A wave of success

Warren HatelyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Dunsborough's Joe Jordanoff in action.
Camera IconDunsborough's Joe Jordanoff in action. Credit: Justin Majeks/Surfing WA

Capes bodyboarders have scored big at the weekend’s revitalised WA Bodyboard Titles held at Mindarie’s Claytons Beach.

Seven State Champions crowned in “exciting high-performance bodyboard waves” included Dunsborough veteran Joe Jordanoff and Margaret River young gun Ziggy Bullock.

Competitors were frothing at the chance to attack peak conditions at the weekend bout after surfing activities were put on hold for three months amid COVID-19 concerns.

Bullock defended his under-18 junior boys State title from 2019, going back-to-back with some quality tube rides and clean rolls.

Bullock was pushed all the way by close friend Max McGregor, also from Margaret River, with 2.20 points separating the pair when the final siren sounded.

“This is my first time surfing here at Claytons and I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said after the win.“It’s a super fun beach break with some sick wedges. I’d like to thank Max’s mum for driving us up and taking care of us. It’s been a blast.”

Margaret River's Ziggy Bullock carves through his set.
Camera IconMargaret River's Ziggy Bullock carves through his set. Credit: Justin Majeks/Surfing WA

Jordanoff won in the open men’s category and the over-35 masters, and also came second in the drop-knee division to Marangaroo’s Mark Boehm. Surfing WA organisers said the veteran “turned back the clock to prove he’s still amongst WA’s finest bodyboarders, with an epic performance across multiple divisions”.

Jordanoff fought hard to win in the blue-ribbon open men’s division against former Brazilian national champ Tainan Monte, and Perth surfers Josh De Legh and Blake Gerrard.

His follow-up victory in the masters reflected the technique on show in past State, national and pro titles.

He posted the highest individual score of the event at 9.60 out of 10, as well as the highest combined total of the event at 17.93 (from a possible 20).

“The last State title I competed here in Mindarie was like 25 years ago,” Jordanoff said.

“It’s a really good bodyboard wave and I still have so much love and froth for this sport.

“Getting in the water, mixing it up with the guys, pulling on a rashie, I just love it — it’s the best,” he said.

“I’ve always loved competing, but to have a win with my family watching on from the beach is something pretty special that I’ll always remember.”

Mindarie local Ebony Schell claimed her maiden State title in the open women’s division, and Joondalup’s Andrew Browning won the under-16 cadet boys State title.

Duncraig’s Adam Armstrong won the over-45 grand masters.

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