Published on 17/02/2022


The Red Herring Surf Bruny Open Classic went down at Middle Bay over the long weekend with surf ranging from 1 – 2 metres on Saturday down to .5 to 1 metre on Sunday. Officials and judges were able to get the event run and done over two days, leaving plenty of waves for the hungry Bruny visitors and locals.

Rudy Davis backed up his East Coast Classic win in January showing the judges and crowd his standout surfing with style, speed, power and flow stood him above challengers. The battle for minor placings between Scamander’s Colin Schildhauer, and hungry Clifton Beach U18 stars, Toby Lawrence and Noah Hassett was exciting as they battled through the five rounds to qualify for the Open Mens Final and finishing second, third and fourth respectively.

Lizzie Stokely showed her experience and power taking the Open Womens Final from Ulverstone’s Nellie Strickland, Sandford’s Jo Goldfinch and Bruny teacher Claire Boost.

Good numbers in the Open Longboard saw two heats surf for 4 final berths. Former State and national finalist Kieren Thomas took the victory from Jasper Kelly, Devonport’s Mick van der Woude and Bicheno’s Mike Berrell.

The two heats of O40 Mens proved to be the usual battle of the former open stars with some powerful and fast surfing on display. SABR’s Luke Johannesen, fresh from the Hyundai ABB Final in Newcastle last weekend, stamped his authority on the final taking the victory from NWBR’s Richard Ramsden, Clifton’s Kim Gibson and Jake Woodberry.

In the other age divisons, Jake Woodberry took out the O30s from Mick van der Woude and Clifton’s Al Thomas surfed to victory in the O50s from Mike Berrell and Clifton’s Dan Gardner. Jake collects the Jimmy Hargreaves Trophy for his win.

The Open event was a great success with officials, competitors, supporters and families enjoying the great hospitality and environment of Bruny Island over the long weekend.

Red Herring Surf’s owner/management crew, who made the big trip south from the company HQ in Port Macquarie, were chaperoned around Bruny by SABR’s Richie Hassett and Luke Johannesen across the weekend! Many thanks to Macca and Paul for their support of Tasmanian surfing. #redherringsurf


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