DAY 7: AUSTRALIAN SURF FESTIVAL 2012 Saturday, 18 August 2012
Hosting week one of the Australian Surf Festival supported by Essential Energy, Port Macquarie once again turned on the waves for finals day. Wrapping up a week of competition, Australia’s best Longboarders relished in the beautiful beaches in an effort to claim one of the 13 Australian Titles on offer.
All eyes were on the juniors, local Danny Schouten (Bonny Hills, NSW), William Crowe (Collaroy, NSW), Myles Fletcher (Ocean Grove, VIC) and current Australian junior short board champion, Eli Steele got busy in the boys final.
Leaving no wave un ridden, Steele and Schouten racked up their wave count with nose rides and maneuvers that impressed spectators. Injecting the short board style with classic Longboarding is here to stay and William Crowe demonstrated the combination surfing of a champion as he won the Junior Boys final.
Starting early with a 6.75 and quickly backing it up with a 6.80, Crowe seemed to have it in the bag. Steele wasn’t letting it go easily and a 7.00 followed by a strong 6.25 pushed him close but just fell short, giving him second place behind Crowe with Fletcher in third and Schouten in 4th.
Young and old excelled, the newly added over 65’s division brought the old sea dogs to the surface. Danny Bond took the prestigious title with Neville Smith (Coolangatta, QLD) in second, Phil Nicol (North Curl Curl, (NSW) third and 83 year old Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan (Norah Head, NSW) fourth.
The day wasn’t just about the individual surfers, the TEAMS CHALLENGE brought all states together in a tag team format. Defending their title with a solid track record, the Queenslanders were victorious yet again, team manager Dave Lamin was happy with the teams performance over the week long event.
“We had a bit of a strategy in place from the get go, we were obviously conscious of time and our order of surfers in the water and it worked well for us. Jackson won the opens and Eli did really well in the juniors, it’s been a good year for the Queenslanders,” said Lamin who accepted the VB Slab of the day for the Queensland team.
New South Wales took home a number of titles today; Junior women, (Kirra Perry, Scotts Head), over 35 women, (Debbie Alan, Canton Beach), over 55 men, (Rick Chalmers, Pottsville Beach), over 60 men, (Alan Atkins, Suffolk Park) and Danny Bond (Blue Bay), took the over 65 mens crown.
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.