Todd McRorie: 17 years old and already signing a deal

Todd McRorie is the newest and youngest member of the Flipmode team.

Todd won himself a spot on the 4Play team last year, had a two page spread in the latest issue of Movement Mag (Issue 33) and also scored himself a spot on their up and coming grom search trip.

He’s also an active member of the Wollongong Bodyboard Club. This 17 year old is a real standout in the surf.

He has a unique style, very fluid which he combines with power moves.

Mark McCarthy: he won it all

The weather that was predicted had arrived with a vengeance on the morning of the finals. All contestants met at Bones at 7am to make a call whether to run the contest or to hold off and surf the huge swell that was predicted for Monday.

The decision was made to surf the remaining 7 final heats at Bones. The waves were still very contestable but with a side shore wind that was getting stronger by the minute it was decided that the Junior and Pro final should be run first followed by the remaining other divisions. Waves were in the 3-5ft range with the wind conditions making wave choice a huge part in the finalists approach to winning their respective final heats.

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West Coast Classic South Africa: perfection on Earth

Contestants woke to expectations of a clean swell with offshore winds and what we found on arrival at “Bones” was probably better than what most people would have imagined.

Super smooth 3-4ft lines peeled down the spongy reef at Bones. The waves were some of the best seen for a SABA event and seeing that it was the first event of its kind on the west coast, organisers couldn’t have asked for better.

With a looming 5m swell predicted on Monday and Sundays conditions looking a bit onshore, organisers used today’s conditions to run as much as the contest as possible.

Stand out riders from the Mens division were Dean Van Der Pool, Josh Kleve, Ruan de Bruin, Rupert La Grange.

Stephen Roos, Adam Morley, Bjorn Coetzee, Simon Heale, Darren Halse and Mark McCarthy opened up their attacks on fellow Pro division riders by winning their heats. Mark McCarthy looks the man to beat in the Pro division. He scored two 10 point rides in his Quarter and Semi final heat.

The Juniors was as usual a fierce affair between competitors and making it into the final day of competition is Storm Prestwich, Andrew Raath, Stephen Du Preez and Matt Fowle.

Lets hope for more of the west coast goodness tomorrow!