2014 Australian Surf Festival
Australian Loggers Titles
Sawtell Beach, Coffs Harbour
1 - 18 August, 2014
Australian Loggers Titles open with high scores
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 August, 2014 - Near perfect two-to-three foot right-handers provided the perfect blank canvas for competitors in the Australian Loggers Titles to weave their magic when the event kicked off at the Australian Surf Festival today. Day one of the event saw some of Australia's best amateur loggers rewinding the clock to the 1960s as they traded off a variety of traditional and stylish manoeuvres.
Reigning NSW Open Loggers champion Nick Farago (Corrimal, NSW) set the bar incredibly high in the first heat of the day, posting a heat total of 18.25 (out of a possible 20 points). As a result, the talented natural-footer left his closest competitor chasing a two-wave combination of scores to take away his lead.
2009 World Longboard Champion and local surfer Harley Ingelby (Emerald Beach, NSW) showed he was capable of throwing down traditional and retrospective manoeuvres when he locked in a 15.75 heat total to book his spot straight into the second round, thus bypassing any requalification rounds.
Other standouts in the first round of the Loggers included Nic Jones (Buderim, Qld), Ruben Roxburgh (Evans Head, NSW) and Clinton Guest (Burleigh Waters, Qld) who all posted heat totals in excess of 15.00 points. All previously mentioned surfers have booked their spot in the second round of the Open Loggers division.
Harley Ingleby © Smith
Gary Burden (Suffolk Park, NSW), Mark McNamara (Currumbin Waters, Qld) and Mike Pimm (Casuarina, NSW) all made their presence known in the first round of the Over-45 Loggers division, all locking in heat wins with respectable heat totals. All surfers booked their spots in the quarterfinals.
The Logger division was introduced at last year’s titles and was one of the most popular events.
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.
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.
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