Longboard legends ride at Diggers

THE older generation were certainly strutting their stuff yesterday at Diggers Beach.

Competing in the NSW Longboard Titles which will be running all week long, longboard legends such as Bruce Channon were showing how to use the bigger boards in the 1.2-1.6-metre waves on offer.

Channon is the current Australian champ in the over-55s age group and he easily moved through to the next round of his division after winning his heat.

There’s always plenty of stiff competition in the older age groups and Channon will be hard pressed to overcome the local knowledge of competitors like Ron Goddard, who also won his opening heat yesterday.

Current world champion Harley Ingleby was the shining light in the open division.

The Emerald Beach surfer won through to the next round without raising a sweat.

The surprise of the day though was the ability of up and coming surfers like Terry Byrne, who recorded a strong result against some big-reputation longboard surfers in the open division.

The state titles continue this morning at either Park Beach or Diggers Beach depending on conditions.

The first of more than 20 heats will start at 7.30am, with surfing action continuing right through to the mid-afternoon.



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