2016 Australian Surf Festival
Coffs Harbour, Australia
29 July - 15 August.
Declining swell doesn't slow down heated competition at Coffs
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 August, 2016 - The longboard action continued at the Australian Surf Festival today at Macauleys Beach as competitors fought to keep their Australian Title campaigns rolling towards the final days of competition.
Multiple Australian Title holder Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) didn’t let the declining swell slow down his progress, posting a 14.00 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to claim a convincing win in the second round of the Over-45 Mens division. Livingston unleashed a barrage of massive turns over the course of the heat to take the win and book his spot into the semi-finals.
The second round of the Over-45 Mens division continued to see a series of dog-eat-dog battles as three competitors attempted to cement their position into the semi-finals.
Local surfer Charlie O’Sullivan (Woolgoolga, NSW) went out to an early lead in his respective exchange, while Neil Thompson (Scarborough, WA) and Terry Day (Coogee, NSW) duked it out for second place in the wave-starved heat. Requiring a 5.50 to cement a position into the semi-finals, Day managed to scratch into a small right-hander in the final minute of the exchange, to fall short by 0.10 margin and as a result was eliminated from the event, while O’Sullivan and Thompson sealed a spot in the final rounds.
Other Over-45 round two heat winners included Tony Rae (Hastings Point, NSW) and Brett Lalor (Apollo Bay, Vic), who will make their next appearance in the semi-finals.
Scott Trew (Mullaloo, WA) put on the most exciting performance of the morning, posting an impressive 7.00 ride in the Over-35 Mens requalification round. Trew will make his next appearance in the second batch of requalification heats, where he’ll face Chris McSween (Ocean Grove, Vic), Ryan Egan (Meadow Spring, WA) and Michael Thompson (Evans Head, NSW).
The Australian Surf Festival will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline number is 0458 247 212 which will leave a voice recorded message each morning of the event.
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