IF PROOF was needed that the crème de la crème of surfing is on the Coffs Coast for the bcu Australian Surf Festival, today provided it.
There were some explosive performances from the elder shortboard divisions (surfers aged Over-35) as they duked it out in solid four foot waves at Emerald Beach in an attempt to book themselves a spot into tomorrow's final rounds.
Merewether surfer Paul Parkes showed the same prowess he displayed back in 2013 when he won the Over-35 Mens Australian Title, posting the only perfect ten-point ride of the event so far.
The Novocastrian surfboard shaper unleashed a barrage of mammoth forehand turns as well as a technical tube ride to notch up the perfect score and edge closer to the Over-40 Mens final.
As a result of the turns, Parkes took out the bcu money turn and was awarded the $100 bank account courtesy of bcu.
Cameron Sharpe (Shelly Beach) used his solid backhand repertoire to his advantage in the quarterfinals of the Over-35 Men, when he executed a combination of powerful snaps and carves to post an impressive 9.25 scoring wave (out of a possible ten points).
Sharpe's solid performance left his fellow heat surfers chasing near-perfect scores to snatch his lead away, which never came to fruition.
Sharpe will now face David McGrath (Labrador, Qld), Mark Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) and Tim Birnie (Jan Juc, Vic) in tomorrow's semi finals.
Other Over-35 Mens quarterfinal champions included: Tim Birnie (Jan Juc, Vic), Daniel Haggerty (North Entrance, NSW) and Jake Spooner (Bulli, NSW).
2015 bcu Australian Surf Festival standout Mark Richardson (Palm Beach, Qld) continued to build momentum through the event as he booked himself a semi-final berth in the Over-35 and Over-40 Mens division.
The Gold Coast goofy-footer linked together a handful of forehand and backhand turns to post two respective heat totals in excess of 11.50 points (out of a possible 20 points).
Other Over-40 Mens heat winners included: Glenn Pringle (Cronulla, NSW) and Damien Healy (Broadbeach, Qld).
Glenn Pringle (Cronulla, NSW), Glen Valaire (Swansea, NSW), Murray Jacobs (Swanbourne, WA) and Matt Hucker (Long Jetty, NSW) were all victorious in their Over-45 Men quarterfinal battles posting impressive wins and cementing their spot in the semi-finals.