The girls? time in the sun
By Phil Roxburgh THE 15th ICON Australia All Girls Surf Showdown is all set to paddle out into a rising south-easterly swell which should set the Lennox beach breaks on fire with waves of two-metres-plus forecast for the weekend.
Lennox Head is the favoured location, although the event is mobile within Ballina Shire.
A sensational field of top female surfers will ensure that the surfing lives up to anything the waves can offer as they vie for a slice of $25,000 worth of cash and prizes.
With surfers such as Laura Enever (Narrabeen), Brittani Nicholl (Cabarita) and Far North Coast competitors Laurina McGrath, Jenny Boggis and Pauline Menczer, along with defending champion and new world junior champion Sally Fitzgibbon, the Open Pro level of surfing is set to be better than ever.
The talent pool is just as deep across the whole event and if the waves turn it on all the girls will be ready for the Showdown.
The seven divisions are Open Pro, 21 years and under, 28 years and over, open 9-foot longboard, open B-grade, 16 years and under, and 14 years and under.
Tonight will be party night with disco, dance and fashion set down for the Sport and Recreation Centre at Lake Ainsworth.
Local businesses and community are again right behind the event. Lennox SLSC is on water safety with an IRB to ensure that competitors are okay throughout the event and you can support the Lennox Head Fire Brigade by grabbing a burger and drink while you watch the surfing action.
There will also be daily spectator competitions with the opportunity to win ICON, Gallaz and local business give-aways.
Put your Northern Star coupon in the barrel at the contest site before 1pm Monday for your chance to win a Fluid Foils - Ed Sinnot surfboard.
The long-running event has been under the ICON Australia banner for the past few years but is also strongly supported by Southern Cross Ten, Southern Cross Credit Union, Lennox Point Hotel, The Northern Star, Gary Fox The Good Guys, Gallaz and Chixstix, as well as a host of other local businesses and organisations that have generously donated support and prizes.
Check for event updates at www.allgirlssurf.com More adventures
LENNOX Head surfer Anthony Walsh has seamlessly switched from the big Tahitian barrels of the WCT Billabong Pro to the more playful down-the-line walls and tubes of Pasta Point in the Sri Lankan Pro WQS event.
Walsh has convincingly won his heats in the round of 48 and the round of 24 to progress to the top 16. Byron Bay's Kieren Perrow lost in the round of 48. Le-Ba
THE June round of the Lennox-Ballina Boardriders had contestable 1- metre surf, slightly marred by a crossed swell. Standouts included Marcus Aboody ripping in opens and former pro Noel Graham tearing it up on a quad fin.
Fleas: 1 Jake Snellgrove, 2 Zac Wightman, 3 Jay Thomas, 4 Rhys Tatum. Groms: 1 Tom Snellgrove, 2 Sam Morgan, 3 Jackson Cochrane, 4 Jayden Hawkins. Cadets: 1 Zac Russell, 2 Mitch Adams, 3 Luke Chandler, 4 Shannon Mackie. Juniors: 1 Niki Hoskin, 2 Luke Streader, 3 Kyle Windsor, 4 Simon Doe. Opens: 1 Marcus Aboody, 2 Stephen Walsh, 3 Joe Hudson, 4 Stuart Kennedy. Seniors: 1 Noel Graham, 2 Toby Radcliffe, 3 Ben Holmes, 4 Craig Strong. Masters: 1 Rod Steeles, 2 Steve Walsh, 3 Tony O'Brien, 4 Steve Bergan. Legends: 1 Grant Anderson, 2 Peter McBurney, 3 Terry Chandler, 4 Steve Watts. Half Tide
CHINAMANS Beach peaks kept plenty of 1m-1.5m waves coming for the recent Half Tide Board Riders June round. As the results show, Peter Duncan was the one on the money.
May results: Opens: 1 Pete Duncan, 2 Nat Smith, 3 Mark Schneider, 4 Jamie Hutley. Juniors 1 Pete Duncan, 2 Kerby Aleckson, 3 Jamie Hutley, 4 Curtis Senior. Seniors: 1 Mark Schneider, 2 Kev Aleckson, 3 Dave, 4 Rod Priestley. Girls: 1 Jacquelin Robson. Cadets: 1 Dylan Hutley. Byron Boardriders
HELD at Suffolk Park last Sunday, BBB had another successful outing. Their thanks to sponsors Trevor Mead Butchery, Sam from Fruitos and Frontline for printing.
