Known for his dominance in the Loggers, Ben Considine got a little loose to take both the Logger and Longboard divisions: “I’m stoked it turned out well.” Photo:

Monday, 27 March 2017

Competitors were greeted with clean conditions and a pulsing swell, with the straight sandbanks at Fairhaven providing tricky conditions for the top Victorian longboarders.
Traditionally known for his dominance in the Logger divisions, Ben Considine proved he has the ability in both the Logger and Longboard divisions winning the Open Men’s with a heat total of 16.17 points.

 Ben Considine and Molly Powell have claimed opening round honours today at Round 1 of the HIF Victorian Longboard Titles presented by City to Surf Mobile Café at Fairhaven.

“I have stared doing a few LQS events (World Longboard Qualifying Series) and I wanted to get a bit more experience in the Longboard area,” said Considine. “It was super tricky out there and I changed my strategy after the Logger final. I’m stoked it turned out well.”
Placing in second was Will Cousins (Torquay) who had an excellent 8.03 ride however could only find a 5.67 back up wave. Andrew Burgan (Phillip Island) finished in third on 10.33 points with Liam Griggs-Kennelly (Aireys Inlet) in fourth on 9.56 points.
The Open Women was once again dominated by perennial champion Molly Powell. Powell with a heat total of 12.57. “It was great to have some clean and powerful surf today. I had a heap of fun in the water and it was awesome to surf with all the girls.”
Placing in second was Angela King (Torquay) on 9.73 points. Melanie Renton (Ocean Grove) placed third on 6.86 with Eglantine Balland (Edithvale) on 6.34 points.
One of the biggest standouts on the day was Greg Brown (Jan Juc). A multiple Australian Champion, Brown was dominant across multiple divisions including Over 35 Men, Over 50 Men and Over 40 Men Loggers.
Other divisional winners included Luke Lalor (Open Logger, Apollo Bay), Melanie Renton (Over 35 Women), Michael Pinny (Pt Lonsdale, Over 40 Men), Liam McCafferty (Over 45 Men, McCrae), Brian Kuit (Over 55 Men, Torquay), Grayme Galbraith (Jan Juc, Over 60 Men) and Phill Trigger (Pt Leo, Over 65 Men).

Now for Round 2, Point Impossible – May 20th & 21st 

-    report by Surfing Victoria

The HIF Victorian Longboard Titles is presented by City to Surf Mobile Café and supported by Rock Tape Australia, Coastalwatch PLUS and Kieser Australia.


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