Reigning champion Jason Livingston produced another elite level display of longboard surfing during the bcu Australian Surf Festival at Gallows Beach.
Reigning champion Jason Livingston produced another elite level display of longboard surfing during the bcu Australian Surf Festival at Gallows Beach. Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Longboard titles heat up

THE Australian Longboard Titles edged closer to the finals today as entrants fought through a range of do-or-die second round heats in the bcu Australian Surf Festival.

Last year's 2014 Over-45 Mens Australian Longboard Champion Jason Livingston (Curl Curl) mirrored the same performance that saw him win the coveted title, posting a near-perfect 19.00 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) in the second round of competition.

The Northern Beaches surfer performed some giant turns to post the aforementioned score and book his spot into the Over-45 Mens semi-finals, where he'll face off with Steve Russell (Port Noarlunga South, SA), Steve Del Rosso (Burleigh, Qld) and Adam Le-Cornu (Ocean Reef, WA).

As a result of the heat total - which is currently the highest of the entire Australian Longboard Titles - Livingston was awarded the bcu money turn. The overall performance saw him awarded with a $100.00 bank account courtesy of bcu.

Other Over-45 Mens round two winners were: John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW), Trevor Skinner (Yamba, NSW) and Jason Russell (Port Noarlunga South, SA).

Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic) dominated the second round of the Over-50 Mens Longboard notching up an impressive 14.75 heat total. The lightening fast Victorian surfer unleashed a critical barrage of giant hooks and snaps to post the score and cement his position in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Other Over-50 Mens round two winners were: George Haskas (Maroubra, NSW), Terry Day (Coogee, NSW) and Simon Gates (Narrabeen, NSW).

Brian Kuit (Torquay, Vic), Brent Moss (Esperance, WA), Mike Neunuebel (Denmark, WA) and Rob Nedwich (Tomakin, NSW) all claimed wins in their respective round two Over-55 Mens heats to solidify a semi-final berth.



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