North Haven turns on for NSW Longboard Titles...
Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles
Surfing New South Wales
Port Macquarie, Mid North Coast Australia
18 - 23 June 2012
The Perfect 'North' Haven for Longboarders at the NSW Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 June, 2012 : - - Port Macquarie -- A nice right-hander on the river mouth at North Haven was the venue as NSW best open men and women opened up their campaign, at the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard State Titles. With stacked Open men’s heats on the board competition was tough. Ex ASP World tour surfers, past Australian Champions and defending NSW champions all vying for the prestigious titles on offer at the 6 day event.
Local surfer Darren O’Rafferty (Bonny Hills), who is no stranger to competition surfing, competing on the World Tour as a short board surfer and growing up riding a longboard around the Port Macquarie area won his round 1 heat in one of the toughest heats of the day. “I’ve watched all of the heats in the opens and the surfing is a really high standard this year, so I’m stoked just to get though one heat given the talent out there.”, said O’Rafferty.
Competing against three top longboarders in his opening heat; Corrimal surfer Nick Fargo, Craig Davies (Bondi) and Matty Cook (Cronulla), was a spectacle for onlookers in the early morning pristine winter conditions. “It was great this morning when we rocked up it was pretty solid, as the tide filled in and it was offshore, the waves were awesome, all the guys were pretty stoked with the move down here to North Haven”
“During our heat the wind just started to come up, but there was still some really nice waves we could ride all the way through and get the connection on the inside, and its still some great waves out there this afternoon”, said O’Rafferty who moved through to round 2 with Nick Fargo who placed 2nd. Cook and Davies surfed again in the requalifying round to get through to round 2. Marlin Guihot (Anna Bay) and William Crowe (Collaroy) were up against Cook and Guihot was knocked out in yet another close heat spectators were whitnessing in the opening men’s division.
Also doing well in the opening men’s was Lennox Head surfer Ben Dickens, his big lay backs and nose rides propelled him to round 2 where he comes up against O’Rafferty and Gosford surfer Mitch Fraser tomorrow.
Defending open men’s champion Jared Neal (Coffs Harbour) was on fire and judges awarded him the VB Slab of the day, for a combined heat total of 17.5 (out of a possible 20). His 8.83 ride consisted of two big open face carves on the early 4 foot waves and finished with a nice floater to take first place in his round 1 heat.
Making her mark for the second year running was defending open women’s champion Erin Dark (Gerringong). In the last 20 seconds of her heat against Bondi Surfer Claire Norman, Dark took the lead on the hooter and won the first heat of the open women’s. Dark moves to round 2 with Norman, Scotts Head Surfer Kirra Perry and Roisin Carolan (Binna Burra)., along with Jennifer Arnold (Port Macquarie) and Debbie Allan (Canton Beach).
Finishing the day on top was the Grand Kahunas (over 60's), Danny Bond from Blue Bay got the highest wave of the day; a 9.67 ride to win 1st place in the over 60's semi, with local Peter Hudson coming in a close second. Tomorrow the youngest competitors take charge in the early morning with the under 18 girls and boys first up, followed by under 16's and open men and women move into round 2. Over 35 women will take to the waves again and will be one step closer to finding a state champion.
Tonight competitors will enjoy a VIP function at the Town green Inn with complimentary gourmt pizza and beer for competitors and their families, following the NSW Longboard Association AGM for 2012. Australian Skin Cancer Clinics are giving out FREE Skin Cancer Check Vouchers to all Surfing NSW Members at the State Longboard Titles and Janine was on hand to answer any questions competitors had in regards to regular skin checks.
Schedule is subject to change so please check surfingnsw.com.au or call the event hotline on 0458 247 212. The annual event will see competitors travel form all corners of the state to enjoy a week long competition and well over due catch up with friends. The Town Green Inn is the official competitors venue and will host a function on Thursday night for all competitors and their families.
The event will be fully mobile in the Port Macquarie area with Town Beach, Rainbow Beach, Grants beach, Flyns Beach, Light House and North Haven Beach all venue options. The daily Running Schedule and Contest location will be confirmed on the Event Hotline (0458 247 212) after 7:00am each day of the event.
The Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles 2012 is proudly supported by VB, Port macquarie Hastings Council, Town Green Inn, Essential Energy, The NSW Longboard Assication and Surfing NSW.
Source: Surfing NSW
Author: Renee Miller / Surfing NSW
Tags: Australia, Surfing New South Wales, Port Macquarie, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard State Titles