Victorian Wave sailing series Australia
Round three of the Victorian Wave sailing series was held at Sandy Pt in Victoria Australia. More famously known for its world class natural speed strip, Sandy Pt is also home to some awesome wavesailing conditions.
25-30 knots and some clean swell provided some great conditions for the comp. 30 sailors entered the open expression session with only 5 sailors going through to the 20min final.
Alistair McLeod got some really good rides early on and secured his place in the final, Andrew 'Hock' Hocking milked his waves managing heaps of turns which put him in the final. Joel Ryan & Evan Hawkey got some solid jumps and consistent wave riding which put both of them through.
Further down the beach Simon Hanson got some long rides which gave him the last spot in the final.
Andy Ackland struggled to find waves early in the heat which made him narrowly miss out for a place in the final, although a spectacular goiter attempt at the end of the heat got a few cheers from the judges!
Local Phil Vawdry also just fell short of making the final, he just needed a few more waves.
It seemed like as soon as the final started - the swell went flat with competitors finding it hard to find rides for the first part of the heat!
Hock's waveriding scoring highly with the judges getting long rides with lots of turns, while Alistair's wave riding also scored very highly with some really powerful smacks and aerials. Both sailors not managing to find enough jumps to score well in the overall though.
Simon stayed downwind finding some good waves while Evan and Joel put together a solid overall performance scoring highly on both waves and jumps.
Evan managed a couple of nice forwards and a backloop, while Joel managed to knock him off with a higher scoring backloop and a few forward loops as well.
Final results for round 3:
1st Joel Ryan, North, Fanatic, ION
2nd Evan Hawkey
3rd Andrew Hocking, North
4th Simon Hanson
5th Alistair McLeod