Pioli takes win
ON the final day of the 2010 NSW Longboard Titles, there was only a tricky three-foot surf at Diggers Beach but the change in conditions did not affect high scores, with excellent performances displayed across all 13 divisions.
The blue ribbon open men’s nine foot final featured three of the four finalists from last year’s titles in the 2010 main event.
Reigning open men’s nine foot state title winner and reigning ASP world longboard champion Harley Ingleby, from Emerald Beach, came out of the blocks fast, scoring an excellent 7.00 point ride but failed to find a back-up wave score until the dying stages of the final.
Other surfers in hot pursuit of the title were fellow Coffs Coast surfer Paul Scholten, Tweed Heads ripper Dane Pioli and Avoca’s Terry Byrne.
The star-studded field attacked the final and the result went right down to the final two minutes when Tweed surfer Pioli found the all-important back-up score required to amass an impressive 15.00 points (7.23 and a 7.77) which narrowly defeated Ingleby’s 13.90 (7.00 and a 6.90), Scholten’s 12.33 and Byrne’s 8.46 combined totals.
“I am over the moon with taking out this year’s state title, the waves were pumping all week and everybody surfed really good,” Pioli said.
“Thanks to all my mates who supported me all the way through to the final, it made this win very memorable.”
Contest director Rob Nedwich was thrilled with this year’s event and after a long week of surfing, believed the best surfers had qualified from this year’s state titles to represent NSW at the Australian Longboard Titles in late August.
“It has been an awesome week of competition,” Nedwich said.
“The swell has been consistent for the whole event and the performance level has lifted this year.
“I believe the standard of longboarding in New South Wales is as good as anywhere in the world. I look forward to sitting down and going over the list of qualifiers who will be representing NSW at the Australian titles in late August.”
LONGBOARD HONOUR ROLL
Open 9 foot – Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads)
Open ladies – Nava Young (Angourie)
Open 8 foot – Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach)
Over 35 ladies – Kirsty Webster (Tweed Heads)
Over 35 men – Lee Miller (Byron Bay)
Over 40 men – Hayden Swan (Yamba)
Over 45 men – Ray Blackman (Central Coast)
Over 50 men – Sput Keevers (Byron Bay)
Over 55 men – Peter Hudson (Port Macquarie)
Over 60 men – Danny Bond (Central Coast)
Under-18 boys – Dylan Hunt (Coffs Harbour)
Under-18 girls – Erin Dark (South Coast)
Cadets – Hugh Daugaard (Central Coast)