Champions crowned at Round 1 of the 2019 Victorian Longboard Titles at Cape Woolamai

Cape Woolamai, VIC/AUS (Sunday 3rdJanuary 2019): Round 1 of the Victorian Longboard Titles has been run and won on Phillip Island over the weekend in great 3-4ft surf at Cape Woolamai. With 60 surfers doing battle for their respected divisions and a spot in the Australian Longboard Titles later this year on the line, all surfers were hoping to put their best nose riding and smooth surfing into practise and get their campaigns off to a good start by winning their respective divisions. 


The Open Mens Longboard division put on a clinic out in the near perfect Woolamai conditions. With former Australian champion Ben Considine out of the draw in the early rounds, it opened it up for all surfers to take a vital win and get their years off on the right note. 

It was Andrew Burgan (Cowes) who was able to snatch the win. Burgan was able to put two strong scores together including a 7.17 to get the win over his fellow counterparts who weren't too far behind. 

"It's been great for Surfing Victoria to come back here for the Longboard titles, and to have such good waves was epic".  Burgan said. 
"I'm looking forward to coming down to the Surfcoast for the second round of the series and hopefully getting a good result". 

Coming in second was Rhys Collins (Red Hill South), third was Liam Mccafferty (McCrae) and fourth was Will Cousins (Torquay).


The Open Women’s Longboard division was hotly contested with a considerably young field making the final. The experienced Emma Webb (Jan Juc) came up against Eglantine Balland (Carrum) and teenagers Molly Hosken (Surf Beach) and Angelique Kefalas (Jan Juc). 

In a see-sawing battle it was Kefalas who was able to get the victory. 

"I'm pretty happy to get the win here today against the other ladies, especially when they are all ripping like they were today". Kefalas said. 

"I'm really excited to get back home for the second round, where I am sure the ladies will be surfing really well, which is going to make it another super exciting event". 

Coming in second was Webb, with Hosken and Balland in third and fourth respectively.
 


The Open Mens Logger was arguably the most entertaining division of the day with all surfers ripping apart the fun conditions. With all surfers getting solid scores, it went down to the wire. 

Taking out the win was former Australian Logger champion Ben Considine (Barwon Heads). Considine chose to sit on the left hand peak by himself, allowing him to get the choice of waves with no one around. The rest of his opponents chose to sat on the right hand peak further down the beach. Considine’s solid total point score was too good for Matthew Robertson (Armstrong Creek) who finished second as Will Cousins (Torquay) finished in third and fourth was Matthew Lumley (Torquay).

 

The Open Women’s Logger followed on with the entertainment. Samantha Suendermann (Anglesea) was able to get the win, putting on a masterclass banking a 15.67 total to the get the win over Emma Webb (Jan Juc) who came second, Eglantine Balland (Carrum) who finished third, as Molly Hosken (Surf Beach) and Kirra Malborough (Cape Woolamai) came fourth and fifth respectively. 

 

Former Australian Champion, Greg Brown (Torquay) reigned supreme in the Over 40 Mens Longboard division. Brown was able to smash apart the rip bowl left handers to leave his fellow competitors begging. With a 17.10 total out of a possible 20, including a whopping 9.17 ride, Brown was able to hold the other men in a combination situation. 

With all surfers in the final getting their fair share of good waves, it made for a vey entertaining affair. 

Coming in second was Michael Pinney (Point Lonsdale) in third was Rhys Collins (Red Hill South) and in fourth was Grant Hutchins (Barwon Heads).

 

The Over 40 Women’s Longboard division was the first female division to hit the water and it didn’t disappoint. Past Australian Longboard champion Emma Webb (Jan Juc) was too strong against the other ladies. Webb was able to get a hold of Jacquie Chambers (Surf Beach) who came second, Natalie Van Der Heyden (Cape Woolamai) who finished in third and Melanie Renton (Ocean Grove) who came in fourth. 


The Over 40 Women’s logger division saw Emma Webb show why she is one of Australia’s finest female loggers. Trailing Webb was Mel Renton (Ocean Grove) in second, third was Kate Sullivan (Anglesea) and fourth was Anita Toi (Jan Juc). 


Over 40 Mens logger division saw Liam Mccafferty (McCrae) get the better of form surfer Greg Brown (Jan Juc) in a highly entertaining affair. Brown finished in second, as Tomas Bellasai (Mornington) came in third with Chris McSween (Ocean Grove) finishing fourth.
 


