Monday, 7 August 2017
Australia has eight new national Longboard Champions following an action-packed day in clean two-foot peaks at Cabarita Beach, as part of the fourth day of the Australian Longboard Titles.
In what is his first Australian Title since 2010, local surfer Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW) used his powerful style and local knowledge to take the top spot on the dais. Pioli put on an impeccable display of surfing over the duration of his Australian Logger Title and Australian Longboard Title campaign to muster up a 13.50 heat total in the latter discipline and earn the fourth position in the Logger final.
In a complete twist with Pioli, Ben Considine (Barwon Heads, Vic) managed to swap results in each respective discipline with the local competitor, claiming the win in the Open Loggers and finishing fourth in the Open Longboards. Considine put on a near-perfect display of retrospective surfing to take the Logs final, posting a mammoth 18.15 two-wave heat total. The Victorian surfer left all his fellow competitors requiring two-wave combinations to steal his first place.
2016 Junior Women’s Champion Tully White (Allambie Heights, NSW) went one step further in her 2017 campaign, claiming the Open Women’s Title. The Northern Beaches natural-footer played a patient game over the course of the 25-minute affair, only posting her highest wave score on her second last wave. White took the win ahead of fellow event standout and new Australian Junior Women’s Champion Emily Lethbridge (Noosaville, Qld) who made three individual finals over the course of the day.
The 2017 Australian Longboard Titlesl continue Monday from 7:30am.
- REPORT BY ETHAN SMITH / SURFING AUSTRALIA
RESULTS & HEAT TOTALS:
1 – Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW) 13.50, 2 – Declan Wyton (Annandale, NSW) 11.55, 3 – William Crowe (Collaroy, NSW) 11.35, 4 – Ben Considine (Barwon Heads, Vic) 11.20
1 – Tully White (Allambie Heights, NSW) 14.25, 2 – Emily Lethbridge (Noosaville, Qld) 12.00, 3 – Angela King (Torquay, Vic) 11.80, 4 – Kirra Molnar (Noosa, Qld) 10.60
1 – Ben Considine (Barwon Heads, NSW) 18.15, 2 – Clinton Guest (Kawana, Qld) 15.85, 3 – Max Weston (Avalon, NSW) 13.90, 4 – Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW) 12.00
1 – Dean Bevan (Wellington Point, Qld) 13.25, 2 – Jason Caldow (Buderim, Qld) 11.00, 3 – Grant Ferguson (Long Jetty, NSW) 11.00, 4 – Neil Thompson (Trigg, WA) 10.00
1 – Kirsty Best (Gold Coast, Qld) 15.25, 2 – Kristy Quirk (Noosa, Qld) 11.80, 3 – Trista Wagner (Tweed Heads, NSW) 7.95, 4 – Erika Oemke (Port Noarlunga, SA) 6.55
1 – Jye Whyatt (Suffolk Park, NSW) 15.15, 2 – Aidan Feely (Moffat Beach, Qld) 14.25, 3 – Zac Brewer (Castaways Beach, Qld) 11.80, 4 – Emily Lethbridge (Noosaville, Qld) 7.70
1 – Jye Whyatt (Suffolk Park, NSW) 17.00, 2 – Aidan Feely (Moffat Beach, Qld) 13.50, 3 – Zac Brewer (Castaways Beach, Qld) 11.10, 4 – Marcus Whilock (Port Macquarie, NSW) 6.70
1 – Emily Lethbridge (Noosaville, Qld) 13.25, 2 – Felicity St. Baker (Noosa, Qld) 8.25, 3 – Zali Corry (Mandurah, WA) 4.30
| Junior Women’s Champ and Open’s runner-up Emily Lethbridge. Pics: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia/Nikon
| Open Men’s 2017 Champ Dane Pioli.
| Daniel Johnson easy-as.
| Up from Victoria, Angela King in the Open Women’s.