Mixed results for surfers
THERE were mixed results for Far North Coast surfers at the weekend with Lennox Head-Ballina progressing to the Australian finals of the Surftag series while Stu Kennedy was bundled out of the ASP junior world championships at North Narrabeen.
Without some of their biggest names Le-Ba finished equal fifth to scrape into the national finals next month, but team rider James Wood was glad to get the job done at Duranbah while his mates were unavailable.
“Hopefully at least two of Adam (Melling), Owen (Wright) and Stu (Kennedy) will be available for the finals,” Wood said.
“If they are there we will have a great team but it all depends on everyone’s schedule.”
Wood and his team-mates also surfed in the Manufacturers Cup for Byron Bay board shaper Al Emery of Emery Surfboards. The team finished second and will contest the national titles at North Narrabeen in February.
As expected world champion Mick Fanning’s teams dominated the event, with Kirra Boardriders taking out the Queensland club title and DHD Surfboards the Manufacturers Cup.
Meanwhile, at North Narrabeen, Kennedy’s stunning run through the world juniors came to an end in the quarter-finals when he lost to No 1 seed Jadson Andre of Brazil.
Kennedy was the last Australian to be eliminated from the event, which was won by Maxime Huscenot of Reunion, who had ousted Owen Wright of Lennox in the fourth round.
At her home break, Australian Lauren Enever won the women’s event, defeating Hawaiian Alessa Cuizon in the final.