Mick Gett milking a wooly one down the beach. All photos: Ethan Smith / Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia
Outta Curl Curl, the mercurial Jason Livingston
WA and Barefoot Division’s Ryan Egan took his heat in the Over 40 Logs.
Victorian shaper Greg Brown.
Dean “Turbo” Bevan, bouncing on a bumpy sea.
24 August 19
Friday saw the age divisions of the Australian Longboard & Logger Titles recommencing in challenging three-foot conditions at Kingscliff Beach.
Former Australian Champion Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) put on the same display of surfing that has seen him win multiple titles in the past, clocking up wins in the third round of the Over-45 and Over-50 Men’s division. Livingston shone in the dual divisions, posting decent wave scores in the seven-point range to gain the upper hand against his opposition. Livingston will make his next appearance in the quarterfinals.
Scott Dorrough (Tweed Heads, NSW) and Ryan Egan (Meadow Springs, WA) kept their Over-40 Logger campaigns going, with both surfers taking heat wins. Both surfers found a handful of above-average waves that allowed them to get the edge over their opponents and gain a spot in their third round.
Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic) showed why he was a multiple Australian Title holder, surfing a solid heat in the Over-50 Men’s division. Brown performed a handful of his trademark hacks over the course of his third-round heat to take the win and cement a spot into the quarterfinals.
Interstate competitors Emma Webb (Jan Juc, Vic), Sam Vanderford (Scarborough, WA) and Kristy Quirk (Noosaville, Qld) made light work of the sweepy conditions, all claiming third-round wins in the Over-40 Women’s divisions. All competitors found a handful of long-running righthanders to gain the wins and earn themselves a spot into the semi-finals.
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