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Coffs Coast is pumping



THE Coffs Coast has been pumping for the last week with a lingering swell that arrived for the long weekend.

The Barney Miller Classic has some sizeable conditions for locals and visitors alike.

Young Jayke Sharpe is proving to be a handful in the Open division giving his older rivals something to think about.

The pint sized dynamo has got a few moves in his armoury and goes well when he gets on a roll.

The much fancied competitor with the rep, 'Ace' Buchan apparently did not like the decision that saw him bundled out in the semis, such is the competitor's lot.

The second week of the school holidays offered classic beach weather with warmer water and gentle waves to satisfy a range of tastes.

The conditions have also dispersed the crowd with a variety of breaks on most open beaches.

A continued run of swell would be a bonus at this stage but certainly something surfers would not be knocking back.

MR man of letters

Surfing legend Mark Richards of Newcastle received an honorary doctorate from the Newcastle University last week.

Richards' legendary status in the surfing world has been established for some time with multiple World Titles to his name.

However, he has not been idle since retiring from professional surfing and his contribution to the Newcastle community has been varied and considerable. An excerpt from Vice-Chancellor and President, Roger S Holmes' speech recounts some of these.

"It is these characteristics that have undoubtedly drawn Mark towards the various community-based roles that he now undertakes.

"He is the Honorary President of the Australian Surfrider Foundation, an environmental organisation dedicated to protecting the coastal environment and along with his wife Jenny, is patron of the Sids and Kids Hunter Region organisation.

"Together they have raised more than $500,000 for research into sudden infant death syndrome after they tragically lost a child through cot death."