Rees?s super seven
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WHEN you've just won your seventh national title it's fair to assume that you've probably achieved everything you can.
Emerald Beach's Rees Duncan though has other ideas after winning the final of the waveski surfing national titles on Saturday.
"John Christensen who's basically one of the legends of the sport, he's got eight open titles," Duncan said.
"That's my goal, to get the open title. If I can do that and sort of knock him off the perch that would mean a bit."
Defending his title on his home beach last week, Duncan went head to head with number three seed Dave Dinning in the final and the judges found it extremely difficult to separate the pair when the surfing was done.
"I think the biggest margin we had was one point per judge, down to half a point so there wasn't much in it at all," the 32 year-old said.
"I was hoping it was close but I was confident that Dave had won."
Duncan was so sure that he was a beaten man, he even went to the step of congratulating Dinning out on the water for winning the final.
"I was picking pretty ordinary waves even though I was having a lot trouble trying to actually get a clean move on because of the way the bank worked," the champ explained of his performance in the final.
"You had a little chop in front of you and you were chasing the chop all the time and it would close so you weren't really getting a nice clean manoeuvre off it.
"Every time I looked around I'd paddle back out and he'd be catching a big set wave but apparently he didn't do a lot with the set waves."
The world titles are being held in six weeks time but Duncan isn't interested in going this year, preferring to wait until next year's titles which will be held in New Zealand.
"I haven't competed at a world level for a couple of years now but I think I've still got one in me so I'll put in some effort for New Zealand," he said.
"I've only competed in three worlds, I really haven't chased them, I'd rather take a holiday with my family rather than go and surf, spend a week at the break, a week there and it's basically two weeks and then you turn around and come home.
"As for New Zealand, we were going to go this year for a holiday anyway so we thought we'll leave it to next year and go for a month."