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Longboarders strut their stuff at Evans

THIS time Sage Joske got the board.

Jared Neale.The Valla Beach surfer was the outright winner in the Honolua Single Fin Fiesta final at the Evans Head Longboard Invitational yesterday and collected a classic surfboard as his prize.

Joske, who was joint winner in 2006 only to miss out on the major prize in a random draw, also won the Old Mal event and was a crowd favourite among the hundreds of spectators on the town's Main Beach.

“The standout performance was Sage,” said organiser Phil Roxburgh.

“His surfing was just fantastic. He scored 10s and high 9s on a couple of his rides.

“The amount of speed he generated was just fantastic.

“He was able to link up all the sections and threaded it all the way back to the beach.Keenan Roxburgh.

“Everyone else was just not quite able to be as graceful with as much speed.”

Joske took the single fin title ahead of Tweed's Matt Aldridge and Evans Head's Isaac Fields.

Fields also finished second in the Old Mal event behind Joske.

Emerald Beach surfer Paul Scholten also managed a double, winning the Open 9ft event and the Bic Surf Open.

In the feature event, the 9ft category, Scholten won ahead of Jared Neal of Coffs Harbour and local surfer Keenan Roxburgh in third.

Ruben Roxburgh was runner up in the Bic Surf Open ahead of Jared Neal in third.

Kirsty Webster.In the women's open category, Banora Point's Kirsty Webster edged out Evans Head local Nicole Fields with Jess Roberts of Currumbin in third.

Melissa Combo pulled out of the final after falling ill through the night.

Roxburgh said the event was a huge success.

“It was a fantastic event apart from the surf which was a bit wobbly,” he said.

“Everything else was fantastic.

“There were huge crowds at the sand modelling and markets and on the beach watching the finals today.

“About the only problem we had were a couple of errant brown snakes making a nuisance of themselves.”

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