Logger crowns were hard earned at Arrawarra
A HANDFUL of new Australian longboard and logger champions were crowned today at the bcu Australian Surf Festival.
A variety of different divisions wrapped up in long pointbreak waves at Arrawarra Headland but the highlight of the day came in the Mens Open Loggers.
Isaac Fields (Evans Head, NSW) showed he was the silent assassin in the Open Mens Loggers, posting an 18.10 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to claim the hotly contested final.
At the halfway mark, the final looked like a two-horse race between Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW) and Clinton Guest (Kawana, Qld), however Fields was able to shoot straight into the top position thanks to a 9.50 wave score (out of a possible ten points); the highest wave score of the event so far.
The North Coast surfer performed an eclectic mix of traditional manoeuvres to post the score and claim the title.
Craig Davies (Peregian Beach, Qld) and Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic) went blow-for-blow in the Over-40 Mens Logger final with both surfers getting within striking distance of the title, notching up a series of impressive scores.
However, Davies was able to get the upper-hand, thanks to a series of lengthy nose-rides which saw him rewarded with a 15.60 heat total.
Brown had to settle for second position, while Neil Thompson (WA) and Wally Allan (Cooroy, Qld) claimed third and fourth respectively.
Anthony Spencer (Trigg, WA) bagged the first title for Western Australia, claiming the Under-18 Boys Longboard division.
Spencer notched up a heat total of 13.95 to get the edge over his fellow finalists.
The West Australian goofy-footer smashed out some giant backhand turns over the course of his Australian Longboard Title campaign to take the win over Tom Morat (Sunrise Beach, Qld), who claimed the runner-up spot.
Tully White (Allambie Heights, NSW) dominated the Under-18 Girls Longboard division posting two excellent scoring waves in the eight-point range.
As a result of the two-impressive scores, the Northern Beaches longboarder left her nearest rival, Lily Ellis (Yamba, NSW) chasing a near-perfect 9.35 wave score, which never came to fruition.
Nicholas Brewer (Castaways Beach, Qld) added another title to Queensland's purse, taking out the Under-18 Loggers final.
The stylish natural-footer posted a 15.65 heat total, which left all his fellow finalists chasing near-perfect scores to usurp him from the top spot.
The bcu Australian Surf Festival will resume tomorrow with the Australian Longboard Titles.