2023 Albany Surf Craft Challenge

by | Sun, 11 Jun 2023 | Events, General, Social, Surf Sports, Youth

A bumper field of over 220 competitors spread across 31 boats, 14 double skis and 40 single skis completed the 12.5km course in near perfect racing conditions.  A huge thankyou to all travelling surf lifesaving clubs for supporting the event again, including those sending multiple crews and large paddling troupes – just look at the list this year!  Dampier, Esperance Goldfields, Sorrento, Scarboro, Mullaloo, North Cottesloe, Quinns Mindarie, Yanchep, Coogee Beach, Trigg Island, City of Perth, Cottesloe, Secret Harbour, Busselton, Denmark and Albany.  It was especially pleasing to see so many emerging U19 athletes mixing it with our opens and masters crews this year – a trend we hope continues to grow!

Our volunteer race officials and water safety crews had the enviable task of supporting this year’s cast of competitors who displayed the perfect racing spirit, both on and off the water, again!  We captured some great photos of this year’s event on land and sea – thanks to the efforts of our volunteers – so be sure to check the website and socials for links to the highlight reel, and enjoy the fruits of their labour. To the competitors and supporters who made it back to Three Anchors for dinner and drinks on Sunday night – bravo – what a party.  Bring back the band in 2024!

Nick Walker & Matt Wells2023 ASCC Coordinators



Surf Boats Open Male – Whale Tail Trophy

1st        North Cottesloe Uppies

2nd       Mullaloo Stormbringers (u19)

3rd        North Cott Broke Back

Surf Boats Open Female – Whale Tail Trophy

1st        North Cott Impact

2nd       Sorrento Vitamen Sea

3rd            Usain Bolt

4th            Fat Gannets, Albany 

Surf Boats 180yrs + Male 

1st        City Black, City Beach

2nd       Cottesloe Muppets

3rd        Old Boys Trigg

Surf Boats 160yrs + Female 

1st        Albany Wedgetails 
2nd       Coogee Chooks

3rd        Sorrento Black

Surf Boats u/19 Female 

1st        Little Mermaids, Mullaloo

2nd       Sorrento Sprakkers

3rd        Slay Onions

4th        Albany Dolphin

Surf Ski Open Male 

1st       Nick Walker  1:00:58

2nd       Marcel Bairol 1:05:46

3rd        Beau Lewis  1:06:00

Surf Ski Open Female 

1st       Nicole Jahn 1:15:04

2nd       Amy Teal 1:15:50

3rd        Claudia Ketteringham 1:18:30

Surf Ski 55yr+ Male 

1st       Lee McGovern 1:09:55

2nd       Neil Forbes 1:16:01

3rd        Andrew Hayden 1:16:02 

Surf Ski 55yr+ Female 

1st       Pamela Bubrzychi 1:19:07

2nd       Sarah Gregson 1:20:00

3rd        Jennifer Orme 1:21:10

Double Ski Open 

1st        Steve Bird & Hugo Marsden 1:00:15

2nd       Finnlay Caruana & Connor Jacob 1:00:50

3rd        Brendan Peters & Alistair Marsden 1:03:34

Double Ski Mixed 

1st        Jason & Rachel Bresanello 1:00:56

2nd       John Lishman & Rachel Loughlin 1:04:59

3rd        Nathan Vartesi & Emma Banforth 1:05:37

2km Beach Run – Winners

Open Men       Jason Bresanello

Open Women Rachel Bresanello

50yr+ Men       Anthony McEwan

50yr+ Women Rohani McEwan

U/19 Men         Elijah Carvana

U/19 Women   Belle McBennett

U/13 Boys        Xavier McEwan

U/13 Girls        Harper Goodwin

A special thankyou to our team of local sponsors & supporters, a number of club members among them, including:  Mr John Banks, Three Anchors Middleton Beach, Marshall Family Law, Great Southern Specialist Centre, Big 4 Holiday Park, BP Bird Plumbing & Gas, Woodlands Distillery, Dolphin Lodge, and Castle Rock Estate.   A big shout out to Albany Sea Rescue for their invaluable assistance on the day, club media partner Albany Advertiser for ongoing coverage and support, and graphic design services courtesy Donna Cameron DC Design.