Current state over-65 longboard champion Alan Atkins scored a near perfect 9.15 wave score in his opening heat of the Australian Longboard Titles at Arrawarra Headland as part of the bcu Australian Surf Festival.
Current state over-65 longboard champion Alan Atkins scored a near perfect 9.15 wave score in his opening heat of the Australian Longboard Titles at Arrawarra Headland as part of the bcu Australian Surf Festival. Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

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.



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