Australian Longboard Titles

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Australian Longboard Titles: Bruce Channon pulled out the performance of the day to have the crowd cheering as he easily progressed into the Semi Finals of the Over 55 Men's division

Australian Longboard Titles: Bruce Channon pulled out the performance of the day to have the crowd cheering as he easily progressed into the Semi Finals of the Over 55 Men's division

A 3 to 3.5 metre swell and a forecast of onshore winds by mid morning saw organisers forced to move the event to more suitable locations at Injidup Beach, where competitors were greeted with near on perfect conditions and a clean 1 to 1.8 metre swell.

Seventy seven year old Barry Mc Guigan (NSW) surfed like a twenty year old grommet. The seasoned veteran produced some stylish manouvres to win his heat from fellow team mate Ross Caslick.

The Pacific finance junior womens semi final saw Rani Bartlett (NSW) dominate the heat from start to finish. Bartlett was unstoppable and surfed like a well oiled machine with precision, timing and superior wave selection. Her surfing did the talking and the petite natural footer easily reigned victorious in her heat winning from Grace Clifford, - WA, Jade Foster, – WA, Freya Hogarth, - Tas and Ella Bahen, – WA. The girls will all again meet in the final with a second chance draw.

“That was just so much better out there than Yallingup. It was fun and you could relax a little and not worry about getting cleaned up by huge monster set. I’m really happy to advance”, said Bartlett.

Queenslander Glen Cunningham thrived on the conditions on offer. Cunningham was consistent enough to pull a win in the over 40 quarter final with Kevin Anderson WA, Grant Price VIC and Richard Smith NSW also winning their quarter final heats.

Daughter of surfing legend Nat Young won her quarter final heat in the womens open division. Young was stylish to watch and was reminiscent of her fathers surfing in the late 60’s. Judy Dann from WA who was struck on her head by her surfboard late yesterday afternoon also won her quarter final heat along with fellow team mate Samantha Vanderford.

In the over 45 division West Australians Barrie Mc Kinnon and Ray Barker had easy wins in the quarter finals. Before the decision was announced to move the event all four quarters of the division were held in the large Yallingup walls where both felt comfortable. Brian Thompson (VIC) and Paul Milroy (QLD) also won their heats unscathed and progressed through to the semis with Ross Murphy (NSW), Paul O'Grady (NSW), Mal McColluch (VIC) and Tony Abood (NSW).

Perhaps the best performance of the day came from Bruce Channon from NSW. Channon a renowned surfing photographer from the late 70’s and now chief editor of Australian Longboard magazine put in some moves that had the crowd cheering to win his quarter final and advance through to the semi finals of the over 55 mens.

Now down to the business end of the event Friday is promising to produce some of the best and cleanest waves of the event and is set to relocate back to Yallingup. The weather will be warm to hot by the weekend and the surfing is guaranteed to be even hotter.

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