Longboard classic a family affair
MORE than 100 surfers across nine divisions entered the line-up for the 13th annual Lennox Longboard Classic over the weekend.
But a quick scan through the results reveals a common theme.
The Cunninghams from Bundaberg came, they surfed, and it is fair to say they conquered.
Glenn Cunningham surfed his way into second spot in both the over-30s and over-40s division, but it was a final duel between identical twin sons Ed and George in theunder-18s which drew most interest.
Ed finished victorious relegating his brother to second spot and also got the better of him in the open division where they finished fourth and fifth behind winner Ben Dickens.
“Ed’s got the bragging rights tonight,” Mr Cunningham said.
“He can gloat over some pizza, but tomorrow is a new day.”
It’s not a bad race this lot are running.
Travelling down the East Coast – just the boys – with waves the only worry.
“We will check the surf tomorrow morning and then probably head off,” Mr Cunningham said of their mission.
Yamba is next stop on the way south for these longboarding nomads, but it doesn’t end there.
“Then we will push on to Coffs, Crescent Head, and on to Port Macquarie for the national titles,” he said.
And all the while the Year 12 students are busy completing their schoolwork.
The Volkswagen van is not only a motel room, board rack and changing room, it is also the classroom.
“I don’t bother taking the roll but,” he said.
“They won’t listen to me.”
The Cunningham twins travel with their schoolwork and in between surf dates are constantly completing and emailing assignments back to their school in Bundaberg.
Or so they say.
“I don’t have to check-up on them too much,” he said.
“It’s is all organised with the school so the boys can come away on this trip. They are pretty lucky really.”
You’re telling us.
Not all of us get to cruise through some of the world’s best surf spots, doing our study from the back of the van, and stopping for a tilt at the Australian Longboarding titles.
But that is the life of these longboard nomads.