NSW Longboard Titles crowns champions

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Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles

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

Finals heat up Day 5 of Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 June, 2013 : - - The final day of the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles got underway again at Rainbow Beach, Bonny Hills. Finalists in the 14 different divisions took to the four-to-five foot peaks that rolled through at Bonny Hills’ southern point and in the middle of Rainbow Beach.

The third Over-65 Mens final saw former Australian Champion Daniel Bond take on Philip Nicol and local surfer Jeff Chelman. The heat lead continued to pinball back and forth between Daniel and Jeff who both traded a bunch of long-running walls.

When the final hooter sounded, it was Jeff who took the heat win. The winners of the Over-65s division were determined by a combination of three separate heats. As result, Daniel Bond was crowned overall Over-65 Mens champ, with Philip Nicol finishing in second and Jeff Chelman in third. All three surfers will progress to the Australian Surf Festival in August.

Daniel added another feather to his cap when he had the rest of the Over-60 Mens finalists chasing a combination of scores to usurp his first place spot. Local legend Peter Hudson put up a valiant effort, however all attempts to snatch the lead ultimately fell short and Peter had to settle for second place. Peter Chapman finished in third and Rodney Young finished in fourth.

Madi Daugaard fought a hard battle in the Under-18 Girls to be crowned NSW champion. Lily Ellis finished in second position with both girls earning their spots in the Australian Surf Festival. Jennifer Arnold continued her impressive run through the second Open Women’s final. The local surfer successfully snagged multiple high-scoring waves in both her finals to edge in front of Kirra Perry, Debbie Allan and Lara Murphy.

In the Over-55 Mens final John Murray, Glenn Mahoney, Peter Becker and Allan Brown all managed to lock in a bunch of above-average waves over the course of the 20-minute final. When the heat finished up, it was John Murray who took the win with Glenn Mahoney in second.

Former Australian champion Richard Smith showed no sign of slowing down in the Over-50 Mens final. The Sawtell surfer successfully smashed out a chain of massive turns to be rewarded with an 8.17 and the Over-50 Mens title.

Event standout and 1988 Pipeline Master Rob Page managed to sneak into a handful of solid bomb-sets over the course of the Over-45 Mens final. The Verges Creek surfer scratched into several long waves, which allowed him to draw out his trademark carves. Page was duly rewarded with a 9.00 and a 8.17 which left the rest of the field chasing a combination of scores. Over-50s Mens champion, Richard Smith took second place with John Schmidenberg and Hayden Swan finishing in third and fourth respectively.

Surfing in back-to-back finals, John Schmidenberg was well and truly warmed up when the Over-40s Mens final kicked off. The Emerald Beach surfer proceeded to throw down a variety of moves, which included handstands, switchfoots, carves and tube rides to give himself an early lead.

However, Steve Mills sat patiently and was able to pick off a pair of high seven-point rides in the latter part of the heat and moved straight into the lead, which he held onto until the final hooter.

Jason Livingston put on an exciting performance to claim victory in the Over-35 Men. The Curl Curl natural-footer fought off an in-form Ben Johnson to take the win. Despite catching a 9.00 (the highest wave score of the heat), Ben was unable to lock in a backup score and ultimately passed Jason the winners torch.

Will Crowe took the win in the Under-18 Boys with an impressive display of rail surfing and technical maneuvers. The Long Reef surfer locked in a heat total of 13.26 to sneak in front of event standout Kai Ellice-Flint.

Tom Payne’s powerful forehand carves were the standout maneuvers across all of the Under-16 Cadets finals. The Empire Bay surfer threw his board on rail multiple times over the course of the finals and was promptly rewarded by the judges with the title.

Former pro-surfer Jarrod Morrell impressed the spectators and judges with an awesome display of traditional surfing in the Open Loggers division. The Seaham surfer locked in a heat total of 16.83 to take victory ahead of Corrimal’s Nick Farago.

