Le Ba Wrap, April 17

It’s been a great start to 2017 for Leba with two rounds completed in solid waves.

Competitor numbers are well and truly up on last year’s participants, particularly in the fleas & groms divisions. The future is looking very bright with some real talent showing in these pint sized surfers.

The club’s junior development programs have been in full swing with thanks to head coach James Wood and coaches Rob Wright, Jenny Boggis and Michael Crisp. Thanks also to Blake Gahnimeh with some wild JetSki aerial training sessions for the Cadets & Juniors.

Results thus far for the first two club rounds have Zane Jonsson leading the way in the Fleas, Harry O’Brien in front in the Groms, Jai Glindeman sitting on top in the Cadets, Jae Waters winning the Juniors, Aeran Thomas on top of the table in the Opens, Paul Weston sitting in first place in the Seniors and Glen Curtis & Rob Wright taking out the Masters & Legends respectively. For full results check out the Leba website.

Unfortunately the normally high place finishes for Leba teams haven’t eventuated so far this year with “middle of the pack” placings in both the Australian Boardriders Battles and the Kirra Teams event. All eyes are now on the Kirra Junior Teams event to see if we can get back on the dais.

Lots of Leba crew headed up to Snapper Rocks to cheer on ‘home grown surfer’ Stu Kennedy and ‘adopted son’ Owen Wright in the Quicksilver Pro last month. Held in awesome waves Stu Kennedy showed real promise for the year ahead narrowly bowing out in round three. Owen Wright completed a

fairytale return from serious brian injury to take out the first WSL for 2017 event in emphatic style. The substantial Leba crew who made the trip up the coast witnessed one of those memorable moments in sport as Owen accepted the first place trophy after a amazing comeback from a near career ending injury.

Expectations are now high for both Stu and Owen to do well heading into the next stop on the WSL calendar the Bells Beach Classic in Easter.

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