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Wed, 14 February 2018

Bullets flew at the Globe Llandudno Boardriders Shootout in barelling 6-8 foot smokers that went off with a loud bang at the Gat (gun) in Llandudno recently, writes Liam Wood for Wavescape.


TAKING AIM: A surfer lines up the next smoking barrel in heaving Llandudno. Photo Supplied

By bullets, we don't mean old ballies, though there were some in the more than 70 contestants who entered five divisions: juniors, bodyboarding, open masters and grand masters. Eight top local bodyboarders toughed it over three heats, getting spat from the barrel with machine-gun regularity.

The old guard, with the likes of Seth Phitides, Jared Barbe, Adam Grant, Edward Millet and Marcus Phitides, drew their weapons against the new school of Gleesson, Kitchen and Oliver. In the end, it was the old school lines of Adam Grant who came out on top in the ballistics test.

In the Junior division, groms pushed personal boundries as they shot out of 6-8ft low tide bombs. In the end, it was experienced competitor and SA team rider Luke SLijpen taking potshots at the likes of Greg Torrington, Callam Seha and Jordy Talbot.


FIRING! Another cracker blasts across the bank at Llandudno. Photo supplied

The Grand Masters wanted to prove to their fellow club members - and the lighties - that their aim was still true. They showcased some old school Shaun Tompson barrel-riding and Gary Elkington power hacks. WP man Volker Mielk came out guns blazing with his bigger boards, while Dinor Bienz dodged bullets by pulling off radical snap stalls in the tube.

At the end of the day, the shootout between John Slijpen and Matt Kramer was all about using up as much ammo as possible, with a few giant Mark Richards carves to add velocity. Kramer proved that the town wasn't big enough for the two of them, and he dropped Slijpen with a smoking barrel or two.

The main division was the crowd favourite. The level of surfing was next level, and perhaps the best surfing ever seen at Llandudno. The likes of the Eales brothers, Iyk forsyth, Paul Daniel, Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Payne, Dale Staples, Josh Brodie and Jordan Alexander could have hit the target.


GREEN ROOM: The bodyboarding division was hotly contested in the hollow surf. Photo Supplied

In the end, it was WSL QS campaigner Dale Staples and SA Junior Team member Luke SLijpen, 16, who traded barrels with each other. SLijpen pipped Staples with a stylish head bow as he slid from a crisp five foot tube, with a layback turn sealing the deal. He stopped short of holstering his gun. He wasn't riding one!

A huge thanks goes to the whole surf community for an unforgettable event. Thanks to Globe, Reef, Koalition, The City of Cape Town, Llandudno Surf and particularly Ryan Payne for his patience judging all day, while teaching the super groms how to run a surf event. The flag is flying high for the future of Llandudno surfing.

Final Results
1st - Adam Grant
2nd - Jared Barbe
3rd - Brode Gleeson
4th - Seth Phitides

Grand Masters
1st - Matt Kramer
2nd - Dino Bienz
3rd - John Slijpen
4th - Steve Rohland
5th - Mike Snyman

1st - Jacque Smit
2nd - Van Fletcher
3rd - Robert Curtis

1st - Luke SLijpen
2nd - Greg Torrington
3rd - Callum Seha
4th - Jordan Talbot

1st - Luke Slijpen
2nd - Dale Staples
3rd - Josh Brodie
4th - Paul Daniel

“Brave” Most commited – Emma Grey (only girl in the event)
“Brave” Biggest barrel – Selon Twenty Man Jones
“Brave” Biggest Wipout – Steve Rohland

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