Ridden to perfection

Lewy Finnegan made a welcome return to the WA Bodyboard Titles, winning the blue ribbon Open Men's division in style. Picture: Surfing WA/Woolacott
Lewy Finnegan made a welcome return to the WA Bodyboard Titles, winning the blue ribbon Open Men's division in style. Picture: Surfing WA/Woolacott

Finnegan, along with fellow locals Boden Hay, of Mullaloo, and Tim Fowler, of Padbury, were marked as the open men’s competitors to watch after impressing in the preliminary heats.

Although Fowler was coming off the round one win, which included a near perfect 9.50 ride (from a possible 10), an injury left the way for Finnegan to shine, closely challenged by Margaret River’s Ben Veitch.

Finnegan’s opening ride saw him post his first of four 9.0-plus scores in 25 minutes, including the event’s first perfect 10 and a 9.83.

‘I’m stoked ” sucky waves are definitely my thing, so to pick off a few with good sections on them was awesome,’ the International Bodyboard Association world number 32 said.

Veitch took second place ahead of Fowler in third and Hay in fourth, then went on to win the over-24 men’s ahead of Fowler, who took second, and Clarkson’s Jacob Cross, who came fourth.

The northern suburbs also dominated the under-16 division with Mindarie’s Blake Gerrard coming second, Yanchep’s Daniel Steel third and Ocean Reef’s Nathan Hutchins fourth, while Duncraig’s Josh Peters came third in the under-14s.

The third and final event of the WA Bodyboard Titles will be held at Scarborough Beach on July 6 and 7.