Longboard State Titles
Monday, 23 April 2012
The Surfing South Australia State Longboard Titles presented by Mid Coast Surf were held at Middleton Bay on Saturday 21th April 2012. Epic conditions with great waves greeted competitors all weekend which resulted in a high level of performance from all of the competitors. With a southwest ground swell around 2 to 3 foot with light offshore winds. Low tides in the morning produced some great waves with high scores. As the tide filled in competitors had to be more choosey with their wave selection. Rain set in after lunch but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the competitors. The open men’s final was a tough battle between, Craig Bonnett, Ben Jones, Tom Watson, and Adam Barley. With 1.5 points separating 1st and 4th, the final results were 1st Ben Jones 14.3, 2nd Craig Bonnett 13.4, 3rd Tom Watson 13.2 and 4th Adam Barley 12.7. This was Ben Jones’ first ever Open Title. Another hotly contested division was the open women's. Karen Riley stole the show with some great combinations of modern and traditional longboarding. Karen also took out the O/35 Womens Final. The final results of the Open Womens were 1st Karen Riley, 2nd Erika Oemecke, 3rd Ellen Watson and 4th Lisa Jackson. The Most Outstanding Surfer award went to Adam Barley with a score of two nines in one of his Open Mens heats. Adam also produced some excellent nose riding throughout the day. The Encouragement award went to promising junior Lee Langmead. From the surfing displayed by Lee we can see that this lad will have a promising future. Special thanks must go to the Mark Taylor and MID COAST SURF for sponsoring the Surfing SA State Titles. MID COAST SURF have sponsored the event for twenty three years now by providing the competitors T Shirts and all the prizes for placegetters.Thanks also need to go to:· Kym Nagler (Akymbo Art) for the artwork on competitors shirts and the Open Mens trophy.· Shane Smith (www.salteyre.com) photography for supplying the image for the placegetters plaque.· Malajusted Longboard Club for providing the food for competitors and judges.· Coopers Brewery for providing beer as prizes for over 18 placegetters.
Final results were:Open Men1ST Ben Jones (14.3) 2ND Craig Bonnett (13.4) 3RD Tom Watson (13.2) 4TH Adam Barley (12.7)Open Women1ST Karen Riley 2ND Erika Oemcke 3RD Ellen Watson 4TH Lisa JacksonOver 65 Men 1ST Peter CoxOver 60 Men 1ST Sam Avramadis 2ND Ray Palmer 3RD John WestphalenOver 55 Men 1ST Michael Padovani 2ND Peter Barley 3RD Jack Howarth 4TH Kelvin ThomasOver 50 Men1ST Roger Matthews 2ND Ralph Bock 3RD Alex Watson 4TH Mark Taylor Over 45 Men1ST Wayne Gurney 2ND Jason Russell 3RD Alex Watson Over 35 Men 1ST Craig Potgieter 2ND Mark Hazelhurst 3RD Anthony Ivcevic 4TH Nigel HillOver 35 Women1ST Karen Riley 2ND Erika Oemcke Under 18 Boys1ST Sam Pike 2ND Lee Langmead 3RD James TaylorOpen 8ft Men1ST Adam Barley 2ND Jason Russell 3RD Tom Bowen 4TH Jack HowarthOpen Men Single Fin1ST Adam Barley O/40 Old Mal1ST Michael Padovani 2ND Ralph Bock