Lennox lad out-surfs opposition
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
A FIGURE-of-eight on an eight-foot surfboard landed Justin Sheridan the award for best manoeuvre at the Evans Head Longboard Invitational presentation yesterday.
The Lennox Head lad took out three prizes in the three-day tournament, and has been tipped as 'the man to beat' when it comes to longboarding on the Far North Coast.
Justin won the open eight-foot board division, the old malibu division, and the award for best manoeuvre.
"The old mal section is for boards made before 1967 and it's pretty amazing seeing guys pull off tricks on those things," said competition organiser Phil Roxburgh.
"Justin's award for best manoeuvre was for a double re-entry that looked like a figure of eight.
"He's won the eight-foot division before.
"He was in three events at the last Lennox Head competition a few weeks ago, where he came first, third and third, so that tells you he's pretty good."
The winner of the open ninefoot division was Michael Bellamy, from Sandy Beach near Coffs Harbour.
Michael had previously placed seventh in the US Open and is currently ranked seventh on the Australian pro tour.
The open women's division winner was Broadwater surfer Amy Clarke, 22, who has been surfing with the Evans Head boardriders club since she was 10.
Jay Mulherin, Lisa Nicholson and Sally Paxton took out the mystery event for all competitors knocked out of the contest in their first-round heat.
About 120 competitors attempted to get their toes on the nose in all 11 categories of the 14th annual event.
Mr Roxburgh said one of the highlights was the fleas and ants division for boys and girls under eight and 12.
"It was very cute. There were about 200 people on the beach watching these tiny kids," he said.
"A lot of them had their mums and dads in the water pushing their boards on to the waves, but that was OK."