Cover-up: Paul Guthrie enters a barrel at Diggers Beach during the NSW Longboard Titles.
Cover-up: Paul Guthrie enters a barrel at Diggers Beach during the NSW Longboard Titles. Bruce Thomas

Great waves at Diggers for titles

THE weather wasn’t fantastic but the waves certainly were.

Surfers battling for survival in the repechage heats of the NSW Longboard Titles enjoyed tremendous conditions at Diggers Beach in the offshore south-westerly winds.

Solid sets of 1.5-metre waves were produced throughout yesterday’s heats with the over-50 repechage heat that featured Paul Guthrie and Spud Keevers a real highlight of the day.

Many of the spectators commented that for a repechage the heat produced the type of surfing required later in the week during a quarter-final or semi-final.

There were plenty of qualifying semis contested yesterday and in the over-50s it was Glen Mahoney who earned a small victory in the friendly battle of Emerald Beach when he won his way through to the final, while his neighbour Mark Ingelby will have to try and advance through a repechage semi.

Multiple Australian title winner from Sawtell, Richard Smith, advanced straight through to the final in the over-45s along with John Fraser from the Central Coast.

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

The local trio of Harley Ingelby, Jared Neal and Paul Scholten are expected to shine in the qualifying semis for the Open division this afternoon.

The open ladies competition gets under way today with the first heats in that division expected to start sometime around noon.

With Saturday’s finals in all divisions fast approaching, the serious surfing is only just beginning.



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