Nichols caps off top year with national title

IsabellaNichols416-year-old Coolum surfer Isabella Nichols got the best Christmas present she could hope for when she was crowned the new Soundwave Australian Under 18 Junior girls Champion at Werri Beach (NSW) on Saturday. Nichols went into the seven-day comp as the current U18 girls state champion and dominated early in both the individual and teams events. She easily won through the first round, scored runner up in the second round and went on to win her semi-final before tackling the solid 6 feet (2 meter plus) surf for the final showdown. After languishing in fourth position for most of the final, Nichols only jumped from fourth to first in the last minute when she secured a high score on her final ride.

“I wasn’t nervous but more relieved to finally get a decent wave at the end,” she said.

“I moved closer to the shore just to find a decent wave and it was just lucky that one arrived before the final finished and I’m so happy to have won.”

IsabellaNichols3Joining Isabella on the winner’s podium was new Soundwave U18 Australian Boys Champion, 15-year-old Fraser Dovell from NSW. Dovell, who was competing at an Australian Junior Titles event for the first time, surfed a final almost identical to Nichols, coming from behind to post an outstanding 9.5 ride on his final wave and steal victory. Nichols was a standout competitor all week and her win was later complemented with the ‘Isabel Letham Award’ for the most promising emerging female surfer at the event.

U16 Boys Australian champion Joe Van Dijk (Vic) was awarded the corresponding Duke Kahanomuku award as the most promising emerging boy surfer.

The accolade topped off a huge week for the Coolum-based Nichols who, together with Queensland’s Jade Wheatley, also scored a win in the All Star Schools U19 Girls division on Friday. Day one of the event saw fellow Coolum surfer Jaleesa Vincent score the highest wave of the U16 Girls division, with consequent heats seeing her advance to the semi-finals before being knocked out while Wurtulla’s Laura Poncini advanced. The Coolum girls also paired up for the Mark Richards Shield event, but bowed out in the final stages.

They were among several other surfers flying the Sunshine Coast flag high throughout the prestigious national event, with their combined point scores helping to secure an overall first place ranking for team Queensland. Laura Poncini placed third in the U16 Girls final, also pairing with Lucy Callister to take out the U16 Girls All Star Schools division. Sunrise Beach’s Quinn Bruce and Connor Lyons of Castaway’s Beach placed third and fourth respectively in the Boys U16 national final, while Wurtulla’s Kai Hing ended his title campaign in a semi final clash with 16-year-old Jacob Wilcox (WA), who made headlines after beating Kelly Slater in Portugal last month.

Coast duo Nick Callister and Jack Reginato added to the award haul with a first in the All Star Schools U19 boys division, while Ellie Brooks made it to the U18 girls semi-final alongside national winner, Nichols. After finishing third at the same event last year, the national title win is the icing on the cake for Nichols, whose accolades over the past 12 months have included:

  • Schultz Toomey O’Brien Student Athlete of the Year
  • U18 State Champion
  • Schools Junior Girls State Champion
  • Placed seventh at the U16 division World Titles

Isabella was inundated with proud well-wishers on her return home to Coolum on Sunday, including Coolum Boardriders President, Daryl Maudsley. “All of the club are really proud of all our girls down at the Aussie Titles; Jaleesa Vincent and Amber Dodds both with Semi Final finishes in their divisions and of course Isabella as our Aussie champ. Just awesome,” he said. “Isabella has trained hard and prepared well and it is great to see her potential coming out for all to see.”












Isabella Nichols on her way to winning the U18 Girls National title. Photo: Surfing Australia / Nikon –


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Chris Boyd

It was news that shook the surfing community across Australia quiet literally from  coast to coast.


Chris Boyd, better known to his friends as “Boydy”, was tragically killed by a shark while surfing the popular surf break Umbies, off Gracetown, about 270km south of Perth, on Saturday, 23rd of  November.


The 35-year-old, who grew up in Yaroomba, had only moved to Western Australia with his partner Krystle Westwood a year ago, having been a well-loved and respected member of the Coolum Boardriders Club and wider surfing community.


