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Shane Wehner From Byron Bay wins North Shore Classic & Eyes QCC title

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 September 2004:

Byron Bay surfer Shane Wehner won the North Shore Classic today, with a near perfect display of on-edge surfing. The talented goofy footer used all his World Championship Tour knowledge to seal the final, with a long deep tube ride with 3 minutes remaining, scoring a 9.87 out of a possible ten to put his lead beyond reach, having already scored a 9.5 in the opening minutes of the heat. This left him with a near perfect and event high heat score of 19.37 out of a possible 20 points.

The North Shore Classic was blessed with clean offshore 1 to 1.5 metre pumping left and right hand peaks, providing the perfect stage for high performance surfing. Spectators were cheering on the beach as all four finalists surfed with reckless abandon, not holding anything back.

Wehner reversed a run of bad luck on day 1 of the event when he was concussed from a wipe out warming up for his heat, and then had his board run over by a woman in a 4WD in the beach car park, smashing his number one choice of equipment.

Wehner was stoked after the final, “That one of the best wins I have had ever since I have been competing”, said an amped Wehner “I have been competing for 15 years, and that gave me the biggest rush I have ever had, even though it is a QCC, not a World Tour event, I just got a buzz from that win”

When asked about his chances to take out the series Wehner said “I must be creeping up to second place in the ratings now, providing I get a good result in the last event of the series, I can overtake Samba (Mann), win the series and get that Quiksilver Pro Trials Wildcard.” he added “I would really love to have another go at man on man surfing again”

The final was a see-sawing event, Wehner taking the lead early, then 2nd placed Scott Wildin took control, followed by Mitch Semple who tore apart the offshore conditions, until with five minutes remaining Wildin scored an 8.93 looking like he had sealed the final. This was until Wehner’s scorching 9.87 last wave 2 minutes later put the result beyond doubt.

At the end of the 25 minute final it was Wehner taking the $1,000.00 first prize, Wildin 2nd, Semple 3rd, and a waveless Jamie Thomson settling for 4th place.

Samba Mann still continues to lead the 2004 QCC ratings, even though being eliminated in round 2 of the event, his lead whittled away by Weiner’s win. This weekend’s result now opens the QCC Title win to Wehner, Wildin, and Semple, who along with Samba Mann are all primed for a QCC showdown in the last event of the series, which carries 20% extra points to a normal QCC event.

The QCC will now come to a grandstand finish at the final event of the series, the Surfing Queensland Open, to be held on the Gold Coast November 6th and 7th. The Open QCC Champion will be decided that weekend, as well as the Over 28, 35, 40, 45, 50 years QCC men’s titles.

The event also had Over 28 years Men Division, won in convincing fashion by Maroochydore surfer Matt Clarke, who also made the semi-finals of the Open Division surfing 8 heats over the weekend. The Under 20’s was won by Warana Beach surfer, Dale Lovelock, the under 16’s by Noosa’s Matt Shaw.