2009 RAW Nationals and Rebel Sport Pro Wrap-up


Corey Mclean (above) is your new Australian Tour Champion.


By reaching the semi-finals of the Rebel Sport Pro at D’Bah, Gold Coaster Corey Mclean beat Jake Stone for the Australian Title, but he wasn’t the only winner…

Here are all the results from all the great bodyboarding that went down in the RAW National Titles at D’Bah over the six days:

1) Sam Bennett (18.40) Port Macquarie, NSW
2) Chase O’Leary (14.50) Port Macquarie, NSW
3) Joe Clarke (12.40) Gold Coast, QLD
4) David Lohan (11.27) Sunshine Coast QLD

1) Kaitlin Murphy (14.84) Central Coast, NSW
2) Serena Ball (9.14) New Zealand
3) Nicole Fleming (7.50) Tasmania
4 Kirby Smith (2.87) Western Australia

1) Jade Charnock (12.10) Port Macquarie NSW
2) Jane Keel (9.90) New South Wales
3) Julia Jackson (8.03) New South Wales
4) Emily Ryan (3.27) Cronulla, New South Wales

1) Charlie Holt (12.50) Port Macquarie, NSW
2) Tom Rigby (11.33) Mermaid Beach, QLD
3) Todd McRorie (11.10) NSW
4) Jesi Robinson (8.50) Port Macquarie, NSW

1) Shaun Peterson (16.50) Sunshine Coast, QLD
2) David Lohan (11.57) Sunshine Coast, QLD
3) Clinton Kettle-Well (9.33) 13th Beach, VIC
4) Curtis Parker (6.97) Sunshine Coast, QLD

1) Lachlan Cramsie (16.67) Queensland
2) Lewy Finnegan (14.00) Western Australia
3) Thorpe Waleuw (13.10) Gold Coast, Queensland
4) Sam Strachan (12.50) New South Wales

1) Davis Blackwell (16.10) Western Australia
2) Matthew Guignon (13.90) New South Australia
3) Ben Newland (11.40) Gold Coast, Queensland
4) Kent Mullins (7.32)


1) Dane Pope (14.43) Gold Coast, Queensland
2) Steve Lloyd (11.76) Queensland
3) Glen Sullivan (8.84) Cronulla, Queensland
4) Adam Rose (5.00) Queensland

Excerpt from the IBA regarding final day of the Nationals:

The six day bodyboarding event was run in a complete mix bag of conditions, including messy large 1.5 metre surf, to epic offshore conditions mid week and Friday saw competition on hold by lunch time as conditions were virtually flat.  Todays final day at D-Bah saw the famous beach break come alight with some perfect right hand wedges rolling through. With over 200 competitors in town the level of competitiveness amongst the states was unbelievable, however only one eventual winner from each division could win.

In the end it was Sam Bennett of Port Macquarie, that took the blue ribbon event the Open Mens.  Sam was one of the stand out surfers of the whole week, which involved multiple nine and ten point rides from the judging panel.  Sam notched up a massive 18.40 to take out Chase O’Leary in second with 14.50, Joe Clarke in third with 12.40 and David Lohan with 11.27. “I got a few moves down out there at the start, I got a really good flip which helped, then through out the heat I found a few bowls and did some ARS’s and a backflip”.  said Sam. “The competition this week has been really good, though its been pretty hot”.

Sam Bennett (*All surfing shots courtesy of the good people at IBA Australasia)

Kaitlin Murphy of the Central Coast, NSW was far too good in the open womens division taking out Serena Ball in second with 9.14, Nicole Fleming in third with 7.50 and Kirby Smith in forth with 2.87. “I am feeling really good, pretty stoked really” said Kaitlin. “I have been surfing and training heaps in preparation for the contest”.

The IBA press release for the Rebel Sport Pro is as follows:

The strongest season of the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour has concluded today at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast. Today’s conditions were in the 1.0 metre range, which made the perfect platform for the worlds best pro’s to launch an assault. In a thrilling final, Dave Crowley of Sydney NSW, took on Dave Winchester South Curl Curl NSW, Chad Jackson Western Australia and Sean Peterson of the Central Coast in NSW. The boys went wave for wave through out the final and those on the beach were witness to an epic heat. Jackson was to good in the end, putting together a wave combination of 16.60 to take out Dave Winchester with 13.85, Sean Peterson with 12.75 and Dave Crowley 7.65.

Jackson took risks through out the final and was rewarded.   He waited 15 minutes before catching a wave and then unleashed his full arsenal on the Duranbah Wedge. “I am pumped, this is the best feeling ever and it’s the first tour event that I have ever won” said Jackson. “It was pretty risky waiting 15 minutes before catching a wave, but then I got one really good one and that gave me lots of confidence to go and get another good one”.


The womens final ended in a tussle between the girls from New South Wales.  Only one point separated the top 3 finalists, with Lily Pollard the seasoned professional nudging past, Emma Cobb of (Ulladulla, NSW) Nicole Fleming (Tasmania) and Lauren Knowles (Newcastle, NSW). “I am really stoked to be here and be competing again, I have had little bit of time off competition so it’s good to be back”. Said Lily
Lilly Pollard


Dave Winchester of South Curl Curl in NSW took out the Pro Dropknee with a 13.56 combined wave total to take out Dane Pope of the Gold Coast, QLD, Dylan Lee in third and Jon Capili of NSW in forth with 6.74.

Dave Winchester


Rheopaipo Pro, Duranbah QLD, March 20 – 22 WINNER Mitch Rawlins – QLD
Soldiers Beach Pro, Wyong, NSW, March 26 – 26 WINNER Mark McCarthy – South Africa
Rheopaipo Pro, 13th Beach, VIC, May 23 – 24 WINNER Dave Winchester – NSW
Soldiers Beach Pro V2, Wyong, NSW, July 16 – 19 WINNER Jones Russell – NSW
EBB Pro, South WA, Sepetember 4 – 6 WINNER Corey McLean – QLD
Knights Beach Pro, SA,  September 18 – 19 WINNER Dallas Singer – NSW
Rebel Sport Pro, Duranbah, QLD, November 9 – 14 WINNER
Chad Jackson – WA

We’ve also got you some lifestyle shots of the event courtesy of Naw.


Mitch Rawlins


Joe Clarke


Friday’s lineup – practically flat.


Jake Stone with Lackey’s puppy, Valentino.


Jarrod Gibson

There’s more chatter and photos on the week’s proceeding’s at the Riptide Forum and a whole bunch of shots at surfphotos.com.au. Chad’s already written about his win on his Riptide Rider Blog and if you’re after photos of the Nationals when there was a little bit of swell click through to the Riptide Exclusive Gallery for shots from aophoto.com.au.

Finally, the 2010 Rebel Sport Pro Tour will comence in March again at D-Bah.

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