Competitors Enjoy Punchy Beachbreak Conditions On Day 11 Of The 2013 Australian Surf Festival

20 Aug 2013 0 Share

Competitors Enjoy Punchy Beachbreak Conditions On Day 11 Of The 2013 Australian Surf Festival

Competitors Enjoy Punchy Beachbreak Conditions On Day 11 Of The 2013 Australian Surf Festival

The Australian Surfmasters Titles returned to the punchy beachbreak peaks of North Haven today for the 11th day of the Australian Surf Festival.

Paul Parkes kicked the morning off in 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 now 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 goofy-footer 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.”

All heat results, event highlight clips, images and news is available at www.australiansurffestival.com

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.

The main base for the Australian Surf Festival will be Town Beach, which is located in the heart of Port Macquarie, however the event is mobile with numerous beach break options available between Port Macquarie and North Haven (20 minutes drive south of Port Macquarie CBD) including Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills and Grants Beach at North Haven.

This year's event will feature a busy schedule out of the water with live music and surf education courses, including Surfing NSW's free CPR and board rescue course, Surfers Rescue 24/7. Town Green Inn is the official headquarters for all functions and courses.

The Australian Surf Festival is a key regional event on the NSW Events Calendar, and is supported by the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government, Destination NSW, Port Macquarie Tourism, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Be the Influence, Harley-Davidson Australia, Town Green Inn, Nikon, Suncorp, Australian Sports Commission, Coastalwatch, NBN, Port Macquarie News, 2MC, Star FM, Surfing World Magazine and Pacific Longboarder Magazine.

2013 AUSTRALIAN SURF FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
10-18 August – Australian Longboard Titles
16-18 August – Australian Logger Titles
16-18 August – Australian Longboard Titles – Under 18 Boys and Girls
19-23 August – Australian Surfmasters Titles
21-23 August – Australian Single Fin Titles

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