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Longboard titles wrap up at Aussie Surf Festival

Longboard titles wrap up at Aussie Surf Festival
Justin Redman the Over-35 Mens Champion © Surfing Australia




2014 Australian Surf Festival 

Australian Open Longboard Championships 
Coffs Harbour, Australia 
1 - 14 August, 2014 

Justin Redman crowned over 35 men's champion

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 August, 2014 - Coffs Harbour - The Australian Surf Festival returned to the idyllic shores of Emerald Beach today to complete all remaining finals in the Australian Longboard Titles. Neville Smith (Rainbow Bay, Qld) netted himself his second Australian Title, successfully taking out the Over-65 Men with a 13.75 heat total (out of a possible 20 points).

“I’ve won one title before and I couldn’t be happier to get a second one,” said Smith. “To surf with all those guys in the final was amazing. This year was actually going to be my final swan song in the Australian Titles, but after this win, I can’t wait to come back next year and do it again.”

Peter Becker (Palmvale, NSW) also added a second Australian Title to his mantelpiece, successfully claiming the victory in the Over-60 Mens final. The far north coast surfer managed to post two scores in the seven-point range, (out of a possible ten points) which left runner-up Dennis Carberry (Burleigh Heads, Qld) chasing a solid 8.50 wave score.

“It’s been a long time between drinks,” said Becker. “After yesterday at Arrawarra, I was happy to get away from surfing righthanders and get into some lefts today. Aussie Titles are really hard to win, so to get another one feels incredible. The camaraderie between all the guys in the final was great and we’ve all known each other for years. Hopefully, I can come back next year and see if I can do it again.”

John Lane (Torquay, Vic) added another title to the Victorian tally, successfully claiming the Over-55 Mens final with a heat total of 13.50. Despite making the finals in numerous Australian Titles over the years, this is Lane’s first victory in the event.
“I could almost begin balling now, I’m just that wrapped,” said Lane. “I’ve made five finals before and come fourth three times and third twice, so to get a win under my belt is something I’ve always dreamt of doing. This is a beautiful spot around here [Coffs Harbour] and I’ve had some great waves over this event. I’m going to bring the family up here.”

Greg Brown’s (Jan Juc, Vic) incredible run through the Australian Surf Festival hit its climax in the Over-50 Mens final when he managed to post the only perfect ten-point ride of the entire Australian Longboard Titles, which secured his second title in as many years. The Victorian surfer consequently left his fellow competitors chasing 17.86 heat combinations to take his lead away.

“I’m very pleased with that result,” said Brown. “I’ve been trying to pick the eyes out of these waves at Emerald Beach over the last two weeks and up until that final I hadn’t had a whole lot of luck. This title feels slightly different to last years title, as this year I also competed in the shortboards earlier in the event and I was a little defocused prior to the longboard, so I had to knuckle down and practice with some of the Victorian team.”

After taking out the highly competitive Over-45 shortboard division last week in the Australian Surfmasters Titles, local surfer John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW) returned to claim the same division in the Australian Longboard Titles today. The talented goofy-footer posted an impressive 17.65 heat total, which coincidently was less than half a point over his shortboard heat score.

“This feels totally surreal,” said Schmidenberg. “I usually have a thousand things to say, but I’m a bit lost for words after this win. This event was a hard dig and it feels unreal to win. I think this title feels slightly better than the shortboard in the sense that there’s a lot of older guys watching the event and they’re legends in there own right. I couldn’t be happier.”

Dual Over-40 and Over-45 Mens finalist Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) posted an impressive 16.75 heat total to claim the younger division. The stocky natural-footer blew apart his earlier heats and proceeded to pip past fellow dual-finalist John Schmidenberg in the all-important final heat. This is Livingston’s second title in as many years.

“This title feels amazing,” said Livingston. “I had a fair few years off competing in the Aussie Titles, so to come back and claim two in two years feels crazy. I’m stoked to be back.”

Open Mens finalist Justin Redman (Dunsborough, WA) bagged the days only title for Western Australia, taking out the Over-35 Mens final. On his final wave of the heat, Redman managed to lock in an impressive 8.75 wave score to strike a final blow at runner-up Damian Coulter who was left searching for a 8.66 to take away Redman’s lead.

“I actually had to scale things back and change tactics halfway through that heat,” said Redman. “I was trying to bottom turn too hard and it just wasn’t my style of surfing, so I readjusted and it seemed to work. Obviously my focus was mainly on the Open division, but once that division wrapped up, I began to focus on the Over-35s. I’m stoked to come away with a win.” 

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.

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.

Over-65 Men
1 – Neville Smith (Rainbow Bay, Qld)
2 – Tony Harrison (WA)
3 – Sam Avramidis (Seaford, SA)
4 – David Wilson (Ulladulla, NSW)

Over-60 Men
1 – Peter Becker (Palmvale, NSW)
2 – Dennis Carberry (Burleigh Heads, Qld)
3 – Alan Atkins (Suffolk Park, NSW)
4 – George Watt (Bonny Hills, NSW)

Over-55 Men
1 – John Lane (Torquay, Vic)
2 – Mike Pimm (Casuarina, NSW)
3 – Mike Neunuebel (Denmark, WA)
4 – Brian Kuit (Torquay, Vic)

Over-50 Men
1 – Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 – Mark McNamara (Currumbin Waters, Qld)
3 – Phil Mansfield (Ocean Shores, NSW)
4 – Scott Ford (Tewantin, Qld)

Over-45 Men
1 – John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW)
2 – Jason Russell (Port Noarlunga South, SA)
3 – Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW)
4 – Richard Smith (Sawtell, NSW)

Over-40 Men
1 – Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW)
2 – John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW)
3 – Damian Coulter (Mountain Creek, Qld)
4 – Neil Thompson (Trigg, WA)

Over-35 Men
1 – Justin Redman (Dunsborough, WA)
2 – Damian Coulter (Mountain Creek, Qld)
3 – Scott Trew (Mullaloo, WA)
4 – Craig Potgieter (Seaford, SA) 

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

Ethan Smith

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