Big wave surfer Flick Palmateer and surfing icon Taj Burrow hit the legendary Margaret Rivermouth yesterday to compete in the first-ever Australian edition of Red Bull Foam Wreckers, alongside 50 fellow West Australians.
“It’s the funnest surf series ever!” said Justin Majeks, from Surfing WA, of the softboard-only concept. “Red Bull Foam Wreckers bounced down yesterday and soft-tops, sunshine, sand and surf were the order of the day, at this event that breaks all the rules.”
With no shortage of foam board shredding, stylish getups and shorebreak slams, fun and froth levels were overflowing. From wild wipeouts to big collisions, the occasional tube and even a surfing cow, the action came thick and fast for the crowd on the beach, who were also entertained by Red Bull DJs, with plenty of giveaways up for grabs.
Each heat started with contestants spinning the Wheel of Shred to determine which softboard they would take into battle. Paddling out `with five other surfers, all on different soft boards, the heat was on to claim a spot as the most unique soft board surfer of the day.
On a picture-perfect summer’s day, at the end of the first Australian instalment of Red Bull Foam Wreckers it was Taj Burrow crowned champion (literally) ahead of some of WA’s finest foamie surfing talent.
Red Bull Foam Wreckers WA Margaret River results:
1. Taj Burrow (Yallingup) 152.33 (88.33 + 64.00)
2. Solomon Pogue-Englert (Gracetown) 149.33 (69.33 + 80.00)
3. Jack Thomas (Yallingup) 127.33 (65.00 + 62.33)
4. Felix Leaver (Yallingup) 126.67 (63.00 + 63.67)
5. Anthony Spencer (Trigg) 125.33 (66.00 + 59.33)
6. Jerome Forrest (Margaret River) 110.00 (50.67 + 59.33)
Red Bull Foam Wreckers Australian Series kicked off in Margaret River, WA and will be followed by Manly, NSW on February 12, 2022, and Gold Coast, QLD on the February, 19, 2022.
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