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Molly Howell claims 4th HIF Victorian Longboard Title

Molly Powell © Surfing Vic




HIF Victorian Longboard Titles

Surfing Victoria
Point Impossible, Australia
18 - 19 April 2015

Fourth consecutive HIF Vic Longboard Titles win for Molly Powell

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 May, 2015 - Point Impossible, Australia - Molly Powell (Anglesea) took home her fourth consecutive Open Women’s Longboard title this weekend at Round 2 of the HIF Victorian Longboard Titles.
With a small but clean swell on offer at the popular beach break, 15 state titles were decided with divisions ranging from Under 18 to Over 65.
Powell, who has won the previous 3 years, continued her dominance of the Open Women’s Longboard division with a strong showing in the final.
Locking in a heat total of 13.50, Powell placed ahead of Lucy Walsh (Pt Lonsdale) who scored a total of 8.27 points.
Morgan Griggs-Kennelly (Aireys Inlet) placed in third with Meg Gubbins (Torquay) in fourth.
“I’m so happy to win again. It’s always good to see where you are at in terms of your surfing. I have fun competing against all the girls and hanging out at the beach” said Powell.
“It was surprisingly strong swell out there. But it was fun, I found a couple of little pockets on the inside near the end of the heat.”
The Open Men’s division saw first round winner, Rob Emslie (Ocean Grove) get knocked out of the competition in the second round leaving the door open for Liam Griggs-Kennelly (Aireys Inlet) to take the final.
The final was a close affair with Luke Lalor (Apollo Bay) eventually taking the round win with a heat total of 11.93. Placing in second was Will Cousins (Torquay) with Liam Griggs-Kennelly and Oscar Lalor (Apollo Bay) in third and fourth, leaving Griggs-Kennelly just short of the state title.
Only 40 point separated the top two surfers after the two events with Emlise on 3220 points and Griggs-Kennelly on 3180 points.
Ben Considine (Barwon Heads) again showed his skills in the traditional Logging division, locking in the highest heat total and the ‘HIF Wave of the Day’. Considine nailed a 9.67 on his way to a heat total of 18.34 (out of a possible 20) in the Open men Logger final.
Placing in second was Will Cousins. Liam Griggs-Kennelly and Arturo Tallarida (Mornington Peninsula) placed in third and fourth.
State Champions:
Open Men – Rob Emlise (Ocean Grove)
Open Women – Molly Powell (Anglesea)
Under 18 Boys – Billy Whitton (Barwon Heads)
Under 18 Girls – Morgan Griggs-Kennelly (Aireys Inlet)
Over 35 Men – Michael Pinney (Point Lonsdale)
Over 35 Women – Heather Peck (Ocean Grove)
Over 40 Men – Michael Pinney (Point Lonsdale)
Over 45 Men – Brett Lalor (Apollo Bay)
Over 50 Men – Greg Brown (Jan Juc)
Over 55 Men – John Lane (Jan Juc)
Over 60 Men – Bob Smith (Jan Juc)
Over 65 Men – Bob Smith (Jan Juc)
Open Logger – Ben Considine (Barwon Heads)
Under 18 Logger – Billy Whitton (Barwon Heads)
Over 40 Logger – Greg Brown (Barwon Heads)

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