Australian Surf Festival
Australian Surfmasters Titles
Macauleys Beach, Coff Harbour
1 - 18 August, 2014
Christian Cook gives standout performance at The Australian Surf Festival
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 August, 2014 - Former NSW Champion Christian Cook (Dee Why, NSW) kicked the morning off with a standout performance in the Over-35 Men. The Northern Beaches surfer posted the highest heat total of the event thus far, 18.35 (out of a possible 20 points). Cook, who took out the HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles presented by Moby's Beachside Retreat at South Boomerang Beach earlier this year, performed a series of mammoth backside hooks to be rewarded with the healthy scoreline and book his spot into the second round, hence bypassing the requalification rounds.
Dave Reardon-Smith (Bli Bli, Qld) used his innovative repertoire to his advantage when he executed a combination of tail-free and aerial-esque turns to post a solid 17.35 heat total. Reardon-Smith’s impressive performance effectively left his fell competitors battling for second position after his aforementioned score had them searching for two-wave totals to move into first position.
Dave Reardon © Smith/Surfing Australia
Other Over-35 Mens winners included former World Championship Tour surfer Jake Paterson (Yallingup, WA) and former ISA World Masters Games competitor Mark Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) who both posted heat totals in excess of 15 points.
Coincidentally, Richardson also took out his Over-40 Mens heat with the exact same 16.50 heat total that allowed him to win his Over-35 Mens heat.
Paul Paterson (City Beach, WA) joined his brother Jake in the winners circle successfully taking out his first Over-40 Mens heat. Paterson’s silky smooth frontside turns were enough for him to lock in a 14.50 heat total.
Other round one Over-40s Mens winners included local standout Scott Schindler (Sawtell, NSW) and NSW Surfmasters Titles runner-up Marcus Davidson (Shelly Beach, NSW).
Former Australian Champion Rod Baldwin (Copacabana, NSW) put on the same excellent performances, which has seen him win a handful of past titles when he surfed in the first round of the Over-45 and Over-50 Men. Baldwin managed to lock in dual heat wins with totals in excess of 15 points.
The FCS Performer Of The Day Awards were handed to Christian Cook for his previously mentioned performance in the Over-35 Men as well as Clive Stinton (Moffatt Beach, Qld) for posting an impressive 16.50 heat score in his Over-50 Mens heat.