Bay Area Boardriders Were Back In The Water For Some COVID-Safe Medicinal Morna Magic

Hasson hot on his heels while Riley Cruise works the outside bank on their way to the Under 18’s final. Photo courtesy of Phillip Craig.


SUNDAY saw the first competition back since the pandemonium of COVID-19 for the Bay Area Boardriders with clean 3ft peaks producing highly contestable conditions at Morna.

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13-year-old young gun Eden Hasson was scorching in the COVID-Safe comp taking out the Open and Under 18’s divisions by consistently linking high scoring heats to take dual titles.

Backhand or forehand the little pocket rocket Hasson was ensuring there was plenty of water moving off his rails as he progressed with ease through the early rounds.

Jasmine Sampson, who has competed previously in the Women’s WSL Port Stephens Pro, made it to the Open final finishing in fourth and proved she’s one of the areas better surfers on her day.

Boardriders’ Committeeman Mark Buchanan said that even though there was a smaller than usual turnout for the first event back it was a great day watching some young rippers tear the bag.

“The first comp back saw some awesome weather and good clean 3ft surf at Birubi,” said Buchanan.

“It was a hard paddle out, but there was some really good surfing going on with a standout being 13-year-old Hasson.”

Buchanan was impressed with the all competitors, but admitted Hasson was unbeatable on the day.

“He stepped up in the 18’s and Opens and won them both, it was a pretty high scoring Open’s final but Hasson was on fire!”

In the Under 14’s Jimmi Hill took 1st with Ava Plummer in 2nd.

Under 16’s saw Jimmi back it up again taking the top gong, Taj Turner took 2nd, Isaac Sullivan 3rd and Randle Ingram rounded it out in 4th.

Eden Hasson took 1st in the Under 18’s, Taj Turner and Isaac Sullivan tied in 2nd, Jimmi Hill 4th, Riley Cruise 5th and Randy Ingram 6th.

In the Over 28’s Mark Buchanan grabbed the chocolates with Rod Astley 2nd, Brett Weston 3rd, Jamie Doran 4th, Wayne Swan 5th and Marcus Keeley 6th.

In the Over 40’s Jamie Doran took the blue ribbon, Dean Shaw was 2nd, Wayne Swan 3rd and Rod Astley was 4th.

The veterans in the Over 50’s saw the immortal Dean Shaw take a humble gold over the water wizard Harry Royal.

Opens saw Eden Hasson in 1st Place, Nelson Corner 2nd, Mark Buchanan 3rd, Jasmine Sampson in 4th with Jye Astley 5th.

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By Mitch LEES


Harry Royal carving back to the source on a pumping Sunday. Photo courtesy of Phillip Craig.


Riley Cruise blasting through a Morna Magic end section. Photo courtesy of Phillip Craig.

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