Gossman adds Easter title
By Terry Teece
The 30th annual Ocean and Earth Byron Bay Easter Classic wrapped up yesterday with Gold Coast-based South African Shaun Gossman adding another title to his resume.
The talented natural-footer added the title to his three MP Classics and two Quiksilver Pro Trials victories.
The Byron Bay event was held in solid 1.5-metre beach breaks just north of Broken Head.
Gossman sealed the final with four minutes remaining with a searing right-hander, belting three vertical on-edge re-entries and a series of other manoeuvres after it looked like Yamba 18-year-old Laurie Towner was going to take the title.
Towner scored the wave of the heat in the early minutes of the final but could not find a second high-scoring wave.
Towner also came second in the juniors, but in the end had to settle for third in the open final.
Local Byron Bay ripper Jarred Sullivan finished second, and probably would have taken the title except for a fall on his final wave.
Coolangatta goofy-footer Damon Harvey, although in fine form throughout the event, could not find the waves to showcase his surfing in the 20-minute final.
The junior final was red-hot. Valla Beach's Heath Joske dominated, scoring the only 10-point ride of the event, and event high heat score of 18.66.