Open Men’s Australian Champion, Nathan Wilson, claims second title

Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)
Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

The 2018 North Star Holiday Resort Australian Bodyboard Titles has wrapped up with eight new Australian Bodyboard Champions being crowned, including reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson.

In what was described as the event standout, Wilson claimed his second title in as many years, taking out the blue-ribbon division. Wilson nailed a giant 12.65 two-wave heat total to get the upper hand in the heat and earn the top spot on the dais.

Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

Kiama’s Hunter Nicholls finished in third place in the junior under 18 event, while fellow Kiama competitor, Liam Douglas, finished in second place in the drop knee event.

Ziggy Bullock (Margaret River, WA), Patrick Franklyn (Palmyra, WA) flew the flag loud and proud for The Wildflower State taking out the Grommets (Under-14), Cadets (Under-16) and  Junior (Under-18) divisions respectively. Both Bullock and Franklyn performed an array of fast and flowy spins and rolls to earn the top spots and ensure the three titles head west to WA. Franklyn’s most notable performance came in the Junior Final when he posted a giant 18.50 two-wave heat total to claim top honours against the star-studded lineup.

Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

Justin Kirkpatrick (Jan Juc, VIC) claimed the sole title for Victoria, taking out the Over-45 Men’s division. Kirkpatrick claimed two respective victories across his dual finals to claim top honours in the division and take the first place position.

Millie Chalker (Tuncurry, NSW) found a buzzer-beater of a wave to claim the Open Women’s title in the dying moments of the heat. With the time ticking down, Chalker performed a series of maneuvers to post a 5.50 wave score which moved her from third to first and allowed her to claim the victory.

Wade Boree (Kotara, NSW) put on a respectable show in the Over-35 Men's division to post an 11.65 two-wave heat total. Boree shone in the difficult afternoon conditions to claim the win ahead of Lloyd Llewellyn (Bli Bli, Qld) who finished in second.

Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

Reigning Open Men’s Australian Champion, Kiama’s Nathan Wilson. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

After years of competing in the SAE Group Australian Surf Festival, Zachary Armytage (Wombarra, NSW) claimed his maiden title, taking out the Drop Knee title. Armytage posted a solid 11.50 heat total to get the win ahead of fellow New South Welshman Liam Douglas (Kiama, NSW) who finished in second by a 1.30 margin.

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