Ben Dickens in the Over 40 Loggers. All photos: Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia / Ethan Smith
Ben Williams in the Over 40 Loggers.
George Haskas wailing in the Longboard division.
West Australia’s Scotty Trew.
Cabarita’s Scott Dorough in the Logs.
23 August 19
The Australian Longboard & Logger Titles continued to roll out at Duranbah through Thursday with the Men’s age divisions resuming in decent two-foot waves.
Ben Dickens (Lennox Head, NSW) continued to build on the momentum he showed yesterday as he attacked the Over-40 Men’s Logger division. Dickens performed a chain of stylish and traditional nose-rides to post a near-perfect 9.00 wave score. Dickens also locked in a respectable 7.75 wave score, amassing an excellent 16.75 two-wave heat total. As a result, Dickens will leapfrog the second round and make his next appearance in the third round.
Joining Dickens was Ben Williams and Tony Abood (Kingscliff, NSW) who both claimed first-round victories in the Over-40 Men’s Loggers.
Neville Smith (Coolangatta, Qld) was the best performer in the elder divisions, posting a solid 13.00 two-wave total in the second round of the Over-65 Men’s division. Smith performed a mix of turns and nose rides to claim the win and cement his position into the third round.
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
- REPORT BY ETHAN SMITH FOR SURFING AUSTRALIA
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