ON TOP: Merewether’s Jackson Baker is chaired up the beach after winning the Tweed Coast Pro at Cabarita on Sunday. Picture: WSL/Ethan SmithJACKSON Baker was keeping most of the beers on iceand his whole focus on bigger events to come after claiming his second World Surf League contest on Sunday.
The Merewether natural-footer produced two eight-point rides and a 9.15 to defeat mate Luke Hynd 17.65 to 13 in the Tweed Coast Profinal at Cabarita.He won another 1000-point qualifying series contest,the Tahara Pro in Japan, in 2016.
Baker was “stoked” with the victory and hoped itwould signal a change in his fortunes at home in Surfest’s 6000-point QS event, which starts February 19.
“I’ve always done these one-stars and lost and gone into the six-stars and not performed, so it’s a confidence boost to be going into them on a high,” Baker said.“Not too high, but just confidence in my boards and that I’m going good personally, and I’m just happy to be surfing.”
Baker rides high to Surfest TweetFacebook Jackson BakerWSL/Ethan SmithBaker willsurf in the 1000-point Great Lakes Pro at Boomerang from February 7 but was keen to get home between contests.
“I’ll have only a couple of beers tonight but my aim is to get backtraining tomorrow arvo at home with Adam Trypas,” he said. “There’s bigger goals out there and this is just the start of things.”
At Stockton on Sunday, Frenchmans Boardriders claimed their second Surfest Orica Teams Challenge.
WINNERS: Frenchmans Boardriders team of Ethan Hartge, Dan Frodsham and James McMorland. Picture: Surfest
Smart and consistent surfing from veteranDan Frodsham andJames McMorland, who were part of Frenchmans’2013 success, and juniorEthan Hartge lifted theSwansea club to the $5000 first prize over North Steyne in the final.
Frenchmans won 41.27 to 31.94 over North Steyne, who featured former championship tour surfer Kai Otton, Dayyan Neve andGeorge Pittar.
Meanwhile, Ryan Callinan won Merewether Surfboard Club’s second annual King of the Rocks on Saturday.
The contest was created after the death of Callinan’s father, Garry, and honours late members of the club and local community. Callinan’s mother, Janice, died last year.
Ryan Callinan in the King of the Rocks: Picture: Merewether Surfboard Club
At Stockton, the two-day, 20-team Surfest event also featured Cooper Chapman and Davey Cathels from three-time winners North Narrabeen.
North Steyne took home $2000 for second place from aprize pool of $10,000.
Frodsham, 42, said Frenchmans’ win would help developthe club.
“All these team events are really growing. We have a great team of supporters and we’re just a small club. Everyone down there gets right behind usand it means so much to the town,” he said.
“The money we’ve won goes back into the club and helps produce better juniors. Clubsurfing takes away the individual emphasis of surfing and gets the team working together.
“It’s a pretty individual sport surfing, but the team event means your surfing for others notjust yourself. We intend to keep coming back every year to this event, but the depth of ability in these young guys in the club will them push me out of my spot -but how good isthat?”