Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by Land Rover will hold a waiting period from February 25 through March 7. Owen Wright and Adam Melling, ASP World Title ranked 3rd and 26th respectively will be there to kick off their 2012 campaign. Tyler Wright, ranked 4th in the world, will be in the Roxy event. Quiksilver King of the Groms will also be running at some time during the waiting period with Le-Ba groms Mikey Wright and Zac Wightman keen to charge a couple from behind the rocks. Good luck everyone.

Update Feb 25th
Tyler had a great first heat demolishing her opponents with wave scores of 8.40 and 9.30. Owen came from behind to win by 0.03 in the last 2 minutes with some tight backhand blasts.
"It was a really tough heat! I was out of position for a while at the start, I tried to get a couple of quick scores but it didn't really work out. Then in the last 15 minutes I decided to wait and be more selective, and I got that wave that I got the score on and I was stoked because it had a nice wall on it. There was a couple of sections to do finners, so I thought I'd fin it to win it."

Mello lit it up from behind the rock and took out Parko and Dane - epic.
"It's feels great to win that one! I saw in the news and they were calling it the Dane verse Parko heat and I was thinking - what about me, I'm in this one too. Both of those guys surf unreal and I am happy to get the win, my boards are feeling good and my body is fit and I'm hoping for a big year.

Everyone through to round 3.




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ASP/Robertson



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Update Feb 27th
Owen surfed really well to survive a tough heat vs Wilko, winning by 0.4 points and moving into round 4.
"That was our first man-on-man heat on the world tour. I was really nervous before the heat, but once I got out there I felt comfortable. I knew he was going to get an 8-point-ride, and I knew I could answer straight back. We went wave for wave, score for score, there was nothing much in that heat. We were paddling in and none of us knew who won and I was just happy that one of us was going through to the next round."

Tyler absolutely smashed it again with scores of 8.77 and 7.43 and cruised straight into the quarters. In Mello's round 3 heat JW racked up a 9.57 and 9.00 which would look insurmountable to most but Adam answered back with a 9.13. In the end JW held priority until the hooter and Mello ran out of time chasing a score that was achievable considering the way he was surfing.




Photo Robertson / ASP

Update Feb 28th
Owen surfed amazing in round 4 but was beaten by Adriano by 0.24 . He cranked it up a notch in round 5 with a commanding win sending him to the quarters. In the Roxy Pro quarter finals Tyler comboed the 2011 World Champion with a massive 18.03 ( 9.60 and 8.43 ). Mikey had a great win in the KOTG semi needing a 7.20 he took off seconds before the hooter and nailed an 8.90. Zac was a bit unlucky in his semi where he couldn't finish a few big moves. What an incredible experience for the groms on surfing's biggest stage.



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Update March 5th
Owen looked to have his quarter final in the bag but had it snatched away in the final minutes and finished 5th. Same thing happened to Tyler in the semis and she finished 3rd. Both great results in the 2012 season opener. Mikey went ballistic in his KOTG final and smashed it for a huge win.
"I was having fun, all you gotta do is have fun."
Congratulations to the Wright family.


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2012 Jim Beam Surftag Australian Championships including the Boardriders Cup runs Feb 21st - 23rd at North Wall Ballina. The Boardriders Cup event features club champions from 42 club across Australia with the winner receiving $2,000 and a $500 Sanyo video camera. James Wood will be representing Le-Ba starting in Ht 9. Get down to the Wall on Tuesday and give Woody some support. The Surftag event runs over Wednesday and Thursday in our backyard so do whatever it takes to get down there. The team is Adam Melling, Owen Wright, Stu Kennedy, James Wood and Marcus Aboody. GO LE-BA !!!
 Wednesday 1pm - Heat 5 Scarborough, North Shelley, South Coast SA, Le-Ba

Update Feb 21st
Boardriders Cup ran today in 1' - 2' righthanders in front of the Pub @ Lennox . Woody surfed brilliantly in every heat and eventually won the final to be crowned Australian Boardriders Cup Champion of Champions. He was met in the surf by a band of vocal Le-Ba supporters, congratulated by his little Bro ( in his very wet Lennox Public uniform ) and chaired up to receive the cheque for $2k. What an incredible start to the 3 day event.
“It was a good day and great to start the week and for the Surftag finals, I knew it was going to be a pretty big day if I was going to go all the way I just tried to drink as much water as I could and I was still cramping up a bit and in the end”, said Wood who surfed five solid heats.