Members of the tight-knit local surfing fraternity have been rocked by the tragic news, but were quick to pay tribute to the plumber and father-of -two.


Coolum Boardriders Club President Daryl Maudsley said the “loveable rogue” had made a significant, positive impact on the Coolum community, helping innumerable young surfers by mentoring them both in the surf and life.


Tom Innes past President of Margret River Boardriders was clearly shaken when he spoke of the loss, “It was a perfect morning he (Chris Boyd) had a fair walk from the car park to that spot. The water was crystal clear, there was 3 – 4 ft hitting and perfect   A frame peak.”  Tom was confident that   Boydy would have been enjoying some fine waves in idyllic conditions.


11046890986_caa1f9dba5Coolum Boardriders and Margaret River Boardriders have joined together to pay respect to their mate.  Brett Hardy the current President of Margret River Boardriders Club accepted a wreath   from the Coolum Boardriders Club along with some sand and water from Yaroomba and it was used in the tribute ceremony, a paddle out for Boydy  in Western Australia .

On Sunday morning the Sunshine Coast surfing community held its farewell for the man they lost so tragically in Gracetown,  and   the sand and water from the waters Chris Boyd died in  were released at his favourite place, his home Beach Yaroomba in the paddle out last Sunday morning.


The 35 year old Member of Coolum Boardriders was a great club man and a talented surfer.  He was past Club Champion and Club Captain and will be well remembered as mentor to many young surfers.


Boydy … Lived by the sea, died by the sea.

Rest in Peace




Coolum Boardriders Awards 2013

Coolum Boardriders Awards were held on Sunday the 1st of December.


Enjoy the photos.


Credit and copyright for all pictures: Brayden Wallace



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Coolum Boardriders Awards

Coolum Boardriders held its Champion of Champions comp and end of year presentations on Sunday the 1st of December.

The novelty comp where all club members surf ing one division against everyone else was as always a great day with fantastic surfing.

The contest finished in the afternoon, once everyone scrubbed up the presentations were at the clubhouse.

The results for the year are posted below.

Congratulations to all


Divisions Open Juniors Cadets
1st Jimi Wallace Kirra Green Jack Veale
2nd Seb Raubenheimer Sunny Lidden Davey Wallace
3rd Kirra Green Seb Raubenheimer Luke Philp
4th Sunny Lidden Davey Wallace Jaleesa Vincent
5th Daniel Maudsley Zane Chapman Chester Rees
Divisions Legends Cadet Girls Open Women
1st Chris Barraclough Jaleesa Vincent Kara Petersen
2nd Kyle Dellit Kara Peterson Amber Dods
3rd Ross Nichols Amber Dodds Jo Brebner
4th Paddy Lynch Kelly Pocock Kelly Pocock
5th Jeff Prevetti Majella Torrisi Isabella Nichols


Divisions Grommets Seniors Masters
1st Zane Assink Grant Jenkins Grant Jenkins
2nd Jack Wiklund Craig Masters Chris Reynolds
3rd Caleb Hardy John Green Craig Masters
4th Alexander Nichols Brett Smith Brett Smith
5th Luddy Reynolds Dave Walker Chris Barraclough
Divisions Mini Groms Mini Grom Girls Micro Groms
1st Ethan Trotman Ellia Smith Jesse Parkinson
2nd Jye Parkinson Jade Barraclough Jett Dellit
3rd Josh Hides Jordin Steinbeck Kai Barraclough
4th Justin Reynolds Ashton Pignat
5th Kurt Hain Lilliana Townshend




Individual Awards
Most Improved Grommet Alexander Nichols
Most Improved Cadet Chester Rees
Most Improved Junior Zane Chapman
Most Improved Cadet Girls Amber Dods
Most Improved Mini Grom Justin Reynolds
Most Improved Micro Grom Jacki Green
Most Improved Mini/Micro Girl Jade Barraclough
Rising Star Award Jaleesa Vincent
Rising Star Award Ethan Trotman
Best Club Spirit – Individual Jeff Prevetti
Best Club Spirit – Individual Natasha Useldinger
Rookie of the Year Seb Raubenheimer
Best Club Spirit – Family The Steinbeck Family


