All these shots are courtesy Russel Hudson...
Post event finalists photos...
Rees Duncan convincingly wins over Matheiu Babarit despite obvious shoulder pain.
Womens: 1st - Caroline Angibaud, Lisa Ryan, Heather Seaton, Sandra Pienaar
Open: Malan Calitz (3rd), Tony Cherry (4th).
Women in the water now and then Open final.
Mathiew Babarit (Fr) beats Tony Cherry (NZ) who was leading the heat with 2 minutes left go and with priority he took the first of a two wave set - the second wave was then open to Matheiu who took it and in the final moments that was enough to get him though.
Rees Duncan (Aus) beats Malan Calitz - clearly.
Open Final therefore is Babarit vs Duncan
New Age: Andre Burger (1st)
Cadets: Ruan Brand, Kye Duncan, Rees Duncan Jr, Bryce Campbell, Savannah Campbell
Conditions: smallest so far, closeouts
Results (in order 1st to 4th)...
Masters: Lance Milnes, Graham Lancaster, Doug Copeland, Brett Cronin
Grand Masters: Bill Cambell, Mal Settree, Larry Adams, Steve Cleary
Veterans: Graham Roberts, Garry Ross, Willy Graser, Kevin Marshall
Seniors: Rees Duncanm Dale Randhal, Travis Best, Blair Moore
Juniors: Virgil Humbert, C Samson, C Guilbert, G Vanzyl
Open final 4 are: Rees Duncan (Australia) vs Malan Calitz (South Africa) and Matthiew Babarit (France) vs Tony Cherry (New Zealand)
Open positions, 5th = Lance Milnes (Au), 6th = Renan Leloutre (Fr), 7th = Nigel Bryant (NZ), 8th = Virgil Humbert
Tag Team event was an entertaiing-fun, social event with France wining, 2nd = Boardriders, 3rd = Australia, 4th = South Africa and 5th = New Zealand. That was awfully close people... would have been embarrising to loose all-out to the boardriders.
Tomorrow morning begins with the Verterans, Grand Masters and Masters finals and then the remaining flow will be decided based on conditiions.
Day 6 video available for download here.
Day 7 is underway with open rounds; so far Tony Cherry (NZ), Nigel Bryant (NZ), Lance Milnes (Aus) and Rees Duncan (Aus, with taped up shoulder) are through to the next round. Wind has swung from the N to the S - cooling temperatures, swell remains the same size and the onshores have kicked in earlier.
Interesting side note, the Tag Team event will include a stand-up surfers (made up from event judges). Should be an interesting outcome.