The Open Mens final turned into one of the biggest nail-biters of the entire event with Darren O’Rafferty, Steve Mills, Jared Neal and Ben Johnson fighting tooth-and-nail over the course of the entire heat. With ten minutes to go, Jared Neal looked destined to claim victory, however Darren was able to jag himself one of the best righthanders seen all event and as a result was rewarded with his second perfect score of the competition.

With the clock ticking down, Darren put himself within striking distance of the win, but was unable to find anything worthy for a back-up score. Birthday boy Jared Neal claimed a 9.67 and a 8.57 to lock himself firmly into first place. When the hooter went it was Jared who took the win, Steve Mills in second, Darren O’Rafferty in third and Ben Johnson in fourth.

Again, the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics were on hand booking in surfers for bulk-billed appointments and giving competitors a range of free promotional merchandise. A doctor from the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics was also onsite giving competitors and spectators a free skin cancer checks.

Live scores for the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles were available through Surfing NSW's Facebook page. Due to the eclectic variety of waves in the Port Macquarie area, the event was fully mobile and could have been held at either: Town Beach, Rainbow Beach, Grants Beach, Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach or North Haven.

The Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW State Longboard Titles were 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.

Open Men
1 – Jared Neal (Sapphire Beach)
2 – Steve Mills (Byron Bay)
3 – Darren O’Rafferty (Bonny Hills)
4 – Ben Johnson (Banora Point)

Open Women
1 – Jennifer Arnold (Port Macquarie)
2 – Kirra Perry (Scotts Head)
3 – Debbie Allan (Canton Beach)
4 – Lara Murphy (St. Georges Basin)

Under-18 Boys
1 – Will Crowe (Long Reef)
2 – Kai Ellice-Flint (Ettalong)
3 – Jared Eason (Burraneer)
4 – Joel Skinner (Yamba)

Under-18 Girls
1 – Madi Daugaard (Green Point)
2 – Lily Ellis (Wooloweyah)

Under-16 Cadets
1 – Tom Payne (Empire Bay)
2 – Jaya Guy(Valla Beach)
3 – Jayden McDonald (Dee Why)
4 – Dane Bousfield (North Curl Curl)

Open Loggers
1 – Jarrod Morrell (Seaham)
2 – Nick Farrago (Corrimal)
3 – Kai Ellice-Flint (Ettalong Beach)
4 – Benji Fodor (Curl Curl)

Over-65 Men
1 – Daniel Bond (Blue Bay)
2 – Philip Nicol (North Curl Curl)
3 – Jeff Chelman (Lake Cathie)

Over-60 Men
1 – Daniel Bond (Blue Bay)
2 – Peter Hudson (Lake Cathie)
3 – Peter Chapman (Tamarama)
4 – Rodney Young (Kendall)

Over-55 Men
1 – John Murray (Valery)
2 – Glenn Mahoney (Emerald Beach)
3 – Peter Becker (Murwillumbah)
4 – Allan Brown (Bonny Hills)

Over-50 Men
1 – Richard Smith (Sawtell)
2 – Wayne Dive (Matraville)
3 – Barney Fernasse (Warriewood)
4 – Ron Schneider (Sawtell)

Over-45 Men
1 – Rob Page (Verges Creek)
2 – Richard Smith (Sawtell)
3 – John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach)
4 – Hayden Swan (Yamba)

Over-40 Men
1 – Steve Mills (Byron Bay)
2 – Hayden Swan (Yamba)
3 – Rob Page (Verges Creek)
4 – John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach)

Over-35 Men
1 – Jason Livingston (North Curl Curl)
2 – Ben Johnson (Banora Point)
3 – Steve Mills (Byron Bay)
4 – Craig Davies (Bondi Beach)

Over-35 Women
1 – Debbie Allan (Canton Beach)
2 – Vivienne Cresswell (Collaroy Plateau)
= 3 – Kelsey Guy (Valla Beach)
= 3 – Dionne Ellis (Wooloweyah)


Source: Surfing NSW

Author: Ethan Smith

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

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