Longboard surfing's elders show how it's done
THE elder divisions of the Australian Longboard Titles hit the surf today when the bcu Australian Surf Festival took to the tricky two-foot waves on offer at Arrawarra Headland.
Greig Bedggood (Tugun) showed he could be a potential threat in the Over-60 Mens Longboard division, posting an impressive 15.50 heat total (out of a possible 20 points).
The Gold Coast surfer found multiple diamonds in the watery rough to post an 8.25 (out of a possible ten points) and a 7.25, to leave his fellow competitors chasing two-wave combinations to snatch away the lead.
Other Over-60 Men round one winners included local John Murray (Sawtell) and last year's champion Peter Becker (Palmvale).
Current NSW Over-65 Longboard Champion Alan Atkins (Byron Bay) showed he was more than capable of taking scalps at a national level, bagging himself a massive 17.40 heat total.
The agile natural-footer got the edge over his fellow opponents thanks to a near perfect 9.15 wave score and booked himself into the Over-65 Mens semi-finals.
Former Australian Longboard Champion Neville Smith (Coolangatta) joined Atkins in the Over-65 Mens winners circle, posting a heat total of 14.50 and cementing his spot in the semi-finals.
John Lane (Torquay) took out the bcu money turn award for a massive turn he performed in the first round of the Over-55 Mens. The turn saw him awarded with a $100.00 bank account courtesy of bcu.
The bcu Australian Surf Festival will resume tomorrow with the Australian Longboard Titles.