Mel Mott of Lennox Head surfs her home break during the Over-28s semi-finals yesterday. She will compete in the longboard divis
Mel Mott of Lennox Head surfs her home break during the Over-28s semi-finals yesterday. She will compete in the longboard divis

Epic conditions for surf talent at All Girls Showdown

By Phil Roxburgh

THE 2007 ICON Australia All Girls Surf Showdown started out at North Wall, Ballina, on Saturday with solid surf between 1.5 and 2 metres.

However, the Lennox-based All Girls Surfriders were happy to be back at their preferred venue on the Lennox Head beach breaks for the second-day program yesterday. They expect to be at Lennox Head again today.

The long weekend, fantastic sunny weather combined with offshore winds and a two-metre-plus southerly swell to turn on a sensational day of women's surfing yesterday.

The girls took full advantage of the excellent weather and while there were plenty of challenging walls to work, the girls made the most of the conditions, braving the regular close-out sets to score some of the cleaner open-faced waves.

Narrabeen's Laura Enever certainly didn't mind the powerful surf, registering a perfect 10-point ride during her morning heat, in the 16 years and under division.

Further demonstrating her tenacity and commitment, later in the day proceedings were held up for a few minutes after Enever was hit by a stray water bomb while on her way to the water for her 21 years and under semi-final.

She suffered a bleeding nose and bruising, but entered the water and laid down yet another convincing win.

2005 Open Pro winner, Nicola Atherton (Bronte), former World Championship Tour girls, Pauline Menczer (Ocean Shore) and Suffolk Park's Stephanie Sallis, will line up in Pro semi one today, while just as keen are the girls in semi two, Laurina McGrath (Byron Bay), Sarah Beardmore (Ballina) and Kirra Townsend (Sawtell). The Open Pro final will be as good as it gets in domestic competition.

The major upset so far has been the early elimination from the Open Pros, of former winner, Jenny Boggis. However, Boggis is still on track to capture the Over-28s division. While watching the event yesterday I was struck by the thought of just how far women's surfing has developed in the past 15 years, the time that the Surf Showdown has been running.

There is no way that the junior girls and many of the seniors would have been happy to enter the water in those days. Their parents and responsible organisers would have had kittens. But these days it's all so matter of fact and barely a concerned voice was heard.

A last reminder! Put your Northern Star coupon in the red barrel at the contest site before 1pm today, for your chance to win a Fluid Foils - Ed Sinnot surfboard.



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