Surf Champions Crowned On Final Day Of The 2016 Toyota Australian SUP Titles

GERALDTON/WA (September 6th 2016): Kai Bates and Shakira Westdorp are 2016 national champions after taking out the City of Greater Geraldton surf divisions on the final day of the 2016 Toyota Australian SUP Titles at Sunset Beach, Geraldton. Bates won his maiden Open Men’s title with a 17.00 point heat total in the final to edge out fellow New South Wales surfer Martin Cole along with Western Australian brothers Rick and Jake Jakovich in tricky afternoon conditions. After narrowly missing out on a National title at the 2015 Toyota Australian SUP titles due to an interference call, Bates took the win with 9.00 and 8.00 scoring rides. In the Women’s Open final, Westdrop claimed her fifth Australian Title with a heat total of 15.25 (8.25 & 7.00). Westdrop defeated Hannah Finlay-Jones (NSW), Monica De-Araujo (WA) and Patrice Richardson (WA). In the two other divisions, Rick Jakovich won a tight final to become the Over 40’s Men’s champion while Pat Eastwood (QLD) became the number one Over 50’s SUP Surfer in the country. Geraldton is 419 kilometres north of Perth located on the beautiful Batavia Coast and is blessed with beautiful beaches and a warm, windy climate, making it a popular destination for all water sports enthusiasts. The consistent summer winds make for ideal SUP conditions while the winter waves turn the ocean into a surfer’s paradise. Surfing has been well established along local beaches, with SUP fast becoming a popular activity for people of all ages. The 2016 Toyota Australian SUP Titles is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geraldton, Sunset Beach Holiday Park, Nikon, AuSUP, Surfing Western Australia and Surfing Australia. For more information visit www.australiansuptitles.com Results: SUP Open Men 1st – Kai Bates-NSW 2nd – Martin Cole-NSW 3rd – Rick Jakovich-WA 4th – Jake Jakovich-WA SUP Open Women 1st – Shakira Westdorp-QLD 2nd – Hannah Finlay-Jones-NSW 3rd – Monica De-Araujo-WA 4th – Patrice Richardson-WA SUP O40 Open Men 1st – Rick Jakovich-WA 2nd – Glenn Turner-NSW 3rd – Ben Mardon-WA 4th – Martin Cole-NSW SUP O50 Open Men 1st – Pat Eastwood-QLD 2nd – Glenn Cochran-NSW 3rd – Richard Finlay-Jones-NSW 4th – Jamie Ralston-WA

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