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Australian Open Surfmasters: Jessica Hickson (Boomerang Beach, NSW) celebrates back to back Australian Open Women’s titles with her fellow New South Wales team mates.

Australian Open Surfmasters: Jessica Hickson (Boomerang Beach, NSW) celebrates back to back Australian Open Women’s titles with her fellow New South Wales team mates.

In an extremely close Open Women’s final, local Jessica Hickson (Boomerang Beach, NSW) showed that she is a first class performer and a star of the future when she managed to complete a come from behind victory finding the right waves in dying minutes of the final. Hickson finished with an unbeatable 2 wave heat total of 18.30 out of a possible 20.

In an extremely close Open Women’s final, local Jessica Hickson (Boomerang Beach, NSW) showed that she is a first class performer and a star of the future when she managed to complete a come from behind victory finding the right waves in dying minutes of the final. Hickson finished with an unbeatable 2 wave heat total of 18.30 out of a possible 20.

Australian Open Surfmasters

Forster - New South Wales, Saturday September 1st to Saturday September 8th 2007

Immediate Release: Friday September 7 2007

6 Australian Champions Crowned, Local Jessica Hickson claims back to back Open Women Australian Titles

In a day that would see 6 Australia champions crowned, organizers could not have asked for better conditions. As the sun rose over the twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry competitors were greeted by a clean 3 meter swell rolling onto ideal banks off the Tuncurry Break wall on Nine Mile Beach.

Contest organizers were quick to react and started competition early at 7.30am, which would prove to be the start of an amazing day of competitive surfing.

The first final in the water was the Over 50’s Men which saw some smooth stylish surfing from some of the greats of Australian surfing. A true local legend from Bird Rock, Grayme Galbraith (VIC) affectionately known as “Gally” locked in a huge heat total of 15 and left Frank Hayter, Gordon Barnes and Glen Sharrock (finishing 2nd,3rd and 4th respectively) needing huge scores to catch him, which they were unable to do.

The over 35 Women’s division was won by Sunny Richards from Tasmania. Richards is the only Tasmanian to make the finals across all divisions and went one better claiming the Australian championship for the Tasmanians in her division. Richards edged out defending champion Sandra English (NSW) as well as Yvonne Lamont (NSW) and Michelle Ashton (NSW).

In the Over 45 Men divisional final Rod Baldwin (NSW) lead from the start and when he found a back up wave of 8.75 , locking in a heat total of 15.75 he easily out pointed Craig Frampton (QLD), Mark Lloyd (VIC) and John Heiss (NSW).

The Over 28 Women was deservingly won by Jenny Boggis (NSW). Boggis has been in consistent form as she surfed through the rounds in the Over 28 Women’s division and surfed an extremely smart final in the big conditions. Boggis made sure she never got caught inside and only elected to surf the open waves where she used a powerful repertoire to impress the judges. Boggis was crowned Over 28 Women Australian champion ahead of Sandra English (NSW), Mandy Roberts (QLD) and Over 35’s champion Sunny Richards (TAS)

The kneeboard final was won by an in-form Ryan Gallagher (NSW) who was deservingly crowned the Australian Open champion after he convincingly won both finals ahead of Phil Arthur (SA), Glenn Britton (NSW), Andrew Heaton (NSW) and Gary Hamer (NSW)

The last final for the day was the much anticipated Open Women’s final and it did not disappoint with all the girls charging in the large swell. From the outset it looked like Melissa Sherringham (NSW) was going to claim a massive upset over local favorite and defending champion Jessica Hickson (NSW). Sherringham locked in a high heat total of 17.25 early in the final while Hickson looked like she was struggling to find a rhythm. In the last 5 minutes Hickson showed that she is she a first class performer and a star of the future when she kept her nerve and found an 8.80 and an amazing 9.50 in the dying minutes, to lock in 18.30 heat total and become back to back Australian Open Women’s champion.

“I am just so stoked, I can’t believe I have claimed back to back Australian championships!” said an elated Hickson after her final win. “I struggled in the big waves at the start of my final and I thought that Mel (Melissa Sherringham) had the win in the bag. I took some deep breaths and was lucky enough to find 2 great waves and keep my nerve surfing to my best ability, I am just stoked!”

At the end of the day Australian Champions read like an A-list of surfing:
Open Women Champion: Jessica Hickson (NSW)
Men’s Over 50 Champion: Grayme Galbraith (VIC)
Men’s Over 45 Champion: Rod Baldwin (NSW)
Women’s Over 28 Champion: Jenny Boggis (NSW)
Women’s Over 35 Champion: Sunny Richards (TAS)
Open Kneeboard champion: Ryan Gallagher (NSW)

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