17 Jun High scores posted at NSW SurfMasters
A picturesque three-to-four foot swell dished up the perfect blank canvas for competitors as day two of the HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat kicked off at North Boomerang Beach.
Multiple Australian and NSW Shortboard Champion Glenn Pringle (Cronulla) replicated the same performance that’s collected him countless titles over the years posting the first perfect ten-point ride of the event in the Over-45 Men division. Pringle executed a variety of massive backside snaps to grab the score and book his spot straight into the quarterfinals.
Other Over-45 Men round one winners included: Justin Lee (Redhead), Ian Spencer (Cronulla), Glen Valaire (Swansea), Richard Grace (Manly) and Mark Tickle (Newport).
Lee continued his standout performance in the event posting an impressive 15.43 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to book himself a first round victory in the Over-40 Men’s division. The Lake Macquarie goofy-footer found a handful decent left-handers, which allowed him to muster up scores in the seven and eight point range.
Other Over-40 Men round one winners included: Mitch Dawkings (Nelson Bay), Bryden Galbraith (Toowoon Bay), Robbie Page (Verges Creek) and Paul Parkes (Merewether).
Scott Schindler (Sawtell) and Dawkings (Nelson Bay) cemented themselves as names to watch as the event progresses with both surfers locking in 14.00 heat totals in the opening Over-35 Men’s exchange. Both surfers will make their next appearance in the quarterfinals.
Other Over-35 Men round one winners included: Brothers Randall and Cameron Sharpe (Shelly Beach) and Wayne Morrison (Port Macquarie) who will all bypass the re-qualification rounds and are set to face off next in the quarter-finals.
2016 is the fifth year running the HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles Presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat has been held in the Great Lakes region.
Competition will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am.
The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
Divisions for the event include: Over 35 Men, Over 35 Women, Over 40 Men, Over 45 Men, Over 50 Men, Over 55 Men, Over 60 Men and Open Single Fin.
Moby’s Beachside Retreat will host a free dinner and movie night for competitors on Friday, 17th June as well as the Sunday afternoon presentations.
Moby’s Beachside Retreat will also be the official event venue for accommodation. Deals and packages are available for competitors. Check out mobysretreat.com.au or (02) 6591 0000
The HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles Presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat is proudly supported by HIF, Great Lakes Council, Great Lakes Tourism, Moby’s Beachside Retreat, Toyota, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, NBN, Coastalwatch Plus, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.
All pictures courtesy of SURFING NSW/Ethan Smith