Mitch Rawlins continued his domination of the 2008 Human Pro Tour with another win in fun sized peaks at Logan’s Beach, Warrnambool, Victoria, taking out the Coastal Real Estate Pro presented by Southern Guns surfshop.

His competitive savvy was pushed to the limit by West Australian Chad Jackson who surprised a lot of spectators with his small wave riding technique notching up some of the highest scores of the day.

Third place went to Sydney bodyboarder Dave Winchester who peaked early with his mind blowing semi-final performance. Victoria’s best competitive Bodyboarder Jayden Hunt finished in fourth.

“I wasn’t sure who won that final to tell you the truth” said Rawlins. “It must have been so close between me and Winny and Chad. I did get one wider one that went all the way to shore and I stalled and got a sick little tube that went for heaps…It was fun out there”.

“I am keen for the Tour this year. There is a swing back towards competitive surfing and I am stoked that all the best riders are following the Human Pro Tour again. It pushes you in all conditions and it’s fun to travel to cool spots like Warrnambool” said the champ.

Equal fifth place was shared by Michael Novy & Dave Crowley. A big crowd rolled up to watch and the local media and businesses were very supportive. Also on show was the next generation of Victorian stars contesting the State titles.

The 2008 Vico Champions were as follows:

Cadet                  Mitch Parker
Junior                  Joe Lewis
Senior Men          Trent Con
DK                       Grant Lowman
Open                   Jesse Dolman

The presentation was held at Southern Guns and afterwards Chad Jackson & Brad Hughes showed off their latest flick “Draw” to a pack of frothing grommets.

All in all the event was a raging success and we look forward to an expanded format for 2009.

Source: IBA Australasia