Local surfers show their talents
NOT even an annoying northerly wind could stop competitors and spectators alike enjoying a great weekend of surfing.
Sawtell's Southside beach produced some nice peaking left-handers during Sunday's finals and the action was of the highest order as all entrants showed their talents.
Originally planned to be held at the Main Beach, event organiser Bryn Goode explained that the change of venue halfway through Saturday's action was necessary and actually expected by most competitors.
"The northerlies had come in about 11 o'clock so we had to move it," Goode said.
"There was more protection at Southside and we ended up having good conditions.
"There would have been a two to three foot easterly swell with a nice north-west wind for most of the day.
"It's also great viewing at Southside there's some natural grandstands there."
Some might say that Goode had an ulterior motive in switching beaches, particularly when you consider that he eventually won the title in the over 28s section.
"I think I was just lucky" Goode said defending himself.
There were some other notable performances from local surfers throughout the weekend.
Billy Kean used his knowledge of local conditions to perfection to take out the Under 16s title
Young surfers Kirra Townsend and Sophia Inja fought out a one-two finish in the open girls' division but both might be thankful Angela Keighran didn't enter the opens as well as the Under 18s.
Keighran was too strong for both Townsend and Inja during the Under 18s final.
The open men's final was an absolute cracker.
In the closest final of the day James Athorn just edged out Ben Larkin.
But it wasn't just the young surfers putting on a show.
Local Mark Williams won the Over 45s final by daylight while Coffs Harbour's Spike Milligan took out a closely fought battle in the Over 35s ahead of Sawtell pair Mark Streven and Lyndon Giovanetti.
"At the end of the day there was some great surfing and you couldn't have asked for a better contest," Goode said to sum up the event.
"There was music being played on the shores and it just created a great atmosphere."