Six new Australian Bodyboard champions were crowned today, following a series of finals held in two-to-three foot peaks at Diggers Beach.
Luke Fisher (Tweed Heads, NSW) smashed apart a series of waves to win the Open Drop Knee final. Fisher’s ability to link together fast and seamless manoeuvres saw him post an impressive 8.00 wave score (out of a possible ten points, which gave him the upper-hand against his opposition. 2014 Open Drop Knee Champion and local bodyboarder Dion Myers (Coffs Harbour, NSW) put up a solid fight, but ultimately fell short by a 1.90 point margin.
Thanks to a solid performance in the final rounds, Fisher took out the bcu money turn award, which will see him awarded with a $100.00 bank account courtesy of bcu.
Blake Tabone (Burrill Lake, NSW) claimed the Senior Mens (Over-23) final with a series of solid rolls and spins. The South Coast bodyboarder posted a heat total of 11.55 (out of a possible 20 points) which gave him a narrow lead over runner-up Joel Cockeram (Burleigh Waters, Qld) who posted 11.15.
Justin Kirkpatrick (Broadbeach, Qld) rounded out a successful Australian Surf Festival campaign, taking out the Masters division (Over-35). The Gold Coast bodyboarder took a narrow 0.20 lead over Matthew Mytka (Banksia, NSW), which he held until the final minutes of the heat.
Shauna Gillet (Martinsville, NSW) added another Australian Title to her trophy cabinet, taking out the Open Womens division. Gillet posted a series of decent heat totals, which gave her two solid accumulative scores and propelled her into the top-spot ahead of France Hazar (Avalon, NSW), who took out the runner-up position.
Steve Watson (Blairgowrie, Vic) claimed his second title in as many years, taking victory in the Grand Masters (Over-45). Watson claimed dual finals with a series of respectable heat totals to get the title ahead of former Australian champion Greg Chambers (Mona Vale, NSW).
Sister duo Teigan and Sam Gillet (Martinsville, NSW) both managed to claim one respective win and one runner-up finish each, over the course of the dual Junior Womens (Under-18) finals. However, when the final numbers were crunched it was Teigan who took the overall title, thanks to having the highest combined heat total.
The 2015 bcu Australian Surf Festival will wrap up tomorrow with the finals of the Australian Bodyboard Titles.
bcu will be providing a $100 bank account for the #bcumoneyturn, which will be awarded daily to the surfer who executes the biggest turn as determined by the head judge.
More than 500 surfers from around Australia will contest the surfing showpiece from July 31-August 17 with National titles to be decided in Open Surfmasters, Longboard, Logger and Bodyboard divisions.
A hotline – 0458 247 212 – will be operating for the festival which will feature a recorded message updated at 6:45am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue. Full details, the latest news, videos and galleries can be found at www.australiansurffestival.com.
2015 bcu Australian Surf Festival – Coffs Harbour, NSW, July 31-August 17:
– Opening Ceremony – July 31
– Australian Surfmasters Titles – August 1-5
– Australian Longboard Titles – August 5-13
– Australian Logger Titles – August 6-9
– Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 13-17
The 2015 bcu 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 bcu, Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism, The Hoey Moey, Nikon, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder, NBN, Australian Institute of Sport, mySURF.tv, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.
1 – Luke Fisher (Tweed Heads, NSW)
2 – Dion Myers (Coffs Harbour, NSW)
3 – Justin Kirkpatrick (Broadbeach, Qld)
4 – Mitchell Ashcroft (Sandy Beach, NSW)
Senior Men (Over-23)
1 – Blake Tabone (Burrill Lake, NSW)
2 – Joel Cockeram (Burleigh Waters, Qld)
3 – Rikki D’Ambros (Currimundi, Qld)
4 – Mitchell Ashcroft (Sandy Beach, NSW)
Masters Men (Over-35)
1 – Justin Kirkpatrick (Broadbeach, Qld)
2 – Matt Mytka (Banksia, NSW)
3 – Heath Werner (Tooemina, NSW)
4 – Luke Filipek (Port Macquarie, NSW)
Grand Masters (Over-45)
1 – Steve Watson (Blairgowrie, Vic)
2 – Greg Chambers (Mona Vale, NSW)
3 – Graeme Ellis (Elanora, Qld)
4 – Sean Leathers (Dorrigo, NSW)
5 – Paul Mace (Newcastle, NSW)
1 – Shauna Gillet (Martinsville, NSW)
2 – France Hazar (Avalon, NSW)
3 – Britt-Marie Ladley (Mermaid Waters, Qld)
4 –Sally Wells (Nunawading, vic)
1 – Teigan Gillet (Martinsville, NSW)
2 – Sam Gillet (Martinsville, NSW)
3 –Sophie Leathers (Dorrigo, NSW)
4 –Zoe Curling (Tweed Heads, NSW)