Battese sets new golden Byron surf standard
BYRON Bay Surf Club's team put in a stunning performance winning five gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the Queensland titles held at Kirra at the weekend.
The Bay has had a strong tradition of producing outstanding ski and kayak paddlers for many years, with the current top three ranked Australian kayakers ? Nathan Baggaley, David Rhodes and Craig Rodgers ? all former club members.
Continuing this tradition is the latest team of Under-19 ski and board paddlers.
They blitzed their Queensland rivals at the weekend. In a best ever State result by a Byron competitor, Kane Battese won four golds from four events ? the Under-19 single ski, the double ski with Eddie Killingbeck, the undefeated all season ski relay team of Eddie and Pat Norton and the mixed double ski with Brodie Moir.
Pat Norton also won the Under-17 single ski, a bronze with Rique Sharman in the mixed double and came a close fourth in the Under-19 double ski with Under-16 competitor Ben Lawrence.
Pat has two and Ben three more seasons in this age group and they look likely to continue the club's proud ski paddling tradition.
Eddie added to his two gold medals with a strong fourth in the Under-19 ski and making the final of the board and ironman.
The club's top open competitors, Kurt Tutt and Dan McCabe, won silver in the Open Double Ski, came fifth in the ski relay with Peter Yopp and Kurt came sixth in the open ski.
The reigning National and NSW Under-19 board relay champions, Rique Sharman, Brodie Moir and Jo Way, won the bronze in the Open Board Relay, upsetting the super Northcliffe teams after finishing a very unlucky fourth in the Under-19 board relay.
Jo also won a silver in the Under-17 board after leading all the way and being pipped by a late wave.
Multi State title-winner Kristen Andrews won a silver in the Under-17 beach sprint.
Byron Bay heads to Umina this weekend for the NSW titles and 10 days later they are back at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast for the national titles.