Locals carve it up at titles
THE North Coast Regional Titles were held last week at Sawtell main beach and waves were fun in regards to usual competition standards.
The open division was taken out by Diggers surfer Alex Swadling with Will Coy, Isaac Van Anen and Rio Grieves also finishing in respective placings.
Jye Gofton who is new to the area and a former World Junior Champion took out the over 28s from Sonny Cornish, former Pro Rob Page who is also new to the area and Scotty Schindler from Sawtell fourth.
In the under 18s and future stars Dylan Hunt won from Crescent Head partners Phoenix Graham, Jackson O’Donnell while Leo Schneider from Sawtell was fourth.
The under 16s was well contested and young surf rat Zane Coleman from Emerald Beach has put the hard yards in of late and it paid off with a solid win from one of the surf-crazed team of the “Coffey family” and mum and dad would be proud of Jackson’s runner-up finish. Fraser Bartlett was third and Anthony Adams fourth.
Numbers in the Grom division or the under 14s were surprisingly low and it is awesome and pleasing to see these young surfers surfing so well.
Chilla Beeby got the points on the day from up and comers Robbie Hugh and Sawtell powerhouse Jake Schindler.
Mark Cameron took down a youthful pack in the over 40s ahead of John Schmickenberg, Rob Page and Eddie Moran in the final. In the over 50s Paul O’Donnell and Lee Firkin took first and second.
The girls divisions were surfed great and under 18s young gun and someone who I’m sure will be a future world title challenger in Ellie–Jean Coffey won again from Coco Beeby, Fiona Casey and Eve Edwards.
The Red Rooster Sawtell Boardriders Club did a great job hosting the event and hopefully these titles will stay close by in future years in either the WASP Boardriders or Coopers Coffs Harbour Boardriders Clubs.
Waves this weekend look like being around the three to four feet mark out of the south with nice SW winds early Saturday and Sunday morning turning more south-east in the afternoon and looks well worth getting out there for the males on Saturday as time will very short lived on Sunday.