Big Names Line Up For Jeff Wilcox Memorial

It’s one of the biggest bodyboarding events on the Australian Calendar and it’s about to get started. The 17th annual  Jeff Wilcox Memorial Championships will be held in the Great Lakes Region on the NSW Mid-North Coast Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August 2014. We are stoked to be bringing you all the latest news and results from the beach.

Big names of the sport are heading into the Forster Tuncurry area to compete and be part of the action packed Open Women’s division sponsored by Travel Play Live Magazine, Great Lakes Tourism and Otterbox. France Hazar, Karen Richardson, Mel Rosamond, Eve Albury and recent Junior Australian Champ Sam Gillett as well as many more to revv up competition.

Foster Tuncurry Bodyboard Association President Aaron Dodds said “we are blown away by the calibre of entries this year… it goes to show  it’s an awesome event tied with the local community combined with incredible waves, is a great combination.

France Hazar Charges at FTBA Event Photo: Anthony Murphy

France Hazar Charges at FTBA Event Photo: Anthony Murphy


A deepening surface trough in the Tasman Sea will develop into a broad Tasman Low through Friday, generating a large and powerful SE groundswell for Saturday. With the south-east direction most locations will pick up large surf, varying from 6ft+ at Treachery to 4-6ft at Boomerang. Tuncurry will probably be a touch smaller and in the 3-5ft range. There’s even a chance for a slight upgrade in Saturday’s swell with the models currently divergent on the strength of the low Friday (but we’ll provide another update later in the week).

Fresh to strong SW tending S/SW winds will favour those slightly protected spots across the coast instead of exposed breaks picking up the brunt of the swell.

Into Sunday the swell should dip back a touch in intensity but remain strong and in the 4-5ft range across most beaches, with the odd bigger 6ft bomb at exposed south facing breaks. Winds will be excellent with morning offshore W/SW winds ahead of unfavourable S/SE breezes into the afternoon. So in summing up, there weekend is looking excellent for the Jeff Wilcox Memorial with large swells and offshore winds.

It’s not just a competition, its a chance for the grassroots of the bodyboard world to get together, have some specialist coaching and enjoy the sport, that is positively heading towards a resurgence. It’s great to see an increasing number of events right across the water sports area structuring their program like the Jeff Wilcox.

The Jeff Wilcox Memorial 2014 Committee’s goals for this event is focused around development, education and fair and friendly competition in the bodyboarding community:

  • provide the best environment for competitive bodyboarding
  • catering for all ages of bodyboarders (introducing Masters Division – Pre 2013 JWM competitors and any riders older than 35yrs of age)
  • development coaching sessions with the Da Boogie Man, Jase Finlay, Ewan Donnachie, Brednen Newton
  • educational awareness from Marine Rescue Forster Tuncurry with a Free Surf Awareness and CPR course
  • the best independent judges
  • competition Saturday and the Sunday
  • live music enriched within the sport

Jeff Wilcox Memorial

1st: Lauren Frost (Thirroul)
2nd: Melynne Rosymond (Old Bar)
3rd: Kassie Lovell (Cronulla)
4th: Alicia Kleve (Newport)

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