DAY 5: AUSTRALIAN SURF FESTIVAL 2012 Thursday, 16 August 2012
Delivering beautiful right-handers under sunny skies, North Haven once again hosted Australia's best Longboarders in an effort to unearth champions at the 2012 Australian Surf Festival Supported by Essential Energy.
Opening up the day in the over 45 mens, Hayden Swan, (NSW), ripped apart the almost perfect conditions. Four foot right-handers peeling off the breakwall gave Swan what he needed on a little Northern bank to win his semi final.
Swan is joined by Greg Brown, (Jan Juc, VIC), Kevin Anderson, (Freemantle, WA) and Richard Smith, (Sawtell, NSW), who have been outstanding contenders for the over 45 men's title.Norman Twight, (Safety Bay, WA), came into competition looking for two titles, the over 50 and over 55 mens. Narrowly missing out in the over 55s, Twight has his sights on the 50s after making the semis for the last few years but just missing out in the finals.
"One year in W.A. I got knocked out in the first 20 minutes of every division, so traveling all the way over here I wanted to get more than one go at it. Entering two divisions gives me another chance. All the guys are really good in my heat, I've come close to it, but it would be good to just get in the final because every time I come here I always get knocked in the semis and that's it. Of course winning would be great but just to get in the final would be good. It's going to be a tough one," said Twight.
Twight will face Ross Murphy (St Georges Basin, NSW), Ron Schneider (Sawtell, NSW) and Roger Mathews (Brighton, SA), in the over 50 men's semi final in conditions that look to be favourable over the next few days.
"I think the waves have been good, they have picked the best waves every day considering the swell. There is still good waves out there, you get the little ones that come close to the wall and your right," said Twight.
Carolyn Lalor, (Apollo Bay, Vic) and fellow Victorian Heather Pec, (Ocean Grove, VIC), are set for the over 35 women's semi finals along with Yvette Kordick, (Cotton Tree, QLD) who won her requalifying heat today.
The afternoon saw the salty sea dogs paddle out for round 2 of the over 60s and over 65s requalifying heats. Wrapping up another top day of surfing on the beautiful beaches of Port Macquarie, competition resumes tomorrow, one step closer to finding Australia's Longboard champions.
The Australian Surf Festival event website is now LIVE at www.australiansurffestival.com and during the event will feature live scores, heat by heat results, photo gallery and event news.
The Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by Essential Energy, NSW Government, Destination NSW, Port Macquarie Tourism, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Harley-Davidson Australia, Town Green Inn, Nikon, Suncorp, VB, Australian Sports Commission, Coastalwatch, NBN, Port Macquarie News, 2MC, Star FM, Surfing World Magazine, Pacific Longboarder Magazine.