Marlin Guihot (Central Coast) Wowed judges today in the Open Mens 9ft. PIC: SNSW / Miller.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Competition is heating up as it gets down to the business end of the week at the Sundowner Holidays NSW Longboard Titles 2011 in Bonny Hills Port Macquarie.

Dominating the Open Men's 9ft division throughout the week is Port Macquarie surfer Damien Kelly, winning both his heats in today's repercharge and going trough to the semi final.

"It's not so bad to get knocked back into the repercharge because it means you get to surf more and I think it puts you at an advantage when the conditions are tricky," said Kelly.

"It's great that the waves were so good at the start of the week, and hopefully picking up tomorrow before the finals get underway," said a very pleased Kelly who is looking forward to the finals.

Contenders were decided in the Finals for the Over 60 Men's with Central Coasts Danny Bond and Coffs Harbours Ken McKulloch ready to compete in the expected bigger swells.

Locals Garry Taylor (Bonny Hills) and Peter Hudson (Port Macquarie) are both in the Over 55 Mens final and Bonny Hills surfer Anthony Donohoe and Sawtells Richard Smith, also secured a spot in the Over 45 Men's final which will run on Saturday.

Interference calls rang high in a few of the divisions causing scores to be downgraded and surfers were scrambling in the 2ft sets to gain high scoring waves to carry them through the heat.

Stand out surfer of the day and high heat scorer with a 15.67 was one of Australia's top Longboarders - Hayden Swan (Yamba), who impressed judges carving into the waves and nose riding with a single wave score of 9.17 (out of a possible 10).

Not to be forgotten was Kai Ellice Flint (Ettalong Beach) who topped Swans high scores and took the highest heat score of the day, an 18.17 total (out of a possible 20) in the Under 18 Boy's division, defeating Danny Schouten (Bonny Hills) and Hugh Daugaard (Green Point, Central Coast) who placed 2nd and third in the heat respectively.

In the Open women's division the 1st qualifier ran today with surfers battling for waves as the swell dropped off in the afternoon. Erin Dark (Gerringong) came out on top of her heat and Claire Norman (Bondi) backed up yesterdays stella performance winning her way to the semis.

Surfing NSW CEO Mark Windon is impressed by the high performance of surfing in all of the 13 divisions displayed at the Sundowner Holidays NSW Longboard Titles.

"To have so many age groups competing in this years State Titles is great for the sport of Longboarding. Surfers like Ken Middleton (Sydney, Northern Beaches) representing the Over 60's division and the youngest competitor Madison Daugaard (Central Coast) at just 13 years of age is here competing along with her 15 year old brother Hugh," said Windon.

"It's a great family event and Port Macqaurie is the perfect place to play host with such a wide variety of pristine beaches to chose from each day depending on the swell," said Windon.


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