The swell gods deserted us for the final round of the ATOLL TRAVEL 2016 Australian Kneeboard Titles, but it has still been a great year. Unfortunately the final round at Kiama had to be cancelled due to no swell, but the other 3 rounds produced some top surfing, and as always a lot of enjoyment catching up with all our friends around the country. Many thanks to ATOLL TRAVEL for once again being the circuit sponsor for this year, the travel vouchers are highly sought after, and have been enjoyed by a number of winners in the past few years. Also, many thanks to all the sponsors of the 4 events held around the country that make up the circuit, and to the hosting clubs, along with surfing NSW for their work in staging the competitions. And of course, to the competitors that have travelled from near and far to make the events a success.
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The 2015 ISA sanctioned World Kneeboard Contest has wrapped up with Albert Munoz taking out the title of the Open's World Champion. The contest was held in 2 - 6 foot surf at Bombo and Kiama Wedge, with lovely sunny days. 120 Contestants came from all around Australia and the World, including contestants from France, Spain, the USA, South Africa, South America, continue reading...
A fantastic write up of the 2015 World Kneeboard Titles by the Kiama Indpendant Newspaper here
New photos of the 2015 World's here
Open Division Finals Simon Farrer Lenny Viall Gavin Coleman Peter Simmons
A Grade Finals Phil Arthur Craig Tinsley Nick Hartigan Simon Cootes
B Grade Finals Scott Ramsay Sandy Langlands John Cullen Yanni Carapetis Max Simionato
Congratulations to Simon Farrer for winning the Yamba Opens Competition. In second place was Chayne Simpson, in third place, Karl Ward and in fourth place,Mark Mcleod.
Winning the A Division was Rod Smith and the winner of the B Division was Jason Harrison.
Hi everyone just an update on the 2014 KSA circuit, AGM, 2015 circuit and preparations for the 2015 world titles in Kiama on the south coast of NSW. The circuit went really well this year with Simon Farrer taking home the chocolates as Aussie champ. It was pretty close at the end and went right down to the wire with Chayne & Macca right in it. No doubt the great sponsorship from Atoll Travel certainly makes a fantastic incentive for taking out the top spot in Open and A grade. We have had great support from NSW, Victoria and SA and this really gives us plenty of exposure and credibility for our sport. Queensland, West Oz and Tasmania are all a work in progress but if you know of anyone keen to do something in any of those states, get them to have a chat with us. Obviously without a strong and united committee sporting codes collapse, so a massive thanks to everyone on the committee for doing their bit to help out this year especially when Jim had some time out to recuperate. Jim is a very important part of the KSA and it's great to see him back fighting fit.
Opens - Chayne Simpson
A Grade - Dan Polsen
B Grade - Max Simionato
Womens - Catherine Karney
For all Round Three place winners and a full report click here
A huge thank you to the sponsors of the event: Cockles Cafe, Atoll Travel, Barz Optics, Raine & Horne, Beedemede Group, Farmers Union Iced Coffee, Parkes, Big Surf Australia, The End Product,Daves Wood Burning, Frensch Photography and Surfing South Australia.
Opens - Kyle Bryant
A Grade - Ken Horton
B Grade - Danny Lutjens
Womens - Catherine Karney
Cadets - Jed Collis
Groms - Noah Wright
For all Round Two place winners click here
A huge thank you to the sponsors of the event HIF, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Great Lakes Council,and Mobys Beachside Resort
Winners of all the divisions are:
Opens - David Parkes
A Division- Tony Jewell
B Division- Phil Arthur
Womens- Narelle Fenn
Juniors- Tom Novakov
Cadets- Gustavo Potenza
A big thank you to all the sponsors of the event: 2014 Circuit sponsor Atoll Travel, Island Surfboards and the Isle of Wight Hotel for 30 years of continuous support, The Bendigo Bank, Phillip Island Nature Park, Magiclands Rubbish Removal, Strapper Surf, Flashpoint, Kneeon, Parkes, Barz Optics, and Neil Luke Kneeboards.
