The inaugural Lee Graffin McCurdy Invitational went down at Mitchell’s Wedge last weekend in pumping conditions.
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The special invitation-only event, which paid tribute to some of WA’s bodyboarding pioneers, was well attended with some epic riding going down in the excellent, wedgey conditions. Read the full wrap-up below.

All photos by Steve Allen and Michael Steele.

When you rock up to the spot you’ve been hoping to run an event and see it a lil’ flat and not much happening the old gut gets twisted. Thankfully that feeling didn’t last for long as the ocean threw out the first of a four-wave set with every additional wave growing in size to something better than the previous. IT IS ON!!!!

The new format with 25 minute heats proved to be brilliant, giving all competitors that opportunity to bust out some big moves and register strong scores. The best score from each rider from each heat was tallied together to get the overall top four.
New and old school was the mix with young guns Noah Symmans, Lee Wilson and Jake Metcalfe putting it to the old boys with flips off of critical sections.

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Prone winner Noah Symmans on a chunky one.

Joe Jordanoff proved he has still got it both prone and DK, bashing sections on the knee and smooth transitions between moves in the prone division. Flash backs to state round heats from the late 90’s was constantly a call on the beach.

Fearless approaches by Ben Veitch and Jay Hardaker weren’t quite enough to bust into the top four of the prone division but definitely need a mention as they put up a strong effort.

With 0.66 of a point separating the top four the format proved to be a winner. Taking out honours in the Prone was Noah Symmans (14.99), a close second was Jake Metcalfe (14.68), third went to old school charger Ben Delfs (14.34), who took it all the way to the groms and Joey J (14.33) with a solid performance and super close finish just missing on 3rd spot.

DK was brilliant. Four full heats were on offer for spectators and the boys didn’t hold back. The ocean seemed to calm a little with the cleaner inside ones allowing competitors ample opportunity to get shacked on the knee. Barrels and cutties with a few spins made for epic viewing. Solid performances by everyone on the DK division made it a tight contest. Top four DK places went to Rory Nelson (11.66), second Joey J (10.4), third Jay Hardaker (10.33) and fourth was Nathan Ducasse (7.17).

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Rory Nelson finds a nice DK pit.

After the event an all in paddle out to honour the bodyboarders the event was named after and an impromptu slab session was the picture with crew egging each other on to go large.
All in all a successful event!

The Inaugural Lee Graffin McCurdy Invitational set the bar for future bodyboarding events. The ability to run an event with a waiting period proved its worth and managed to provide competitors and spectators everything they want in a comp, solid pits and busting out big moves!!!!!!

Events like this don’t just happen so a big shout out to the sponsors of the event Good Earth Surf Shop Bunbury and Margaret River, Reeflex Wetsuits, Grand Flavour and Creatures of Leisure. Along with support from South West Bodyboard Club and Pour House (Dunsborough).

See the full gallery below:

You can show your support and keep this event an annual thing by purchasing a tee from Good Earth Surf Shop instore and online link below.

Feature image: Jay Hardaker with a big roll.



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