Wollongong visitor Wayne Jennings shows the style making him an Australian Kneeboard titles finalist.
Wollongong visitor Wayne Jennings shows the style making him an Australian Kneeboard titles finalist. Renee Miller - SurfingNSW

Weather tumbles kneeboard comp

DIFFICULT conditions hampered contestants of the round two Australian Kneeboard titles surfed at Coffs Harbour's North Wall.

Teams from New Zealand, Ireland and Venezuela have entered the event and wild card entrant Armando Colucci of Venezuela impressed judges and organisers with his stylish surfing through the Saturday sessions.

"Armando he won the Amateur A final in round one and is a great sportsman to watch," KSA president John Clingan said.

"Kyle Bryant of Narrabeen is the title holder and Catherine Karney-Jeffery from Victoria did herself really proud."

Colucci is through to the quarters where he will face Byron Bay's Mark 'Mono' Stewart, current World No.2 Cheyne Simpson of Jervis Bay and Narrabeen's Matt Novakov.

Victorian Catherine Karney-Jeffery competed against the men and put on a stellar effort in the blistery conditions that are reminiscent of the Phillip Island round one event held earlier in the year.

Matt Novakov competed today with his brother Tom in the opens and is currently World junior No.2.

No strangers to competition, the brothers are lead by their father Michael who has an impressive four World titles under his belt and looking to add to the tally.

The KSA and Surfing NSW have joined together for the first time to bring a solid event to Coffs Harbour and president Clingan is looking forward to building on the growing numbers, which contain competitors from the age of five through to 62 years.

"The teams from New Zealand, Ireland and the Venezuela are back again," he said.

"We have a huge increase in the cadets and greater number of guys that are brand new to the sport.

"There hasn't been an increase like this in years and it's great to have the support of Surfing NSW.

"Coffs harbour is always fantastic, the council and the water ways are always great at supporting our events and there are so many beaches to choose from.

Women and cadets are in the water today as competition moves closer to the finals.



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