Only 12-years old, Noosa’s Landen Smales took out the Under-18 Boys Loggers Title. Go Grom! All pics: Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia / Ethan Smith
Charlotte Lethbridge taking the Junior Logger, just ahead of Victoria’s Bea Conroy.
The amazing Over 60 Women, with Sue Altman (left) becoming the first woman to compete as an Over 70 in the Australian Titles. Legend.
Leith Goebel charging in the Over 60 Women’s.
Agnes Water junior Luca Doble taking the Australian Under 18 Title.
26 August 19
Fingal Beach, Tweed: The 2019 Australian Longboard and Logger Titles saw four new Junior Champions crowned after a day of challenging two-to-three foot surf at Letitia Spit on Fingal Beach, with four Queensland surfers taking a clean sweep of victories.
Riley Thomson (Moffat Beach, Qld) found a handful of diamonds in the rough in his Under-18 Boys final, executing a beautiful mix of turns and noserides. Thomson threw down a medium 5.25 wave score early in the heat, which he was then able to back up with a decent 7.25 that allowed him to gain the upper hand against fellow Queenslander and Sunshine Coast surfer Dallas Rogers (Shelly Beach, Qld).
A late charge in the final allowed Luca Doble (Agnes Waters, Qld) to get the nod in the Under-18 Women’s Longboard. Doble was able to post two scores in the six-to-seven point range which allowed her to shoot ahead of event standout Charlotte Lethbridge (Noosaville, Qld) who took out the runner-up spot.
At only 12-years of age, Landen Smales (Noosa Heads, Qld) showed he had a promising future in the longboard world, taking out the Under-18 Boys Loggers Title. Smales stylishly nailed a handful of impressive traditional turns and noserides to take out the title with a decent 13.15 two-wave heat total.
Following in the footsteps of her sister Emily who claimed the Open Logger and Longboard Australian Title last weekend, younger sibling Charlotte Lethbridge (Noosaville, Qld) showed she possessed a lot of the same skills as she took out the Under-18 Loggers division. In a nailbiter of a final Lethbridge finished with a 12.05 heat score to get the last-minute nod ahead of Victorian Bea Conroy (Point Lonsdale, Vic).
Sue Altman (Noosaville, Qld) got the spectators on their feet as she became the first and only woman to ever compete in the Over-70 Women's division at a Longboard Australian Titles. Competing alongside the Over-60 Women's, Altman caught a handful of playful shore breaks, and was awarded the SAE Group Power Performer Of The Day award.
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.
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- REPORT BY ETHAN SMITH FOR SURFING AUSTRALIA