BCU Australian Surf Festival
Gallows Beach Coffs Harbour, New South Wales
31 July - 17 August 2015
1999 Pipeline Masters runner-up Shane Wehner shines in the over-35 Men's division
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 August, 2015 - Gallows Beach, Coffs Harbour - Elder shortboarders (aged over-35) fought an uphill battle as the bcu Australian Surf Festival resumed in difficult one-foot waves at Gallows Beach today.
1999 Pipeline Masters runner-up Shane Wehner (Broulee, NSW) made light work of the tiny waves in the Over-35 Men, performing an eclectic mix of forehand and backhand snaps. The South Coast goofy-footer posted a solid 15.00 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to leave his closest rivals chasing two-wave combinations to take away his top-spot.
Queensland surfers dominated the rest of the Over-35 Mens division with James Lewis (Burleigh Heads, Qld), David McGrath (Labrador, Qld) and Mark Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) all taking wins and booking themselves a spot in the quarterfinals.
Mark Richardson was able to back up his Over-35 victory with an impressive performance in the Over-40 Mens division. The Gold Coast goofy-footer fought a tight battle with 2015 NSW Champion Justin Lee (Redhead, NSW), with both surfers posting heat totals in the 15-point range, however Richardson was able to take a victory by a 0.35-point margin.
Other Over-40 Mens winners included: Paul Parkes (Merewether, NSW), Ben Silk (Dicky Beach, Qld) and Glenn Pringle (Cronulla, NSW).
Local surfer Mark Cameron (Woolgoolga, NSW) was the standout performer in the Over-45 Men, notching up a 15.00 heat total. Cameron, performed multiple turns that wowed the judges and spectators and as a result, he was able to solidify his position in the quarterfinals.
Scott Baxter (Cronulla, NSW) was awarded the bcu money turn for a series of giant backside turns in the first round of the Over-50 Men. As a result, the man affectionately known as “No Legs” was awarded a $100 bank account courtesy of bcu.