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Surfers face tricky conditions at Gallows for Festival

Shane Wehner made the difficult conditions at Gallows Beach look easy as he won his heat of the Over-35 Mens division at the bcu Australian Surf Festival.
Shane Wehner made the difficult conditions at Gallows Beach look easy as he won his heat of the Over-35 Mens division at the bcu Australian Surf Festival. Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

THE elder shortboarders fought an uphill battle as the bcu Australian Surf Festival resumed in difficult one-foot waves at Gallows Beach today.

1999 Pipeline Masters runner-up Shane Wehner made light work of the tiny waves in the Over-35 Men, performing an eclectic mix of forehand and backhand snaps.

The South Coast goofy-footer posted a solid 15.00 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to leave his closest rivals chasing two-wave combinations to take away his top-spot.

Queensland surfers dominated the rest of the Over-35 Mens division with James Lewis, David McGrath and Mark Richardson all taking wins and booking themselves a spot in the quarter finals.

Richardson was able to back up his Over-35 victory with an impressive performance in the Over-40 Mens division.

The Gold Coast goofy-footer fought a tight battle with 2015 NSW Champion Justin Lee, with both surfers posting heat totals in the 15-point range, however Richardson was able to take a victory by a 0.35-point margin.

Other Over-40 Mens winners included: Paul Parkes (Merewether, NSW), Ben Silk (Dicky Beach, Qld) and Glenn Pringle (Cronulla, NSW).

Woolgoolga surfer Mark Cameron was the standout performer in the Over-45 Men, notching up a 15.00 heat total.

Cameron performed multiple turns that wowed the judges and spectators and as a result, he was able to solidify his position in the quarter finals.

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