Evans Head-Casino Connolly Key Joint 160 years division smashes a shorebreak at Manley, from left: Peter Hickey, John Lisetto, Simon Hyder, Dick Fulwood and Stu Thompson.
Evans Head-Casino Connolly Key Joint 160 years division smashes a shorebreak at Manley, from left: Peter Hickey, John Lisetto, Simon Hyder, Dick Fulwood and Stu Thompson. Selena Hickey

Masters of their (surf) craft

EVANS HEAD-Casino surf boat rowers returned from their first hit-out of the season as worldwide winners last weekend.

Competing at the World Masters titles in Sydney, held on the beach at Manly, were two crews from the local surf club, the Connolly Key Joint 180 and 160 division.

Both crews' average age was more than 45 years, with their divisions hosting the best of the weekend competition.

The 180 years crew won gold in their final while the 160 years made it to the final round.

No crews entered from overseas, with only Queensland, NSW and Victoria represented, although national medal winners abounded.

Good surf, challenging conditions and the best 'elder' surf boat competitors in the world resulted in a fun early-season test of endurance.

Broadwater paramedic Kim Hanlon competed in board events for his home club Freshwater, entering four events and making the final in each.



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