Bryant repeats dose



Last year's Coffs champion Kyle Bryant was knocked out in round one of the 2005 professional kneeboard surfing championships event and was determined to be back in the winners circle this time.

Round two o in Coffs Harbour saw in excess of 50 men and women competitors from all ages competing for thousands of dollars in cash.

Round one of the Australian championships was held in March on the NSW south coast beach of Bendalong where current World Champion Baden Smith won from young gun Chayne Simpson.

The large swell that had been pounding the coast fortunately stayed and Saturday morning saw the contest being held at Diggers Beach with around six to eight foot waves pumping through allowing for competitors to push themselves and impress the judges.

Surfers to make it through round one included local girl and current women's world champion Kathy Prior, who took on her male counterparts in the big swell and won her way to the next round.

Making the semi finals were Albert Munoz from the U.S., James Anderson from England as well as Australian surfers Baden Smith from Newcastle, Matthew Novakov from Sydney and last year's winner Kyle Bryant from Narrabeen.

Although the swell had dropped on Sunday morning, Coffs Harbour's beach break McCauley's saw consistent three to four foot waves wrap around the headland making ideal conditions for the opens and age division finals.

The semi finals saw some great aerial maneouvres and tube rides with only 0.3 separating first to third places.

Open division finalists Shannon Berwick, Kyle Bryant, James Anderson and Chayne Simpson had to contend with a swell drop which made wave selection critical to the final placing.

In the end, Kyle Bryant managed to pull some incredible re-entries to just edge out Chayne Simpson, with England's James Anderson third and Shannon Berwick fourth.

The age divisions saw Cronulla surfer Rob Rennie take out the over 50 veterans, Kathy Prior won the women's event from Newcastle girl Carly Horodam and the over 30's division was won by Kyle Bryant.

Cadets saw a battle between Wollongong boy's Dean Flood and Blake Jennings for top position, with Dean just edging out Blake in the dying minute of the final.

Michael Novakov managed to edge out Baden Smith in the over 40 final with Kathy Prior scoring a great ride to secure third from Central Coast's Peter 'Spartacus' Simmons.

Local kneelo surfers did well across all divisions including Paul Wilson from Emerald Beach who made the semi final for the over 45's and John Hatgis who just missed out on the final for the over 40's.



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