Source: Surfing Australia
Surfers in the elder divisions of the Australian Longboard Titles returned to Arrawarra Headland today to complete their round two heats in clean one-to-two foot waves.
Longboarders across a variety of different age divisions battled it out in the hope of securing a spot in tomorrow’s semi-finals and inevitably edge closer towards a coveted Australian Title.
Former Australian Champion, Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) managed to bag himself dual wins across the Over-40 and Over-45 Men. The smooth natural-footer linked together a series of high-performance turns to take the two wins with heat totals in excess of 12 points (out of a possible 20 points).
Neil Thompson (Trigg, WA) posted the highest heat total of the Over-40 Mens division, locking in a solid 17.25 heat total to easily push past his opposition and progress into tomorrow’s semi-finals.
Simon Gates (Narrabeen, NSW) posted an impressive 15.35 heat total to book his position in the Over-45 Men semi-finals. The Northern Beaches surfer left his closest opponent, Craig Potgieter (Seaford, SA) chasing two scores in the eight-point range to usurp him from the top position.
Mark McNamara (Currumbin Waters, Qld) and Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic) both made their intentions clear in the Over-50 Mens division with both surfers posting totals in the 17-point range. Consequently, McNamara and Brown left their fellow competitors chasing solid two wave totals to knock them from the top spot. Based on McNamara’s and Brown’s performances (on opposite ends of the heat draw), both surfers could potentially face each other in tomorrow’s final.
All remaining finals in the Australian Longboard Titles will wrap up tomorrow. A hotline – 0458 247 212 – is operating for the festival which will feature a recorded message updated at 6:45am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue.
The Australian Surf Festival at Coffs Harbour is set to attract more than 500 surfers from around the country, over the 18-day event period.
Coffs Harbour is home to a number of great beach break options that work in a variety of wind and swell conditions. The main base for the event will be Park Beach which is located north east of the Coffs Harbour CBD. The event is fully mobile in the Coffs Harbour region with numerous beach break options which include Park Beach, Macauley’s Beach, Diggers Beach, Jetty Beach, Gallows, Arrawarra Beach, Mulloway Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, Emerald Beach and Sapphire Beach.
Live results and daily news will be updated at www.australiansurffestival.com
The 2014 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism, Wahu, The Hoey Moey, Nikon, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder, FCS, Australian Institute of Sport, Surfing NSW and Surfing Australia.
2014 AUSTRALIAN SURF FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
1 August – Australian Surf Festival Opening Ceremony
2-6 August – Australian Surfmasters Titles
2-3 August – Australian Single Fin Titles
6-14 August – Australian Longboard Titles
7-10 August – Australian Logger Titles
14-18 August – Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles