Seawolves were named winners after their nine event victories trumped the Sunsets’ four.
Seawolves captain, Elizabeth Forsyth, who added to the team’s impressive tally with three individual wins on the sand and a Beach Relay victory, said she was really proud of the team’s efforts over the event.
“It feels really good, the team worked really hard over the last three days and we came together and raced for each other, so we’re really happy,” the Beach Sprint World Champion said.
“The point score has been really close over the last three days, so it’s been really touch and go. We were all pretty sure that we were up there, so were waiting for the final point score to be announced and so happy when we found out we were on top.”
“We’re very happy to be bringing the trophy back to Queensland.”
With almost nothing separating the top five teams – the Seawolves, Sunsets, QLD Makos, QLD Marlins and SA Lightning, it all came down to the last event of the three-day series, the Mixed Ocean Relay.
With the lead constantly changing through the eight-person event, it was eventually the QLD Marlins who took the event win, followed by the Makos, NSW Sharks and Sunsets, distributing the point score in the Seawolves’ favour.
Captain of the WA Sunsets, Dan Humble, said that although it’s a little disappointing to be pipped for the overall title when the scores were so close, he’s really proud of how the team have represented WA this weekend.
“I’m really proud of our team, we put our best performances forward against some of the best upcoming athletes Australia has to offer, and second place is huge for our state, for our members and it’s a great achievement,” Humble said.
“It is tough [to come so close to first], but you know a count back is a count back and we’ll just come back even stronger next year.”
The Day three point score winner was the QLD Makos, nudging them up into third place in the overall Series standings.
Brodee Trinca was instrumental in getting the Makos on the overall podium, securing back-to-back wins in the Women’s Board on Saturday and Sunday, and winning the Board Relay with teammate Texas Dixon today.
Trinca said the 2022 defending champions were pleased to secure a daily victory and proud of the role she played in their overall Series bronze.
“We obviously won overall last year, so we were really keen to come back and smash it again, she said.
“We didn’t get it yesterday or Friday so we’re so stoked to finally get one today.
“I’m so stoked [with my individual performances]! This is a team event at the end of the day, so to position myself in the best spot by doing these individual races and getting up there, I’m so stoked for my whole team.”
Another stand-out moment on the final day of racing was thanks to Olivia May, securing the Victorian Blues their first Super Surf Teams League win for the Series in the Women’s Beach Flags.
The Hampton LSC member said she felt more relaxed coming into the final day of racing, which was the secret to her eventual success.
“That was my first win outside Victoria, so I’m so happy,” she said.
“I feel like today was my most relaxed day, knowing what I’m in for and knowing my competitors. I’m definitely sore and didn’t expect to go well at all, so I just really wanted to give it my best shot but I had no pressure on myself, and got it done.”
The Super Surf Teams League is a 15 team national surf sports competition largely comprising of youth athletes, across six states, competing in traditional surf lifesaving events across beach and ocean disciplines such as beach sprint, beach flags, swim, ski, board, relays and iron person events.
For full results and team lists from today’s events head to – https://sls.com.au/super-surf-teams-league/
2023 Super Surf Teams League Day 3 winners
Men’s Beach Sprint – Asher Ward, QLD Seawolves
Women’s Beach Sprint – Tahli Devine, QLD Makos
Mixed 2 person Beach Relay – Elizabeth Forsyth & Asher Ward, QLD Seawolves
Men’s Beach Flags – Will Adams, NSW Orcas
Women’s Beach Flags – Olivia May, VIC Blues
Men’s Surf Race – Benjamin Jones, WA Scarboro Sunsets
Women’s Surf Race – Hannah Deacon, SA Lightning
Mixed 2 person SurfRelay – Callum Brennan & Gemma Smith-Welch, QLD Seawolves
Men’s Board – Brayden Casamento, QLD Marlins
Women’s Board – Brodee Trinca, QLD Makos
Mixed 2 person Board Relay – Texas Dixon & Brodee Trinca, QLD Makos
Men’s Ski – Fergus Morgan, WA Broome Pearlers
Women’s Ski – Chelsea Jentz, SA Lightning
Mixed 2 Person Ski – Jett Kenny & Summer Rolston, QLD Marlins
Mixed Ocean Relay – QLD Marlins.
SSTL 2023 Overall Results