Coolum Boardrider of the Year Isabella Nichols
Coolum Boardriders Life Membership Darryl Maudsley
Coolum Boardriders Life Membership Grant Jenkins
Coolum Boardriders Family of the Year The Maudselys
 Coolum Boardriders Champion of Champions 2013
1st   Kirra Grren
2nd Jimi Wallace
3rd Simon Knox
4th Davey Wallace
Champion of Champions  Family 2013 The Wallaces
 Coolum Boardriders Family Tag Teams Champions
1st Justin & Chris Reynolds
2nd Nathaniel Piggot & Ben Martin
3rd Reuben & David Torrisi
4th Jade , Kai & Chris Barraclough
5th Jacki & John Green
6th Reilly & Brett Smith

From the president

Coolum Boardriders next scheduled round will be on Sunday the 17th of November. Meet at the clubhouse at 6.30am for a 7am start.


Our team for last weekends Be the influence Boardriders battle surfed the living daylights out of sloppy and small surf at Dbah all weekend to post an other great finish at a teams event. Our team of Jaleesa Vincent, Isabella Nichols, Kirra Green, Eli Criaco, Dane Hamilton, Simon Knox and Dave Reardon-Smith approached the weekend with a great attitude and were always going to do well. While in the top four teams all weekend, the last event of the comp held in 1foot complete slop relegated us to fifth, while a little disappointing to our marauding team still a great result for the club. A special thanks to the support team of the Greens, Nichols, Vincents and of course Amy.

Kelly Norris surfed in the HIC Pro at Sunset Beach in Hawaii, tearing his way to a win in his round two heat to be then knocked in his third round heat in a pretty sus call. Watch the heat yourself and make your mind up, Its on the HIC comp site. Heats on demand rounnd of 96 heat 11.

Congratulation to Ellia Smith winning the Julian Wilson board raffle from last weekend.

On the subject of raffles we are currently selling tickets in the Boardriders Battle Raffle. First Prize a $55,000 Toyota Rav, second $1500 worth of Billabong gear and third place a $1000 worth of Canon Camera gear. Tickets are $5 each with $4.40 going back to the club.

Tickets are available from the Shop in Coolum, Coolum Surf and all committee members so get out there and grab a ticket.

Be The Influence Boardriders battle

Coolums TeamLast weekend the 2nd and 3rd of November the Queensland round of the Be The Influence Boardriders battle  ran on the Saturday and Sunday at Duranbah. With the top teams in Queensland competing for spots in the national final at Cronulla in January. With a special dispensation for all the pros to surf for their clubs incredible surfing went down all weekend. With world champs Parko, Mick Fanning and Steph Gilmore as well as pros such as Bede Durbridge, Mitch Crews, Brent Dorrington and a swag of others a formidable field of clubs were in contention.
With Coolums team of Kirra Green, Jaleesa Vincent, Isabella Nichols, Eli Criaco, Simon Knox, Dane Hamilton and Dave Reardon-Smith competing in three different disciplines over the weekend, a pairs event, teams event and a skins event, the team had their work cut out for them. Coolums pairs team of Isabella Nichols and Dane Hamilton nailed all in their path till meeting Snapper Rocks team of Jay Phillips and Steph Gilmore in the Semi Finals, a great effort. Dave Reardon Smith was our skins representative and also or power surfer in the teams event.

Isabella NicholsIn the last round of the day Coolums team after winning their semi needed a second place finish in the teams final to get to Sydney, but the foot high and very ordinary onshore conditions just didn`t allow out team to strut their stuff. With the clubs fourth place finish we missed out on the trip to Sydney but were still rapped with our performance, Being the highest placed Sunshine Coast Club and having relegated some of the top clubs on the Goldy to minor placings, along with our great results in all the other teams events this year the Kirra Teams Event, The Straddie Assault and the Jim Beam Tag Team event, Coolum justified their third place seeding at the event.
President Daryl Maudsley said “ With a highly talented and really enthusiastic team Coolum surfed incredibly well to again end at the top of the field in a teams event. The team attitude and a great group of supporters it was only really the world Champs and pros making the difference over the weekend. Everyone represented Coolum and the Club proudly “. Coolum Boardriders would like to thank everyone that went down on the weekend for their great attitude and watch out next year.


