George Humphreys impresses at WA Bodyboard Titles in Mandurah
FALCON bodyboarder George Humphreys has made a triumphant return to the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles presented by Good Earth Surf, winning the blue-ribbon Open Men’s division in fun 2 to 4-foot swells at his home break Mandurah Wedge.
Some of WA’s best and most exciting bodyboarders were on display over the weekend, with seven champions crowned at one of Australia’s most iconic bodyboarding locations, with high-flying aerial antics highlighting the opening event of the 2019 state title series.
Humphreys stole the show, scoring the event’s only perfect 10-point ride en route to the finals and using his home ground advantage to perfection, winning the Open Men’s final ahead of 2018 State Champion Ben Veitch (Margaret River), Brendan Gabel (Scarborough) and Davis Blackwell (Dawesville).
Humphreys, the 2012 Open Men’s State Champion, boosted a massive flip and busted a clean reverse to post a combined two- wave total of 13.33 from a possible 20 to edge out Veitch by just 0.20.
“I’m so stoked; I haven’t won a comp for a while and it’s sick to be back where it all started,” Humphreys said.
“Bodyboarding has given me so many amazing opportunities and I encourage all these groms to stick with it and thanks to Surfing WA for all they’ve done for me over the years.”
Margaret River’s Ziggy Bullock proved he’s a star on the rise, taking out a tightly contested Under-18 Junior Boys division. Bullock, the 2018 Under-14 Australian Champion, found the steepest and most wedgey sections to finish in first ahead of Kael McGowan (Dawesville) and Max McGregor (Margaret River).
“That was a super-close finish and I’m glad we’ve got some waves,” Bullock said.
McGowan was another Peel local to benefit from local knowledge at Mandurah Wedge, winning the Under-16 Cadet Boys division. McGowan spent more time in the water than anyone this weekend and the time paid off as he picked up the Air Asia Air of the Day for a massive invert.
“I love the waves here and it’s been a super comp,” McGowan said.
Eddie Graham (Falcon) won the Under-14 Grommet Boys in his maiden State Title event. Bronwyn Fricke (Swanbourne) took out the Open Women’s division, while Mark Sharman (Halls Head) won the Over-35 Master’s.
Surfing WA events manager Justin Majeks said there were very few locations where spectators can be so close to the action.
“Guys are getting barrelled and boosting massive airs only metres away from you,” he said.
“The natural amphitheatre here creates an atmosphere in the water and on the rocks that you don’t get at many places.”