The KSA circuit for 2013 has been completed with the running of the 3rd leg held at Kiama, NSW, on October 12th and 13th. The other events were
the Phillip Island Kneeboard Pro, and the South Coast Kneeboard Classic. The results for the year were very close in all divisions, with most only decided after their respective finals over the weekend. The standard of surfing this year was outstanding to watch, and the development of all of
our junior surfers was amazing. The Micro Groms are having a great time and continue to improve comp after comp.
Congratulations to all the winners, and all the place getters. And thank you to all the competitors for continuing to support Kneeboard surfing in Australia. Also, thanks to Surfing NSW and Surfing Vic for their valued , and continuing support, and to all their crews, and all the helpers at all the
events, including all of the club events.
The winners of each division for 2013
OPENS - Chayne Simpson
A DIVISION - Rob Rennie
B DIVISION - Andrew Felton
WOMENS - Mikayla Tinsley
JUNIORS - Tom Novakov
CADETS - Cameron Tinsley
MICRO GROMS - Nina Heidke
The comp started at Surf Beach Kiama, after much deliberation as to the best location considering the forecasts;it was a good decision as conditions improved as the day went on. Everything was organised and ran smoothly, thanks to the Surfing New South Wales team, with the WAKA crew turning up early to help Terry and Luke set everything up in the best possible manner. It was decided to run rounds 1 and 2 on the Saturday, and give everyone time in the afternoon to visit the Natural Necessity surf shop in Gerrigong, wander the shops in Gerriging or Kiama, and head to the Kiama Leagues club for dinner. Day 2 of the comp saw the location moved to North Bombo, as the northerly winds were picking up. Again the Waka crew turned up early to help Terry and Luke set everything up to the best advantage for a view of the competition area; again a great decision as the swell picked up and the wind turned to a westerly, leading to some smokers marching in, which were utilised by the competitors. After the comp ran its full course, the presentation was held at the Kiama Leagues Club, who supplied their auditorium for the event - excellent facilities, with the Bar and Bistro downstairs.
Jim and Smurf made the presentations for the Kiama comp winners, and then the overall 2013 Australian champions in their respective divisions. Then the WAKA mega raffle was drawn, great prizes were won and smiles on a few faces after it was drawn. The first prize was a very speedy looking 6 foot Kneeon concaved bottom kneeboard, all were salivating but the board went to Russell Smith. Second prize was a Metabo 18v cordless drill and worksite radio combo which was won by Peter Flood. Third prize of a four burner bbq was won by John Cullen. The Barz Optics floating polarized sunglassses were won by Brian Manahan,Simon Logue won the soft racks, Jed Collis won the Parkes kneepads and Peter Grant won the 2011 World Title comp vest.The WAKA crew also had their circuit famous bbq running hot, with bacon and egg burgers, as well as sausage sangas and drinks, which were sorely appreciated as the westerly that picked up was a very hot nor-westerly sending everyone for shelter from the hot sun and wind.
We had a big contingent from Venezuela who scored good results in the comp with their very strong field of surfers. Many of the Venezuelans
progressed through to the quarters and semis of the Opens,and then got pipped at the post by four of arguably best surfers on the globe. Other
Venezuelans got excellent results in other divisions in the comp, as can be seen in the results. The Victorians turned up in force also and impressed all with their surfing prowess. We had Marcus Hague from Queensland throwing down the gauntlet with some excellent surfing, and in all honesty would not have looked out of place in the finals. The Micro-Groms continues to grow and some strong performances from the Cadets,the Juniors and the Womens ensures the sport is being handed down to some up and coming champions.
A massive thanks goes out to Jim Brown, Luke Madden, Terry Day, the judges Wayne Pak, Mal Viegal, Head But and Col Gow, who supplied his ground breaking computerized judging system, CompuServe, the WAKA crew who helped set and dismantle the comp site each day, Mick Devall, Tom Newton,Troy Louth,Rudy Lausz, Dave Stevenson, Russel Smith- apologies to anyone who might be inadvertently not mentioned. A big thanks to the sponsors; Kneeon Kneeboards, Metabo power tools, the Kiama Legues Club, Kiama Council, Natural Necessity Surf Shop, Barz Optics. Also a big thanks to Phil Arthur who donated the World Titles comp vest and sold heaps of raffle tickets.
