Rory?s national title
RORYHugginson is the toast of Coffs Harbour after winning the national junior longboard surfing title in Victoria. Sensational waves at Bells Beach for the finals of all individual divisions were described by many as the most memorable waves for the national titles. Fellow Coffs youngster Michael Tsembis finished third in the junior final. In over 40s division Richard Smith finished a close and well deserved second place behind Central Coast's Ray Smith. The Northern states again dominated by winning nine of the ten divisions of the titles. While Queensland came away with the overall teams trophy along with wins in the open men's and over 50's men's division, NSW displayed their dominance by winning six individual Australian Titles lead by Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads) in the open women's. Other NSW winners included Newcastle's Mark Hancock in the over 35 men's, Byron Bays Sput Keevers in the over 45's, Wollongong's Robert Spaven in the over 55's and Central Coast's Ray Smith in the Over 40's. West Australia took the other divisional title with Yallingup's Arlene Nagtzaan winning the Over 35's women's. All individual finals enjoyed outstanding conditions at Bells. Open women's winner Chelsea Williams certainly appreciated the perfect waves and surfed the famous Bells waves with confidence to score one of the events biggest wins! The Tweed Heads surfer scored two outstanding excellent waves in her final, nine and eight point rides to add this years Australian open title to a long list of excellent wins which include the Malfunction, Noosa Women's Pro, New Zealand Invitational and Crescent Head Open. Central Coast NSW surfer Ray Smith was another who took to the Bells waves with an apparent degree of familiarity. In both his semi and final Smith found some of the biggest and best waves of the day and following his finals victory revealed the reason he was so comfortable surfing these waves. "Those waves were so great, identical to my favorite wave on the Central Coast Forrester beach Bombie , I just loved it out there!," he said. Newcastle's Mark Hancock impressed all week and won his way through every single round to take the Over 35's men's final. On the small days at Jan Juc early in the week through to the solid waves for the finals at Bells, Hancock displayed outstanding style and technique which included many long high scoring nose rides in his winning final. Fellow Newcastle surfer, Phil Baggs finished a great second in the over 50's final with the amazing Gold Coaster Wayne Deane winning that division and also placing third in the Open. It was another great year for the national Titles, certainly the one excellent day of Bells swell for the individuals finals will be well remembered for many years. Next years titles are scheduled for the Sunshine Coast and the one absolute certainty regarding that event is that both the water and air temperatures will be considerably warmer!