Craig Naylor: grandmaster in his business

The inaugural Tradies Ocean and Earth Surfmasters saw the grandmasters of surf mixing it up at North Cronulla today.

Seeing the usual crew of weather beaten, salt encrusted, sand blasted, elder statesmen and women competing for ten prestigious titles, the event saw yesterday’s champions taking on solid conditions.

Recognising their love and passion for surfing in a format usually celebrated by the younger generation, the event witnessed over 45, 50, 55 and 60 years Men and Women’s divisions.

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Davey Cathels: from behind to glory path

Davey Cathels (AUS/Sydney/North Narrabeen) staged a gutsy come-from-behind performance to win the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Billabong Pro Junior at the famous Raglan Point in New Zealand.

Cathels defeated Ryan Callinan (Newcastle/NSW) on a score-line of 13.50 to 13.40 tallied on each surfers top two scoring rides.

Early in the final 17 year-old Callinan held a big advantage after executing an outstanding high degree of difficulty air reverse manoeuvre scoring an excellent 8 .25 and establishing a solid lead.

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Courtney Conlogue: she will win a watch

Courtney Conlogue (USA) today claimed the inaugural Swatch Girls Pro Junior title in a closely fought 35-minute final at Les Bourdaines as she maintained her status as the inform surfer of the entire Swatch Girls Pro Junior.

Today also saw The Swatch Girls Pro run through to complete round 4 with excellent surfing witnessed in the stormy conditions setting up a great finals day tomorrow with the crowning of the Swatch Girls Pro Champion.

Overnight gale force winds whipped up the swell generating peaky 4-5ft waves at the main site at Les Bourdaines. During the entire day conditions remained contestable with many displays of physical fitness as the surfers entered the water various times during the day of competition.

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