Kai Bates puts in strong performance along with former AFL player Dave Muir
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 May, 2017 - Men’s quarterfinalists and women’s finalists have been decided on day two of the WA’s premiere SUP surfing event, with the Stand Up Surf Shop Rottnest Classic competitors benefitting from a building swell and light winds at Strickland Bay, Rottnest Island.
Former AFL player Dave Muir (WA) found the chunky conditions to his liking, moving through to the quarterfinals with a dominant performance in the 3-4 feet (1.5 metre) waves on offer.
Muir used his big and powerful frame to plough through the ocean lump and bump this morning, scoring a combined total of 12.33 (from a possible 20) in his round three match-up.
“I had a really slow heat yesterday so I stepped up onto a bigger board which went heaps better for me,” said Muir. “Tomorrow should be pumping and I’m really looking forward to man-on-man heats.”
Defending Rottnest Classic champion Kai Bates (NSW) moved through to the quarterfinals with his trademark forehand manoeuvres scoring highly and throwing plenty of spray.
Bates scored an excellent 8.00 (from a possible 10) and backed it up with a 5.23 to finished on a combined total of 13.23 (from a possible 20).
“Very rarely do we surf man-on-man heats so I’m really excited to make it through to tomorrow,” said Bates. “The waves have been improving all morning and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow throws up for us.”
Inaugural event champion Justin Holland (NSW), had to work hard to secure his position into the quarterfinals after snapping his legrope on his first wave of the morning, forcing him to return to shore to replace his equipment.
Holland battled for the remainder of the heat, but stroked into a last minute ride which earned him 7.67 (from a possible 10) to snatch victory in the dying moments.
“The Indian Ocean loves testing me,” laughed Holland after his heat. “The swell is definitely starting to pulse, every three minutes there’s a set rolling through so I can’t wait to rip into tomorrow’s conditions.”
Ian Vaz (Brazil), the first international competitor ever at the Rottnest Classic also made it through to the quarter finals with glimpses of brilliance from the young Brazilian.
Using his innovative repertoire, Vaz scored a heat high 6.83 (from a possible 10) and has been loving his time on Rottnest Island so far.
“My heat was kind of slow, I sat out the back and waited for a big set that never really came,” said Vaz. “Rottnest is an amazing place, I'm so stoked to be here and get my first taste of Western Australia.”
Joining the top seeds through to the quarterfinals are West Australian local hopes, Rick and Jake Jakovich , Wes Fry and Darron McNab who all progressed out of round three in style.
Narelle Kuppers (WA) and Patrice Richardson (WA) did enough in the tricky morning conditions to join Monica De Araujo (WA) and Shakira Westdorp (QLD) in the Rottnest Classic Women’s final.
The opening heats of the Stand Up Surf Shop WA SUP Titles commenced this afternoon, with the state's best Open Men, Over-40 and Over-50’s competitors benefitting from the best conditions of the event-waiting period thus far.
Clean and consistent sets starting to pour into Strickland Bay as the afternoon pushed on, providing ample opportunity across all divisons. Competition will continue from 7:40am tomorrow with great surf conditions forecast for both Saturday and Sunday.