Australian Surf Festival
Port MacQuarie, New South Wales
10 - 23 August 2013
Competitors enjoy punchy beachbreak Day 11 of Australian Surf Festival
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 August, 2013 : - - The Australian Surfmasters Titles returned to the punchy beachbreak peaks of North Haven today for the eleventh day of the Australian Surf Festival. Paul Parkes kicked the morning off in a stellar fashion locking in the morning’s highest heat total, 17.35, in his Over-35 Men heat. The Newcastle natural-footer executed a series of critical turns to net himself the impressive score. As a result, Paul has booked his spot into the second round.
“I didn’t have a game-plan really,” said Paul. “I surfed earlier in the morning and I knew the waves could be really slow, so I just thought I’d be better off getting a few waves as quick as I could. As luck would have it, the waves just kept pulsing through the whole heat and it just got better and better. It’s definitely nice to have got that heat score, but it doesn’t mean much as tomorrow I could get the lowest of the day. If anything it’s know nice to know that I have some idea of how the judges are scoring.”
Dee Why’s Christian Cook caused one of the biggest upsets of the event when he pipped former World Championship Tour surfer Jake Paterson for victory in their Over-35 Men heat. The powerful goofyfooter threw down an eclectic mix of turns to notch up a heat score of 12.40. Both Paterson and Cook will move through to the second round.
Other heat winners included Trevor Gleave and Keiran White, both of who will progress straight through to the second round alongside the respective runner-ups.
Not to be outdone, Christian Cook’s brother Justin went on to lock in the highest single wave score of the Over-40 Men, an 8.50. The Mona Vale surfer earned his spot in the second round where he will face off with Queensland’s Nick Ryan and the winner of the first requalification heat.
“I’m feeling really good now,” said Justin. “I hadn’t really surfed since the State Titles, so it definitely feels good. I’m just glad today is breaking to be honest. I was a bit worried when I saw the waves yesterday. It’s pretty disappointing when the waves are small, so it’s awesome there’s some swell and tomorrow is looking even better.”
Other winners in the Over-40 Men included Justin Lee, Glen Valaire and Mark Cameron. NSW State Champion Rodney Baldwin made his mark on the Over-50 Men, locking in a solid heat total of 15.90. The Copacabana surfer fought a tight battle with Queensland’s Nick Ryan, but ultimately Nick had to settle for second as Rodney rampaged his way to victory.
Russell Hall, Glen Valaire and Gav Hensler all joined Rodney on the winners list and will move straight through to the second round. The swell is predicted to increase over the next few days with the likelihood of favourable winds. Contest Director Glen Elliot stated: “There has been an anticipated increase in the small southerly groundswell. The chance of this continuing to increase into this afternoon and tomorrow is very likely because of the lows moving through the Tasman Sea.”
Source: Surfing Australia
Author: Tim Brimblecombe
Tags: Logger, Longboard, Australian Surf Festival