Maitland Port Stephens Toyota Surfest Wildcard Trials 2016

Sunday January 31 2016 (Birubi Beach, Port Stephens NSW Australia)

The 2016 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Surfest Trials were held today in very good offshore 1 metre waves on Birubi Beach, Port Stephens NSW. Over 40 male and female competitors competed for a wildcard into the World Surf league 6000 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro and Taggart Women’s Pro commencing February 22, 2016 on Merewether Beach NSW. Surfers also competed for wildcard entry into the nib Pro Jnr commencing February 20th, 2016. Wildcards were also awarded to surfers in the Sanbah Cadet Cup and Dalton Lawyer Cadet Girls events
The top wildcard seed in the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro Trials, Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River WA) stormed through two rounds and a final to earn himself a spot in the round of 96 of the Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro. Jacob said, ‘I was a little unsure of the break here at Buribi Beach as I’ve never surfed here before but the waves are so good it didn’t take long to adapt. I’m very pleased to earn this wildcard into such a prestigious event at Surfest. I fly to Cabarita Beach NSW tonight to compete in the WSLQS 1000 tomorrow so I’m on a high getting this result.”
Sophie McCulloch (Alexander Headland QLD) who finished her Higher School Certificate in 2015 was ecstatic to win the wildcard into the World Surf League 6000 Taggart Women’s Pro.
She said, “I’ve focused on my study last year. I only do a couple of events but in 2016 I want to have a real go at getting as many WSL QS points as possible. This result today is a great start for me and I’m delighted.”

Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro
1st Jacob Wilcox (Margaret River WA)
2nd Dane Atcheson (Copacabana NSW)
3rd Chris Michalak (Anna Bay NSW)
Joe Sear (Miranda NSW)

Taggart Women’s Pro
1st Sophie McCulloch (Alexander Headland QLD)
2nd Sophia Fulton (Morisset NSW)
3rd Danielle Hancock (Catherine Hill Bay NSW)
4th Nakia Fluren (Thirroul NSW)

NIB Pro Jnr Men
1st Ryan Slattery (Soldiers Beach NSW)
2nd Harrison Fulton (Morisset NSW)
3rd Joel Wood (Wollongong NSW)

NIB Pro Jnr Women
1st Sophie Fulton (Morisset NSW)
2nd Elle Clayton-Brown (Corlette NSW)
3rd Sabre Norris (Merewether NSW)
4th Maddie Poole (New Lambton NSW)
5th Sockie Norris (Merewether NSW)

Sanbah Cadet Cup U/14 Boys
1st Joey Voyzey (Anna Bay NSW)
2nd Michael Clayton-Brown (Corlette NSW)
3rd Taj Taylor (Noraville NSW)
4th Joshua Shefton (Anna Bay NSW)

Sanbah Cadet Cup U/16 Boys
1st Joey Voyzey (Anna Bay NSW)
2nd Dylan Platford (Shortland NSW)
3rd Josh Stretton
4th Jayden Hill

Dalton Lawyer U/16 Girls
1st Madison Poole
2nd Sabre Norris
3rd Elle Clayton-Brown
4th Sockie Norris
5th Jasmyne Sampson