After a fog-related delay this morning, the 2018 ECS Boards SUP State Titles kicked off today with the blue-ribbon Open Men opening an exciting day of competition.
Harry Maskell (Wamberal) opened the day with a bang, locking in a giant 17.16 two-wave heat total in the first heat of Open Men’s division. Maskell performed a variety of lightning-fast snaps and carves to leave his fellow competitors needing two-wave combinations of scores to take away his lead. As a result, Maskell sealed his position straight into the quarterfinals.
Not to be outdone, Kai Bates (Mollymook) came out all guns blazing later in the round, nailing a mammoth 17.37 two-wave heat total. Bates pulled out his arsenal of tricks in the opening exchange, performing a handful of innovative and technical maneuvers to take the heat win convincingly. Bates will make his next appearance in the quarterfinals. As a result of the performance, Bates was awarded the AirAsia Wave of the Day award.  
Other Open Men’s round one winners included: James Casey (Collaroy) Andrew Cassidy (Mona Vale) and Justin Holland (Kingscliff).
The Over-50 Men’s semi-finals were dominated by Central Coast duo Glenn Cochran (Macmasters Beach) and Adam Robinson (Copacabana) with both surfers posting decent heat totals in excess of 12.50 to both take victories. Both Cochran and Robinson will be joined by Richard Finlay-Jones (Merewether) and Jason McManus (Woolamia) when the final kicks off. 

The Port Stephens Surf Festival comprises of the 2018 ECS Boards SUP State Titles and the 2018 Australian Skin Cancer Clinics NSW Longboard Titles pres. by HIF and will decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles in Currumbin and the Australian Longboard Titles at Tweed Heads.
The competition will commence each day at 7:30 am with the call for the day's schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45 am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
The Port Stephens Surf Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, ECS Boards, Port Stephens Council, Oasis Wellness Center, AirAsia, H2Coco, Toyota, Mothernest, NBN, and Surfing NSW.