Hosts Wipe Out To A Narrabeen Challenge

Newcastle Herald

Monday August 7, 2000

By RENEE VALENTINE

NARRABEEN survived a countback to claim the third annual Harro-Merewether teams challenge title yesterday.

Narrabeen and Merewether were tied on points at the end of the competition after the weather provided testing conditions at Merewether Beach over the two-day event.

The contest went down to the wire, with Narrabeen's Matt Hardy securing victory when he won the final heat to push his team's tally of first places to eight over the host's seven.

A second place for Hardy would have delivered the title to Merewether.

Saturday provided trying waves while yesterday saw the quality of surfing skyrocket when the conditions produced quality waves.

Former world champion Damien Hardman and Kye Fitzgerald led the Narrabeen side to their narrow victory.

Retired professional Matt Hoy was impressive for Merewether.

Avoca claimed third place, just two points adrift of Merewether, with Port Stephens fourth and Noosa fifth.

Former world junior champion Chad Edser of Merewether won the award for the most extreme manoeuvre of the weekend.

The tube award went to Hardy while Lennox-Ballina's Max Perrot was not so impressive to be awarded the best wipeout award.

The contest gave up-and-coming surfers the chance to test their character against former world champions. The senior surfers turned on an excellent display yesterday and provided some close battles for spectators on the beach.

© 2000 Newcastle Herald

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