January 16, 2024
Queensland has dominated the 2024 Super Surf League at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach, taking a clean sweep of the podium in the overall results.
With victory in round one and tying for first in round two, Queensland Seawolves defended their 2023 title, finishing on top on 50 points.
Round three winners Queensland Makos were second on 46 points, while Queensland Marlins – who tied for first with the Seawolves in round two – were third on 44 points.
Seawolves team captain Sam Frost said the team did not go in to the three-day competition thinking they were a sure thing.
“I was not quite sure about the confidence of winning again but after the first few races with our team members taking them out at that stage, I knew we were in for a pretty good few days,” he said.
“The conditions were ridiculous to be honest, it was very tricky with the tides and the wind picking up on the last day.
“The standout performances were definitely Bianca Rayward and Riley Brennan with their swimming, they were strong three days in a row in their events.
“I didn’t know how good our beachies were until the first day. They came through with some pretty good results for us as well, helping out with the points.”
Frost said the team enjoyed the format of the competition, noting how important race tactics were in securing points.
“The format is super short, sharp, quick racing and it really brings male and females racing together in a team which is awesome,” he said.
“The tactics you can choose can really pay off, it’s really on the line we start to choose our order.”
With a number of young athletes forming a vital part of the Seawolves contingent, Frost believes pathways have been important part of the state’s success.
“It’s great to see a good number of youth athletes coming through,” he said. “It’s a very young team all round so it’s great to see good strength coming up through the grassroots.
“We most definitely will be back next year!”
Frost will now compete in next weekend’s Summer of Surf round held at Bondi, followed by races on the Sunshine Coast in the lead in the State Championships and Aussies.