Former Australian champion Dane Pioli scored a 1750 and a 17.60 in his two Australian Surf Festival heats at Arrawarra Headland.
Former Australian champion Dane Pioli scored a 1750 and a 17.60 in his two Australian Surf Festival heats at Arrawarra Headland. Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Logger Titles turn back the clock

ARRAWARRA Headland provided a perfect canvas for competitors in the Logger Titles to create a beautiful piece of surfing art with traditional surfing manoeuvres.

Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, NSW) performed a series of giant traditional turns in the Open Mens division posting a heat total of 17.50 (out of a possible 20 points) in his opening heat, followed by 17.60 in the quarterfinals.

The former Australian Champion unleashed a combination of impressive turns to be awarded with the heat totals.

Clinton Guest (Kawana, Qld), followed suit and blew away the judges in the division, bagging solid wins in his first round and quarterfinal heats.

The reigning Australian Open Mens Longboard Champion posted two heat totals in the 17-point range and cemented himself a spot in the Open Mens semi-finals.

Other Open Mens Logger quarterfinal winners included: Patrick O'Leary (Dicky Beach, Qld) and Liam Griggs-Kennelly (Aireys Inlet, Vic).

Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic) dominated the opening round of the Over-40 Mens Loggers division with a solid combination of traditional manoeuvres.

Brown shot past his fellow rivals with two 8.25 wave scores (out of a possible ten points) to get the edge over his fellow surfers.

Brown's closest rival Neil Thompson (WA) put up an impressive fight in the heat, however he was unable to muster up the required 9.75 score to take the heat win.

Other Over-40 Mens round one Loggers winners were: Wally Allen (Cooroy, Qld) and Craig Davies (Peregian Beach, Qld) who will both make their next appearance in the quarterfinals.

The bcu Australian Surf Festival will resume tomorrow with the Australian Longboard Titles and the Australian Logger Titles.



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