2021 Albany Surf Craft Challenge

by | Fri, 11 Jun 2021 | Events, General, Surf Sports

The Surf Craft Challenge returned with a bang on Sunday June 6 with a record number of over 250 competitors across all categories including Surf Boats (35), Surf Skis (45, including 7 Doubles), and the ever popular 2km Beach Run. 

Albany SLSC again fielded a strong team and recorded a number of podium results, notably third place in the Whale Tail trophy event Open Men Boats (Special Boat Squad), third in the Open Ski (Nick Walker), third in the 160+ Women Boats (Fat Gannets), and Liesel Freebury finishing first over the line in the u/13 2km beach run. 

The iconic coastal and harbour race course proved as popular amongst competitors, with crews travelling from Perth, Geraldton & Bunbury to enjoy the long weekend in Albany, competitive racing action and well-earned celebrations afterwards at the clubhouse.

Special thanks to the team of Albany SLC volunteers, Albany Sea Rescue and Denmark SLC water safety for assisting to deliver such a memorable event.  Our generous event sponsors this year included a large number of Albany SLC members and loyal local businesses – thankyou for helping to make this event possible once again.

Albany SLC looks forward to continuing to grow the strength & quality of this event in 2022.

This event was supported by our partner Navigator Photografix.

We are pleased to announce that the images are now available on their website here. Password is AlbanySLS4 to enter the image area.

There are plenty of images to review. If people wish to purchase images please contact me Navigator Photgrafics or call 0400 841 100.

Keen for results? Here you go!


Surf Boat Open Men – Whale Tail Trophy

1st Crew d’tat from City Beach SLC (1.04.28)

2nd Freo Kingswoods (1:05:25) Fremantle SLC

3rd Special Boat Squad (1.06.25) Albany SLC

Surf Boat Open Women – Whale Tail Trophy

1st Critical Business (1.06.11) North Cottesloe SLC

2nd Scarboro Sunsets (1.07.38) Scarborough SLC

3rd City Pina Coladas (1.08.41) City SLC

Surf Boat Men 160+

1st Cottesloe Muppets (1.04.58) 

2nd Cunning Stunts (1:05:48) 

3rd Livn the Dream (1:06:13) 

Surf Boat Women 160+

1st North Cott Hunter (1.08.31) North Cott SLC

2nd Scarboro Storm (1:10:40) Scarboro SLC

3rd Fat Gannets (1.11.04) Albany SLC

Ski Open Men

1st Joel Drummond (58min.33) Bunbury SLC

2nd Simon Speville (59.20) 

3rd Nick Walker (59.58) Albany SLC

Ski Open Women

1st Harriet Brown (1:08:55)

2nd Nicole Jahn (1:11:59)

3rd Lauren Smaniotto (1:12:01)

Ski 55+ yr Men

1st Paul Smaniotto (1:04:03)

2nd Lee McGovern (1:06:30)

3rd Gary Wood (1:09:04)

Ski 55+ yr Women

1st  Beth Hearle  (1:17:27) Albany SLC

2nd Sarah Gregson (1:12:21)

3rd Helen Grimes (1:23:41)

Double Ski

1st Butlions = Gary & Bernice Butlion (58.27)

2nd Mad Dogs = Steve Bird + Abbie Loraine (1:01:47)

3rd Maui & Pablo = John Lishman & Rachel Loughlin (1:03:26)

2km beach run (Winners only)

Open Men 1st Nicholas Ferguson (7:27)

Open Women Keira Mladino (10:25)

u/13 Boys Nicholas (Bunbury) (9:30)

u/13 Girls Liesel Freebury (9:53) Albany SLC

Thanks again to all of our amazing sponsors!

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