Liam McIlroy shows the form which saw him win his round at Neilsons Beach yesterday.
Liam McIlroy shows the form which saw him win his round at Neilsons Beach yesterday. Scottie Simmonds

Eoin mixes it with the best

EOIN Whately used some trademark aerials to propel himself to victory in the Under-16 short board category of the Pacifique Boardriders competition.

The Bargara shortboard specialist, 14, continued his dominance of Bargara breaks with some scorching manoeuvres yesterday.

Pacifique Boardriders secretary Daren Keena said the emerging young gun had surfed beyond his years in the competition, emerging as a favourite for overall champion.

“He's got a natural flair for surfing and can mix it with the best in southern competitions,” he said.

“The control he shows is extraordinary and it's helping him to pull off some pretty extraordinary manoeuvres.”

About 50 surfers competed across 10 categories, eager to notch up competition points before the final competition next month.

Stand-up paddle board riders made their Pacifique Boardriders debut, impressing spectators with an unorthodox brand of surfing.

With 10-foot boards and hand paddles, riders were able to make the most of three-foot breaks rolling in to Nielson Park Beach.

Keena said the new category had proved to be a favourite with spectators and had even managed to impress a few old Malibu diehards.

“They put on a pretty sensational display for us,” he said.

“With all that extra buoyancy they can do some pretty impressive things.”



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