Yallingup Boardriders claim thrilling Surf League win

A pulsing swell, combined with favourable early morning conditions to create an exciting on-beach atmosphere. Photo: Justin Majeks.
A pulsing swell, combined with favourable early morning conditions to create an exciting on-beach atmosphere. Photo: Justin Majeks.

The Yallingup Boardriders Club have dug deep to claim an impressive victory at Western Australia's longest running and most prestigious tag team surfing event, The Surf Boardroom Surf League presented by Rip Curl.

The Yallingup Boardriders Club claimED an impressive victory at WA's longest running tag team surfing event, The Surf Boardroom Surf League. Photos: Justin Majeks

The Yallingup Boardriders Club claimED an impressive victory at WA's longest running tag team surfing event, The Surf Boardroom Surf League. Photos: Justin Majeks

The 29th edition of the iconic event will be remembered as one of the tightest and most hotly contested battles yet, with Yallingup capturing their first Surf League win since 2015.

A pulsing swell, combined with favourable early morning conditions to create an exciting on-beach atmosphere that oozed of club spirit and pride, as five metropolitan and regional boardriding clubs went head-to-head in hopes of etching their names onto one of WA's most prized perpetual trophies.

The unique Surf League format saw clubs nominate six surfers (4x Opens, 1x Over-35 Master, and 1x Under-18 Junior), with each surfers top two wave scores added together for a combined team total.

Preliminary heats saw South-West powerhouses Margaret River and Yallingup finish first and second respectively, allowing them to skip round two and moving directly through to the final.

Defending event champions Trigg Point had to surf off against Surf Beach and City Beach in round two, with Trigg Point and City Beach joining Margaret River and Yallingup in the blue-ribbon final.

A highly entertaining 90 minute final ensued, as two clubs from the South-West took on two clubs from the Metropolitan beaches, in what turned out to be an amazing display of WA boardriding club talent.

All finalists started strongly, with Alex McGuffin handing Margaret River an early lead on the strength of some lightning fast backhand surfing, but as a stiff afternoon sea breeze kicked in it was Trigg Point and Yallingup who would battle for the win.

Yallingup's team of Josh Cattlin, Felix Leaver, Jack Thomas, Ash Spencer, Dylan Vernon and Richard Sills weren't overwhelmed by the occasion and went all out with a consistent performance from all six of their surfers proving the difference in the end, posting a combined total of 74.70.

Despite the best efforts of Trigg Point's Nick Muntz, who just about stole the show with a massive air reverse in the dying moments of the final, it was Yallingup that clung tightly to a narrow lead, taking the Surf League trophy back to the South-West.

Trigg Point finished in a close second place on 73.90, Margaret River had to settle for third on 64.70, ahead of City Beach Surfriders in fourth on 53.25.

"The atmosphere down here was pretty incredible today, there were so many people coming down and supporting everyone, all the other clubs were ripping," said Yallingup's Jack Thomas.

"I'm just so stoked that Yalls could hold on and come out on top."

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