Opens: 1 Jonny Abegg, 2 Luke Stickley, 3 Yerrin Brown, 4 Matt Crisp. Juniors 1 Izen Darsana, 2 Zira O'Gaia, 3 Ramon Talian, 4 Dom Sullivan, 5 Josh Gale. Masters: 1 Wayne Whizz, 2 Neil Cameron, 3 Glen Stickley, 4 Paul Sullivan. Cadets: 1 Tom Franklin, 2 Daniel Pinter, 3 Kurt Lamming, 4 Sam Steinhauer. Under-12s: 1 Tommy Boucat, 2 Tai Naughton, 3 Zeb Branton, 4 Henry Phillips. Under-10s: 1 Kyuss King, 2 Corey Naughton, 3 Finn Crisp, 4 Keymoeh Cundith, 5 Kalani Prestage. Girls: 1 Sally Miller, 2 Bianca Determann, 3 Maddison King. Longboarders
SURFED at Lennox Main Beach breaks with offshore winds and a 1-metre swell, 20 members competed. Geoff and Scott Channon were welcomed back after a couple of missed rounds.
Firsts: 1 Scott Channon, 2 Angus Kay, 3 Scott Seymour, 4 Josh Roach. Seconds: 1 Forfar Petrie, 2 Gerry O'Dwyer, 3 Terry Kay, 4 Shane Harle. Thirds: 1 Peter Regan, 2 Eric Groenewoud, 3 Scott Beaumont, 4 Eleanor McCready. Fourths: 1 Wayne Booth, 2 Dario Scopesi, 3 Col Rodrick, 4 Catlin Brogan. Fifths: 1 Alex Rodrick, 2 Sally Petrie, 3 Geoff Channon, 4 Liz Petterson, 5 Corey. Mi Thai Restaurant voucher: Forfar Petrie.
The next club round will be held on Sunday, July 1, due to club commitments and the Rusty Gromfest (July 6-10). Over-8s Malibu Club
IN ideal conditions and 1m-1.5m surf, 40 surfers led to a late 4pm finish. Results: Opens: 1 Gary Wimbus, 2 Keenan Roxburgh, 3 Jay Mulherin, 4 Phil Roxburgh, 5 Peter Courtney. Juniors: 1 Gary Wimbus, 2 Caine Hutcherson, 3 Alex Dawson, 4 Joel Daley, 5 Pat Herman. Women: 1 Kathy Drake, 2 Sonya Price. Junior girls: 1 Ainsley Hyder, 2 Jacquelin Robson, 3 Sara Robson, 4 Molly Furchtman, 5 Sam O'Farrell, 6 Rachael Manwarring. Old Mal: 1 Joel Mercer, 2 Caine Hutcherson, 3 Trevor Manwarring, 4 Phil Roxburgh. Mystery heat winners: Joel Daley and Mick Robson. Pro search
THE Rip Curl Pro Search Chile is Stop No 4 of 10 on the 2007 ASP World Championship Tour and the first ASP event to be held in Chile.
From June 20 to July 1, the top 45 will paddle out at a wave known as El Gringo, on Isla Alacran or Scorpion Island, which is considered the Chilean Pipeline.
El Gringo throws up thick cold- water barrels (16 degrees Celsius) right and left over a shallow rock reef set up straight off the small island, which is connected to the mainland by a high causeway.
Former Fosters 45 campaigner, Byron Bay's Kieren Perrow, is up against Bruno Santos (Brazil) and Kekoa Bacalso (Hawaii) in a Rip Curl team riders' heat to decide which two get the wildcards. Go KP.
Check out www.aspworldtour.com and www.ripcurl.com/chile for more, and if you have Google Earth on the net, check out El Gringo.
Fly to Alacran, Arica, Chile ? you'll see that the WCT boys are in for a serious cold water session. Coming up
Rusty Gromfest, July 6-10. Entries are full but it's a spectator's delight as the kids tackle the Lennox walls. The SaMoana Resort / Virgin Blue 10th Lennox Longboard Classic, August 4-5. Entry forms are available on the internet www.australianlongboarding.com or at www.lennoxlongboarders.com and at some local surf shops. Otherwise contact Wayne Booth 66877921 or George Leslie 66874277. Surf check
WHILE there is some speculation about just how much swell might hit the Far North Coast for the long weekend, it seems sure that waves up to 2 metres should arrive by Monday at the latest. The winds are forecast to be W/NW today and S/SW by Monday. The swell is likely to be bigger to the south. Have fun.