Damian Coulter, pinkies well wrapped. Pic: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia/Nikon

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Another glorious morning on the Tweed Coast greeted senior competitors at the 2017 Australian Surf Festival, and with a little southerly pulse rapping around the point, surfers had plenty of clean canvas to work with. And work they did with style and grace on display.

Ben Dickens (NSW) was one of the form surfers in the Over 40s Men’s quarters, posting a heat total of 14.75 (out of a possible 20) and backing it up with a 13.10pt heat total in the semi’s while Jason Livingston (NSW) stepped it up a gear with a 14.50 heat total in the same heat to join Dickens, Nigel Canterbury (NSW) and Ben Johnson (QLD) in tomorrow’s final.
Richard Smith (NSW) was one of the standout performers in the Over 50’s Men’s quarters with the highest heat score of 16.00, posting a single wave in the excellent range of 8.75 to join Jason Russell (SA), Hayden Swan (QLD) and Greg Brown (VIC) in tomorrow’s final.
Smith put on a stylish display of smooth surfing with superior wave choice, firing a warning shot to his challengers ahead of Thursday’s final.

With a northerly predicted to blow in overnight, a shorter day of competition will see senior longboard divisions crown champions, but not before the Over 40’s Logger semi-finals are run first thing.


For full heat scores and results visit: Australian Surf Festival

Longboard Finals (Thursday):

Over 40 Men
Jason Livingston NSW, Ben Dickens NSW, Nigel Canterbury QLD
Ben Johnson NSW
Over 45 Men
Neil Thompson WA, Jason Livingston NSW, Hayden Swan QLD, Damian Coulter QLD
Over 50 Men
Jason Russell SA, Richard Smith NSW, Hayden Swan QLD, Greg Brown VIC
Over 55 Men
Brian Kuit VIC, Frank Gray WA, John Lane VIC, Mike Pimm NSW
Over 60 Men
Bob Monkman WA, Mike Pimm NSW, Grayme Galbraith VIC, Mark Ingleby NSW
Over 65 Men
Daniel Bond NSW, Alan Atkins NSW, Neville Smith SA, Earle Page NSW

Ben Johnson slash in the Over 40s. Pics: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia/Nikon
Hayden Swan on his way to two finals.
Ben Dickens, clean five.
Neil Thompson, over from WA and in the finals of the 45s.


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