Wax on, wax off
By ADAM HICKS
RUBEN Roxburgh has combined a mix of traditional nose rides and progressive cut backs to win the Bic Surf Open event at the 17th Evans Head Invitational.
The professional longboarder pocketed $250 for his win in the classy final in two-foot waves against high-quality surfers Jared Neal and Bryce Young.
The 25-year-old Evans Head surfer also finished third in Friday's Honolua Retro Single Fin Fiesta.
"I've had quite a lucrative weekend," he said.
"I've been surfing in Evans Head since I was 11 so local knowledge helped a little and borrowing my dad's 10 foot Bic."
The son of Evan's Head longboarding guru Phil Roxburgh, Ruben said the competition was judged on 30 per cent traditional styling and 70 per cent progressional, contemporary moves.
"I'm a very progressive-style surfer," he said.
"I like to spend more on the tail and try for cut backs and aerials.
"But over the weekend you have to mix it up with traditional walks up and down the board, hanging ten ... soul surfing."
Ruben said the event was a good warm up ahead of the longboard world tour which starts in Victoria in January.
"With the calibre of surfers in the final, it was by no means an easy win," he said.
Phil Roxburgh, one of the organisers said perfect weather conditions made the long-weekend event a big success.
"The waves stayed around the 80cm mark, but more importantly we had off-shore winds and fantastic weather and 190 competitors all go home with a smile on their face."
Bic Surf Open: 1st Ruben Roxburgh of Evans head, 2nd Jared Neal of Coffs Harbour, 3rd Bryce Young of Angourie; Open Women's: 1st Sarra Robertson of South Ballina, 2nd Lisa Nicholson of Banora Point, 3rd Nicole Fields of Evans Head; Open nine foot: 1st Matt Aldridge of Gold Coast, 2nd Mitch Surman of Agnes Waters, 3rd Kyle Nielsen of Gold Coast; Over 35s: 1st Troy Olive of Coraki, 2nd Joel Mercer of Evans Head; Over 45s: 1st Ross Cribb of Evans Head, 2nd Phil Mansfield of Ocean Shores; Over 55s: 1st Eric Walker of Ballina, 2nd Harry Hann of Evans Head; Junior Boys; 1st Bryce Young of Angourie, 2nd Mitch Surman of Agnes Waters; Junior Girls; 1st Bianca Anstiss of Currumbin, 2nd Kara Nobbs; Old Mal: 1st Isaac Fields of Evans Head, 2nd Mark Fuller of Eungai; Mystery event: Ashley O'Neill of Bundaberg, 2nd Caine Hutcherson of Evans Head.