YOUNG Clifton Beach star Rudy Davis led from start to finish after he took out the East Coast Open Surf Classic at Dark Hollows at Scamander during the Australia Day weekend.
As part of Round One of the 2021 RHS State Championship Series, the competition featured numerous Australian surf stars, but it was Davis with his smooth flowing, but powerful style that was dominant with a clean set of wins in his heat, quarters, semi and final in the Open Men division
He attacked the final from the start, leaving fellow finalists Ned Bramich, Matt Gaby and new-comer Colin Schidhauser in his wake as he powered to his second open division win.
“The win was unexpected considering the inclusion of several open state champions and Dion Agius and ‘Chipper’ Wilson -– I would have been happy with third,” Davis said.
“There were great waves all day at Dark Hollow and a good vibe on the beach.”
The Open Women division finals saw Stella Gibson and Luca Brodribb trade waves and the lead, with Brodribb coming out on top with a first and a second, while Gibson finished with a first and a third.
Scamander’s Tom Kelly and Clifton Beach’s Keiran Thomas put on a great exhibition in the Open Longboard division, with Kelly’s power and fast radical attack winning the judges over for first place.
The Under 21 Women division was won by Brodbribb over Gibson, while the Under 21 Men division showcased the future of the sport with South Arm Boardriders trio of Toby Lawrence, Milo Langford and George Vanderkelen coming first, second and third respectively
The age divisions were dominated by solid performances from regular stagers Zeb Critchlow, Damon Hodge, Luke Johannesen and Jo Goldfinch.
The star performer was Dion Agius who missed the start of his final by nearly 10 minutes, but still blew the field away to win the Over 30 Men division.
All divisions have four rounds to determine the annual state champion.
Rounds are at Bruny Island, Scamander, Marrawah and local beaches/Tasman Peninsula.