BIG BEN GETS THE DOUBLE AS CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN SENIOR LONGBOARD DIVISIONS AT 2017 ASF

Ben Dickens (NSW) has won the double at the 2017 Australian Surf Festival today in Cabarita, taking out both the Over 40 Men’s Logger and Longboard national titles with an impressive display of skill and self-belief on finals day.

“Yeah baby! It was awesome and I am so stoked to have surfed against the guys and it’s an honour to be an Australian champion,” said a stoked Dickens.

The northerly wind held off just long enough to run all seven scheduled finals on the Tweed Coast with all competitors surfing with outstanding skill and more importantly sportsmanship in the clean 1-2ft point walls.

Highlights (apart from the Dickens double) included a clinical display from elder statesmen Daniel Bond (NSW) in the Over 65 Men’s Longboard final. Bond showing poise and grace to post two solid scores of 8.60pts and 7.90pts (out of a possible 10pts) to just pip an equally impressive Alan Atkins (NSW) by just .10 of a point in a nail bitter.

Over 50 Men’s winner Hayden Swan (QLD) summed up what has been a fantastic event for all involved.

“It’s a sweet feeling after a long week of great weather and good surfing in lovely waves. It’s been a well-run contest and to cap it off with a win is just an excellent feeling,” said Swan.

FINAL RESULTS:

Over 40 Men’s Logger

1.     Ben Dickens 14.25pts

2.     Damian Coulter 13.55pts

3.     Greg Brown 12.35pts

4.     Neil Thompson 10.50pts

Over 40 Men’s Longboard

1-     Ben Dickens 14.25pts

2-     Jason Livingston 13.05pts

3-     Nigel Canterbury 12.00pts

4-     Ben Johnson 11.05pts

Over 45 Men’s Longboard

1-     Damian Coulter 15.60pts

2-     Hayden Swan 14.70pts

3-     Neil Thompson 13.65pts

4-     Jason Livingston 9.10pts

Over 50 Men’s Longboard

1.     Hayden Swan 15.00pts

2.     Greg Brown 13.85pts

3.     Richard Smith 10.10pts

4.     Jason Russell 10.50pts

Over 55 Men’s Longboard

1.     Mike Pimm 13.40pts

2.     Brian Kuit 11.50pts

3.     John Lane 9.95pts

4.     Frank Gray 9.45pts

Over 60 Men’s Longboard

1.     Bob Monkman 15.00pts

2.     Mike Pimm 12.25pts

3.     Mark Ingleby 10.45pts

4.     Grayme Galbraith 9.00pts

Over 65 Men’s Longboard

1.     Daniel Bond 16.50pts

2.     Alan Atkins 16.40pts

3.     Neville Smith 8.35pts

4.     Earle Page 7.90pts

For all results and more information, please visit: www.australiansurffestival.com

Tomorrow the Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park Australian Bodyboard Titles get underway with the likely venue to be Cudgen on the south side of Kingscliff.

2017 Australian Surf Festival – Tweed Coast, NSW, July 28-August 14

– Opening Ceremony – July 28
– Australian Surfmasters Titles – July 29-August 2
– Australian Longboard Titles – August 2-10
– Australian Logger Titles – August 3-10
– Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 10-14

The 2017 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Destination Tweed, Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park, bcu, Hydralyte Sports, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder Magazine, NBN, mySURF.tv, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.