Local surfer shines at Na Papa

LENNOX Head surfer Stephen Walsh continued to shine at the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles at Port Macquarie.

Walsh was again in destructive form, ripping apart the right-handers with speed and power.

“It's pumping again,” Mr Walsh said.

“I'm not sure how to compare it yesterday, but it is still so much fun and all the guys are surfing so well.”

Having been consistently throwing up scores within the eight and nine point range, Walsh continued on his way with an 8.75 point ride yesterday morning.

However as the best in Australia battle it out for a prestigious Na Papa Australian title, the standard of surfing has continue to rise, something that Walsh believes rivals world-class, international events.

“The level of surfing on show is unbelievable," he said.

“It's like surfing in a WQS (ASP World Qualifying Series) event. Being in my first Na Papa Australian Titles, this is really good for my surfing and confidence.”

Featuring an eclectic combination of competitors, the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles sees surfers spanning all ages competing for 10 prestigious Na Papa national titles.

Stand out performers included Nick Squires (North Wollongong), Joel Nantes (Currumbin), Rod Morgan (Stanwell Park) and Todd Goudie (Willunga, SA), who progressed through to the next round.

But it was Dane Atcheson (Copacabana) and Joe Haddon (Forster) who dominated the heat of the event thus far.

The surfing was so strong that Phillippe Didleot (Seaford, SA), who racked up a nine-point ride, was eliminated from the competition.



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