Over 40s, Ben Dickens dropping the knee. Pic: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia/Nikon


MATURE BLOKES: DAY 5 OZ TITLES Ė WRAP, RESULTS & PHOTOS
Monday, 7 August 2017

The elder divisions in the Australian Longboard Titles got their moment to shine today when the event resumed in shifty peaks at Cabarita.

Former Australian Champion Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) showed the same skills that had bagged him a title in previous years, taking a win in the opening exchanges in the Over-40 and Over-45 Menís division. The stocky natural-footer used his powerful frame to throw around his nine-foot plus board with ease, posting an impressive 14.20 two-wave heat total in the 40s and an 11.75 total in the 45s.

Other Over-40 Menís round one winners included: Ben Dickens (Lennox Head, NSW), Nigel Canterbury (Grange, Qld) and local surfer Ben Johnson (Pottsville, NSW).

Hayden Swan (Noosa, Qld) and John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW) managed to replicate Livingstonís dual division heat wins with both surfers taking out their opening exchanges in the Over-45 and Over-50 Menís division. Swan put on a consistent display of powerful frontside carves and snaps, while Schmidenberg relied on his free-flowing backhand prowess. Both surfers will skip the repechage round and seal a position straight into the quarterfinals.

Neil Thompson (Trigg, WA) was the remaining round one champion in the Over-45 Menís division, posting a respectable 12.00 heat total to cement his spot in the quarters.

The 2017 Australian Surf Festival continues Saturday from 7:30am the more of the Australian Longboard Titles.

Full heat results at Surfing Australia

REPORT BY ETHAN SMITH / SURFING AUSTRALIA




Victorian Liam McCafferty in the 45s. Pics: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia/Nikon
Tasmanian Michael Paxton driving in the 40s.
West Australian Neil Thompson through to the quarters.
Multiple Oz Champ Hayden Swan.

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