Goldie local Sarah Farlow powering in the Open Womens. Pics: John Andrews / Surfing Qld

Monday, 1 May 2017

Tugun Beach, Gold Coast: An action packed day of long and log wrapped up competition in clean two-footers, with 15 individual champions crowned on day two of the Bradnam’s Windows & Doors Queensland Longboard State Titles.

It was the Sunshine Coast precinct that took advantage of optimal longboard conditions on day two. Light winds and small swell provided competitors with ample scoring opportunity throughout the day, the sandbank offering a combination of both rights and lefts.

The experienced surfers shone bright again on day two of competition. Ian Borland (Peregian Springs, QLD) finished the day with two podium finishes in the Over 60 Men and Over 65 Men longboard divisions. In the Over 40 Men and Over 45 Men, eight time national champion Damian Coulter (Mountain Creek, QLD) showed the judges why he is one of the best senior longboarders in the state with a first and second place finish in his respective finals. Both Coulter and Borland will represent Queensland at the 2017 Australian Surfing Festival on the Tweed Coast in August.

“The aim was definitely to qualify for the Queensland team and go for another Australian Title. It’s the pinnacle in the pro-amateur longboard scene.” Coulter said. “The standard at nationals is extremely high, in every age group. This will be my fifteenth time competing.”

In the junior divisions it was again the Sunshine Coast locals who brought the talent. Moffat Beach’s up and coming super star Aiden Feeley was victorious in both his finals. Feeley takes home the Under 18 Boy’s and Junior Loggers trophies for 2017 and will represent Queensland at nationals for the second year in a row.

“That left hander has turned on this weekend. I just went out there with the aim to surf the best I could and ended up in the final with one of my best mates.” Feeley said.

“Making the Queensland team for one division was good enough, to make it for two is amazing. There’s a lot of guys at nationals who are really great surfers so it will be good this year.”

The Blue Ribbon Open Men’s division was also taken out by a Sunshine Coast surfer in what was a very close final heat to conclude the day. Noosa Head’s Jesse Jerrems overcame Jason Caldow (Buderim, QLD), with just one point in it.

In the women’s divisions it was Noosaville’s Emily Lethbridge who was in fine form throughout the day, demonstrating a classic combination of noseriding and rail work to impress the judges and take out both the Under 18 Girl’s and Open Women’s Longboard divisions. Lethbridge will join fellow Sunshine Coast locals Feeley, Coulter, Jerrems and Borland to represent the state at the national titles in 2017.



Competitors were greeted with waist-high, clean and sunny conditions for day one of the three day installment of the 2017 Bradnam’s Windows & Doors Longboard Titles at Tugun Beach on the Gold Coast today.

The first heats of the day saw the Blue Ribbon Open Men’s Longboard division kick things off with an excellent display of traditional surfing. Jason Caldow (Buderim, QLD) and Clinton Farlow (Broadbeach, QLD) were the stand outs of the round, demonstrating some fantastic rail to rail transitions to impress the judges and progress through to Sunday afternoons final. The two will go head to head tomorrow afternoon as both competitors fight for a spot in the state team to represent Queensland at the national titles in August.

The first round of heats of the Open Women’s Longboard provided some of highlights for day one, with the best female longboarders in Queensland making the most of the excellent sand banks on offer at Tugun Beach. Gold Coast local Sarah Farlow (Broadbeach, QLD) looked very much at home taking out her heat to progress through to tomorrow mornings semi-final. Farlow was a strong favourite leading into the event and has her sights set on representing Queensland at the national titles alongside her brother Clinton.

“I’m really keen to get back out there tomorrow for the semi-final. This is the first time I’ve competed in the Queensland titles. It would be awesome to make the state team, I’m just taking it heat by heat for now.” Farlow said.

In the older divisions, Damian Coulter (Alexandra Headland, QLD) was in excellent form and finished up on top in both of his first round heats in the Over 40 Men’s Longboard and Over 45 Men’s Longboard. Coulter showed his experience in the water with some excellent on-the-nose surfing and will compete in the final for both divisions tomorrow, looking to claim a prestigious spot in the state team.

“I’m used to surfing waves like this, it suits my style. My goal is to go to the Australian Titles in 2017 and see if I can win another Australian title.” Coulter said. Coulter is no stranger to competing at a national level, with eight titles under his belt already.

Nelly St Baker styling in the Under 18 Girls. Pics: John Andrews / Surfing Qld
Damian Coutler digging the drive in the Over 40s Logger.
Fresh from a great sesh – Taylah McKenzie, Emily Lethbridge & Jane Gower.
Over 65 Mens Champ Ian Borland - a renowned surf photographer since the 70s and still killing it.


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