The winners of the divisions
Opens - Simon Farrer
Division A - Liam Taurins
Division B - Denny Dendoza
Juniors - Tom Novakov
Cadets - Gustavo Potenza
Womens - Sascha Taurins
Micro Groms - Nina Heidke
For full results of the Kiama Comp click here
Kneeon Kneeboards donated a brand new board to raffle in the 3rd round of this year's Australian Kneeboard circuit
at Kiama which was held on October 12th and 13th.
Kneeon has undergone a change of ownership with Wayne Hutch selling the well known brand to Nick Hartigan, a circuit hardened competitor
for many years. Nick has been shaping his own boards and has been selling a number of boards to suitably impressed kneeboarders under his
own brand Tempest. Wayne is staying on with Nick to pass on his knowledge in board shaping and running the Kneeon business.
The KSA are suitably impressed with Nick's surfing/shaping ability but also the move to support the new KSA executive in it's endeavour to
rebuild the world famous Aussie Kneeboard Circuit into something that will be proudly patronised by entrants and sponsors alike.
THE SHANNON BERWICK MEMORIAL COMP
The weather and surf we were not blessed with, but the turn-out and spirit we certainly were! About 30 crew turned up for a super cool day, with around 20 Novo's trying to claim the trophy in Shannon's honour.
Stockton turned on it's miserable best, so just like Shannon would do, we tried to see the best of it and ran the comp. Small week swell challenged everyone,and a nasty onshore arrived with a drenching shower, just in time for the final. In the end it was Baden Smith who will be the first Kneelo with his name on the perpetual trophy, followed by Ryan Gallagher, Nick Hartigan and Craig Tinsley. We were honoured to have Shannon's brother Trent on hand to present the trophy, and he was pretty stoked to see the whole event do down as it did. Thanks mate! A highlight of the proceedings was to hear the tribute that fellow Novo, Brett Finnan, read out - another classic poem, which he is famous for within the Novo club. Thanks to all who turned up to show their support, and the Novo's would love to extend a warm welcome to anyone who'd like to join us for this annual event. Shannon would love to see you there! He's Surfing With The Saints Surfing with some saints
Angels dropping in
No more worries for Shannon
Cleared of any sin!
Ripping up the point breaks
From the tips of shining stars
Barrels, hollow in the clouds
Reefs that leave no bloody scars!
No need for rubber Waves any time he likes
Guided by bright moon light
Surf with Shannon's memory
Under a layer of nice fresh wax
He can be the safety line
When your leg rope is stretched unto its max
A humble man of a champion
I've no doubt you know
Here's cheers to Shannon
The true pride of the NOVO'S!!
All the competitors and their families had a great time staying in beautiful Tahiti, with the Tahitian people being very welcoming hosts. Besides competing in the contest, competitors and their families, got to experience a tour of all of Tahiti's natural attractions, including Teahupoo, a day out in a Catamaran, surfing Taapuna, snorkelling the reef and a fantastic opening ceremony including stunning Tahitian dancing.
The Australian team put in a great effort at the World Kneeboard Titles in Tahiti and ended up winning three divisions. The Open Men's Final was a very close event. Australia's David Parkes won, with New Zealand's Hamish Christophers in second place, Chayne Simpson(Australia) was third and Michael Novakov (Australia) was fourth. David Parkes also won the Grand Kahuna's division, and Chayne Simpson won the Senior Men's age division.
The Winners of the other divisions were:
Open Women's - Tahiti
Junior Girl's - Tahiti
Junior Boy's - Venezuela
Senior Women's - Venezuela
Master's - Spain
Grand Master's - France
Kauhna's - Tahiti
ROB's - Tahiti
Country Tag Team - Venezuela