Rees rides a winning wave
EMERALD Beach wave ski rider Rees Duncan Jr has confirmed his pre-eminence in the sport by winning his sixth Australian championship at Emerald Beach.
Duncan edged out Darren Kearns of the Gold Coast to win in large, messy surf.
Defending champion Khane Duncan, of Coffs Harbour, had to settle for third place behind his brother, while Bill Campbell from the Sunshine Coast was fourth.
More than 50 wave ski riders took part in the four-day contest in testing conditions.
The finalists were the week's dominant performers and also rose to the top in the age divisions.
Rees Duncan won the seniors division from Kearns, Justin Barnes and Steve Farthing, while Khane Duncan took out the New Age division from Victorian Travis Best.
Bill Campbell was victorious in the Masters division ahead of Rod Westwood (Victoria).
Proving age will not weary experienced wave ski riders, Graham Roberts from the Gold Coast defeated Rob Borg and Richard Groome to take out the Veterans division.
In the women's event, Melissa Hardy, of Sydney, blitzed her rivals, finishing ahead of Western Australian Jackie Cooper and Karen Campbell from the Sunshine Coast.
Coffs Harbour's Graham Lancaster was named best judge.
Contest director Steve Cleary said the Australian championships were a great success.
"The competition was great and the competitors showed some amazing skills," he said.
Emerald Beach will again host the championships in 2006, with Cleary saying the competitors loved the northern beaches venue.