2016 Australian Surf Festival
Coffs Harbour, Australia
29 July - 15 August.
Onshore waves for the opening day of the Australian Bodyboard Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 August, 2016 - The opening day of the Australian Bodyboard Titles endured a day of blustery onshore waves as Open and Junior competitors attempted to cement a position into the upcoming semi-finals.
Jake Metcalf (City Beach, WA) ensured he made his mark on the Open Mens division, performing a wide array of acrobatic manoeuvres to notch up a respectable 14.00 two-wave heat total (out of a possible 20 points). Metcalf made light work of the difficult waves executing the aerials with relative ease and as a result booked himself a spot in the quarterfinals and made it known that he’d be the man to beat in the upcoming rounds.
Other Open Mens first round winners included: Grant Gardener (Laurieton, NSW), Tawa Hura (St. Andrews Beach, Vic), Nathan Wilson (Kiama Downs, NSW) and Mitch East (Sandy Beach, NSW).
Liam Newman (Maroubra, NSW) sent a warning shot to his competitors, posting an impressive 7.75 wave score in the first round of the Cadets (Under-16) division. Newman threw down a massive combination of manoeuvres to post the previously mentioned score and get a convincing win over Henry Gibson (Falcon, WA) who claimed the runner-up spot.
Other Cadets round one heat winners included: Patrick Franklyn (Fremantle, WA) and Harry Crain (Copacabana, NSW). All three aforementioned Cadets will make their next appearance in the second round.
Australian Surf Festival – Coffs Harbour, NSW - July 29 - 15 August, 2016
- Opening Ceremony – July 29
- Australian Surfmasters Titles – July 30 - August 3
- NRMA Holiday Parks Australian Longboard Titles – August 3 - 11
- Australian Logger Titles – August 8 - 11
- Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 11 – 15