- 20 August 2010 | Surfing
It was semi-final time at the Australia Longboard Titles in Port Macqaurie today, with the penultimate day of competition being held in clean 1-2ft conditions at North Haven.
And, despite the lack of swell, performances were nothing short of epic. All up, finalists were decided across eight of the tournament's eleven divisions.
The over 40 men's division carved up the pristine waves on offer, with two Queensland surfers Mark McNamara (Currumbin) and Damien Coulter (Buderim) storming through to final contention.
Open Men's finalists were also decided. In semi-final one, 5 times Australian title champion Josh Constable (Peregian Beach) beat Tweed Heads Dane Pioli and Arrawarra's Paul Scholten. Pioli scoring a last minute wave (5.35) to progress with Constable to tomorrow's final.
Semi-two was just as action packed with Tweed Heads ripper Beau Nixon nailing a 7.25 on his last wave to advance to the final.
Sitting in third with less than a minute to go, Nixon bagged a set wave, hanging five off the takeoff before executing a critical roundhouse cutback en route to some more stylish footwork on the nose of his longboard to finish the wave and the win.
Final Scores: Nixon (12.25), Ingleby (11.75) and Dan Corbett (9.90)
"I can't believe I got through," said Nixon.
"Not many high scorers were coming through so I made the most of that last wave. I'm stoked."
Open Men's Final: Josh Constable, Dane Pioli, Beau Nixon and Harley Ingleby.
The open women's finalists were decided with Kristal Gerbach (Vic) and Michaela Ross (Denmark) progressing through semi one and Claire Finnucane (Melville) and Georgia Young (Swanbourne) coming up trumps in semi two.
Heading into the afternoon session, contest organisers opted to hold the state teams event semi-finals and final. With state pride on the line, teams (consisting of open surfer, over age surfer, over age surfer (different division), women surfer, junior surfer) hit the water in the race for glory.
The Country Energy Indigenous Surfing Program will also feature on tomorrow's schedule. Kicking off at 10.00am at Flynn's Beach, the program is expected to attract 65 indigenous children from various communities.
Promoting fun, sport and healthy lifestyle, the Indigenous Surfing Program brings positive education to remote indigenous communities.
Surfing NSW is proud to announce the appointment of former Wallaby great, and famed indigenous Australian, Mark Ella as the Patron of the Indigenous Surfing Program.
With an outstanding rugby career spanning over thirteen years, Mark Ella is one of Australian rugby's greatest legends, but more notably, a true inspiration to all indigenous Australian's.
Surf Music will be on hand at the Glasshouse tonight with the Haldanes Daughters and The Grains kicking off a 7:45pm - Tickets $12.50.
Contest organisers will reconvene at 6.30am to decide on a suitable location, with a possible 7.45 am start.
Eleven division titles will be crowned by 1pm tomorrow.