15-year-old Hawaiian Lola Schremmer will join her sisters Mason (16) and Scarlett (just 10!) to make up half of the Junior Women’s Final. Pic: Luke Sorensen

Sunday, 19 March 2017

One of the sport’s up-and-comers and Australia’s oldest professional surfer will both be chasing three titles each when the ALSO resumes for finals day at Kingscliff Beach.

Sunday will definitely be a busy one for pro division surfer Michael Cottier and Noosa teenager Nick Brewer. Cottier, who turned 61 recently, is heading for his most successful Australian Open ever, making the finals in the Logger, Eight Foot and Over 60s, while at the other end of the age range Brewer is set to line up in the Nine Foot, Under 18s and will join Cottier in the Logger final.

Victorian Liam Griggs-Kennelly (who like Cottier surfed in the pros on Wednesday) has also made three finals and will be in the water for the Nine foot, Logger and Noserider.

Day four was surfed in 1-1.5 metre waves earlier, deteriorating through the afternoon. However, organisers are expecting the best conditions of the event for the fourth and final day.

Cottier said the waves were variable, keeping him on his toes throughout the day. “Conditions in every semi-final were different. Early on for the 60s the semi-final was surfed in on-shore high tide conditions. The tide created a great challenge to catch a wave and walk the length of the board. I got on a real good wave in the Logger and that gave me a first place but then I had a quick change from white to yellow and I was back out for the Eight Foot.”

Another good wave in the Eights gave him just enough to finish second in the heat behind Kingscliff local Dean Bevan who rocketed through to the finals and a chance to win the title for the fourth year in a row.

For Cottier it was one of his most successful days in the surf at Kingscliff.
“It’s my first year in the Over 60s,” he said.

Kingscliff master surfer Ray Gleave is also through to finals day along with Tweed Coaster Tony Rae (who recorded the highest two-wave score of the day with two impressive tube rides in the over 50s semi) and talented Hawaiian sisters Mason, Lola and Scarlett Schremmer. 

The talented trio will make up the bulk of the women’s under 18 competition while 10-year-old Scarlett and 16-year-old Mason will also compete in the open final – with Lola, 15, missing out after snapping her board in the heats.

Surfing action begins again with all the finals to run, starting with the 8ft Open at 7.30am (NSW) and culminating in the hotly contested Over 70s at 2.30pm.

On the beach, activities start from 8.30am with beach activities for the Under 12s - including a treasure hunt with sponsors prizes and easter eggs up for grabs.
The old board display will be held from 9am with the Gold Coast Mini Garage Classic. There will also be a special Wacky Wave competition to raise money for Headspace. The Wacky Wave is open to everyone - surfer or non-surfers - dress up in your craziest costume and take to the water prizes include two Volte wetsuit vouchers valued at more than $300.

The surfing action is expected to end at 3pm with the presentations being held at Kingscliff Hotel from 4pm.
Australian Longboard Surfing Open is the only World Surf League sanctioned longboard event on Australia's east coast featuring some of the world’s best longboard surfers. It honours the history of longboard surfing together with amateur divisions and specialty surfing, lives music, surf vehicle display, surf movies and more.
  - report by Tanya Spiers-Phillips / ALSO



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