Multiple Australian title holder Clinton Guest on his way to a first-round win. Pics: Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia / Ethan Smith
West Australian Barefoot Division teamrider and junior longboard and log styler Archie Le Grice.
Noosa’s Emily Lethbridge taking the first Open Women’s Logger heat.
Long and shortboard ripper Darcy Crump.
Manly Beach’s Tully White. Pics: Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia / Ethan Smith
19 August 19
Fingal Beach, Tweed: The Open divisions got off to a flying start today (Monday) at the SAE Group Australian Surf Championships in one-foot waves at Letitia Spit on Fingal Beach.
Having made multiple Australian Title Open Men’s finals over the last decade, Jack Entwistle (Manly, NSW) showed that, despite the lackluster swell, he was eager to claim an Australian Title. The stylish goofy-footer nailed an array of impressive turns and snaps to post a solid 16.00 two-wave heat total.
Other round one Open Men’s winners included two-times World Longboard Champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, NSW), Sam Ticknor (Evans Head, NSW) and Clinton Guest (Sunshine Coast, Qld).
Sunshine Coast trio Kirra Molnar (Noosa, Qld), Emily Lethbridge (Noosaville, Qld) and Kristy Quirk (Noosa, Qld) all put on commanding performances in their opening Open Women’s exchanges, with all surfers claiming opening heat wins. As a result of Surfing Australia’s new and improved seeded format, all three surfers will bypass the second round and make their next appearance in the third round.
Queensland continued to dominate the first round of the Open Men’s Logger Titles with Bowie Pollard (Noosa, Qld), Clinton Guest (Gold Coast, Qld), Nic Jones (Sunshine Coast, Qld), Nic Brewer (Sunshine Coast, Qld) all taking impressive victories in their opening heats, while Emily Lethbridge claimed the first Open Women’s Logger heat.
In an Australian first, the Australian Longboard Titles is being Head Judged by former Women's World Longboard Champion Tory Gilkerson. Gilkerson brings a wealth of knowledge to the role and will oversee the entire eight days of longboard competition.
All heat draws and ongoing live results can be found here under the results section of each respective division.
The daily schedule will be confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am each day. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
REPORT BY ETHAN SMITH / SURFING AUSTRALIA