Athorn wins Classic
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WOOLGOOLGA surfer James Athorn had a nerve wracking wait before he was announced as the winner of the open men's section of the Barney Miller Classic.
Athorn was involved in a tense struggle with Mullaway's Shaun Cansdell, Heath Joske from Valla and Joel Gibble who travelled from the Central Coast for the event.
"It must have been a close final," Athorn wondered.
"When I came in I was talking to a couple of mates and one said to me that he thought I did enough to win, then another mate said he thought Shaun won and another said that he thought Heath had won."
"I was pretty stoked when I won."
Athorn has been in fine form recently finishing second three weeks ago at Manly in the Arnette Pro junior and like that tournament, he again displayed his small wave riding skills this weekend.
"It was low tide so a lot of the water had pushed out the back and I had to go out a bit further to try and get some longer rides." the 19 year-old explained.
Athorn admitted that the win was even sweeter because he edged out Cansdell.
Cansdell has recently qualified for a spot on the main pro tour next year and he proved his class by recording the weekend's highest score in the semi-final.
For full results see Wednesday's Coffs Coast Advocate.