Classic results at Marrawah

PODIUM SURF: Ulverstone's Robbie Green finished second in the under 18 boys event. Picture: Paul Campbell.
PODIUM SURF: Ulverstone's Robbie Green finished second in the under 18 boys event. Picture: Paul Campbell.

A weekend of differing conditions greeted competitors over the long weekend at the West Coast Classic at Marrawah.

The open men’s final was taken by the East Coast’s Ned Bramich, while Clifton Beach’s Bella Goward won the women’s final.

Overall, titles were up for grabs in 13 divisions over the three days. 

“Saturday was a cracker of a day for us,’’ contest director Glenn Saltmarsh said.

“The swell was only small, only in the half to one metre range, but it was a beautiful, warm, hot-sunny day and we held most of our junior program there knowing it was probably going to be the best day for it.

“But the Sunday it was real tough as we had very little swell and we had to go back to West Point Lighthouse where we were on the Saturday.

“But we had a 25 knot on-shore wind that was just blowing sand in every orifice, so it was just a tough day that you wouldn’t be on the beach if you didn’t have to be.”

He described the conditions on Monday as also being “really tough”.

“But while it was tough, it opened up the opportunity for the bigger surfers to get out there, do well and show that they can power surf. 

“While there was a lot of luck involved, but the bigger surfers did come to the fore in those conditions.”

The next major event on the Surfing Tasmania calendar will be the Bicheno Sup Challenge Championships on March 24-25.

That event will also be the  2017/18 season opener for Surfing Tasmania's HIF State Championship Series