Four national titles!
THE Far North Coast longboard team returned from Port Macquarie last week with four Australian titles and a swag of finals placings, showing real strength of the discipline in this region. Congratulations to all. Twenty-two surfers represented FNC in the 73-surfer NSW team, with 11 of those making it through to the finals. New Australian champions are Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads) in the open women; Gary Burden (Suffolk Park) in the Over-45s; Peter Becker (Palmvale) in the Over-50s; and Alan Atkins (Byron Bay) in the Over-55s. Winners and Far North Coast finalists: Open men 1 Harley Ingleby (NSW). Open women Chelsea Williams (NSW). Under-18 boys 1 Dan McComb (NSW), 3 Bryce Young (Angourie). Under-18 girls 1 Monique Keene (Qld), 4 Kara Nobbs (Ballina). Over-35 women 1 Sharon Jackson (Qld), 2 Kirsty Webster (Tweed Heads). Over-35 men 1 Damien Coulter (Qld), 3 Steve Mills (Ballina). Over-40s 1 Jason Russell (SA). Over-45s 1 Gary Burden (NSW), 2 Phil Mansfield (Ocean Shores). Over-50s Peter Becker (NSW). Over-55s 1 Alan Atkins (NSW). Over-60s 1 Danny Bond (NSW), 2 Ben Hutchings (Cabarita).