Old battles new at NSW Longboard Titles

Hayden Emery © SNSW/Smith

Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles

Surfing NSW
Port Macquarie, New South Wales
18 - 22 June 2013

Run of good surf continues at Australian Skin Cancer Clinics

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 June, 2013 : - -  For the fourth day in a row, long and punchy lefts greeted competitors at the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles at Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills.

Day four presented the prime opportunity for the younger divisions to strut their stuff in the glassy and well-groomed five-to-six foot peaks. Former World Tour surfer and Bonny Hills local Darren O’Rafferty went on a tear early in the Opens division snagging a long right that allowed multiple drawn-out turns.

“Growing up I always used to compete on a longboard and would often travel up the coast with my Dad and brother to compete in events,” said Darren, who is more renowned for his shortboard surfing. “The waves out there were definitely fun if you could find them. I managed to find a nice right when I first got out there and I was able to put a score on the board, then it went quiet and I had to scratch into a medium sized left so I could get that back-up score.”

O’Rafferty continued: “I love how this event comes to the Port Macquarie area. Bonny Hills is perfectly built for longboarders and there seems to be standouts in every heat.” Other heat winners in the Open Men round one included Michael Young, John McDonald, Ben Johnson and Jared Neal all of who progressed straight into round two alongside the respective runner-ups.

Aforementioned surfer, Michael Young pushed his equipment to its extremities in his Open Mens heat, when he snapped his board after a solid floater. Despite losing much valued time during a board change, Michael was still able to nab the heat win with a total of 12.43.

Kirra Perry approached her Open Women’s heat with a healthy mix of gusto and fearlessness. The Scotts Head surfer had absolutely no drama tackling the solid sets and consequently nailed the win with a very respectable heat total of 13.83.

16 surfers signed up to surf in the newly created Loggers division. The division – which was only created this year – saw Jarrod Morrell, Jared Neal, Jack Entwistle and Nick Farago execute a series of smooth, time-honoured moves on nine-foot plus boards to claim wins in their opening heats. As a result all of the winners progressed to straight through to the semi finals alongside the respective runner-ups.

Surfing NSW Head Judge Nick Pearson said: “Judges were paying particular attention to surfers graceful, flowing style and a variety of traditional manoeuvres.” In the second round of the Open Men, Darren O’Rafferty went to back up his morning performance when he locked in the first ten-point ride of the event. Darren also bagged an 8.5, which helped make his heat total the highest of the event so far.

The Australian Skin Cancer Clinics were on hand booking in surfers for bulk-billed appointments and giving competitors a range of free promotional merchandise. On Saturday, a doctor from the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics will be onsite giving competitors and spectators a free skin cancer checks.

Live scores for the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles are available through Surfing NSW’s Facebook page. Tomorrow’s event will kick off with the second final for the Under-16 Cadets. An updated heat draw and running schedule will be available from June 21 at 7.00pm at surfingnsw.com.au. Due to the eclectic variety of waves in the Port Macquarie area, the event will be fully mobile and can be held at either: Town Beach, Rainbow Beach, Grants Beach, Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach or North Haven.

All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order. Event sponsor Australian Skin Cancer Clinics will be giving all competitors, family, staff and spectators a free bulk-billed Skin Cancer check at their Port Macquarie office. Visit Australian Skin Cancer Clinics for more info.

The Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW State Longboard Titles are proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Port Macquarie Council, Port Macquarie Tourism, Town Green Inn, Carve Eyewear, NBN, Port News, 2MC/Star FM and Surfing NSW.


Source: Surfing NSW

Author: Ethan Smith

Tags: State Titles, New South Wales, Skin Cancer Clinics

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