Bonnie?s board blitz
SAWTELL'S Bonnie Hancock was a star as NSW athletes dominated the final session of competition at the East Coast Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa yesterday.
Bonnie caused the biggest upset of the day when she knocked off some of the sport's biggest names in the open board race.
She won the race up the beach to record the biggest victory of her career over former national ironwoman champions Hayley Bateup and Kristyl Smith (both Northcliffe).
Bonnie also took second in the under-17 board race, while sister Courtney was part of a NSW trifecta in the under-19s, finishing behind Emma Parsons (Queenscliff) and Jo Way (Manly).
Jacob Lollback (Yamba) has long been seen as one of the best board paddlers in the country, particularly after winning bronze at the 2007 Australian Championships despite being only an under-17 competitor.
Yesterday, Lollback took out the U19-Open double, beating defending national champion Bruce Taylor (North Burleigh) for the second time in as many weeks.
Northcliffe (398pts) won the East Coast Championships for the second successive year, from fellow Queensland club North Burleigh (297).
n There was more Sawtell success in yesterday afternoon's Warriors on Water surf event at Kurrawa.
Competing for NSW, Courtney Hancock won the under-19 ironwoman race, while clubmate Kayla Russell won the under-17 ironwoman.
In the surf boats, the Woolgoolga under-19 men's crew earned a courageous third placing in testing surf.