The Over 50 Mens longboard division was the Greg Brown (Torquay) show once again. Brown continued his hot form throughout the day into this final and looked at ease as he styled his way through the great waves. Brown was on the set waves, which provided him enough opportunity to lay into some big turns. 

Coming in second was Brian Kuit (Torquay) in third was Brett Lalor (Apollo Bay) and in fourth was Wayne Poulton (Bass).



The Over 50 Women’s longboard division saw Kate Sullivan (Anglesea) surf her way to a win in near perfect conditions. Sullivan was able to get a few solid scores to get the knod over the fellow ladies competing. 

Coming in second was Anne Stephenson (Torquay), third was Amy Hackett (Rye) and Carolyn Lalor (Apollo Bay) slid in at fourth. 


The Over 60 Mens division was hotly contested with the heat going down to the wire. However it was John Lane (Torquay) who was able to get a close win over his fellow counterparts. Coming in second was Brian Kuit (Torquay), Brian Thompson (Safety Beach) finished in third and fourth was Bud White (Torquay).


The Under 18 Boys Logger division was a back and forth affair between all competitors. Hugh Taylor (Bellbrae) was able to get the win in fine fashion taking out the final with some strong scores. Owen Solly (Anglesea) finished in second, Ted Murphy (Ocean Grove) finished in third and Bailey German (Tootgarook) came in fourth. 


The Under 18 Girls longboard division didn’t disappoint with the young ladies put up an impressive display of surfing. In the end it was Angelique Kefalas (Jan Juc) getting the win with some nice forehand surfing. Bea Conroy (Point Lonsdale) finished in second and Anna Thompson (Jan Juc) came third.


Hugh Taylor (Bellbrae) was too good in the U18 Boys division taking the win from Ted Murphy (Ocean Grove) who came second, Bailey German (Tootgarook) finished third and Thomas Barrett (Surf Beach) in fourth. 


In the Over 70 Men’s division Bob Smith (Torquay) was able to secure the win and get his 2019 competitive season off to a good start. Coming in second was Herbert Jecher (Sunshine West).


Due to being the only competitor in U18 Girls Logger, Bea Conroy (Point Lonsdale) took out the division. 


Results from this weekend can be found via www.liveheats.com/surfingvictoria

The Victorian Longboard Titles is presented by City to Surf Mobile Café and supported by Air Asia, Coastalwatch, Kieser and Phillip Island Nature Parks.

RESULTS:

Open Womens Longboard
1st Angelique Kefalas
2nd Emma Webb
3rd Molly Hosken
4th Eglantine Balland

Open Mens Longboard
1st Andrew Burgan
2nd Rhys Collins
3rd Liam Mccafferty 
4th Will Cousins

Open Womens Logger
1st Samantha Suendermann
2nd Emma Webb
3rd Eglantine Balland
4th Molly Hosken
5th Kirra Malborough

Open Mens Logger
1st Ben Considine
2nd Matthew Robertson
3rd Will Cousins
4th Matthew Lumley

Over 40 Men Longboard
1st Greg Brown
2nd Michael Pinney
3rd Rhys Collins
4th Grant Hutchins

Over 40 Womens Longboard
1st Emma Webb
2nd Jacquie Chambers
3rd Natalie Van Der Heyden
4th Melanie Renton

Over 40 Mens Logger
1st Liam Mccafferty
2nd Greg Brown
3rd Tomaso Bellasai
4th Chris McSween

Over 40 Womens Logger
1st Emma Webb
2nd Melanie Renton 
3rd Kate Sullivan
4th Anita Toi

Over 50 Mens Longboard
1st Greg Brown
2nd Brian Kuit
3rd Brett Lalor
4th Wayne Poulton

Over 50 Womens Longboard
1st Kate Sullivan
2nd Anne Stephenson
3rd Amy Hackett
4th Carolyn Lalor

Over 60 Mens Longboard
1st John Lane
2nd Brian Kuit
3rd Brian Thompson
4th Bud White

Over 70 Mens Longboard
1st Bob Smith
2nd Herbert Jecher

U18 Boys Longboard 
1st Hugh Taylor
2nd Ted Murphy
3rd Bailey German
4th Thomas Barrett 

U18 Girls Longboard
1st Angelique Kefalas
2nd Bea Conroy 
3rd Anna Thompson

U18 Boys Logger
1st Hugh Taylor
2nd Owen Solly
3rd Ted Murphy
4th Bailey German