Schmidenberg is tops when it comes to the longboard
EMERALD Beach surfer John Schmidenberg claimed an Australian Longboard Title at Mullawarra and came close to making to two.
Competing in the bcu Australian Surf Festival, Schmidenberg was unable to get the edge over Jason Livingston (Curl Cur) in the over-40 Mens final but the local goofy-footer managed to get the upper hand in the over-45 Mens final, performing a variety of massive turns to post a heat total of 13.10 and get the win over Livingston, Trevor Skinner (Yamba) and Jason Russell (Port Noarlunga South, SA).
"Conditions changed a lot since my over-40 Mens final and it tended to work in my favour I think," Schmidenberg said.
"Jason is so incredible on his backhand, so to get the win feels amazing.
"Every title I've ever won is really special to me and they continue to feel better."
Schmidenberg was one of eight new longboard champions crowned.
Justin Redman (Dunsborough, WA) won his second over-35 Australian Title in as many years, claiming an impressive win in the division.
The goofy-footer got off to a flying start posting a solid score on the opening hooter to take the lead, which he held onto until the very end of the 25-minute affair.
Consequently, Redman's 17.00 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) left all his fellow finalists chasing two-wave combinations to take away his lead.
Redman's aforementioned performance saw him take out the bcu money turn, which will see him awarded a $100.00 bank account courtesy of bcu.
"As soon as I got out there, I knew I should stick to catching the lefts," Redman said.
"This was a little bit of a consolation prize behind the Opens as it was a division I wanted to do well in, but it didn't pan out that way, so I placed all my focus on this division."
Emma Webb (Jan Juc, Vic) claimed her second title of 2015, taking out the Over-35 Womens final.
After claiming the Open Womens division several days ago, Webb returned to the same form in the elder division posting a series of impressive scores and as a result got the upper-hand against runner-up Erika Oemke (Port Noarlunga South, SA).
"This is a dream come true," Webb said.
"The 35s actually felt a lot harder than the Opens as the waves were slower and a bit more inconsistent. You just had to get what you could and grovel away on it."
Jason Livingston claimed a hat trick of titles, winning the over-40 Mens final for the third year on the trot.
Livingston returned to the same fine form, which saw him win the 2013 and 2014 titles, bagging a heat total of 14.00 and getting the edge over Damian Coulter (Mountain Creek, Qld), Schmidenberg and Neil Thompson (Scarborough, WA), who claimed second, third and fourth respectively.
"This is my third title in a row and something I've really been chasing," Livingston said.
"It really feels incredible, especially to get the win over the caliber of surfers who were in the heat."
AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARD TITLES RESULTS
Over 35 Men
1 - Justin Redman (Dunsborough, WA)
2 - Scott Trew (Mullaloo, WA)
3 - Michael Pinney (Port Lonsdale, Vic)
4 - Benjamin Pitts (Mt Martha, Vic)
Over 35 Women
1 - Emma Webb (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 - Erika Oemke (Port Noarlunga South, SA)
3 - Di Ellis (Yamba, NSW)
4 - Debbie Allan (Noraville, NSW)
Over 40 Men
1 - Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW)
2 - Damian Coulter (Mountain Creek, Qld)
3 - John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW)
4 - Neil Thompson (Scarborough, WA)
Over 45 Men
1 - John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW)
2 - Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW)
3 - Trevor Skinner (Yamba, NSW)
4 - Jason Russell (Port Noarlunga, SA)
Over 50 Men
1 - Greg Brown (Jan Juc, Vic)
2 - Barney Fenasse (Warriewood, NSW)
3 - Terry Day (Coogee, NSW)
4 - George Haskas (Maroubra, NSW)
Over 55 Men
1 - John Lane (Torquay, Vic)
2 - Brent Moss (Esperance, WA)
3 - Brian Kuit (Torquay, Vic)
4 - Mike Neunuebel (Denmark, WA)
Over 60 Men
1 - John Ayton (Torquay, Vic)
2 - Peter Becker (Palmvale, NSW)
3 - Ric Chalmers (Pottsville, NSW)
4 - Bud White (Torquay, Vic)
Over 65 Men
1 - Alan Atkins (Byron Bay, NSW)
2 - Neville Smith (Coolangatta, Qld)
3 - John Amos (Seaford, SA)
4 - Bob Smith (Jan Juc, Vic)