Le-Ba Wins Simon Anderson Award

photos Kel O'Brien

Le-Ba has won the Simon Anderson Award for the most outstanding Australian boardriders club for 2007. The award was presented at the Australian Surfing Awards at Tweed heads on Tuesday night. It was a huge night with a crowd consisting of a cross section of surfers from upcoming groms to past and present world champions. The newest incarnation of the mongrel was there with Rod and the boys onstage to receive the award. It was a highlight in the history of the club and Steelesy delivered a great acceptance speech. The fact that the revamped presidential pooch can carry a whole carton of iced beer was was realised midway through the evening - a nice touch.
For more photos of the night see Le-Ba photo album

Hall of Fame Awards

The 23rd annual Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame Inductee is on tonight at Twins Towns Services Club at Coolangatta.

In all, 11 awards will be presented on the night before the naming of the 2008 Hall of Fame Inductee. The recipient will join an exclusive club that reflects the rich history of Australian surfing.

Le-Ba has been nominated for the Simon Anderson Premiere Club Award which recognizes the club that has made a significant contribution in the area of club surfing in 2007. The club must have exhibited an outstanding level of performance in the areas of administration, competition results and structure, environmental contribution and awareness, community contribution and involvment, and junior development programs.

Good luck crew !

Billabong Pro Junior

Stuart Kennedy has finished 2nd in the Billabong Pro Junior at Diggers Beach, Coffs Harbour. The final could have gone either way right down to the hooter but in the end Stu needed one more good wave. This result confirms his position as first on the Pro Junior ratings with another 1750 points and a handy $1400. Congratulations mate from the Le-Ba crew. Photo Kirtin Scholtz ASP

Billabong Pro Junior

Not even bad flu and aching muscles could hamper top seed and ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series ratings leader Stuart Kennedy from putting on a good showing at the Billabong Pro Junior Series - Coffs Harbour at Diggers Beach yesterday.

An unstoppable force on the pro junior series this year, Stu set a blistering pace in Heat 1 of the Round of 96, scoring a near perfect 9.00 point ride and the highest heat score of the event so far a 16.75.

“I didn’t really try ‘cos I’m so sick right now,” said a very crook Stu. “The other guys weren’t going to go easy on me but I did the best I could and it worked out for that heat but I’m going to bed now.”

Stu surfs next in Ht1 round of 48.Click here for the live link. Hope you feel better today mate. Photo ASP Steve Robertson

UPDATE 17.2.08
Stu is continuing his seemingly unstoppable run in the Pro Junior series this year with a quarter final berth coming up this morning. Click the live link above.

Billabong Pro Junior

The Billabong Pro Junior starts today down at Coffs. Ben Lowe surfs in Ht8 round of 128. Luke Streader surfs in Ht 14 round of 128. Stu Kennedy comes into the event in Ht1 round of 96. Good luck fellahs. Click here for the link to Coffs

Ben Lowe has made it thru to the round of 96. Unfortunately Luke has bowed out

Lennox Head Surfing Reserve

BK Memorial '08

The BK Memorial '08 hosted by Byron Boardriders is on March 21st, 22nd and 23rd. This is a massive competition with a lot of history. The Open winner will receive $1000 in cash and prizes. There is heaps of divisions but they usually fill up quick so get your entry in soon . There is a link in the sidebar to the right >>

Oakley Pro Junior

Stu Kennedy has finished 3rd at the Oakley Pro Junior at Cylinders on North Straddie.He posted a 9.27 and in the end he ran out of time. Stu now has 1st, 2nd, 3rd and a 5th from the first four events. Stu has accumulated an impressive 10993 points to Sunshine Coast’s Julian Wilson in second place on 8973! Stu was also in the Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel (SIBH) Expression Session and scored $1000 for the best wave.Thats a pretty bloody good effort mate, you can go to the pub now.Photo Steve Robertson ASP

Oakley Pro Junior

Stuart Kennedy is through to the final 18 at the Oakley Pro Junior running in sensational 2 to 3m surf at Nth Stradbroke Island in Qld - Kennedy is the number one seed here and the current ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series leader and he's intent on retaining and even building on that lead - In his man on man round 5 heat tomorrow he will face Sunshine Coast's Noah Lane. Photo Credit – Robertson/ASP Australasia
Stu is not letting go of the ratings lead after winning his round 5 heat and progressing thru to the Quarter Finals. There is plenty of swell and with the southerly change moving thru the event should be moving to Cylinders. Lucky little buggers.

Pumping Straddie - Sounds like fun

Stu smashed his heat today at the Oakley Pro Junior on Straddie in pumping 4'-6'waves at Point Lookout.
He defied a slow start to notch a last minute victory against Joe Sear (Miranda), Jarrad Bell (Currumbin) and Sebastian Zietz (Hawaii).
“I was a little nervous before my heat,” said Stu, who has leapt a commanding lead in the junior series ratings after posting a first, second and a fifth in the opening three events of this year’s series.
“I actually feel relieved that I advanced. The ratings have been playing on my mind since the Burleigh event and I felt the pressure today.”
“Hopefully I can start hitting my straps in the next round,”.
Stu is keen to impress at Straddie after being beaten by Tahitian powerhouse Tamaroa McComb in the final of the ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series event at Burleigh Heads last week.
Sitting in fourth place for the majority of the 20-minute heat, Stu bounced back in the final 5-minutes to net a high-scoring 8.00 and backed it up with a 5.17 to finish with a 13.17 heat total.
The next heat he demolished the opposition to progress thru to the round of 24 with a final tally of 16.53- 9.33 + 7.20. Sounds like he's just starting to warm up.
Just make sure you stay away from that pub until it's all over mate.
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Oakley Pro Junior

Oakley Pro Junior - North Stradbroke Island Set To Host The World's Best Pro Junior Surfers.
THE coveted ASP Australasian Pro Junior Series continues to gain momentum in 2008 with the next chapter set to rock the island hideaway of North Stradbroke tomorrow.

The inaugural Oakley Pro Junior, running from February 5-10 and offering $30,000 prize money, promises to be the most exciting tournament in Queensland junior surfing history.

Le-Ba surfer Ben Lowe starts in Ht 12 of round 1. Stu Kennedy will be trying to keep his big roll going when he surfs in Ht 1 of round 2
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Straddie update
Stu Kennedy easily won his first heat in the Oakley Pro Junior and is into the round of 48

February Round 1

Round 1 was held out the point at Lennox in O.K 3' waves. Mitch Adams won the Cadets, Nick Hoskins won the Juniors, Stu Kennedy won the Opens, Noel Graham won the Seniors, Rod Steeles won the Masters and Pete McBurney won the Veterans.There was also drama as young cadet surfer Zac Russell got his leg caught and crushed under a massive rock whilst jumping off, with other club members rushing to his aid to free his leg whilst waves washed over them. Special mention to Matt Minmaw who also got quite a few barnacle cuts whilst lifting the huge rock. Zac was understandly rattled and his leg was swollen, bruised and cut. He is one of several young surfers that regularly surfs the point, and surfs it well, so the club hopes he recovers quickly and gets back on the horse out there.

Little Le-Ba was postponed on the Sunday due to the torrential rain but will be held this Sunday. For full results click on the February results link on the right