Boggis fit and ready
FORMER professional surfer Jenny Boggis will attempt to defend her two titles starting tomorrow in the Australian championships at Port Macquarie.
Boggis, who travelled the world on the qualifying tour for a number of years, won the Open and Over-28 divisions last year and she is intent on emulating the feat.
Luckily, she has been granted a wildcard for the event after she missed the NSW championships on the South Coast in June due to her involvement as an organiser of the Lennox Head Rusty Gromfest.
“Yeah, I was lucky to get a wildcard to defend my titles because unfortunately I couldn't get to State because of other commitments,” Boggis said.
“You don't really want to give away titles like that so I'm keen to battle it out and try to keep them.”
The 32-year-old is primed for a tough week with word that a number of younger WQS surfers will contest the event.
“It's a really strong line-up this year so I'm going to have to surf really well,” Boggis said.
“It's a really great event down there at Port so I'm just treating it like a surfing holiday.”
Surfing two categories will be physically testing but the full-time surfing coach and personal trainer should be fit enough to deal with most of the conditions so long as the northerly wind that wrecked most of the first week of competition swings around.
“It's actually fantastic to surf down there. The town beach has a little point off it like The Pass and I grew up surfing The Pass,” Boggis said. “I'm a goofy-footer and I love surfing on my backhand, so it should be good.”
Fellow Gromfest director Max Perrot, who won the Over-45s at the Australian titles last year, also failed to make it to the NSW qualifier and is awaiting word from organisers as to whether he will be awarded a wildcard.
He was hoping to defend his Australian title so he could go to the next World Masters but if the wildcard fails to come through he will be left stranded.
Other locals heading down for the shortboard titles are Ballina's Scott Whitby and Dave Sparremburg, Byron Bay's Neil Cameron and Kingscliff's Brittany Nichol.
Evans Head longboarder Ruben Roxburgh competed this week in the open men's division and was knocked out in the second round.
The championships will conclude next Saturday.