Fourteen surfers progress into round 4 with an intriguing mixture of experience and youth, moving to within grasping distance of the $6,000 First Prize.
Showing the experience you would expect of a surfer who has lived and breathed the southern end of the Gold Coast all his life Brent Dorrington @midgetmagic the oldest surfer in the contest at 33, has led the charge into R4 posting an amazing Snapper barrel featuring a perfectly executed stall that saw him disappear twice into one of the famed Superbank cylinders.
In contrast, at the other end of the age spectrum an attack group of sniping groms comprising Ned Hart, Hughie Vaughan, Riley Munro, Dane Henry, Kobi Clements, and Sammy Lowe were all pushing their claims with some great clips that bode well for the future of Surfing in Australia. That said, the judges went to work on their decisions and after some very close decisions the only one to progress into the R4 Draw was 13 year old Sammy Lowe, helped by some amazing voting numbers from the following fans.
Everyone is punching the lip, getting vertical, taking off, and displaying amazing technical skills no matter what their age, and watching it all unfold in this tight action packed format, wave after amazing wave you have to marvel at the skills on show.
13 Year old Sammy Lowe progressing through to R4 Credit: _mickrogers_
We at Surf Web Series would like to send a special thank you to all of the surfers that entered and especially the young groms that took on this massive challenge in an open format.
The judges have been amazed at the level of surfing and maturity from such a young group and even though they might not have progressed we congratulate them on their achievements to this point and look forward to seeing them in future Surf Web Series events.
Talking of judges, a big shout out and very Happy Birthday to the head judge of Surf Web Series, one of the inspiring founders of the concept, the legendary Gary Linden pictured below..
Of particular note in the Round 3 Heats was the role of the fans as 2 heats went down to the wire as the 4 professional judges waited for the voting numbers to come in.
Remember fans it is really important to get behind your favourite surfers and tag sponsors to go into any of the amazing giveaway promotions we run throughout the event.
Remember: Go to @surfwebseries on INSTAGRAM to vote!
The highlights of Round 3 have been posted to the website and @surfwebseries on Instagram so make sure to check them out and in particular steal a peek at the tucked somersault, Matt Banting backside flip, and another great double barrel entry from Liam O'Brien.
Other notable performances from Tommy Carvalho with some beautiful lines and curves, Sheldon Simkus who is watching all this unfold from the luxury of the North Shore, Jordy Turansky, and again from Jaggar Bartholomew at DBah.
A beautiful sundrenched clip from Korbin Hutchings that made the video look somewhat monochrome also gets him through to the next round. Reef Heazlewood never disappoints, it is just a case of how high is high, and how effortless he makes it all look and Marlon Harrison continues to impress round by round.
The full ROUND 4 Draw of 14 Surfers in 4 Super Heats is:
Heat 1: Korbin Hutchings, Brent Dorrington, Jaggar Bartholomew, Marlon Harrison
Heat 2: Thomas Carvalho, Aidan Lewand-Parsons, Reef Heazlewood, Billy Kean
Heat 3: Jordy Turansky, Liam O'Brien, Dylan Moffat
Heat 4: Sheldon Simkus, Matt Banting, Sammy Lowe
At the conclusion of R4 the top 2 surfers from each heat will then move into the Quarter Finals, where we will go to man-on-man format to decide the 4 semi finalists and who will go through to represent Australia in the Global Finals in April 2021.
Engagement from the audience is an exciting and key feature of SWS events, as fans are encouraged to vote for the winners of each heat via social media commentary on the Surf Web Series’ Facebook and Instagram pages. The surfers and sponsors are also encouraged to rally their fans to vote as they play a very important role as a fifth Judge in the very tight heats.
The Surf Web Series format requires surfers to submit 7 videos of themselves riding waves up to 8ft faces, as moderated by our judges, anywhere in Australia during the 2020 calendar year. Once the clips have been registered with SWS, the heats are drawn, then the surfer decides which one of their 7 waves they want to use in that particular heat. The videos are then edited into a competitive heat format by SWS and released on social media. Heat results are released 24 hours later after the judging panel decisions and fans votes are calculated.
The top four finalists of the 2-week event will earn a spot in 2021’s epic final, as the SWS World Championship Final invites the globe’s top ranking surfers to battle it out on a world stage in April of the coming year. All four semifinalists of the Surfboard Empire E-Pro Australia will represent their country against participating nations.
The event features prizes of $6,000 (AUD) for the champion, $2,500 (AUD) for the runner-up, $250 (AUD) for semifinalists. Additional spot prizes for the voting fans had massive incentive for the fans to get involved and support their surfer of choice in each round.