Coolum Boardriders next scheduled round will be on Sunday the 10th of November. If we can organise permits we may run a makeup round for this months missed comp on Sunday the 27th of November. Stay tuned.

The second round of the Queensland Junior titles ran at Duranbah last weekend with Coolum Surfers all going well. Isabella Nichols again dominated the under 18 girls to take out the state title. Isabella is also in the state team for nationals and has also picked up a wildcard into the Quicksilver Roxy Pro trials next year. Jaleesa Vincent dominated the day in the under 16 girls convincingly winning the round, and placing second in the State Placings. Jaleesa will also represent Queensland at the Nationals. Kara Peterson and Amber Dodds finished second and third in the round with Amber finishing second in the state and Kara third. Zane Assink loved the crowds at Dbah and finished fifth in the round and Second in the under 12`s in the state. Ellia Smith surfed her heart out to finish with a second place in the under twelve girls, then with a nail biting finish she missed out a state title by 0.3 of a point. We think she should have been given an extra point just for that smile. A great effort from all our surfers who went down.

The Straddy Assault runs this weekend with our team all ready to give it a great shot. The Teams event runs on the Saturday with the pairs event on the Sunday. The contest is always a great weekend and with the best surfers from Noosa to Ballina competing the surfing is always red hot. We wish all the guys and girls the best.

The Be the influence Boardriders Battle will run on the 2nd and 3rd of November amd promises to be bigger than Ben Hur. With a over a hundred thousand dollars in prize money the event has rounds in each state finishing with the finals in Sydney. The contest has suveral different formats so it should be interesting. With all the major pros competing for their clubs, Parko, Fanning, Bede, Mitch Crews, Occy and a host of others the standard of surfing will be great. We will be having training on Tuesday the 29th to get the team used to the format.

Next Comittee meeting will be on Tuesday the 22nd at 7pm. All members and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Finaly a huge shout out to Tim and the crew at Dominoes Pizza in Coolum. Tim and the Store have come on board as our major sponsor for the club for 2014. We cannot
thank  Domioes enough as their sponsorship enables the club to compete at all teams comps both junior and senior helping to nuture some of the great surfers we have around Coolum.

Australian Boardrider Battle Monster Raffle

The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle includes a Monster Raffle giveaway with one lucky ticket holder to drive away in a Toyota RAV4 AWD. Online tickets are $5.00 each (open to public) with proceeds going back to the grassroots Australian boardriders club of your choice!

Tickets are available from our Club president or click here

High Performance Centre Courses

Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre will be running the below camps this summer.  They are offering all Queensland surfers a discounted rate when booking 2 or more surfers in to these camps at a time.

A brief description of up-coming HPC Summer Camps are as follows:…

U/18 – 5 Day Technique Camp: December 16th – 20th 2013
U/18 – 2 Day Technique Camp: December 21st – 22nd 2013
U/18 – 3 Day Air Camp: January 6th – 8th 2014
U/18 – 5 Day Technique Camp: January 6th – 10th 2014
U/14 – 2 Day Grom Camp: January 11th – 12th 2014
U/18 – 3 Day Air Camp: January 12th – 14th 2014
U/18 – 3 Day Technique Camp: January 13th – 15th 2014
U/18 – 5 Day Technique Camp: January 13th – 17th 2014
U/18 – 3 Day Elite Camp January 20th – 22nd 2014.

For further information or to make a booking, please contact Cameron Mills at Surfing Australia.  Cameron’s details are noted below.

Cameron Mills
High Performance Centre Coordinator
Surfing Australia

PO Box 1613
Kingscliff NSW 2487
T: +61 2 6671 0000
M: 0416 943 578
F: +61 2 6674 8907