The man behind Barefoot Division Surfboards, West Australia’s Ryan Egan Pic: Surfing Australia / Nikon Australia / Ethan Smith
Californian expat and total styler Belen Kimble-Fuller.
Ben Dickens sharing the stage.
Samantha Vanderford over from WA and ripping as she always does.
Jay Carter doing justice to a bomb.
21 August 19
The age divisions got underway in picturesque two-foot surf at Duranbah today (Wednesday).
Ben Dickens (Lennox Head, NSW) showed why he was a multiple Australian Title holder as he proceeded to decimate the righthanders on offer in his opening Over-40 Men’s heat. Dickens performed an array of nice turns and stylish nose rides to post an excellent 8.00 wave score which allowed him to gain the upper hand in the heat. As a result of Surfing Australia’s new and improved seeded format, Dickens will bypass the second round and make his next appearance in the third round.
Joining Dickens with an Over-40 Men’s first-round victory was Jay Carter (Wooli, NSW), Nigel Canterbury (Grange, Qld) and Chris Mcsween (Ocean Grove, Vic).
Living only just across the NSW border, Kristy Best (Coolangatta, Qld) showed her knowledge of the Duranbah conditions as she attacked her first heat of the Over-40 Women. Best used her impressive backhand approach to muster up a decent 14.50 two-wave heat total which allowed her to claim the win.
Mandy Penhall (Mitchell Island, NSW) and Sam Vanderford (Scarborough, WA) also put on decent showings in the Over-40 Women's division to claim first-round heat wins.
Perennial Australian Title standouts Simon Gates (Brunswick Heads, NSW) and Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic) made their presence known as they attacked the Over-55 Men's division, with both surfers posting decent scores in the mid-seven point range to claim respective heat wins. Both surfers will make their next appearance in 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.
- REPORT BY ETHAN SMITH FOR SURFING AUSTRALIA