Port Stephens’ Elle Clayton-Brown took top spot in the open women’s shortboard division at the Queen of the Box tournament last weekend, keeping three Merewether starlets at bay to go one better than last year.

Elle Clayton-Brown.

In the first heat of the competition, Clayton-Brown locked horns with Bourke and Jas Sampson to earn qualification to the second round, while Poole and Lambkin qualified through the next heat at second seed Charlize Everitt’s expense.

With Everitt bumped out early on in the tournament, Clayton-Brown took control in the final four, leaving the Merewether cohort in her wake as she stormed to the Queen’s crown.

Amelie Burke ran second in the event, while Madi Poole rounded out the podium in third. Ellie Lambkin placed fourth.

Clayton-Brown’s victory comes days after Surf Life Saving NSW and Surfing NSW agreed a new agreement for the first time since the 1960s.

Elle Clayton Brown, Amelie Burke, Madi Poole and Ellie Lambkin.

Some of the features of the new agreement include lifeguards and lifesaving assets provided to increase safety at Surfing NSW competitions, while the Surf Life Saving Academy will conduct First Aid Training for the Maroubra-based organisation.

Additionally, Surfing NSW will provide fully accredited judges to the Midford NSW Board Riding Championships, and both organisations will cross-promote events and development opportunities for their members.