Keevers flys flag for local surfers

BYRON BAY surfer David Keevers has taken out the Over-40s section of the Oxbow Australian Longboard Titles in Port Macquarie.

The final day of competition was held yesterday at North Haven beach in epic, two-metre conditions.

While Noosa's Josh Constable walked away with the open men's division, Keevers flew the flag for the strong contingent of local surfers contesting the prestigious title.

Among the other top performers was The Northern Star's surfing correspondent, Phil Roxburgh, who climbed off his sick bed to finish third in the Over-50s men's division.

Meanwhile, the surfing action keeps rolling on with the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters titles taking over at Port Macquarie.

It was the Open men and women who shone the brightest. Reigning Over-28 women's Na Papa Australian champion, Jenny Boggis of Lennox Head was electric in her first-round heat.

“The waves are so good out there,” Boggis said after racking up a total heat score of 17.50 (out of a possible 20), including a phenomenal 9.50 (out of a possible 10).

Boggis, who has competed at the highest level of international surfing, is looking ominous at the titles.

“I'm just trying to have fun out in the water and just concentrate on my own surfing,” she said. “I've got nothing to lose so I'm going have a good crack.”



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