Port Stephens Surf Festival: Locals Among 170 Surfers To Shine In State Title Events | Port Stephens Examiner
Corlette surfer Suellen Goyne won two state titles during her home break last weekend.
A victory for the local surfing contingent, Goyne put on an elegant display of traditional maneuvers in her two finals at Birubi Beach on Sunday to win the women’s 40+ and 50+ divisions of the NSW Longboard titles.
Eighteen longboard divisions were contested at Birubi Beach between Thursday April 29th and Sunday May 2nd.
NSW SUP titles also kicked off at the beach on Sunday and ended on Tuesday May 4th.
The two events make up the Port Stephens Surf Festival which this year saw 170 surfers flock to Birubi with the aim of securing state titles and a spot on the NSW teams that will contend for the Australian titles.
Three longboard titles were decided on Saturday and the rest on Sunday.
Allambie Heights’ Tully White demonstrated why she is the Australian title holder with consistent and showy performances throughout the heats and finals of the Women’s Open Division, which she won.
Jason Livingston (Curl Curl) added two titles to his brimming portfolio as he took top honors in the men’s over-45 and over-50 divisions. Mike Pimm (Cabarita) topped the field in his 55+ men’s double final.
On Sunday, Grant Ferguson (Long Jetty) shone in the men’s open final, knocking out the coveted division. Blaze Roberts assured that another title would head south to the northern beaches by knocking out the open division of female loggers. Tom Payne (St. Huberts Island) did a light job of the Men’s Open Lumberjack Finals.
For the second time, Surfing NSW has added a fun tag team event to the State Title event. In tight competition, Manly’s team beat Curl Curl A by 0.04 points.
Among the local contingent of NSW SUP titles was Anna Bay, father and daughter of paddlers David and Jessica Stretton.
In the junior section, Jessica came second to Indy Rose of Avalon.
David bowed out in the heats of the men’s open section, which was finally won on Monday by Kai Bates of Mollymook.
Terrene Black of North Entrance eliminated the women’s SUP open division on Monday.