04 Aug Newy surfers set to give Master class
THE 2015 Australian Surfing Titles got under way yesterday at Gallows Beach, Coffs Harbour.
It’s part of the annual BCU Australian Surf Festival and Newcastle is well represented.
After big performances at the New South Wales titles last month local surfers Justin Lee, Paul Parkes, Paul Snow and Ged Cook will be representing the State in their age divisions.
Lee took out the NSW title in the Over 40s division and after missing out on a spot at the Aussie titles last year he is keen to make it count this week.
‘It’s always good to make the Aussies. Said Lee last week.
‘I didn’t make the team last year, but the year before I won both the State and Aussie titles in the 40s.
‘It’s good for your surfing.
‘Gives you something to achieve and look forward too.’
Asked what another title would mean to him Lee replied:
‘To win, well I guess it’s just a quick ego trip for 15minutes and then it’s back work.’
Lee took out the NSW title in a hotly contested final which also happened to have two other Newcastle surfers in it.
Parkes and Snow both made the final and booked themselves a ticket to Coffs.
For Parkes it’s the second time he has made it to the Australian titles.
‘I’ve known Justin and Paul for a long time, so it was fun to surf with them at the State titles and great to see them qualify for the Aussies too.’ Said Parkes.
‘It’s always fun to make the event.
‘I made the Aussies two years ago and it’s the only time I’ve done the State and the Aussie titles.
‘There’s 16 surfers, so I’ve got a 1-in-16 chance of winning.
‘I’m more in it for the fun.
‘Sure, it would be nice to win, but it’s not the be-all and end-all.
‘It’s just nice to get away, score some waves and meet up with some mates that I used to compete against when I was on tour.’
For Snow the chance to win and Australian Title is huge.
‘Winning an Australian Title would be a big deal.’ Said Snow.
‘It’s the Holy Grail of amateur competitive surfing.’
‘It’s great to see our area so well represented again this year.
‘It’s a sign of the depth of quality surfers we have in Newcastle.’
‘Parkesy is still a world-class surfer and Justin is still so competitive. Said Snow.
‘Ben Silk is the Queensland title-holder and he is a powerful surfer, so I feel those guys are going to be tough to beat, but with a bit of luck, I’m a chance to take it out.
Snow is also representing the region in the Over 45s.
Lee isn’t surprised to see such a strong representation from the area either.
‘It’s great to see Newcastle surfers in the team this year, but it doesn’t surprise me.’ He said.
‘We have some talented surfers in our region, in all ages, just look at Cooky.’
Cook is the elder statesmen of the awesome foursome that will be in Coffs this week.
He is representing NSW in the over 50s division for the second year running.
He finished fifth overall last year, but is hoping to do better this year.
‘I don’t know what it is, there must be something in the water around here.’ Said Cook.
‘Newcastle is always well represented in most sporting arenas.
Two other Newcastle surfers who didn’t make the State Titles finals, but finished 5th, will be heading to Coffs as well.
Glen Valarie and Mick Hoystead will be surfing in the in the Over 45s and Over 50s respectively.
Valarie already has an Australian Title to his name.
Hoystead will be surfing in the same heat as Cook to kick of their Over 50s campaign.
‘The old blokes are still surfing pretty good.’ He said.
‘You’ve got to be in it to win it, so I am going to give it a fair crack and see what happens.’
‘Go the Blues.’
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