Longboarders master swell conditions

TWO days of perfect weather and near-perfect wave conditions dissipated just in time for the finals of the Lennox Longboard Classic yesterday.

According to one of the event organisers George Leslie this nearly always happens during surfing competitions, but that poor conditions often brings out the best in the better surfers.

“We had some pretty ordinary weather when the finals were on but as soon as they were over it cleaned up again,” Leslie said.

“But you find that good surfers overcome everything. Anyone can surf when the conditions are pretty good but the surfers with the best abilities out-perform their rivals when the surf is ordinary.”

Leslie said that 102 competitors lined up for this year's Lennox Longboard Classic, which was slightly down on previous years.

“The current economy has had some affect on our numbers. We didn't have quite as many surfers down from the Sunshine Coast this year and fuel is a problem for some people,” he said.

“Then again we've got this guy from South Australia who comes over every year and comes to the event as part of his trip.”

Leslie said that he'd been particularly impressed by the large number of competitors who were over 60 and the Old Mal section of the competition featuring pre-1967 surfboards. Heath Norrish was the winner of the premier open 9ft division, with Ben Williams second, Keenan Roxburgh third and Paul Sholton fourth.

Over 55s: Dennis Carberry
Over 50s: Mike Pimm
Over 40s: Gary Burden
Over 30s: Dion Harris
Juniors: Clinton Guest
Cadets: Callum Gover
Ladies: Kirsty Webster
Old Mal: Isaac Field
Mystery (knocked out in the first round): Brodie Williams.

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