Day nine of the 2014 Australian Surf Festival resumed today at Emerald Beach with some of Australia's best amateur longboarders hitting the picturesque two-to-three foot waves.
Joel Skinner (Yamba Waters, NSW) achieved his dream result, taking out the Junior Men’s division. The North Coast goofy-footer managed to link together a chain of technical carves and nose-rides to post a heat total of 14.60 (out of a possible 20 points). Despite the best efforts from Jack Medland (Marmion, WA), Skinner was able to run away with the victory by less than a point.
“This has been my goal since I first began longboarding,” said Skinner. “It’s taken me a fair while to get to this point with a lot of board changes, trying new equipment and just practising as well. I spent a lot of time watching some of my favourite surfers as well to see how they attack waves and tried to learn from them. This is my last year in the juniors, so I really just wanted to take this out. I’m so happy that I managed to achieve it.”
Lily Ellis’ (Wooloweyah, NSW) ability to charge solid peaks and perform a variety turns proved to be the determining factor in her victory over Denver Young (Cottesloe, WA). Ellis threw down multiple committed manoeuvres which enabled her to post a heat total of 13.10.
“I’m so happy right now, I was not expecting that [to win],” said Ellis. “I tried to wait for the bigger waves and get my points on those. I wasn’t really watching the other finalists too much; I just thought I would get out there and have fun. Thankfully, the plan worked.”
Debbie Allan (Noraville, NSW) managed to claim the highly competitive Over-35 Women’s final, her second in as many years. The Central Coast surfer managed to fight her way out of the early Requalification rounds to move back into the finals and inevitably take out the coveted title with a total of 15.15, which left heat runner-up Melanie Renton (Ocean Grove, Vic) chasing a near-perfect 9.65 (out of a possible ten points) to steal the lead.
Clinton Guest (Burleigh Waters, Qld) and Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, NSW) sent a warning shot to their fellow competitors in the first round of the Open Men with both surfers posting heat totals in the 17 point range. As a result, both surfers booked their spot into the second round.
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.
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.
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.