Chi’s turns it on for the 2020 Yorkes Classic
Published on 30/08/2020

The Iconic Chinaman’s Surf Break delivered pristine conditions and 4ft plus surf for the 37th annual Yorkes Classic Surf contest on the Yorke Peninsula. Surfers and spectators enjoyed the warmest day since early April packing out Chi’s beach for a perfect day of entertaining surfing.
In the stacked Open Men’s division the day belonged to Todd Goudie who was a standout throughout the day finding tube after tube dropping excellent 9 plus scores throughout his progression to the finals. One of South Australia’s finest and now a veteran of the sport Goudie’s performance showed how the heavy surf at Chis levels the playing field giving the older crew opportunity to take on the young guns. Local favourite and Chi master Luke Sykora placed second with Clayton Howse and Khai Adams finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.
The Open Women division was equally exciting with some great surfing on offer. Imogen Elliot showed her class snagging two solid waves and taking the win from Stella Senior in second followed by Maia Taite third and local charger Aurora Furbank in forth position. 
Surfers in the Junior Division showed they could handle the challenging surf that Chi’s had to offer with the win going to Harry Green followed closely by local ripper Corey Taylor with King Cairns and Digby Tooze taking third and fourth positions respectively.
The “Spirt of Yorkes Award” in memory of Christine Cox went to Alby Clisby, a deserved recipient for his volunteering efforts and continual support for Surfing in South Australia.
The Christine Cox memorial trophy went to another Yorkes legend Adam Furbank for his great job of managing the 2019 Junior Surfing Team at home and away at the WA National Junior Titles. 

Judges awards were presented to Max Longhurst for opening the day with two beautiful barrels, one which was ridiculously deep, and Aurora Furbank for charging one of the biggest waves of the day in the Women’s finals. 

The Bootleg Boardriders awarded the Shaun Gray Memorial Yorkes Charger Award to local grom Corey Taylor for stepping up his game in the solid surf and performing strongly all day.
A big shout has to go to all the sponsors and the local community for all the work and effort put into this years event. “These events don’t happen without the generous support of local communities and a heap of effort from all the volunteers. The Yorkes community set the bar when it comes to running events, supporting junior surfing and welcoming everyone to their stunning region. The event and the awards handed out today reflect that’, said Craig Potgieter, Surfing SA 
2020 Event Sponsors:
The Ding KingExtreme BoardridersShaping the BayM&G Automotive, Marion Bay Caravan Park, PH8, Hurley, Electric,Yorkes Plumbing and Gas, Marion Bay Seaside Apartments, Marion Bay Rentals, MBC Foods, Neptunes Surf Coaching, Edithburgh Surf & Tackle, Hart Bro’s, Reef Encounters, DEMCO Civil, MSD Surfboard Designs, Big Surf Australia, Marion Bay General Store, Corny Point Caravan Park, Yorkes Real Estates, Marion Bay Tavern and Motel, Beach Break Cafe, SYP Surf and Sport, Warooka Foodworks, Innes National Park and the Yorke Peninsula Council
Open Men:

  1. Todd Goudie (Seaford)
  2. Luke Sykora (Marion Bay)
  3. Clayton Howse (Seaford)
  4. Khai Adams (Middleton)

Open Women:

  1. Imogen Elliot (Seaford)
  2. Stella Senior(Moana)
  3. Maia Taite (Seaford)
  4. Aurora Furbank (Marion Bay)


  1. Harry Green (Port Noarlunga South)
  2. Corey Taylor (Marion Bay)
  3. King Cairns (Port Noarlunga)
  4. Digby Tooze (Corny Point)

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Woolworths Junior State Titles presented by Globe, Round 1

Woolworths Junior State Titles presented by Globe, Round 1

The 2021 Woolworths Junior State Titles presented by Globe kicked off at Middleton with round 1 this weekend.

Fun 2-3 foot waves were on offer off the point providing the perfect setting for grommets from across the State, who converged in great numbers on the Fleurieu Peninsula for the first round of the series.

Imogen Elliot (Seaford) and Corey Taylor (Marion Bay) took the the Under 18 divisions today with impressive displays of surfing. The Under 16 Divisions went to Meg Day (Kadina) and Indi DeBono (Middleton). In the Under 14 Division it was King Cairns (Port Noarlunga) and Maia Tatie (Seaford) that dominated taking the first round of the series.

The three round Junior Surfing Series caters for boys and girls with divisions for Under 14’s through to Under 18’s and forms the selection criteria for the state representatives for the 2021 Australian Junior Surfing Titles to take place at North Stradbroke Island later this year. The next round will be held on the Fleurieu Peninsula on the 27th of March, followed by the final round on the Yorke Peninsula, dates to be announced.

We would like to thank our Sponsors Woolworths for for the series and GLOBE Brand for their support. For more information regarding South Australian surfing events or programs be sure to log onto and follow Surfing SA’s social media platforms.

