South African dumps Towner into second

THE 30th Annual Ocean & Earth Byron Bay Easter Classic wrapped up yesterday with former South African, now of Snapper Rocks, Shaun Gossman adding another title to his resume.

The talented natural footer adds the Prestigious Ocean& Earth Byron Easter Classic title to an already impressive start to 2005, having already won the MP Classic for the 3rd time, and the Quiksilver Pro Trials for the second time running.

The event was held in solid metre and a half beach breaks just north of Broken Head.

Gossman sealed the final with four minutes remaining with a searing right-hander, where he belted three vertical on-edge re-entries, and a series of other manoeuvres after it looked like Yamba 18year-old Laurie Towner was going to take the title.

Towner scored the wave of the heat in the early minutes of the final, but could not find a second wave to claim the title.

Towner was also in the junior final where he placed second, third; the best he could do in the open final.

Gossman will be looking to continue his roll inthe coming WQS events later this year.

Local Byron Bay ripper Jarred Sullivan placed second almost taking the title except for a last minute fall on his final wave which could have secured him the victory.

Coolangatta goofy foot Damon Harvey, although in fine form throughout the event, could not find the waves to showcase his surfing in the 20-minute final.

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