Braden O’Rourke and a clean a One Mile wall. All photos: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
Evans Head young gun Sam Tickner.
Multiple Australian longboard title holder Jason Livingston took out his heats in both the Over 40 and Over50 Men's.
George Haskas, smooth-as.
Johnnie Keith timing it. All photos: Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW
20 June 19
From Surfing NSW: The opening day of the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles kicked off the 2019 Port Stephens Surf Festival today, with longboarders attacking clean two-to-three foot conditions at One Mile Beach.
William Crowe (Collaroy), Harry Maskell (Wamberal) and Sam Ticknor (Evans Head) all put on commanding performances in the opening Open Men’s heats, all taking victories. All three found a handful of impressive scores over the duration of their heats to take the top spots and earn their position straight into semis – bypassing the requalification rounds – which are slated to be run on Saturday.
Multiple Australian longboard title holder Jason Livingston (Curl Curl) showed why he was a former champion, taking out his heats in both the Over-40 and Over-50 Mens. The powerful natural footer nailed a handful of decent waves in both his exchanges to claim the first round wins and seal himself a position into the upcoming semis.
Perennial NSW and Australian Title standout Danny Bond (Blue Bay) made it clear he wanted to add another trophy to his cabinet, smashing apart his first Over-65 Men’s heat. Bond posted a solid 14.07 two-wave heat total in his heat to claim the impressive victory.
John Murray (Sawtell) also took out his opening Over-65 Men’s Round One heat and will join Bond in the second round.
The 2019 NSW Longboard Titles will call Port Stephens home from the 20th- 25th June 2019, and will decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian Longboard Titles at Tweed Heads.
Over 200 competitors will surf over this six-day Port Stephens Surf Festival,commencing each day at 7:30am with schedule and location confirmed via the hotline 0458 247 212.
- REPORT & PHOTOS BY ETHAN SMITH / SURFING NSW
The Port Stephens Surf Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Port Stephens Council, Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach, Carve, H2Coco, Mothernest, Wanderers Retreat, Murrays Brewery, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.