Under 18 Girls:
1. Imogen Elliot
2. Meg Day
3. Stella Senior
4. Poppy Senior
Under 18 Boys:
1. Corey Taylor
2. Indi DeBono
3. Tai Taite
4. Zack Plamer

Under 16 Girls:
1. Meg Day
2. Poppy Sweetman

Under 16 Boys:
1. Indi DeBono
2. James Jervis
3. Koby Phillip
4. Leo Torok
Under 14 Grom Girls:
1. Maia Taite
2. Keira Hunt

Under 14 Grom Boys:
1. King Cairns
2. Noah Keelan
3. James Jervis
4. Ashton Crowley



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SA Champions Crowned at the Woolworth Surfer Grom Comp

SA Champions Crowned at the Woolworth Surfer Grom Comp

Middleton, SA (Saturday, 14 November 2020): The SA, Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps presented by Pic’s Peanut Butter for 2020 was completed today in perfect 2-3 foot surf at Day Street, Middleton. Competitors and their families were treated to a hot 30 degree day and light winds.

King Cairns and Maia Taite took the coveted U14 Divisions winning trips to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps National Final Surf Camp, (1-day coaching clinic, 2 days of competition and heat analysis coaching) at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC).

The Under 12 Girls and Under 10 Girls divisions were taken out by Isabel O’Boyle and Kiera Hunt respectively. The Under 12 Boys went to Noah Keelan with Connor O’Boyle taking the Under 10 Boys division and the Under 8 mixed division.

The Surfing SA Under 16 titles went to Zac Palmer (Boy’s) and Maia Taite (Girls).

Leo Torok and Maia Taite took the Woolworths Fresh Wave awards. Local surfer Leo was a standout all day and young Maia consistently scored in the excellent range in her heats. These surfers were rewarded for their outstanding performances and sportsmanship.

Kiera Hunt and Noah Keelan took out the PICS star performer awards.

Close to 60 competitors were in the event.

Regarded as one of the major steppingstones in the development of young Australian surfers, the 10-event Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps series caters for surfers from Under 8 to Under 14 and will be held in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia over summer.

As an added bonus, the respective winners of the Under 14 boys’ and girls’ divisions from each event will receive an invite to attend an all-expenses-paid, three-day Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps National Final Surf Camp, (1-day coaching clinic, 2 days of competition and heat analysis coaching) at the Surfing Australia High-Performance Centre (HPC). For the South Australian, Victorian and Tasmanian events, the Woolworths Surf Camp prize will be awarded to the highest place Under-14 Boy and Girl who reside in that respective State.

Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps pres. by Pic’s Peanut Butter 2020 Series Schedule:
EVENT 1 – Kiama, NSW – Sept 5 – 6, 2020
EVENT 2 – Northern Beaches, NSW – Sept 12 – 13, 2020
EVENT 3 – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Sept 26 – 27, 2020
EVENT 4 – Cronulla, NSW – Oct 17 – 18, 2020
EVENT 5 – Torquay, VIC – Oct 24 – 25, 2020
EVENT 6 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Oct 31, 2020
EVENT 7 – Trigg, WA – Nov 7 – 8, 2020
EVENT 8 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Nov 14, 2020
EVENT 9 – Gold Coast, QLD – Nov 21 – 22, 2020
EVENT 10 – Sunshine Coast, QLD – Dec 12 – 13, 2020
National Final – Surfing Australia HPC, Casuarina QLD – Dec 18 – 20, 2020 – Entry by qualification.

The Woolworths Surfer Groms Comps is proudly supported by Woolworths, Pic’s Peanut Butter and 2XP.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and Surfing Australia’s commitment to comply with all State and Federal regulations, series dates are subject to change at any time.


U8 Mixed
1. Connor O’Boyle
2. Bernie Forbes
3. Alfie Howse
4. Jett Crowley

U10 Girls
1.Edie Howse
2.Isabel O’Boyle
3. Chloe Crowley

U10 Boys
1. Connor O’Boyle
2. Hudson Egan
3. Henry Wood-Ragless

U12 Girls
1. Kiera Hunt
2. Jemma Crowley
3. Priya Jakwal
4. Sophie Bowden

U12 Boys
1. Noah Keelan
2. Ashton Crowley
3. Cadel Garner
4. Mitch Henderson

U14 Girls
1. Maia Taite
2. Maddie Gillies
3. Ella Lewis
4. Karly Wood

U14 Boys
1. King Cairns
2. Leo Torok
3. Noah Keelan
4. James Jervis

U14 Boys
1. King Cairns
2. Leo Torok
3. Noah Keelan
4. James Jervis

U16 Boys
1. Zach Palmer
2. Indi DeBono
3. Tai Taite
4. Koby Philip

U16 Girls
1. Maia Taite
2. Poppy Sweetman

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