Extracted from Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Riptide Newsletter…
What better way for Athlete of the Year Jake Lynch to finish off the third and final Test at the International Surf Rescue Challenge in New Zealand by winning the beach sprint. Lynch held off South African Jonathon Rourke to help Australia clinch the three Test series at Mt Maunganui last Sunday.
Lynch and his Newport club mate Blake Drysdale shared the beach duties for Australia. Lynch won the flags and came third in the sprint in the first Test, while Drysdale, who overcame a wrist injury, took out the flags and also came third in the sprint in the second Test. Lynch was given the nod for the third Test and, apart from his sprint win, came second in the flags.
One of the best performances from Manly’s Kendrick Louis came in the final Test when he won the surf race.
Australia finished on 445 points to win the overall point score ahead of New Zealand (412 points).