The Australian Surf Festival shifted back to Emerald Beach today to undergo a series of round one and Requalification heats in the Australian Longboard Titles.
Jack Medland (Marmion, WA), Joel Skinner (Yamba Waters, NSW) and Declan Wyton (Annandale, NSW) all kicked off their Australian Longboard Title campaigns with a bang, scoring heat wins in the first round of the Junior Mens, thus bypassing the Requalification round. All previously mentioned surfers locked in heat totals in excess of 11 points (out of a possible 20 points).
Kurt Wilson (Port Macquarie, NSW) and Jaya Guy (Valla Beach, NSW) both made light work of their Junior Men’s Requalification heats. Both surfers managed to post heat totals in the 17-point range to claw their way into the second Requalification round.
The Over-35 Women’s round one heats were dominated by interstate competitors with West Australian, Queensland, South Australian and Victorian surfers all taking the two top spots in each heat to book their spot into the next round. Marine Morat (Sunrise Beach, Qld), Erica Oemcke (Port Noalunga South, SA), Sam Vanderford (Scarborough, WA) and Melanie Renton (Ocean Grove, Vic) all managed to book their spot into the second round.
Despite scoring an interference in her Junior Women's round one heat, Denver Young (Cottesloe, WA) managed to keep her 2014 Australian Surf Festival campaign on track when she overcame the obstacle to post wins in the first and second round. As a result, the 2013 Junior Australian Champion has cemented her position in the Junior Women’s final.
The Australian Longboard Titles will resume in the Coffs Harbour region tomorrow. A hotline - 0458 247 212 - is operating for the festival which will feature a recorded message updated at 6:45am each morning with the confirmed daily schedule and contest venue.
The Australian Surf Festival at Coffs Harbour is set to attract more than 500 surfers from around the country, over the 18-day event period.
Coffs Harbour is home to a number of great beach break options that work in a variety of wind and swell conditions. The main base for the event will be Park Beach which is located north east of the Coffs Harbour CBD. The event is fully mobile in the Coffs Harbour region with numerous beach break options which include Park Beach, Macauley's Beach, Diggers Beach, Jetty Beach, Gallows, Arrawarra Beach, Mulloway Beach, Woolgoolga Beach, Emerald Beach and Sapphire Beach.
Live results and daily news will be updated at www.australiansurffestival.com
The 2014 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Coast Tourism, Wahu, The Hoey Moey, Nikon, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder, FCS, Australian Institute of Sport, Surfing NSW and Surfing Australia.