Hunter surf crews bow out of top spots in Navy Australian Surf Rowers League Open at Stockton Beach

THE Navy Australian Surf Rowers League Open held at Stockton beach over the weekend attracted crews from across the country.

The event is one of the biggest surf boat carnivals on the calendar and gives athletes the perfect hit-out in the lead up to the state and national titles.

Dixon Park Masters 220-years-plus men and Redhead Masters 160-years-plus women were the only crews from the Hunter region to take the podium.

Dixon Park  220-years-plus men took out their age category over Gerringong and Kilcare.

Redhead Masters 160-years-plus women took out silver in their age category with Bateman's Bay Waverunners taking the top position and Lakes Entrance Mad Mothers placing third.

In the blue-ribbon open men's division, Bulli won again, while Elouera and Kurrawa rounded out the placings.

In the open women, Helensburgh-Stanwell Park was first with Kurrawa and Bilgola closely behind.

Elouera won the reserves ahead of Kurrawa and Palm Beach while Bulli won the under-19s from Mona Vale and Tannum Sands.

In the under-23 mens, Collaroy Knights were first, in front of Tannum Sands and Bulli, while in the womens it was North Cottesloe who won, with Austinmer in second and Wollongong in third.

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