Conditions Heat Up For Sudden-Death Day Three at Australian Longboard Titles

17 Aug 2010 0 Share

Conditions Heat Up For Sudden-Death Day Three at Australian Longboard Titles

Conditions Heat Up For Sudden-Death Day Three at Australian Longboard Titles

Conditions Heat Up For Sudden-Death Day Three at Australian Longboard Titles

BEAUTIFUL weather, offshore winds and a rise in swell combined to produce ideal conditions for day three of the Australian Longboard Titles in Port Macquarie today.

And, the country’s finest longboarders made the most of the increase in swell on offer, albeit some competitors were sent packing from the event in sudden-death heats.

All up, 24 repercharge heats were complete across ten divisions.

Leading the day’s charge was Victorian Phil Trigger (Mornington Peninsula), who notched a 16.00 total, to easily beat Neville Smith (Qld), Allan Spence (Vic) and John Murray (NSW) in his requal one over 55 men’s heat.

The Victorian made the most of the morning’s pristine conditions, maximising the scoring potential of each ride with a mix of carving turns and classic nose rides.

Final scores: Trigger (16.00), Smith (12.15), Spence (9.00) and Murray (6.50)

Queensland surfer Glenn Cunningham (Bundaberg) was also impressive, surviving sudden-death heats in both the over 40 and 45 men’s requal rounds to qualify for round 2 heats.

The talented goofy foot posting a 11.00 total in his over 40 men’s requal heat along with a 11.75 combined two-wave total in the over 45 men’s requal round.

Other big winners today included Jason Weeks (Qld) in the over 35 men, Erin Dark (NSW) in the open women’s, Roger Matthews (South Aust) in the over 50 men, Jo GoldFinch (Tas) in the over 35 women's and Maddie Watson-Bro (Qld) in the under 18 girls divisions.

Competition is expected to resume at 7.45am tomorrow morning, with contest organisers expecting improved conditions for day four of competition.

Event Coordinator and Surfing NSW Operations Manager Peter Hunt said they’re looking forward to favourable conditions.

“We should see a medium sized south swell hit the coast tomorrow,” he said.

“Everything is in place for a great day of competition and we’ll hopefully complete another 24 heats in good conditions.”

Going to print, the open men hit the water for requalifying heats. Standouts included George Cunningham (Bundaberg) and Adam Lynch (Vic).

The entertainment schedule for this year’s festival gets underway on Wednesday night with surf film, Going Vertical – The Shortboard Revolution being shown at the Glasshouse from 7:30pm.

Competition is expected to resume at 7.45am tomorrow morning, with contest organisers expecting improved conditions for day four of competition.

The Running Schedule for both the Australian Longboard Titles and Australian Open Surfmasters will be released on a day-by-day basis as swell and weather conditions will affect scheduling. An event hotline will be operating for the event which will feature a recorded message updated at 6:45am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue. Please call the Event Hotline on 0458 247 212 after 6:45am each day of event for Event Hotline message.

Live Event Website:
The Country Energy Australian Surf Festival will be broadcast LIVE via the event website which will feature live scores, live audio, heat by heat results, photo gallery and event news via www.australiansurffestival.com

For more information about the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival please visit www.surfingaustralia.com

For all enquiries please email info@australiansurffestival.com

The 2010 Country Energy Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by Events NSW, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, The Mercure Centro Hotel, Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, the Glasshouse Arts, Conference and Entertainment Centre, Suncorp, Saltwater Wine Surf Centres, Australian Sports Commission, Coastalwatch, NBN Television, Port Macquarie News, Star FM, 2MC FM, Surfing World Magazine, Pacific Longboarder Magazine, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.

Entertainment Schedule:
Surf Art / Reg Mombassa: Selected Works  / Thursday 29 – Sunday 26 September 2010 / 10am – 5pm Tues – Fri & 10am – 4pm Sat & Sun / Free
Surf Film #1 / Going Vertical – The Shortboard Revolution / Wednesday 18th Aug 2010 / 7:30pm* / Tickets $17.50*
Surf Music #1 / Haldanes Daughters + The Grains / Friday 20th August 2010 / 7:45pm* / Tickets $12.50*
Surf Film #2 / Tim Bonython’s Sessions 2 - Slab Hunter and MayDayz - 2 massive days at Teahupo'o / Thursday 26th August 2010 / 7:30pm** / Tickets $12.50*
Surf Music #2 / King Tide + Mojo Bluesmen / Friday 27th August 2010 / 7:45pm* / Tickets $17.50*

About Country Energy:
Country Energy is a leading Australian energy services corporation owned by the New South Wales Government, with around 4,500 employees serving more than 800,000 customers.
The utility manages Australia’s largest power supply network across 95 per cent of New South Wales’ land mass and offers retail electricity in six states and territories.
www.countryenergy.com.au

About Port Macquarie:
The NSW North coast – from the Hunter to the Northern Rivers, attracts over 60 per cent of all overnight trips during which visitors went surfing (source Tourism NSW).  Port Macquarie is strategically located in the heart of this popular surf region.  With our accessible surfing coastline for all skill levels, and our long established urban beach culture, we are in the perfect position to continue to grow our reputation as a premier surf destination, and securing the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival for the next three years is testament to this.
www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au

About Events NSW:
The NSW Government through Events NSW is building a world-class events program for Sydney and NSW.  We use a fresh approach to partner with all levels of government as well as business, the community and the events industry to develop and bring the right kind of events to our city and our State.  Our objective is to maximise the economic, strategic and community benefits of events.
www.eventsnsw.com.au

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