Fox Grom Shootout presented by Bede Durbidge ran March 22 - 23 at North Stradbroke Island. Mikey McDonagh won the final in his first year in the U14's. In the final held in 3'-4' clean waves at Deadmans Mikey stamped his superiority over his opponents with a massive closeout reverse to finish with a substantial lead. Congratulations grom !







2014 Jim Beam Surftag Series Australian Finals run March 27-29 at Duranbah. The Jim Beam Boardriders Cup runs on Thursday with 50 Open Club Champions all hoping they can beat the best - Stu Kennedy. Woody will be the man to beat in the Tee-Ink Tee Off. This speciality event will see the Man of the Match from the six Jim Beam Surftag Qualifiers compete in a 15-minute heat with each surfer only to catch one wave. The teams event runs Friday and Saturday. Get up to the Goldy if you can and show your Le-Ba spirit, ya mongrels.

Let's do it again this year !!
 Team-
James Wood 
Stu Kennedy
Stephen Walsh
Marcus Aboody
Joe Hudson
Reserve - The Prez 

Update March 27th
Stu was ripping today in the solid stormy conditions and finished 5th. Well done mate. The Teams  Challenge starts tomorrow.


Image Wes Lonegran
Update March 28th
Organizers had to put the event on hold for 2 hours this morning due to the foul weather. The event was then moved to Greenmount which was handling the conditions better than D'Bah. This also forced a change in the format with one surfer needing to catch 2 waves and the rest just one wave ( compared to the standard 3 waves each ). Woody handled the change really well and caught his 2 waves in 10 minutes to leave the rest of the team plenty of time. The fellas all smashed it and took the win, moving into the 1/4 Finals tomozza.


Image Wes Lonegran
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Update March 29th
Team Le-Ba finished 2nd at the Jim Beam Surftag National Finals held in 3'-4' wedgy peaks at D'Bah. 
The quarter finals were at high tide with a 3 minute paddle out so the organizers changed the format to 2 waves with the 2nd wave nominated as the power wave ( double points ). All the clubs were chasing the clock but Le-Ba managed their time the best, with Joe Hudson anchorman managing to paddle out a catch 2 solid waves in 4 minutes, to take the win. Stu Kennedy posted the highest total for the heat and scored some product from the sponsor. Woody was 0.1 behind him and Walshy was rock solid with a 17.17 total.



The Tee Ink Tee Off was run in improving conditions with the 6 Man of the Match surfers from the regional qualifiers sent out for 15 minutes to catch only one wave. Woody smashed a bomb within the first 30 seconds and posted a 8.83. He came in and conserved his energy for the team challenge but was unlucky to be relegated into 2nd place by Jordy Lawler from Narrabeen.

In the semi final the conditions changed quickly with the tide with leaving surfers to chose to surf either next to the wall or the northern end of the beach. The scoring potential dried up on the northern end and left Le-Ba struggling to find high scoring waves, apart from one sick barrel from Brains. It looked like the team was going to be eliminated with Narrabeen needing to post a 2.00 point ride with 12minutes to go. The Narra surfer ( Jordy Lawler again ) had other ideas however and basically sat there until the final hooter with his entire club screaming at him from the shorey. There was sweating, swearing and elevated blood pressure in what may have been the longest 12 minutes in the history of Le-Ba. After the hooter Le-Ba were 2nd and into the final.

The final was really tight with Le-Ba leading for most of the heat. Things became even tighter when Marcus blew out his knee trying to hold on after a big turn on a chunky nugget next to the wall. He was unable to run back up the beach so Joey subbed in to run down and tag him and run back to the box for the change over before he surfed later in the final. It was several minutes after the hooter until the final result was announced with local club D'Bah taking the win from Le-Ba by 2.77 points.

At the presso Woody was awarded as the highest scoring surfer of the final and Le-Ba was named as the NSW champions as well as 2nd overall. Congratulations to all the surfers and support crew for a brilliant result and thanks to our ever calm and patient bus driver Toby Hordern.
More photos and video coming soon....


Image Don Munro

Image Don Munro



Image Don Munro
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2014 Kirra Teams Challenge is on March 14th - 16th on the Southern end of the Gold Coast. Le-Ba has a solid history in the event over the last 30 years and the team will be looking to bring home some cash. The forecast is looking interesting with a large East swell due for the weekend courtesy of TC Lusi. Get up to the Goldy and give the team some support. Good luck fellas. 

LEBA TEAM -
Juniors- 
 Sam Morgan (Friday)
 Kye Healey (Friday)
 Opens-
 James Wood (Friday)
 Joe Hudson (Saturday)
 Sunny Russel (Saturday)
 Marcus Aboody (Saturday)
 Jonny Hewett (Sunday)
 Stevie Walsh (Sunday)
 Reserve- Mark Hernage
Live Scores and results below

Update Friday - Day 1 of 3 
 A good start to the Kirra Teams Challenge today with 2 heat wins and a 4th. Sam Morgan started us off with a win in the 2nd heat of the day followed by a 4th by Kye Healey in Ht 9 and finished off with a win from Woody this arvo.

Update Day 2 
The event ran at Kirra today starting with pretty epic bazzas. Joe Hudson was in the first heat of the day and finished 3rd. Sunny Russell also came 3rd in the tricky onshore conditions later in the day after the NorthEaster came in.


Joey Hudson





Update Day 3
Some big results for the team today in solid waves at Kirra. Mark Hernage came in as reserve for Marcus and found a sick barrel to take a win. The Prez, Jonny Hewitt was ripping and finished 2nd and Stephen Walsh brought it home with another heat win. The team finished 6th overall. A big thanks to all the support crew that attended over the weekend.

"A very tough day of surfing today with howling north east winds greeting competitors all day and a heaving swell that was breaking from miles out the back of Kirra on the sets. With 24 heats left to run, the contest Director called 20 min heats with best one wave counted. The surfers from every club competing on the final day of the Kirra teams challenge for 2014, put on a brave and sometimes stella performance to thrill the crowd and still post some very high scores." -Kirra Surfriders.



Herno emerging from the pit of the day
 
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