(Port Macquarie, NSW – Sunday, 19 October 2008): Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW) and Kelly Delang (Emerald Beach, NSW) came, saw and conquered today at Cambo’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage.
Surfing in front of their hero, and ASP World Tour standout, Michael Campbell, Banting and Delang were in fine form, taking the blue ribbon 16 years and under divisions’ in style.
Dropping a massive combined heat score of 17.50 (out of a possible 20), highlighted by a near-flawless 9.57 (out of a possible 10), Banting put the pressure on his opponents from the get-go, none of which could do anything to halt his run.
Surfing with an impressive mix of futuristic manoeuvres, infused with speed and power, Banting was electric.
“I’m so stoked,” he said after claiming yet another title.
Facing an all-star cast in the final, Banting continued to do what he has done all year – win – defeating Oscar Scanes (Old Bar, NSW), Todd Bourke (Port Macquarie, NSW) and Will Coy (Crescent Head, NSW), who finished second, third and fourth respectively.
“The conditions were really fun today and I felt that they really suited my surfing,” the Port Macquarie local stated.
Having been nearly untouchable all year, Banting has claimed around 10 major victories throughout 2008 – with the addition of Cambo’s Teenage Rampage.
“I have had a really good year,” Banting said.
“To win one at home against all these good surfers is awesome.”
Providing an innovative and fresh approach to the traditional junior surfing competition, Cambo’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage unearthed a bevy of new surfing talent.
One of those future superstars was 16 years and under girls champion Kelly Delang (Emerald Beach, NSW), who surfed excellently en-route to the title in a nail-biting finish.
Defeating Fiona Casey (South West Rocks, NSW), Emily Clapoudis (Port Macquarie, NSW) and Ashley Simms (Port Macquarie, NSW) by a mere tenth of a point, Delang was awesome.
Ranked second on the leaderboard heading into the final, Delang was able to pull through when it counted most, after trailing Clapoudis leading into the final.
With grommets from the far north, north and mid north coast region’s of NSW, the final day of competition at Cambo’s Teenage Rampage was a showcase of the boiling pot of talent located on this stretch of coastline.
In the 13 years and under division yet another local standout walked away with the crown, as Jack Germain (Lake Cathie, NSW) continued his meteoric rise.
Accruing an impressive total heat score of 13.83 (out of a possible 20), Germain was at his brilliant best.
Whilst in the girls division it was who Kirstin Ogden (Crescent Head, NSW) finished in first place.
Unlike other surfing competitions, the Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage allows competitors (16 years and under) to surf three heats each without elimination instead of the traditional cutthroat format – with each surfer’s two highest scoring rides from each heat added together, along with bonus points.
The event, which is the one of four Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage events being staged throughout the year, will act as a qualifying event to the Ocean & Earth International Teenage Rampage to be held at Curl Curl in December.
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Cambo’s Ocean & Earth Teenage Rampage is proudly supported by Vodafone, Red Bull, Cool Shoe Corporation, Podsurf.TV, Fluid Adventures and Surfing NSW.
About Ocean & Earth
Ocean & Earth has been at the pinnacle of the Australian and international surfing industry for over 25 years.
Based in Sussex Inlet on the NSW south coast, Ocean Earth has become a recognisable leader in both surf and snow accessories and apparel in over 20 countries worldwide.
Through its five year global expansion plan, Ocean & Earth plans to further accelerate its growth both in the domestic and international markets.
Ocean & Earth is one of the few remaining independent surf and snow brands to survive in a market now dominated by public companies.