Two-time finalist Jason Livingston. Pic: Blainey Woodham/Surfing Australia/Nikon

Thursday, 10 August 2017

"Yeah baby! It was awesome and I am so stoked to have surfed against these guys and it's an honour to be an Australian champion," said a stoked Ben Dickens. Ben had won the double at the 2017 Australian Surf Festival today (Thursday) in Cabarita - taking out both the Over 40 Men's Logger and Longboard national titles with an impressive display of skill and self-belief on finals day.

The northerly wind held off just long enough to run all seven scheduled finals on the Tweed Coast with all competitors surfing with outstanding skill and more importantly sportsmanship in the clean 1-2ft point walls.

Other highlights included a clinical display from elder statesmen Daniel Bond (NSW) in the Over 65 Men's Longboard final. Bond showing poise and grace to post two solid scores of 8.60 and 7.90 (out of a possible 10pts) to just pip an equally impressive Alan Atkins (NSW) by just .10 of a point in a nail bitter.

Over 50 Men's winner Hayden Swan (QLD) summed up what has been a fantastic event for all involved:

"It's a sweet feeling after a long week of great weather and good surfing in lovely waves. It's been a well-run contest and to cap it off with a win is just an excellent feeling," said Swan.

-    For full results and scores visit The Austrailan Surf Festival

Over 40 Men's Logger
1.     Ben Dickens 14.25pts, 2.     Damian Coulter 13.55pts
3.     Greg Brown 12.35pts
4.     Neil Thompson 10.50pts

Over 40 Men's Longboard
1-     Ben Dickens 14.25pts
2-     Jason Livingston 13.05pts
3-     Nigel Canterbury 12.00pts
4-     Ben Johnson 11.05pts
Over 45 Men's Longboard

1-     Damian Coulter 15.60pts
2-     Hayden Swan 14.70pts
3-     Neil Thompson 13.65pts
4-     Jason Livingston 9.10pts
Over 50 Men's Longboard
1.     Hayden Swan 15.00pts
2.     Greg Brown 13.85pts
3.     Richard Smith 10.10pts
4.     Jason Russell 10.50pts
Over 55 Men's Longboard
1.     Mike Pimm 13.40pts
2.     Brian Kuit 11.50pts
3.     John Lane 9.95pts
4.     Frank Gray 9.45pts
Over 60 Men's Longboard

1.     Bob Monkman 15.00pts
2.     Mike Pimm 12.25pts
3.     Mark Ingleby 10.45pts
4.     Grayme Galbraith 9.00pts
Over 65 Men's Longboard

1.     Daniel Bond 16.50pts
2.     Alan Atkins 16.40pts
3.     Neville Smith 8.35pts
4.     Earle Page 7.90pts

Ben Dickens and fan club . . . alright! Pics: Blainey Woodham/Surfing Australia/Nikon
Earle Page down the line in the Over 65s final.
Hayden Swan cross-step cuttie.
Over 45s Australian Champ Damian Coulter.


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