“I had a really good heat just before the semi and catching lots of waves, we have a really good team this year and hopefully we can keep it going and come away with a win at the Club Challenge tomorrow.
Love ya work Woody. Go Le-Ba !!!


Your Champion - image Craig Parry Photography



Update Feb 22nd
The team had a solid heat win today with a 84.21 total. Le-Ba surfs next in quarter final 3 @ 10am. Team Emery progressed to the final of the FCS Manufacturers Cup today. It's going to be a busy day for those surfers tomorrow. Live vision and scores below






Update Feb 24th
We won !!!

“We’ve ended up in a few finals over the years but never nailed it, we’ve put a lot of effort and a lot of time to get to this spot, we are all pretty proud to get here. All the boys are really happy to even make the final so everyone is feeling great”.

“The conditions were quite good, we started off with Melling, Owen in second then I was third and we finished up with Stuey and James Wood, we were pretty confident we were going to come out in front at the end of the day.”
Marcus Aboody Le-Ba club team captain and Man of the Match.



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Photo Ben Campbell

Photo Ben Campbell

Photo Ben Campbell

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry

Photo Craig Parry




Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge runs Friday 17th - Sunday 19th February. The event is mobile across the southern end of the Gold Coast but as in past years is likely to be held at Duranbah. The team is Tom Snellgrove, Zac Wightman, Sam Morgan, Sonny Russell, Marcus Aboody, Brad Wilcox, Jock Barnes and Mikey Wright. Get up there and fire the team up if you can. Good luck fellas.

Update Feb 17th
Results from day 1 - Tom 1st, Sam 2nd, Zac 3rd

Update Feb 18th
Results from day 2 - Sonny 2nd and Marcus 3rd

Update Feb 19th
Results from day 3 - Jock 1st and Mikey 2nd
The Le-Ba team finished equal 4th on points and after a countback of most heat wins finished the event in 11th out of 34 clubs. Big thanks to Shannon, Snelly and Tony O for their effort up there over the weekend. Well done fellas








Australian Open Of Surfing at Manly Beach presented by Hurley and Billabong runs Feb 11th - 19th. Adam Melling, Stu Kennedy, James Wood and Stephen Walsh are in the event. Nik Hoskin is entered into the Pro Junior. Steph Single and Tyler Wright are in the womens event. Good luck everyone.

Update Feb 11th
A good start to the event for Nik today progressing into the round of 32.

Update Feb 12th
Nik couldn't find the right waves today and finished 17th

Update Feb 13th
Steph Single had a great start to the womens event with a heat win in round 1. Unfortunately she was eliminated in the 2nd round but it's still a great result for her first major event. Good on ya Steph.No luck for Tyler who was also eliminated in round 2

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Update Feb 14th
Woody had a win today and cruised into the round of 96.

Photo: Dallas Kilponen



Update Feb 15th
Walshy progressed through to the round of 96 today.

Update Feb 16th
Woody surfed really precise today to make it into the round of 48. Mello made some below average waves look good to easily progress into the final 48. Stu surfed great but couldn't find the right sections and was eliminated. Walshy was ripping in a tight stacked heat but was unfortunately knocked a couple of minutes after the final hooter.






Update Feb 17th
No luck for Woody in a wave starved heat in 1' Manly slop, eliminated in the round of 48. Mello was 2nd for most of his heat but then had a last minute win in the round of 48. In the round of 24 Mello dominated with powerful surfing and clinical air reverses for a win. He surfs next in Ht 4 round of 16 vs Ace.




Update Feb 18th
Mello just missed making the quarters and finished 9th. Well done mate.




Breaka Burleigh Pro , ASP 4 star World Tour event, runs February 8th - 12th at Burleigh Point. Adam Melling , James Wood and Stephen Walsh are in the event. Good luck fellas.

Update Feb 10th
Walshy and Woody both surfed well in their round 64 heat with Stephen finishing 2nd. Unfortunately Woody fell just short of progressing in the small tricky conditions. Mello was rock solid and posted a win.

Update Feb 11th
Walshy missed progressing by 0.63 points in a close one and finished 17th. Mello couldn't find a backup for his 8.33 and went down in a stacked heat finishing in 17th as well.


What a great first round at out the point. Very proud of the new groms who have stepped up this year to compete in the cadets. You guys were the standout today taking on 4-6 foot conditions and surviving the rocks this morning. A big welcome to all our new members.
Jonny Hewitt - Pres.

Photos Matt Bryce and Kellie O'Brien



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2011 presso day photos - Kellie O'Brien